Excelsior Service Fellow
Department of Civil Service, Division of Staffing Services
Baruch College MPA graduate Jeffrey Baily has been interested in social justice issues and working for the government since his days as an undergrad at Union College. He majored in Political Science and Latin American Studies and dedicated much of his time to volunteer work and community service.
As he went on to pursue a Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College, the Great Neck, NY native gained valuable public service experience as a Volunteer Coordinator with NYC Civic Corps/AmeriCorps' Computers for Youth, where he conducted computer learning workshops and assisted with recruitment and volunteer outreach. An internship with the New York City Charter School Center also allowed him to work on legislation and policy issues including campaigning to pass the Charter School Students with Special Needs Act.
These career experiences as well as his academic achievements helped Jeffrey stand out among the 80 recent graduates from colleges, universities, law and professional programs chosen by Governor Cuomo for an Excelsior Service Fellowship. This inaugural program allows those recent graduates to serve a two-year position in one of 41 state agencies or authorities, where they will gain experience in policy and operations.
"When I found out I was chosen, I was ecstatic because I felt that I had a real opportunity to apply the skills I've gained professionally and academically to serve the people of New York and learn a variety of new things."
Appointed by Cuomo to the Department of Civil Services, Jeffrey's past project management, policy and recruitment experience have prepared him well for the fellowship, which is in the Division of Staffing Services. His responsibilities include extensive outreach to recruit for upcoming civil service exams and internship programs, managing various projects related to recruitment and outreach, and developing content for a re-vamped civil service website.
"I've learned a great deal about the civil service system as well as how my role fits into the Governor's overall reform agenda, " says Jeffrey. "It's been a great learning experience thus far and I look forward to further applying and developing my professional skills in this capacity."
Jeffrey says that his education at Baruch's School of Public Affairs offered a foundation for navigating the complex field of public administration. "It provided me with the practical tools necessary to succeed in the public sector." His time working as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Life also taught him about working with student organizations, event logistics, budgeting, vendor contracts, and how to respond to issues, all critical lessons for learning the inner workings of a large public entity like CUNY. The experience influenced his future plans.
"I hope to continue state service upon completion of the fellowship," says Jeffrey. "I see myself working in a project management capacity (similar to my current role) either with the state or with SUNY or CUNY."
Written by Celene McDermott