VMF Application, Interview, and Selection Process Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why did I receive notification that my application was not eligible?
A. Most likely, because you are a May 2021 graduate, responding that you did not have a college/undergraduate degree. Please reach out to the VMF Director, Leisha LaRiviere, if you have any technical issues with the application. Also, if your most recent graduation date is prior to 2018, then you are not eligible to apply. Those students who graduated prior to 2018, and indicated current graduate school are eligible. (Applicants must include graduate school on the application, in the cover letter, or on the resume. Educational status is accepted from the applicant and confirmed during the final hiring phase.)

Q. When is the application due?
A. For the 4th cohort, the application deadline is February 24, 2021.

Q. Do I include my statement of interest in the cover letter itself or as a separate document?
A. Your cover letter should include a statement of interest in the VMF program and a career in a Commonwealth of Virginia state agency.

Q. Is there a page limit for the cover letter?
A. There is no page limit for the cover letter. However, applicants are encouraged to craft succinct cover letters with deliberate, intentional diction.

Q. Can I resubmit my cover letter or resume if I noticed an error?
A. Applicants may not resubmit any documents after submitting their application.

Q. Where do I send letter(s) of recommendation?
A. The person writing your letter of recommendation should send it via email to VMF Director Leisha LaRiviere at llariviere@vt.edu and cc Connor Winstead, Administrative Coordinator, at cwinstead@vt.edu. The applicant may not send letters on the recommender’s behalf.

Q. Do letters of recommendation have the same deadline as the VMF application?
A. No, letters of recommendation are not subject to the application deadline because they are not required. However, we suggest asking your recommender(s) to submit their letter as soon as possible.

Q. Is the salary negotiable?
A. This program is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and managed by the Office of the Governor-Secretary of Finance. The program exists as part of Virginia’s budget, where the Fellows’ salaries and benefits are set. The non-negotiable salary for the position is $40,000 with full benefits as a classified employee of the Commonwealth. Benefits include immediate entry into the Virginia Retirement Systems savings plans and an array of health insurance and wellness benefits. If the salary does not meet your living needs, please consider removing your application from consideration.

Q. When will I know if I will have an interview for the VMF program?
A. DHRM recruitment professionals are screening applications as they arrive in the recruitment management system. Notifications will be made in late February or early March 2021.

Q. How will I be notified about my progress in the selection?
A. Notifications of progress are made via system-generated emails, including announcements of those who move into the interview phase.

Q. When are interviews held?
A. Interviews are held in March 2021. Details are sent to those invited to interview.

Q. Do you provide reimbursement for travel to the interview?
A. The Virginia Management Fellows program does not provide reimbursement for travel or parking.

Q. If my interview goes well, what can I expect?
A. Following the selection panel results, DHRM and the Capital Police conduct educational screenings and background checks for the entire cohort. VMF selections are shared with applicants 4-6 weeks post-interview. However, announcements of the Virginia Management Fellows cohort are not made until a June press briefing with the Governor.

Q. When does the job start?
A. The Fellows start their jobs on June 10, 2021.

Q. Where is the job located?
A. Jobs for the VMF are located in Richmond, VA. There has been one job posting “in the field”, where water quality testing and analysis were conducted, interpreted, and reported. The VMF program may consider another out-of-Richmond posting in the future. However, the program design requires a close proximity for all 12 of the VMF Cohort 4 Fellows.

Q. Can I telecommute?
A. There may be opportunity – during an agency rotation – for some limited work from a Fellow’s home office. However, the intensity of the training, the seminar sessions and small group work, study, leadership training, and mentoring experiences are all best experienced “in person, hands on, and minds on”.

Q. Do program leaders support job search after the 2- year Fellowship?
A. The post-Fellowship job search is led by the Fellow himself or herself. That said, the VMF leaders and mentors provide networking opportunities, resume review, and a variety of supports during the job search. The VMF program is a state succession-planning effort. A critical metric of the program’s success is the hirning of Fellow’s post-Fellowship. So, all program partners are motivated to help Fellows secure a post in a Commonwealth of Virginia agency.