Leadership Fellows Program

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About the Port Authority

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, rail, surface transportation, and seaport facilities moves hundreds of millions of people and goods throughout the region annually and supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, more than $23 billion in annual wages, and $80 billion in annual economic activity.

The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

About the Program

In the Port Authority Leadership Fellows Program, you will have 4-5 rotational assignments over a two-year period. You will manage multiple projects in our major business units, field facilities, and corporate offices. Past Fellows have contributed to key regional capital programs, learned the nuts and bolts of policy development, and managed the challenges of daily operations at our transportation facilities. Rotational assignments are coupled with an agency orientation, classroom training, and coaching by senior management to ensure a valuable experience. After successful completion of the program, Fellows will be considered for key positions in areas such as facility management, finance, capital programs or related business functions.

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive compensation and benefits program including health, dental, life insurance, vacation, holidays and tuition assistance.

Qualifications

We are seeking dynamic candidates who are committed to quality public service, flexible and enthusiastic about experiencing all the Port Authority has to offer, including areas that are not necessarily aligned with their professional background. Students graduating with a graduate degree in fall 2014 or spring 2015 are eligible to participate in the program.

Candidates should possess a record of academic achievement in the areas of public administration, business administration, public policy, urban planning, public finance, economics, transportation management or a related discipline. Candidates must have a clear interest in a career in public service management and demonstrate excellent problem solving, analytical, quantitative, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills with a strong customer service orientation and political acumen. One to three years of work experience and/or internships in public service, transportation, government or related fields is preferred.

Leadership Fellows are selected based on academic achievement, analytical and communication skills, and work experience. The selection process for the program is highly rigorous and includes a pre-screen interview, a competency-based panel interview, and multiple assessment exercises.

How to Apply

You can access the job posting by typing in 2015 Leadership Fellows Program into the search engine at http://www.panynj.gov/careers/apply.html  or click "Apply for Job."

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Leadership Fellows Program is Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. This solicitation is not a guarantee of employment. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

To be considered for the position you must respond to the below essay question and upload your response and resume as one document in the section of the application that prompts you to upload your resume. Applications that do not include resume and essay response will be considered incomplete and will not be moved forward in the selection process.

As a Leadership Fellow in your first rotation, you have been assigned to a Department that aligns with your educational background and professional interests. You are confident you will do a great job.  After your first month in this rotation, you have taken on a greater role and are managing the department’s projects from start to finish. During a check-in meeting, your Leadership Fellow Program Manager has brought to your attention that another department is seeking a Leadership Fellow to help it resolve serious issues managing employee performance, overtime concerns, and employee retention. Unlike the current department in which you work, this other department does not align with your educational background or professional interests. The Leadership Fellow Program Manager has asked if you would consider switching mid-rotation into this Department where you have no expertise or experience, you have two days to weigh your options and provide him with your decision.

  1. What factors would you consider in deciding whether to take this position? Outline what you would see as the pros or cons of either decision.
  2. What decision would you make and why?

Your response cannot exceed 300 words. Please upload your response and resume as one document in the section of the application that prompts you to upload your resume. Applications that do not include resume and essay response will be considered incomplete and will not be moved forward in the selection process.

First-round interviews for the program will begin in January. Second-round interviews will take place in February. Final selections and offers to selected candidates will be made by March. Our 2015 Leadership Fellows class will begin in July. This timeline is subject to change.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This solicitation is not a guarantee of employment. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

 



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