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Nominations for the 2019-2020 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership are open!
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Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

2018 Roger Jones Award Winners, Nominators and Key Director

Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award has annually recognized two federal career executives of the Senior Executive Service who have demonstrated superior leadership in achieving their agency's mission and developing future managers.

This year, four awards will be presented at the Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference on May 26, 2020.

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award will be honored in a special ceremony hosted be American University and receive a $2,500 cash award.

Important information about the 2019-2020 Roger Jones Award Nomination Process and Ceremony

The Roger Jones Award nomination process will now be longer with the nomination applications due on February 3, 2020.  The application requirements will be the same as previous years. 

For questions or more information, please email Jennifer Tether at rogerjonesaward@american.edu.

2018 Roger Jones Awardees and their entourages.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Awards are open!

Apply by February 3, 2020.

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42nd Annual Roger W. Jones Award Ceremony

Spring 2020
More information coming soon!

Discounts available for Key & SPA students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Please email rogerjonesaward@american.edu for more details.

Request for Proposals! Apply here to present at the 11th Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership.  Deadline is Dec. 13, 2019

How to Submit a Nomination

Nominations are due February 3, 2020 and may be submitted online. For questions or more information, email rogerjonesaward@american.edu.  Please address all inquires to the Roger Jones Awards Committee.
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Please use the Nomination Package Checklist to ensure your nomination is complete and eligible for consideration, as it includes a list of required documentation from both the nominator and the nominee.

2019/20 winners will be announced in April 2020.

About the Award

The Roger W. Jones Award annually recognizes federal career executives of the Senior Executive Service committed not only to mission success, but also to developing and inspiring those whom they lead, consistent with the career of the extraordinary public servant for whom the Award is named.

Roger Jones (February 3, 1908 – May 28, 1993) served seven US Presidents over 43 years, including tours as Deputy Secretary of State, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission.  

He extolled the importance of public administration, and stressed the need to provide professional education for public managers.

Nomination Criteria

The criteria for this prestigious award for federal career executives (members of SES) are demonstrated exceptional capabilities in the following areas:

  • superior leadership which has resulted in outstanding organizational achievements
  • a strong commitment to bringing about effective continuation of government by helping to develop the careers of people who will serve as managers and executives in the future federal service

Presidential appointees and other administration appointees are invited each spring to submit nominations of career executives responsible to them who have demonstrated outstanding executive leadership.

Award Presentation

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award are honored at the Key Executive Leadership Conference held each Spring in Washington, DC, an event that draws hundreds of federal leaders from across the government for a day dedicated to personal and professional development.

Each honoree receives a $2,500 honorarium.

Roger W. Jones Award Selection Committee 

Dr. Patrick Malone
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs; Roger W. Jones Award Committee Chair, School of Public Affairs, American University

David S. C. Chu
President, Institute for Defense Analyses; Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration

Ed Deseve
Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration; Executive in Residence, Brookings Executive Education; former Special Adviser to the President

Mortimer Downey
President, Mort Downey Consulting, LLC; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation

Terry Gerton
President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

Sallyanne Harper
Past President, Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; Member Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

David Mader
Civilian Sector Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte

Bob Tobias
Distinguished Practitioner in Residence; Former Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs