Building the Future Public Sector Workforce



Tell Us What Data You Need About the Region’s Workforce Challenges

What information would help your organization and other public sector employers meet its workforce needs? Add your questions directly to the draft Data Collection Questions list.

Share What You Know

Are there workforce resources, datasets, research, or case studies that either your organization uses or that you think other organizations may find useful? Email this information to [email protected] to have them listed on the IPPS website and shared with the membership.

Hiring? Tell us About Upcoming Recruitment Opportunities

What upcoming recruitment events and opportunities are on your radar? Email this information [email protected] to share with IPPS.


April 2023 General Membership Meeting Recording Now Available

In addition to serving as an opportunity to connect in-person with members of the IPPS network, the April 2023 IPPS General Membership Meetings featured updates on IPPS’ upcoming work and two discussions focusing on public sector workforce planning. The audio recording of this meeting is now available.

Reinvigorating the Public Sector Workforce Pipeline, Post-Pandemic

Over the last few years, the public sector workforce landscape has drastically changed in response to the pandemic. Join us and share your insights on the “State of the Public Service Sector” as we seek to respond to, support, and replenish this essential workforce. This virtual Listening Session is hosted by Innovative Pathways to Public Service (IPPS) in partnership with ILG and more. Moderators will include: Terri Carpenter, Workforce Development Manager, SETA Renee John, Project Leader, Valley Vision Erica L. Manuel, CEO & Executive Director, ILG Dr. Jeffrey Mrizek, Principal, Mrizek Global, LLC The event is open to any public sector employers, including but not limited to: cities, counties and special districts. Please share!   Wednesday, March 23 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Register online at:

Dr. Robert Eyler Presents to IPPS – Public Sector Update

The Innovative Pathways to Public Service collaborative met for the first time in 2021 to hear from Dr. Robert Eyler, Professor of Economics with Sonoma State University. Dr. Eyler presented an economic update and analysis on the public sector as it endures and recovers from the pandemic. Click here for the PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. Robert Eyler. The recording for the event is included below. Thank you to our sponsor, North/Far North Consortium and to Blaine Smith, Chair for creating this data-rich opportunity for the IPPS collaborative.  Thank you to Terri Carpenter, Workforce Development Manager, Sacramento Employment & Training Agency, for hosting and facilitating the March 2021 IPPS collaborative. About IPPS IPPS is focused on building bridges and working in new and strengthened relations. Together, the partners desire and are building a new paradigm of effective, data-driven strategies for attracting, developing and retaining talent. Through creative branding /marketing, partners can inspire a sustainable culture of innovation, increase diversity and ensure government employees resemble our communities. Through a collaborative, informal network, this dedicated cohort of stakeholders are champions of change in the development of and engagement with a new generation of the public sector workforce.

Careers in Government Day Events – April 2021

This April, educators and public sector employers across the greater Sacramento region are teaming up to host a series of events focused on raising awareness of public sector careers. “Careers in Government Day” is an annual event showcasing careers, skills, and pathways to success. During the live events, students, teachers, and public sector industry professionals will discuss jobs, career paths that led to a professional’s current position, resumes, how to use LinkedIn and network, and current events that are impacting the future of public sector jobs, including COVID-19 and social justice movements. Educators and employers are linking up through virtual platforms and protecting student privacy by removing cameras or interfacing through third-party platforms. Given the evolving nature of school re-opening plans, some events are still being finalized. Below is a list of currently scheduled events: Careers in Government Day 2021 – Series of Events: April 6: Sacramento State MPPA Students & Florin High’s Law Academy April 7, 9, 14: California Department of Food & Agriculture & Rosemont High School April 9: UC Davis Health + Sacramento County Behavioral Health & Health Workforce Initiative, Los Rios Community College + Local High Schools April 14, 27, 28: City of Roseville & Roseville […]

Updates May 21 IPPS Virtual Meeting

Hello IPPS Colleagues and Partners – Thank you for joining the IPPS for our first virtual meeting on Zoom. The recording of the webinar is available online.  We followed our agenda closely and stayed on time! This write-up includes our meeting notes and links to additional support materials: Action Teams Updates: Best Practices: Focusing on outreach efforts between employers, colleges and creating supportive materials and environments for introducing public sector careers to new audiences. Pathway Mapping: CSUS students are helping to create a pathways map. Mental health project is also providing a specific pathway map for behavioral health public sector careers. Work-Based Learning & Civics Education:  Focusing on virtual work-based learning experiences supporting transition to virtual experiences for current summer programs.  Initial planning for the Fall Careers in Public Service Day is underway. Presentation by ConnectEd and San Diego Unified on Virtual Work-Based Learning Experiences and Best Practices. Virtual Career Exploration with Marques McCammon, President Ricardo USA– For more than a century, Ricardo – a world leader in propulsion technologies – has designed and engineered innovative products in every facet of transportation. For the North American operation, Marques has built a new management team focused on developing a cleaner mobility […]

Updates from the January 2020 Meeting of the IPPS Collaborative

The IPPS Collaborative met in January to develop our Action Team’s plans for 2020. We also learned about the work of Folsom Lake College’s Business Technology curriculum and how it connects students from high school and community college into public service pathways. Take a look below for our meeting notes, the IPPS meeting slides, and the Folsom Lake College presentation. IPPS January 2020 Meeting Notes IPPS- January 2020 Meeting Slide Deck Folsom Lake College Business Technology and Public Service Pathways Presentation  

SMUD Career Exploration Event

SMUD Career Exploration Event Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. SMUD Customer Service Center – 6301 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95817 We’re excited to highlight many different career paths and potential employment opportunites here at SMUD. Participate in a panel session with our Chief Information Officer, Steve Clemons and the Information Technology Team. Meet with employees from various departments like Human Resources, Accounting, and our field forces. Participate in resume workshops (registration required) and create a SMUD Career portal profile. Please feel free to come at any time throughout the event. Event itinerary: 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. Registration – Check in at the Customer Service Center lobby Last entry time for this event is at 6:15 p.m. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Career Exploration & Network Meet representatives from different departments from all over SMUD including but not limited to IT, Engineering, Human Resources, Customer, Marketing, Finance/Accounting, Legal/Regulatory, Field Forces, and Energy Education. 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Resume Workshop – Session 1 5:30 – 5:50 p.m. IT Panel Discussion in the Rubicon Room (limited seating – first come, first served) Hear about the wide variety of IT professions at SMUD. 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Resume Workshop – Session 2 […]

November 21st Meeting Notes

The IPPS Collaborative met on November 21st. The meeting notes are included here. This was the final meeting of the IPPS collaborative for the 2019 calendar year and the group focused on it’s accomplishments, action teams met, and the overview/framework of IPPS was shared as part of the sustainability of growing the collaborative with a solid foundation.  

Careers in Public Service Day (Updates!)

Youth from around the capital region are participating in Careers in Public Service Days this November. These events are organized by local and state government agencies and K-12 and community college partners through the Innovative Pathways to Public Service Collaborative and with the support of the AT&T Foundation. More than 300 students are learning about careers in utilities, information technology, water, finance, libraries, probation, healthcare, child development and more as part of an effort to showcase the diverse opportunities within the public sector. Highlights from the events at California Air Resources Board, Placer County, American River College, City of Sacramento, SMUD and more are included in this gallery. More to come! To learn more about the event series, see this update.

Public Sector Job Search Sites

The following list is provided to help in the search for public sector careers in the greater Sacramento region. Where required, the links have been targeted to reach Sacramento area jobs so please tailor to reach additional locations. Note this list is not exhaustive; Please share additional ideas with IPPS via email. Public Sector Agencies & Search Sites CalOpps CalHR Government Jobs Sacramento Employment & Training Agency: Sacramento Works School Districts Careers (by county): El Dorado Placer Sacramento Sutter Yolo Yuba Special District Careers: Cosumnes Community Services District CSDA: Special Districts Career Center SMUD County Careers: County of El Dorado County of Placer County of Sacramento County of Sutter County of Yolo County of Yuba City Careers: Citrus Heights Davis Elk Grove Marysville Placerville Rancho Cordova Roseville Sacramento Woodland Internships / Student Positions City of Sacramento Internship Information CalHR Youth Aid Opportunities (Sacramento) Sac State Internship Resources Sacramento County Internship Information Yolo County Internship Information Additional Resources Americorps CalJobs Learn more about the public sector job search, application and hiring process, and pathway opportunities via IPPS partners: American Society for Public Administration – Sacramento CalHR (website) CalHR (youtube) City of Sacramento Hiring Process NxtGov’s Job Search Tools NxtGov: How to […]

IPPS November Meeting: Focus on the Future, Celebrate Successes

The IPPS Collaborative will meet November 21st to discuss its governance model and focus on future activities. The Action Teams will meet to accelerate their work in: Pathway Development & Work-Based Learning, Civics Education, and Best Practices. The meeting will take place at SMUD’s newly renovated building: 6201 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95817. Here is the November 21 2019 IPPS Meeting Agenda. Also this month, the IPPS Civics Education team is leading events across the region to showcase public sector careers in Yolo, Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado counties. The Best Practices Team hosts a listening session with students to find out about what is most appealing and concerning when career searching in the public sector. Stay tuned for more information about IPPS at our website and social channels: Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter:  

Careers in Public Service Day

Innovative Pathways to Public Service Sponsors Careers in Public Service Month – Showcasing Career Pathways into Public Service Jobs for High School Students Innovative Pathways to Public Service (IPPS) is sponsoring Careers in Public Service Month to increase the awareness about public sector career opportunities to the workforce of tomorrow. During the month of November, local public service organizations and high schools are joining together for Careers in Public Service Day, a series of events across the greater Sacramento region offering 300 students hands-on activities to increase their awareness of diverse careers in the public sector – healthcare, cities, counties, special districts and state government. IPPS is a cross-sector collaborative of organizations focused on youth and workforce development. IPPS members include leaders from education (K-12, community college and universities), workforce development, municipal and state government agencies, and regional community and business partners that want to align efforts for more intentional, effective pathways into public service. IPPS is building a new paradigm of effective, data-driven strategies for attracting, developing and retaining talent. The Public Sector Workforce report published through the efforts of the collaborative, determined that 24% of all the jobs in the region are public sector jobs and that many […]

Thank you for joining IPPS at the Public Sector Workforce Summit

Thank you for attending the August 29th Public Sector Workforce Summit Thank you for attending the August 29 Public Sector Workforce Summit hosted bv the Innovative Pathways to Public Service collaborative (IPPS). At the sold out event, we unveiled key findings from the Sacramento Region Public Sector Workforce Needs Assessment and we heard from state and local leaders about their initiatives to transform and empower the public sector. We also heard loud and clear that there is a strong desire to ensure the public sector meets the diverse needs and modern demands of our next generation of employees, our local communities and our statewide organizations. We also proudly announced commitments from three of the region’s major educational institutions to work with us to continue this important work. The Summary Report and the Summit Presentation are now available for your review and distribution. Please share the information with your professional networks and encourage them to join the movement. (The full report will be added to the website soon, so stay tuned for that email.) We welcome additional participants at our next IPPS meeting: Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA) 925 Del Paso […]

Public Sector Career Mentoring

The Sacramento State Alumni Association has launched a public sector career mentoring program. Currently completing their search for mentors, the program seeks to provide guidance and information to those interested in working in the public sector.

Carver High School offers college courses

Through the efforts of IPPS members, Carver High School will offer Psych 300 this fall. Offering college courses to students creates opportunities to explore different interests and encourages the pursuit of further education.

Leadership Summit on the Future of the Public Sector Workforce

The Innovative Pathways to Public Service collaborative and the Institute for Local Government invite you to join us on August 29th to hear the latest findings on a study of the Sacramento region’s six-county public sector workforce. Participants will learn from and explore opportunities with experts from our region’s public sector, community colleges, workforce development, K12 and the greater community. Details: Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria: 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 Questions: [email protected] / 916-658-8207 Register below or via Eventbrite by Thursday, August 22nd for this free event.

Success Story at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science

A note from Tony D with Folsom Lake college…. Hi Everyone, I look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Here is some information: Success Story at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, I had the opportunity to guide and assist 2 groups of senior students (40 total students) for a total of two hours with 20 students in each session,  in the area of resume preparation and writing. Some of the topics included seeking  public sector type employment and continuing a higher level of education, such as attending Folsom Lake College, which has  a campus nearby in Ranch Cordova. A special recognition to Principal Allegra Alessandri, Ed.D.for helping to coordinate this event and allowing me on the school’s prestigious campus. The students acknowledge the importance of this information and asked many interesting questions regarding their careers and future. The students learned how to “match” their experience and education to the various job descriptions for a professional looking resume. Also, the students reflected on their strengths, such as communication skills and completing tasks timely, that could benefit a future employer. I heard the students say the information was “awesome,” as handouts were shared. This […]

Social Venture Partners Sacramento Highlights IPPS’ Work!

Thank you for SVP Sacramento and IPPS Partner Cameron Law for sharing about our mutual work to build ““… a collaborative of youth and workforce development-focused organizations aligning efforts for more intentional, effective pathways into public service.” Read about the highlights of our February working group meeting on his blog.