Federal Position Descriptions


The federal position descriptions provide important information such as the primary responsibility of the Senate confirmed positions across government agencies.

The Center for Presidential Transition, working with search firms, prior and current office holders and researching public sources, has compiled the set of sample position descriptions for presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed positions across government agencies and bureaus.

Each position description provides basic but important information such as the primary responsibility of the position, the experience and competencies required and the level of pay. This information is designed to help the president-elect’s transition team match the experience and skills of potential candidates with the right position within the administration.


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Agency Position Download
ALL Head of Public Affairs Download
ALL Inspector General Download
ALL White House Liaison Download
Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Download
Central Intelligence Agency General Counsel Download
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Download
Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Download
Department of Agriculture ALL Download
Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations Download
Department of Agriculture Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of Agriculture General Counsel Download
Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Commerce ALL Download
Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Download
Department of Commerce Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration Download
Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Commerce General Counsel Download
Department of Commerce Under Secretary of Economic Affairs Download
Department of Commerce Under Secretary of International Trade Download
Department of Commerce Undersecretary for Industry and Security Download
Department of Commerce Undersecretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Download
Department of Commerce Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Download
Department of Commerce Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Download
Department of Defense ALL Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Logistics and Materiel Readiness Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Download
Department of Defense General Counsel Download
Department of Defense Air Force General Counsel Download
Department of Defense Secretary of the Air Force Download
Department of Defense Air Force Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller Download
Department of Defense Air Force Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology, Logistics) Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, Energy) Download
Department of Defense General Counsel, Department of the Army Download
Department of Defense Army Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Download
Department of Defense Army Assistant Secretary for Financial Management Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense and Global Security Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics And Technology) Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Download
Department of Defense Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Download
Department of Defense General Counsel, Department of the Navy Download
Department of Defense Secretary of the Navy Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Research and Engineering Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Download
Department of Defense Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Download
Department of Defense Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer Download
Department of Defense Navy Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller Download
Department of Defense Navy Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Download
Department of Defense Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Download
Department of Defense Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Download
Department of Defense Under Secretary for Intelligence Download
Department of Defense Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Download
Department of Defense Principal Deputy Undersecretary Of Defense For Intelligence Download
Department of Defense Principal Deputy Undersecretary Of Defense (Comptroller) Download
Department of Defense Secretary of the Army Download
Department of Defense Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Download
Department of Defense Under Secretary of the Air Force Download
Department of Defense Under Secretary of the Army Download
Department of Defense Under Secretary of the Navy Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of The Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Download
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Download
Department of Education ALL Download
Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Download
Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs Download
Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Download
Department of Education Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of Education Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Download
Department of Education Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Download
Department of Education General Counsel Download
Department of Energy ALL Download
Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, Administrator for Nuclear Security Download
Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Download
Department of Energy Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of Energy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (Arpa-E) Download
Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Energy General Counsel Download
Department of Energy Undersecretary for Management and Performance Download
Department of Health and Human Services ALL Download
Department of Health and Human Services Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Download
Department of Health and Human Services Director, National Institutes of Health Download
Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources Download
Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Legislation Download
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner of Food and Drugs Download
Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Health and Human Services General Counsel Download
Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Download
Department of Homeland Security ALL Download
Department of Homeland Security Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency Download
Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Policy Download
Department of Homeland Security Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of Homeland Security Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Download
Department of Homeland Security Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Protection and National Preparedness Download
Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Homeland Security General Counsel Download
Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Download
Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Management Download
Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate Download
Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology Download
Department of Homeland Security Administrator, Transportation Security Administration Download
Department of Homeland Security Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Download
Department of Homeland Security Commissioner, United States Customs and Border Protection Download
Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Download
Department of Housing and Urban Development ALL Download
Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations Download
Department of Housing and Urban Development Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Housing and Urban Development General Counsel Download
Department of Interior ALL Download
Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Download
Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget Download
Department of Interior Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Interior Director of the Bureau of Land Management Download
Department of Interior Solicitor Download
Department of Justice ALL Download
Department of Justice Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Download
Department of Justice Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration Download
Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division Download
Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division Download
Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel Download
Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs Download
Department of Justice Associate Attorney General Download
Department of Justice Attorney General Download
Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Download
Department of Justice Solicitor General Download
Department of Labor ALL Download
Department of Labor Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Policy Download
Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Download
Department of Labor Commissioner Of Labor Statistics Download
Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Labor Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of Labor Solicitor Download
Department of State ALL Download
Department of State U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Download
Department of State Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Download
Department of State Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of State Deputy Secretary Download
Department of State Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Download
Department of State Director General of the Foreign Service Director of Human Resources Download
Department of State Director of Policy Planning Download
Department of State Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Download
Department of State Legal Adviser Download
Department of State Permanent Representative of U.S. to the Organization of American States Download
Department of State Under Secretary for Arms Control and Security Affairs Download
Department of State Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Download
Department of State Undersecretary for Political Affairs Download
Department of State Under Secretary for Management Download
Department of Transportation ALL Download
Department of Transportation Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration Download
Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Download
Department of Transportation Administrator, Federal Highway Administration Download
Department of Transportation Deputy Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration Download
Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs Download
Department of Transportation General Counsel Download
Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Transportation United States Representative to the European Union Download
Department of the Treasury ALL Download
Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Download
Department of the Treasury Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service Download
Department of the Treasury Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service Download
Department of the Treasury Undersecretary For Domestic Finance Download
Department of the Treasury Comptroller of the Currency Download
Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development Download
Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets Download
Department of the Treasury Deputy Undersecretary (Assistant Secretary) for Legislative Affairs Download
Department of the Treasury Chief Financial Officer Download
Department of the Treasury General Counsel Download
Department of the Treasury Deputy Secretary Download
Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Download
Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Download
Department of Veterans Affairs ALL Download
Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs Download
Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology Download
Department of Veterans Affairs General Counsel Download
Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Download
Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Financial Officer Download
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Download
Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Download
Environmental Protection Agency General Counsel Download
Executive Office of the President ALL Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant to the President for Management and Administration Download
Executive Office of the President Associate Directors, Office Of Science And Technology Policy Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting Download
Executive Office of the President Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors Download
Executive Office of the President Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management Download
Executive Office of the President Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy Download
Executive Office of the President Administrator, Office of Information And Regulatory Affairs Download
Executive Office of the President Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budge Download
Executive Office of the President Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Download
Executive Office of the President Deputy Director Office of Management and Budget Download
Executive Office of the President Director Office of Management and Budget Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer Download
Executive Office of the President Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy Download
Executive Office of the President Director of National Drug Control Policy Download
Executive Office of the President United States Trade Representative Download
Executive Office of the President Cabinet Affairs Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant To The President And Chief Of Staff To The Vice President Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant to the President and Director of Communications Download
Executive Office of the President Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs Download
Executive Office of the President Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Download
Executive Office of the President Director of Projects for the First Lady Download
Executive Office of the President Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council Download
Executive Office of the President Press Secretary Download
Executive Office of the President Staff Secretary Download
Executive Office of the President Director of Presidential Personnel Download
Export-Import Bank Board Member Download
Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Download
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair of the Board of Directors Download
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Download
Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Download
Federal Trade Commission Chair Download
Federal Reserve System Governor Download
Generic Chief of Staff Download
General Services Administration Administrator Download
General Services Administration Associate Administrator for Strategic Communication Download
General Services Administration General Counsel Download
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Download
National Security Agency General Counsel Download
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Download
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Download
Office of Management and Budget Associate Director for Legislative Affairs Download
Office of Personnel Management Director Download
Office of Personnel Management Deputy Director Download
Office of the Director of National Intelligence Director Download
Office of the Director of National Intelligence General Counsel Download
Office of the Director of National Intelligence Principal Deputy Director Download
Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner Download
Small Business Administration Administrator Download
Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Download
Social Security Administration Commissioner Download
United States Agency for International Development Administrator Download
United States Postal Service Chair of the Board of Governors Download

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