Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, if you have ever considered public service, now is the time to share your expertise and give the addiction recovery community a voice at the table. The president appoints more than 4,000 executive branch employees across federal agencies, boards and commissions, ranging from entry-level special assistant and confidential assistant positions up to senior Ambassador and Cabinet-level posts. In addition to full-time appointed positions in Washington, D.C., there are opportunities to serve on boards, advisory committees and grant reviewing groups across the country.

We serve as a talent bank, counselor and advocate for people openly in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs seeking politically appointed positions in government. The project:

  • Assists and identifies professionals to serve in the administration in coalition with organizations across the country as a project of Facing Addiction
  • Raises the importance of having people openly in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs serving in positions in government
  • Develops and supports a talent bank of people openly in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs interested in federal appointments in Washington, D.C.

Please help us spread the word about ARAP! Send this backgrounder out to colleagues and friends, asking them to consider adding their voice in Washington, DC.

In addition to applying to the Addiction Recovery Appointments Project, applicants should apply directly to the administration. In order to be considered for a presidential appointment, all applicants MUST additionally apply to the White House through the official White House application site at https://greatagain.gov/serve-america-e3c623c4e102#.r37w6hg7c.

Depending on the appointment level,applying and qualifying for  appointments in Washington DC can be a long process- sometimes taking up to a year or more. As long as appointments remain available, the Addiction Recovery Appointments Project will identify people in recovery that can add value through lived experience to positions throughout federal government.