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On February 22, 2019, the District government created the Pathway to Government Employment Partnership Program ("Career Pathways Program") to give graduates of District public high schools and recipients of a GED or high school equivalency credential from the District a first shot at entry-level District government jobs. This issuance provides additional information about the Career Pathways Program, how District agencies support the Program, and how District residents may take advantage of the Program to gain a foothold into middle-class, public service careers.
The Career Pathways Program gives District residents who are graduates of District public high schools or recipients of a GED or high school equivalency credential from the District priority consideration for entry-level District government jobs. Using partnerships between the District government and District public schools, adult education schools, and nonprofit organizations that prepare District residents for District high school diplomas or high school equivalency credentials, the Career Pathways Program will promote employment applications from and the hiring of resident District graduates into entry-level jobs that serve as steppingstones to skilled, professional careers.
To be eligible for priority consideration for entry-level job opportunities via the Career Pathways Program, an individual must currently reside in the District and have obtained one of the following:
Under this Program, an entry-level job means a competitive job classified at grade seven or below in the Career Service.
For each entry-level job opening, District government agencies under the Mayor’s authority must exclusively consider hiring resident District graduate applicants who are scored or ranked as at least qualified. The District government can only consider other candidates from the public if there are no qualified and eligible resident District graduate candidates to fill the position.
Eligible resident District graduate applicants can apply for an entry-level position by following the steps below:
After applying for a job on careers.dc.gov, eligible applicants undergo a screening and evaluation using established competitive recruitment procedures. After applying:
If the hiring agency selects you and you are a qualified, eligible candidate:
Agencies must post all Career Service job vacancies at grades seven and below on careers.dc.gov, initially limiting the area of consideration to resident District graduates. While most entry-level jobs must be competed, in some cases, non-competitive procedures will better serve an agency’s needs, i.e., the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. In those cases, agencies must request and receive authorization from DCHR before making any non-competitive job offers for these positions.
For all competitive Career Service vacancies at grades seven and below, agencies must develop a vacancy announcement that includes the following language:
“This position is part of the Pathway to Government Employment Partnership Program. District residents who received a high school diploma from the District of Columbia Public Schools or a District public charter school or received a GED or its equivalent from the District of Columbia will receive priority consideration for this entry-level position. Applicants must provide a high school transcript, GED certificate, high school diploma, or other applicable documentation along with verification of District residency before the District government may extend a final offer of employment.”
Additionally, agencies must select “District Graduate” under the area of consideration for any applicable postings.
Agencies must accept applications from resident District graduates for each competitive entry-level position for at least five business days. If an agency is unable to fill a position after exclusively considering all resident District graduate applicants who are ranked as “qualified” (or equivalent) and above, the agency may consider applicants from the general public to fill the position.
A qualified applicant claiming to be a resident District graduate will receive consideration priority for entry level Career Service positions. The assigned HR Specialist shall confirm that the applicant selected “yes” on the Career Pathways screening question and conduct an analysis of the application to determine whether the candidate qualifies for the Program and the job. All qualified resident District graduate applicants must be referred to the hiring manager before any other candidates may be referred. If an agency is unable to fill a position after considering all qualified resident District graduate applicants, the agency may consider other candidates. Quarterly, DCHR will review entry-level positions to ensure eligible resident District graduates were considered prior to reviewing other applicants.
Program participants may select and receive any additional, applicable preferences, such as Veteran’s Preference, Foster Care Youth Employment Preference, or Residency Preference as part of their application to an entry-level job.
Employees who currently occupy entry-level term positions that were obtained by open competition do not have to compete for their positions again once the position is eligible for conversion in accordance with Chapter 8 of the District Personnel Manual (DPM). Moving forward, however, competitive entry-level term positions will be required to go through the Career Pathways Program process.
When an agency experiences a reduction-in-force and has individuals within its Agency Reemployment Priority Program (ARPP) or Displaced Employee Program (DEP), the agency must first make entry-level positions available to ARPP and DEP program participants. The agency must hire for the entry-level job using competitive recruitment procedures giving priority consideration to resident District graduates after exhausting any list of ARPP and DEP candidates.
In addition, agencies may give priority placement to employees returning from a workplace disability before making the position available to resident District graduates.
In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of this issuance and any CBA, the provisions of the CBA shall control to the extent there is a difference.
This issuance applies to those District government agencies subordinate to the Mayor’s personnel authority.
To learn more about the Career Pathways Program, we encourage you to review the corresponding Career Pathways Program at a Glance. To view the law passed by the D.C. Council creating the Pathway to Government Employment Partnership Program, please review D.C. Official Code §§ 1-603.01, 1-604.02a and 1-608.01.
If you are a resident District graduate or an agency seeking assistance, please contact email@example.com.
Issued by Director Ventris C. Gibson, D.C. Department of Human Resources on Feb. 12, 2021, midnight