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From the Foundation – Truman Scholars Association https://trumanscholars.org Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://trumanscholars.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/truman_logo_gsuite-100x100.gif From the Foundation – Truman Scholars Association https://trumanscholars.org 32 32 Dr. Andy Rich (DE ’91) Named Foundation Executive Secretary https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/dr-andy-rich-de-91-named-foundation-executive-secretary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dr-andy-rich-de-91-named-foundation-executive-secretary Tue, 07 Jun 2011 01:33:07 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2011/06/06/dr.-andy-rich-de-91-named-foundation-executive-secretary Posted in From the Foundation

Fellow Truman Scholars, I’m excited to announce that the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has chosen its next Executive Secretary: Dr. Andrew (Andy) Rich, a 1991 Truman Scholar from Delaware.  The 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004 Scholars will remember Dr. Rich as a Senior Scholar at your TSLW in Independence.  More recent Scholars may remember […]

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AndyRichFellow Truman Scholars,

I’m excited to announce that the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has chosen its next Executive Secretary: Dr. Andrew (Andy) Rich, a 1991 Truman Scholar from Delaware. 

The 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004 Scholars will remember Dr. Rich as a Senior Scholar at your TSLW in Independence.  More recent Scholars may remember Dr. Rich from the New York interview panel.  Other Scholars will know him as an advisor at the City College of New York (CCNY) and Wake Forest.  However you may know him, I’m sure those of you who do are just as excited as I am that he is taking on this new role in the Truman Community.

Dr. Rich received the Truman Scholarship while at the University of Richmond, where he received his Bachelor’s in Political Science.  He went on to Yale University where he received his Masters and then Ph.D. in Political Science.  Dr. Rich has been a professor at Wake Forest, a professor and department chair at CCNY, and a consultant and advisor to institutions such as the Open Society Institute, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Ford Foundation.  While at CCNY, he was also Deputy Director and Director of Programs at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies there.

Dr. Rich is currently the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute.  Since joining the Institute in January 2009, he has transformed the Institute from a support organization for the FDR Presidential Library and Museum to a national think-tank developing substantial programs of idea leadership and public policy development.  Dr. Rich also oversees the Institute’s efforts to expand and strengthen the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, which currently connects 100+ college campuses and more than 10,000 students and alumni to a programs that engage them in discussing progressive values, empower them to develop public policy, and promote their ideas to policymakers at all levels of government.

Dr. Rich is the author of Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise (Cambridge University Press, 2004), as well as a wide-ranging number of articles about think tanks, interest groups, foundations, individual donors, and the role of experts and ideas in the American policy process.  Dr. Rich has appeared in a number of news outlets including “All Things Considered” from National Public Radio, CNN, The Economist, and the Washington Post.  Dr. Rich will officially take office in January of 2012 but will be working with the Foundation in the intervening months.  If you haven’t already met Dr. Rich, you can do so at the 2011 National Conference in Washington, DC, so register now.

The search committee for the Executive Secretary included members of the Foundation’s Board, former Executive Secretary Fred Slabach (MS ’77), Deputy Executive Secretary Tara Yglesias (PA ’93) and myself as a representative of the Truman Scholars Association.  We had very strong applicants and appreciate all the Truman Scholars who applied.  We certainly have a committed and talented community, and I’m excited to have Dr. Rich at the helm.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Andy Rich as the 4th Executive Secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Sincerely,

Adair Ford Boroughs (SC ’01)
President
Truman Scholars Association

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Pat Gilbert Earns Staats Public Service Award https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/pat-gilbert-earns-staats-public-service-award/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pat-gilbert-earns-staats-public-service-award Tue, 03 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2011/05/02/pat-gilbert-earns-staats-public-service-award Posted in From the Foundation

The Truman Scholarship Foundation named Pat Gilbert (AZ ’91) as recipient of the Elmer B. Staats Award for Public Service. The Elmer B. Staats Award is presented annually to a Truman Scholar who has made substantial contributions in public service and has demonstrated commitment to Truman Scholars.  Named for the Chairman Emeritus of the Truman […]

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Pat Gilbert

Pat Gilbert

The Truman Scholarship Foundation named Pat Gilbert (AZ ’91) as recipient of the Elmer B. Staats Award for Public Service.

The Elmer B. Staats Award is presented annually to a Truman Scholar who has made substantial contributions in public service and has demonstrated commitment to Truman Scholars.  Named for the Chairman Emeritus of the Truman Foundation, who himself has had an extraordinary career in public service and continues to serve as an example to Truman Scholars, the Staats Award is the highest honor the Foundation bestows.

Pat Gilbert
1991 Truman Scholar from Arizona

Former Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Marc Center, Executive Director of Mesa Community Action Network and Assistant Attorney General, Pat Gilbert is reinventing his career path by re-entering private law practice and consulting focused on building nonprofit development capacity.

Even prior to his selection as a Truman Scholar, Pat was investing in his local community.  In 1988, he co-founded a nonprofit affordable housing corporation.  The corporation used a unique financing tool that has resulted in hundreds of families accessing homeownership.  In 1998, Arizona’s Public Housing Directors recognized his ongoing support for affordable housing.

In 1988, Mesa, Arizona recognized his efforts by naming him “Young Man of the Year.”  In 1998, he was honored as “Man of the Year.”  He has been a quiet advocate for children in the local court system and been named Advocate of the Year by the Children’s Law Project and as one of Arizona’s top 50 pro bono lawyers by the Arizona Bar Foundation.

While in school, Pat ran for and was elected to Mesa’s city council.  Serving two four-year terms, he also served Mesa’s Vice Mayor from 1994 to 1998.  He ran for mayor in 2000 losing by 1,200 votes in a tight election.  Many Trumans helped with the effort.  In the right circumstance, he might hint that he’s not quite done on the political battlefield.

For the last 15 years, his work has been in nonprofit management working to ameliorate poverty and expand opportunity for people with cognitive disabilities and mental illness.  In his new venture, he has been asked to lead a regional effort of a consortium of nonprofits dedicated to developing and operating permanent, supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families.  Some of his innovative thinking about the built environment has been featured by the Urban Land Institute.

Pat’s work on behalf of the Truman Foundation has been extensive.  Since 1993 he has served on the Phoenix regional selection panel.  He has been among the readers assembled to review the written applications, and he has been a Senior Scholar at Truman Scholars Leadership Week at least 4 times. Pat is an actual member of the Truman Scholar Association. He has also participated in a number of special projects designed to enhance the services the Foundation offers.

Pat is an Arizona State University law school and undergraduate.  While an undergrad, he was named a USA Today Academic First Team All-American and was selected as a Truman Scholar.  Since 2000, Pat has been a part of ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation serving on its advisory board and occasionally teaching graduate level classes.

Pat’s most important accomplishment is being smart and lucky enough to have incredibly supportive family members: Rory, his wife of 39 years, Matt and Sada, his children and their spouses Amy and David, and his grandsons Morgan and Alex.  All of the effort has been as a team.

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Slabach: Update on Foundation Appropriations https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/slabach-update-on-foundation-appropriations/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=slabach-update-on-foundation-appropriations Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:25:00 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2011/02/22/slabach-update-on-foundation-appropriations Posted in From the Foundation

Dear Scholars, In light of the conversations recently on this site, I thought I might provide a brief history of our Congressional funding and an update on our current efforts. 1.  Trust Fund Investments: In response to Ben’s good question: The Truman Foundation has explored with Congress the possibility of allowing our trust fund to […]

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Dear Scholars,

In light of the conversations recently on this site, I thought I might provide a brief history of our Congressional funding and an update on our current efforts.

1.  Trust Fund Investments: In response to Ben’s good question: The Truman Foundation has explored with Congress the possibility of allowing our trust fund to be invested in the private equity markets rather than exclusively through the Treasury but we were turned down.  There is no precedent for a federal government agency to invest a trust fund in anything but Treasury securities.

2.  A little history:  The Truman Foundation received a total of $30 million in Congressional appropriations for the trust fund in 1975-76.  We received no appropriations thereafter because it was assumed that the interest from the trust fund would be enough to keep up with anticipated increases in college tuition.  College tuition increased dramatically, however, and the interest from the trust fund fell significantly behind.  In FY 2009, the Foundation was able to secure a $500,000 appropriation — the first appropriation from Congress since 1976.  In FY 2010, the Foundation received a $660,000 appropriation from Congress.  For FY 2011, the Foundation requested a $1 million appropriation.  This was included in the Senate and House Omnibus for FY 2011 but that bill was not enacted last December during the lame duck session of Congress.  A temporary Continuing Resolution (CR) was adopted to keep the government running through March 4, 2011.  Most agencies were funded at the previous year’s appropriation level.  This was true for the Truman Foundation.

3.  Update on Congressional appropriations efforts for the current fiscal year:  The House CR for FY 2011 (introduced last week) contains $660,000 for the Truman Foundation.  This is the same amount that was contained in the FY 2010 appropriations bill.  Most agencies were cut from their previous year’s appropriation, so we were fortunate to maintain our funding at the previous year’s level.  However, it is less than what we requested for FY 2011.  The Senate FY 2011 Omnibus had contained $1 million for the Truman Foundation, which is what we requested.  We do not know what the Senate will do in response to the House CR for 2011.

4.  Update on Congressional appropriations efforts for FY 2012:  The President’s budget for FY 2012 (released last week) contained $-0- for the Truman Foundation’s annual appropriation.  Because Congress appropriated $660,000 last year (FY 2010), the fact that the President’s budget contains $-0- for FY 2012 means the OMB can claim a savings.  Because OMB does not count in increments less than $1 million, OMB claims a $1 million savings by recommending Congress appropriate $-0- to the Foundation.

5.  Congressional support:  We continue to work with members of the House and Senate who have historically been very supportive of our efforts and hope that we can continue to receive appropriations in the future.  We are particularly grateful for the support of the members of our Board of Trustees who serve in Congress: Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).  We currently have two vacancies on our Board for Members of Congress: a Republican Senator and a Democratic House Member.  In the recent past, Senators Kit Bond (R-MO) and Max Baucus (D-MT) as well as Representative Ike Skelton (D-MO) served in these positions and each was very supportive of our efforts.  We also are very grateful to Rep. JoAnn Emerson (R-MO) who now serves as the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Truman Foundation.  It is through her efforts that the Foundation’s appropriation in the CR was not cut from the previous year’s level.  Senator Richard Durbin, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, has for several years included the Truman Foundation’s full appropriations request in his bill.  We appreciate all his efforts on our behalf.  Finally, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) has been a great help to the Foundation.

Many of you have generously offered your help.  In my opinion, the most effective way to help would be to send a brief general expression of thanks to these Members of Congress and/or to the Members of the House and Senate from your state and Congressional district.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Truman Scholar National Conference in D.C. this summer!

Best,

Fred

Frederick G. Slabach (MS ’77)
Treasurer, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
President, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, TX

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Call for Applicants – Executive Secretary, Truman Foundation https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/call-for-applicants-executive-secretary-truman-foundation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=call-for-applicants-executive-secretary-truman-foundation Wed, 16 Feb 2011 18:10:41 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2011/02/16/call-for-applicants-executive-secretary-truman-foundation Posted in From the Foundation

As you are aware, we are in the process of searching for a new Executive Secretary for the Truman Foundation.   We will be conducting a broad and varied search – but can think of no better place to start than our own alumni network! Mr. Slabach made some significant and lasting changes to the […]

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As you are aware, we are in the process of searching for a new Executive Secretary for the Truman Foundation.   We will be conducting a broad and varied search – but can think of no better place to start than our own alumni network!

Mr. Slabach made some significant and lasting changes to the Executive Secretary position – and they are reflected in the position description attached to email.  The next Executive Secretary will be expected to continue Mr. Slabach’s legacy of reaching out to Congress and the Executive branch on issues relating to appropriations, budget and other legislative matters of interest to the Foundation.  The next Executive Secretary will also work closely with TSA on various development efforts. 

The Executive Secretary will continue to act as advisor and mentor to all Truman Scholars.  He or she will also continue to review annual reports and graduate school proposals.  The Executive Secretary will continue to reach out to other federal agencies in order to secure more opportunities for Truman Scholars.

I am attaching a copy of the position description – and also copying the text below my signature.  The document is rather lengthy.    Please feel free to circulate the PD among your networks.  To be considered, candidates should submit the following:

  • A resume or CV
  • An SF-171 or OF-612
  • A qualifications brief describing his/her experience.

We would like to receive materials by February 28, 2011.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me directly (tyglesias@truman.gov) or 202.395.7434.

Best,

Tara Yglesias
Deputy Executive Secretary
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
712 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, DC  20006
202.395.7434
202.395.6995 (fax)
tyglesias@truman.gov
Twitter:  @TrumanApp 

 

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

(SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE)

ES-301-00

 

INTRODUCTION:

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Public Law 93-642 (January 4, 1975) as the sole Federal memorial to the 33rd President.

THE FOUNDATION:

Supported by a trust fund held in the US Department of the Treasury, the Foundation operates a permanent education scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for outstanding American college students to prepare for careers in public service. 

The Foundation defines public service as employment in:  government at any level, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research and or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented non profit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

Under the direction of its President and a 13-member Board of Trustees [eight persons appointed by the President, two Senators, two Members of the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Secretary of Education (ex-officio)], the Foundation:

Conducts a nationwide annual search for college students having junior-level academic standing with leadership potential, commitment to careers in public service and a desire to attend graduate school. The Foundation selects 60-55 students annually as Truman Scholars.

Invites the annual participation of all American universities, two and four year colleges and the service academies in the nomination of students seeking a career in public service and requests that the President/Chancellor of each institution to appoint a member of the faculty or staff to serve as the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative.

Maintains a web site that provides faculty representatives and interested students with appropriate forms, instructions, and guidance to submit applications and other materials as specified to be received by the Foundation in early February.

Conducts a two-stage selection process that involves convening in February a committee reviewing all eligible applications and selecting Truman Finalists for interviews and then convening in March 17 regional panels interviewing the Finalists and recommending to the Board the selection of 60-65 as Truman Scholars. 

Provides scholarship payments in a timely and accurate manner.

Operates programs to help Truman Scholars prepare for careers in public service. These include: Truman Scholars Leadership Week [orientation program for the 60-65 new Truman Scholars, held at William Jewell College], Washington Truman Scholars Summer Institute [10-week program of internships with federal agencies or non-profit groups and formal presentations], and the Truman Albright Fellows Program [program to provide jobs and graduate education for 20 Truman Scholars for the year following their graduation from college].

Provides general assistance and counseling to the community of Truman Scholars and alumni in the form of job placement assistance, graduate school counseling, and guidance on careers in public service.

Initiates contact with graduate school programs of interest to Truman Scholars in an effort to secure additional opportunities and increased financial assistance for Truman Scholars.

Develops relationships with other federal agencies in an effort to secure entry-level placements for Truman Scholars.

Conducts other administrative functions such as preparing the Annual Report of the Foundation for the President and the Congress, preserving compliance with government regulations, answering correspondence, preparing budgets, personnel performance reviews, collating Scholar statistics, maintaining contact with Scholars, and their colleges. 

Explores funding opportunities to supplement and increase Foundation funding and directs Foundation investment strategy.

Conducts or executes other functions as the Board of Trustees may direct.

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY:

The Executive Secretary is the chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible to the President or Chairman and through her to the Board. The Executive Secretary

Serves as the Foundation’s principal contact with the Congressional and Executive branch of the federal government on all matters involving budget, appropriations, and legislative matters affecting the Foundation.

Directs all Foundation alumni relations with particular emphasis on leading, planning, oversight and evaluation of joint efforts with the Truman Scholars Association.

Maintains a one-on-one relationship with 300 Truman Scholars who are either in school or have deferred graduate school. All Scholars receiving funds or deferring funding support are required to submit an annual report of approximately 3 pages in length to which the Executive Secretary responds. Scholars also must submit thoroughly researched 5 to 10 page Graduate School Proposals prior to requesting funding for graduate school.  The Executive Secretary must determine whether the graduate school request fits within Foundation guidelines and must respond to the Scholar accordingly.  The Executive Secretary also maintains communications through visits with the Scholars at the Foundation office or on campuses, e-mail, and phone conversations.

Visits graduate schools and professional schools to encourage their recruitment of Truman Scholars and their giving priority in their admissions and financial aid processes to Truman Scholars.

Initiates contact with federal agencies in an effort to increase awareness of the program and opportunities for Truman Scholars.

Reviews and approves all Truman Scholar payment requests and relevant paperwork.  Ensures Scholars are compliant with Foundation and federal guidelines regarding use of funds.  

Enforces relevant Foundation rules and regulations and settles controversies that may arise either from members of the public, scholars, faculty representatives or other constituencies.  

Oversees the Deputy Executive Secretary in the process for the selection of Truman Scholars. The Deputy Executive Secretary is responsible for:  Setting up and monitoring the performance of the  regionally-based Truman selection panels [100 members including federal judges, university presidents, and former Truman Scholars] and the Truman Scholarship Finalists Selection Committee [19 members] to assure that they adhere to appropriate criteria for a merit-based scholarship looking for public sector change agents or others that will maintain high quality public services.

Provides oversight and guidance to the Foundation’s Deputy Executive Secretary who is responsible for directing the Foundation’s programs and administering the daily operations of the Foundation.

Other activities that are less time consuming but still important include:

Assuring excellent programming and building/enhancing a community among Scholars. 

Assigns to the staff the projects necessary to complete successfully the Foundation’s annual programs.

Reviews all projects for accurate and timely compliance.

Provides personnel counseling and performance rating.

Oversees and reports to the Board of Trustees through the President the expenditure of all funds for operational purposes.

Makes policy recommendations and program proposals to the President for review by the Board of Trustees.

Formulates other reports, statistics, recommendations and follow-up procedures as the President or Board may direct.

Undertakes the planning of fund raising activities for the President for submission to the Board, and executes fund raising activities once approved by the Board.

SUPERVISION:

The Executive Secretary reports to the Board of Trustees, though the President, who provides policy guidance.  Work is reviewed by the President for the accomplishment of Foundation objectives within the policies established by the Board of Trustees under P.L. 93-642 that provides that Foundation policies are formulated by the Board of Trustees, with implementation the responsibility of the Executive Secretary.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must have progressively more responsible administrative, supervisory, managerial or professional experience, which demonstrates an understanding of the long-term goals and daily functioning of the Truman Foundation.  The experience must have been sufficiently responsible to show clearly the candidate’s ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory qualifications listed below.

The minimum educational requirement for this position is a graduate degree – preferably in a public service field.  In addition, applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess executive attributes in the five SES Executive Core Qualification areas:

1. Leading Change

2. Leading People

3. Results Driven

4. Business Acumen

5. Building Coalitions/Communication

Applicants should address these ECQs both as they are defined in OPM’s SES Qualifications Guide (http://www.opm.gov/ses/handbook.asp) and as they relate to the work of the Truman Foundation defined below.

1. Leading Change

Candidates should have the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors.  Candidates should have the ability to balance change and continuity, to continually strive to improve service to the public and program performance within the framework of the Foundation, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.

The Foundation is seeking a candidate who can serve as the Foundation’s principal contact with the Congressional and Executive branches of the federal government on all matters involving budget, appropriations, and legislative matters affecting the Foundation.  The ideal candidate will have contacts or demonstrated ability to develop contacts with Hill staff.  The ideal candidate will also have a demonstrated understanding of the appropriations process including a minimum of five years of significant experience in governmental relations.

The Foundation is also looking for a candidate to direct the development of the Truman Fellows Program [A year-long program that brings Truman Scholars to Washington following receipt of the baccalaureate degree to work in federal agencies or elsewhere in public service] in conjunction with the assigned Program Manager.  The ideal candidate will have contacts or demonstrated ability to develop contacts leading to the hiring by federal agencies of Scholars as well as understanding of the Federal Government’s personnel and hiring system.  The ideal candidate will have five years federal service, or its equivalent.

The ideal candidate will also be able to administer and enforce the Foundation’s newly instituted Accountability Policy that requires a service commitment from recently selected Scholars.  The ideal candidate should have demonstrated ability to administer a policy in a manner that is even-handed but still flexible enough to accommodate special circumstances.

2. Leading People

Candidates should have the ability to design and implement strategies that maximize employee and Scholar potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.

The Foundation is seeking a candidate who has the ability to relate to and inspire Truman Scholars as a public servant role model.  A level of credibility with Scholars is critical for the success of the Executive Secretary.  The ideal candidate would have at least 10 years of employment in the public service as defined by the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

The ideal candidate would have five or more years of experience working with the Foundation.  Experience can come from:  serving on selection committees, helping the Foundation staff put on the Truman Scholars Leadership Week or the Washington Summer Institute, advising Truman Scholars about career choices and graduate study, or being an active Truman Faculty representative.

The ideal candidate is willing to develop and maintain one-on-one relationships with the Truman Scholar community.  This includes providing support and encouragement as well as enforcing Foundation policies.  Successful candidates will articulate a clear strategy for developing and relating to the Scholar community.

The ideal candidate will be able to direct all Foundation alumni relations and work jointly with the Truman Scholars Association.  This includes planning and oversight of alumni activities as well as evaluation of existing programs.

Also, the idea candidate would be able to effectively lead and function in the unusual work environment of the Truman Foundation.  The Foundation is a staff of five that works in extremely close quarters.  The position of the Executive Secretary is without administrative support and would require the candidate to maintain his or her own schedule, contracts, and administrative activities.  The ideal candidate would have a demonstrated ability to work in such an environment.

3. Results Driven

Candidates should stress accountability and continuous improvement.  Candidates should have the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.

The ideal candidate would have a clear vision for his or her tenure as Executive Secretary.  Such a vision would include detailed plans for executing Foundation goals already in place was well as new initiatives of the candidate’s design.  

The ideal candidate will assess and evaluate Foundation programming and suggest changes where needed.  The ideal candidate will be comfortable working within the confines of existing programs.

4. Business Acumen

Candidates should have the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the organization’s mission, and the ability to use new technology to enhance decision making.

The ideal candidate will investigate fund raising opportunities on behalf of the Foundation.  The ideal candidate will also be able to develop a comprehensive strategy for Foundation investments.

The ideal candidate will be required to evaluate and process relevant vendor and Scholar requests.  This includes ensuring that all federal and Foundation regulations are met with each request.

5. Building Coalitions/Communication

Candidates should have the ability to explain, advocate, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner and to negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.  Candidates should also be able to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.

The ideal candidate will also have the ability to develop relationships with graduate schools in an effort to increase opportunities for Truman Scholars.

The ideal candidate will be able to deal effectively with the media, other government agencies, and other publics interested in the Truman Foundation.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Veteran preference does not apply for SES positions.

Selectee will be subject to completion of a background investigation.

Selectee will also be required to complete and file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must confirm their Selective Service registration status.  Certification forms are available at most Federal personnel offices or from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The Immigration Report and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the U.S.  The selectee will be required to complete Form I-9, Employment Verification, and provide acceptable proof of employment authorization and identity.

The use of postage paid government envelopes to file job applications is a violation of Federal law and regulation.  Applications received in such envelopes will be discarded.

Supplemental application materials may be requested.

TO APPLY:

Completed Applications will have the following:

A Resume or CV

An SF-171 or OF-612

A Qualifications Brief describing your experience as it relates to this position and as it relates to each of the requirements listed above.  

Questions about the position or application requirements should be directed to Tara Yglesias, Deputy Executive Secretary, at 202.395.7434 or tyglesias@truman.gov.

Applications must be received by no later than February 28, 2011.  Applications could be emailed (to tyglesias@truman.gov), faxed (202.395.6995), or delivered to 712 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20006.

DUE TO DELAYS IN THE FEDERAL MAIL SYSTEM:

If you are sending an application via express mail (Fed Ex, USPS, UPS or other carriers), please contact Ms. Yglesias for an alternate mailing address.

EEO STATEMENT:

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  The Foundation provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Tara Yglesias at tyglesias@truman.gov.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

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Slabach: Farewell Message https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/slabach-farewell-message/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=slabach-farewell-message Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:58:09 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2010/12/06/slabach-farewell-message Posted in From the Foundation

Dear Fellow Truman Scholars, I would like to thank all of you for the outpouring of good wishes I have received from Truman Scholars since I announced my return to Fort Worth as the 19th President at Texas Wesleyan University. The common thread of the messages I received was that the Truman Scholarship and the […]

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Dear Fellow Truman Scholars,

I would like to thank all of you for the outpouring of good
wishes I have received from Truman Scholars since I announced my return to Fort Worth as the 19th
President at Texas
Wesleyan University.
The common thread of the messages I received was that the Truman Scholarship
and the Truman Community have changed lives for the better, an experience I
shared — as a 1977 Scholar, Senior Scholar at Truman Scholars Leadership Week,
Finalist Selection Committee member, interview panelist, member of the
Foundation Board, and Executive Secretary. The Truman Foundation’s profound
effect on young people and on public service will continue into the
future.  And I am confident we will
continue to see new scholars rise in the ranks of distinguished public
servants.

Although I will certainly miss the regular interactions I
had with Scholars in my role as Executive Secretary, I am very pleased that the
Foundation’s Board has asked me to remain involved in a formal way as
Foundation Treasurer. In this role I will remain very engaged in setting the
future direction of the Foundation, both in terms of financial strength and of
the Foundation’s increased involvement with the Truman Scholars Association and
the Truman Community.

The Truman Foundation plays a significant role in
identifying and preparing young people to become tomorrow’s public service
leaders. This work would not be possible without the time and energy so many
members of the community contribute on a daily basis to support the Foundation
and TSA. I am thankful to have
been a part of this work for so many years, and look forward to continuing this
involvement in a formal role.  And I look
forward to staying in touch with the many Scholars I have been privileged to
meet over the years.

Sincerely,

Fred Slabach (MS ’77)
Executive Secretary
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

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Announcement from Executive Secretary Fred Slabach (MS ’77) https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/announcement-from-executive-secretary-fred-slabach-ms-77/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcement-from-executive-secretary-fred-slabach-ms-77 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:29:16 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2010/11/30/announcement-from-executive-secretary-fred-slabach-ms-77 Posted in From the Foundation

Dear Truman Scholars, It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that I will leave the position of Executive Secretary of the Truman Foundation in the new year.  I have accepted appointment as the 19th President of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. You may recall that I served as dean of the law […]

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Slabach

Dear Truman Scholars,

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that I will leave the position of Executive Secretary of the Truman Foundation in the new year.  I have accepted appointment as the 19th President of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. You may recall that I served as dean of the law school there prior to joining the Truman Foundation staff. 

Melany and I are very excited about returning to Fort Worth and I am happy to be more directly involved again in higher education administration.  But, I will miss the day-to-day involvement with all of you.

Secretary Albright informed the Foundation Trustees today at the Annual Board meeting.  She recommended to the Board that I be elected Treasurer of the Foundation to continue working on financial issues in a formal capacity.  The Board approved her recommendation and I have accepted this position.

Secretary Albright will announce in the near future a selection process to identify my successor.  In the interim, I will continue to work closely with the Foundation’s wonderful and dedicated staff to make sure we are able to continue our essential mission of identifying and supporting public service leaders.

I look forward to continued involvement with the Truman Scholar community!

Fred Slabach (MS ’77)

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Fred Slabach (MS ’77): A Larger, Strong Community https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/fred-slabach-ms-77-a-larger-strong-community/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fred-slabach-ms-77-a-larger-strong-community Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:25:00 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2010/04/13/fred-slabach-ms-77-a-larger-strong-community Posted in From the Foundation

Dear Scholars, Over the last two months, the Truman Scholar community has become larger and stronger. Sixty 2010 Scholars have joined our community, Scholars from every decade have attended events across the country, and soon, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Truman Scholars Leadership Week with a Reunion Weekend for Scholars from all years […]

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Dear Scholars,

Over the last two months, the Truman Scholar
community has become larger and stronger. Sixty
2010 Scholars have joined our community
, Scholars from every decade have
attended events across the country, and soon, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Truman
Scholars Leadership Week with a Reunion Weekend for Scholars
from all years
of selection.

It is always exciting to watch our community
expand. On March 30, Truman Scholarship Foundation President Madeleine K.
Albright announced the selection of 60 new
Truman Scholars
from among nearly 600 candidates. The students come from
diverse background and will graduate from some of the country’s largest public
universities and smallest private colleges, but they all share a commitment to
public service. We welcome these talented young people to our community of more
than 2,500 Truman Scholars and look forward to watching them advance in their
academic and professional lives.

This year, Truman Scholar selection season
served as an opportunity to reconnect more Scholars than ever before. In
addition to the finalist dinners hosted in many cities around the country, the
Truman Scholars Association organized a number of informal meet-and-greet events
for Scholars. It was my pleasure to meet with nearly 150 Scholars over the
course of my travels for regional interview panels. A number of photographs
have been posted on the Truman Scholars Association website. Due to these
events, and the launch of this newsletter, Scholars have reached out to let us
know what they are up to (see Class Notes)
and to contribute pieces to the Truman Scholars Blog (see Harry
and Health Care
). If you would like to contribute something – an update
about yourself or a piece for publication – please reach out to TSA@trumanscholars.org or to me directly. 

The excitement continues to grow with the Truman Scholar Reunion
Weekend
, a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Truman Scholars
Leadership Week (TSLW), fast approaching. Scholars from all classes are welcome
to attend, and I am proud to announce that at least one other member of the
Class of 1977 (besides me) has already registered! For those Scholars who
have fond memories of TSLW, either as a Scholar or Senior Scholar, or who’ve
always wanted to see what it’s all about, this Reunion will be a great
opportunity to experience TSLW, either again or for the first time. We are
excited to welcome Jeffrey Toobin (NY ’80), noted legal analyst and
best-selling author, as our keynote speaker, and to work with the Harry S.
Truman Library and Museum to arrange special behind-the-scenes tours for
Reunion Scholars. The
registration deadline of April 29 is fast approaching, so register right away!

Thank you for all you do to support the
Truman Scholars community. I look forward to reconnecting with you soon –
hopefully as early as the Reunion in May!

Sincerely,

Frederick Slabach (MS ’77)
Executive Secretary
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

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2010 Truman Scholars Announced https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/2010-truman-scholars-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2010-truman-scholars-announced Wed, 31 Mar 2010 01:40:00 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2010/03/30/2010-truman-scholars-announced Posted in From the Foundation

Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced that 60 students from 54 US colleges and universities have been selected as 2010 Truman Scholars. They were elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of ‘making a difference.’   The 60 Scholars were […]

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Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced that 60 students from 54 US colleges and universities have been selected as 2010 Truman Scholars. They were elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of ‘making a difference.’

 

The 60 Scholars were selected from among 576 candidates nominated by 245 colleges and universities. Each selection panel interviewed Finalists from a 3 – 4 state region and generally elected one Scholar from each state and one at-large Scholar from the region. Each panel typically included a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant, and a past Truman Scholarship winner.

 

Each Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.

 

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. There have been 2730 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977.

 

The 2010 Truman Scholars will assemble May 25 for a leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, on May 30, 2010. For a listing of the 2010 Scholars and more information on the Foundation, see http://www.truman.gov.

 

Selected statistics on the 2010 Scholars:· 

 

  • 10 attend a small college [undergraduate enrollment less than 2000 students];
  • 8   attend one of America’s 50 largest universities;
  • 6   attend a service academy;
  • 29 attend a public institution.

 

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From Executive Secretary Fred Slabach (MS ’77) https://trumanscholars.org/from-the-foundation/from-executive-secretary-fred-slabach-ms-77/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=from-executive-secretary-fred-slabach-ms-77 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 17:56:16 +0000 http://www.trumanscholars.org/blog/2010/03/09/from-executive-secretary-fred-slabach-ms-76 Posted in From the Foundation

Dear Scholars,   Last May, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation sponsored the first-ever Truman Scholars National Conference, which was organized by the Truman Scholars Association (TSA). As you well know, the Foundation has been building human capital for social innovation and national service since its inception in 1976 as the federal government’s living memorial […]

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Dear Scholars,

 

Slabach

Last May, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation sponsored the first-ever
Truman Scholars National Conference, which was organized by the Truman Scholars
Association (TSA). As you well know, the Foundation has been building human
capital for social innovation and national service since its inception in 1976
as the federal government’s living memorial to our 33rd president. And TSA has
been broadening and deepening the interconnections among Truman Scholars for
more than a decade. It seems only natural that the two organizations would work in
partnership to further our mutual goals.

 

The Foundation and TSA continue identifying ways to capitalize on the tremendous
energy created by the National Conference and to further strengthen the Truman
Scholar community.

 

This month marks the official launch of two new communication tools we have
developed together – the “Truman Scholars Blog” and the “Truman Scholar
News” e-mail newsletter. We hope that these will help you to keep informed
of what other Truman Scholars are doing and communicate with one another. As
these are new initiatives, we are eager to receive feedback from Scholars about
what they find most useful and how we may improve efforts to enhance
communication.

 

In addition to online interaction, TSA has begun to organize a series of
meet-and-greet events in coordination with my trips to cities around the
country for Truman Scholar finalist interviews. Last week, Margaret Hsu (KS
’93) hosted more than 30 Scholars in the Washington, DC area at the Tabard Inn
for a kick-off event. We hope you will check the schedule of Meet-and-Greets,
as well as Finalist Dinners, and join us if you are able. (Click
here for more information.
)

 

These events will culminate in May, as we celebrate the induction of a new
class of Scholars. All Scholars are invited to attend the Truman Scholars
Reunion Weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Truman Scholars Leadership
Week in Missouri from May 27 to May 30, 2010. The events will be hosted at
William Jewell College in Liberty and at the Truman Presidential Library and
Museum in Independence, Mo. We are excited to announce that Jeffrey Toobin (NY ’80),
noted legal analyst (CNN, The New Yorker) and author of The Nine, will serve as
our keynote speaker. (Click here for more information.)

 

As I interact with Scholars around the country and receive updates via e-mail,
I am reminded what an impressive community this is. As I have said many times:
Whoever you are and wherever you are on your path in public service, the Truman
Foundation is proud of you. And I am proud to be a member of your community.

 

I hope to see many of you soon at a meet-and-greet event in your community,
or in Missouri this May.

 

Sincerely,

 

Frederick Slabach (MS ’77)

Executive Secretary

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

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