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This document provides information to help you complete the Principal Ambassador Fellowship application process. Please print this document and refer to it as you complete the vacancy postings.

In order to ensure the privacy of candidates and integrity of Fellowship selection, the application is conducted through the U.S. Department of Education’s normal hiring process which is managed through a combination of a government-wide jobs database — USAJobs and the Department’s internal hiring management systems — EDHIRES. These instructions will walk you through the application logistics.

Application Steps

1. User Account and Initiating the Application
To begin the specific application process for the Fellowship, you must first create a user account and create a Federal resume at MY USAJOBS at the USAJOBs website. Please note that this is a required step in order to access the specific application for the Principal Ambassador Fellowship. Though information may be cut and paste from your standard resume, the formatting will be different. For tips on preparing your Federal resume, please click here: The information in your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the U.S. Department of Education’s system, EDHIRES.

To begin the application process:

  • Go to the Vacancy Posting
  • Click on the [Apply Online] button on the announcement.
  • Log into your USAJOBS account (if you are not already logged in)
  • Select the resume you would like to submit.
  • Click on [Apply for this position now!]

You will then be automatically transferred to EDHIRES where you will complete the application process.

2. Personal Information
Once transferred to EDHIRES, follow the on-screen prompts to complete your application. Be certain to read the on-screen instructions thoroughly before continuing. First, you will be asked to complete or update your information on file. If you have already been to our site you will have the option to update your information on file or go directly to the assessment. We recommend selecting the option to update your information on file each time you apply in order to verify that your data on file is accurate. Please make sure to provide your best email address and phone number in this section.

3. EDHIRES User Account 
This section requests that you respond to several core questions which relate to potential employment with the Federal government. These Core Questions DO require a response in order to complete your account.

4. Narrative Responses
After reviewing your supporting documentation, you will be asked to respond to questions specific to this vacancy. You must respond to all questions in order to save or proceed with the application process. Each response must be limited to 3500 characters (with spaces) or approximately 500 words. It is recommended that you compose and save your answers in a separate document and paste them into the online application.

After indicating whether you are applying for the Full- or Part-Time position, the Fellowship Application requires narrative responses to the following prompts:

  • Contributions to Student Learning & Culture — Describe your effectiveness as a principal as measured by improved student outcomes and other measures of school success. Include quantitative and qualitative evidence. Discuss how your unique school context, setting and demographics informs your approach and efforts as a principal.

  • Effective Leadership and Team Work — Describe your experience as a principal and provide examples of your approach and style as a leader, both within your specific school among teachers and staff and in teams or settings that include peers, educational leaders at a variety of school levels, or other key education stakeholders. You may include relevant experience from your personal, educational or professional background.

  • Applicable Skills and Experience — The Department is fast-paced and Fellows often work in an ambiguous environment. Fellows must digest and relay complex information and comfortably network and communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders. Describe relevant experience you have had in similar environments or in carrying out similar tasks you, and with writing and orally presenting on education issues. Include strategies, tools or resources that you have allowed you to be successful.

  • Interests and Expertise — Discuss how your experience can inform the Department’s work and what you hope to gain from the experience. Include relevant experience specific to Department funded programs, including the impact in your school community, and/or in the key areas of implementing rigorous standards and instruction; support for great teachers and leaders; turning around chronically low performing schools; and providing access and opportunity for all students from cradle to career.

5. Submission of Letter of Recommendation
The letter must be on letterhead and signed in order to be considered. It may be written by the candidate’s direct supervisor, but must include sign-off by the Superintendent (or equivalent position depending on one’s context.)

At the bottom of the online Section entitled “Documents” you will see a box for “Fellowship Letter #1.” You may upload your letter directly to your application or fax them using a specific cover sheet which will attach them to your application.

If you choose to fax, you MUST use the specific Cover Sheet generated by pressing on “Fax” and “Generate Cover sheet.” This will provide a sheet with a bar code specific for your application and a fax number. You MUST use this Cover Sheet in order for your letters to be successfully attached to your application and you MUST include both letters of support at the same time.

Please note that the “SF-50 and Sch. A Ltr” also listed in the “Documents” section are NOT required for this application. Please DO NOT send them.

6. Review and Submit Application 
The final step of the application process is to review and submit your complete online application package. Review the personal information, vacancy questions and resume for accuracy and completeness.

It is highly recommended that you select the option to have an email sent to yourself with your materials to demonstrate your submission.

Finally, select [Finished] to submit your application. You must click on this final [Finished] button for your application to be submitted and receive consideration; however, you may return at any time until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 20, 2014 to update or make changes to your application.

Once submitted, you will be redirected back to USAJOBS where you may view your application status, continue to browse for open positions and/or apply for additional positions.

7. Revise your Application
Should you wish to update your application materials; you may do so at any time prior to the application’s close. From the vacancy announcement, again select “Apply On Line” and a resume to submit. Once transferred to EDHires you will be notified that you have applied already and asked if you wish to edit your application.

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Last Modified: 12/18/2014