LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Mission-Critical Professionals

“I am now using my skills and lessons learned to build other leaders within my agency.”

– Former ITL Participant
Acquisition IT Finance

Quick Details

Committment

90 course hours (ranging from 5-9 months)

Cost

$5,900

Audience

High-performing midlevel professionals who have reached the GS-12 to GS-14 level at the time of application

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Contact

For more information contact Nathan Pace at npace@ourpublicservice.org or
(202) 495-7184.

Increasingly, agencies look to their acquisition, finance and IT professionals to deliver services that strengthen operations, improve services and support their missions.

These professionals need more than technical skills to effectively manage this mission-critical work—they also need strong leadership capabilities. The Partnership develops the profession-specific leadership skills of high-performing, midlevel leaders, through three unique programs:

Our professionally aligned program curricula feature best practices from across sectors. Participants develop the executive communication, strategic thinking and stakeholder engagement skills needed to excel in their profession and play a critical role in leading agency operations.To ensure participants not only learn important lessons throughout the program, but also graduate capable of putting those lessons to use on real-world government problems, they will participate in interagency team action learning projects.

Participants in each program remain in their full-time jobs and are expected to attend every session. Participants are also expected to read articles, case studies and reports and work on team projects. Prior to applying, you should review the program schedule and confirm your availability.

Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program

Addressing a need identified by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program strengthens the leadership skills of federal acquisition professionals through a combination of innovative coursework, peer collaboration, best practice benchmarking and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders.

Upon completion of the program, LEAP graduates are eligible to earn 90 Continuous Learning Points.


October 10-12

Value-Based Leadership
  • Improving interpersonal skills
  • Pursuing integrity
  • Gaining motivation for public service
  • Promoting self-management

November 16-17

Leading Teams
  • Managing conflict
  • Building teams

January 30-February 1

Managing and Motivating Others
  • Leveraging diversity
  • Developing others
  • Inspiring and engaging others
  • Building relationships and trust

March 27-28

Driving Innovation
  • Integrating creativity and innovation
  • Expanding flexibility
  • Improving problem solving

May 22-24

Achieving results
  • Establishing accountability
  • Broadening strategic thinking
  • Building partnerships
  • Influencing and negotiating shared goals

June 26-28

Graduation and Commitment to Action
  • Enhancing oral communication

100% of LEAP graduates feel they are better leaders as a result of the LEAP program


95% indicated the program had a positive impact on their ability to innovate and be creative with their daily acquisition work

Federal IT Leaders

In today’s fast-paced federal environment, IT professionals need strong leadership skills to achieve their agencies’ missions. The Federal IT Leaders Program strengthens leadership and management skills through a unique combination of innovative coursework, peer collaboration, best practice benchmarking and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders.


August 22-24

Self-Awareness and Discovery
  • Identify personal core values and how values align
  • Examine the need for leadership in addressing the unique challenges facing the IT workforce
  • Understand the distinction between management and leadership
  • Assess personal leadership strengths and development areas

October 3-5

Leading and Motivating Others
  • Examine leadership styles and the value of adaptation to different people, situations and environments
  • Lead projects, stakeholders and colleagues more effectively to achieve results
  • Develop systems of accountability

November 28-30

Driving Innovation
  • Examine IT and management systems and the leader’s role in leveraging how different functions contribute to fulfilling government’s mission
  • Understand the leader’s role in thinking and planning strategically
  • Define and identify strategic and meaningful results

January 23-25

Leading Across Agency Boundaries
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders and leverage networks
  • Understand the role of partnerships and coalitions in driving and navigating change
  • Develop an enterprise-wide perspective

March 27-29

Public Service and Synthesis
  • Understand the role of the leader as a public servant
  • Synthesize cumulative program learnings and reflect on successes and challenges
  • Reassess personal leadership strengths and development areas to support continued pursuit of personal and professional growth opportunities
  • Plan for continued application of program learnings in addressing future challenges

100% of Federal IT Leaders participants feel that the program has made them a better leader


95% would recommend the program to a colleague

Financial Leaders Program

The Federal Financial Leaders Program strengthens the leadership, management and business skills of federal financial management professionals through a combination of innovative coursework, peer collaboration, best practice benchmarking and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders.


Leadership and Self-Discovery

Create a leadership foundation through:

  • Clarifying values
  • Developing a personal leadership philosophy
  • Understanding emotional intelligence and increasing self-awareness

Building Teamwork and Accountability

Strengthen teams through:

  • Increasing personal accountability
  • Developing political savvy
  • Managing conflict and overcoming defensiveness
  • Crafting effective team communication and oral presentations

Strategic Communication in the Finance Community

Learn to maximize impact in finance through:

  • Cultivating systems thinking
  • Increasing interdisciplinary awareness (budget, accounting, grants)
  • Analyzing and communicating data
  • Aligning performance with goals

Building Political Savvy in Public Sector Finance

Working effectively in the finance industry by:

  • Understanding customer needs and managing expectations
  • Networking and strategic partnering
  • Enhancing negotiation and influencing skills

Taking Charge of Your Career

Strengthen your finance career by:

  • Building trust and a professional network
  • Being a change-agent and leading from your level
  • Creating a Leadership Development Plan

Synthesis and Celebration

Synthesize lessons learned through:

  • Presenting Action Project results
  • Cultivating a continuous learning mindset
  • Making commitments to action

100% of Financial Leaders Program participants feel that the program has made them a better leader


94% report applying program lessons on the job

How to Apply

Applicants for LEAP, FLP and ITL must be high-performing, midlevel professionals with at least three to five years of experience working in their field. LEAP applicants must also possess, at minimum, a Level II FAC-C, -COR, -P/PM, DAWIA or other equivalent certification and have reached GS-12 to GS-15 level at the time of application. Please be aware that your agency may raise the level of qualifications to meet their expectations.

Program content is geared toward highly motivated, aspiring leaders with the experience and ability to take on needed leadership positions within their teams. We ensure all applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the programs to ensure the high quality of the experience for all program participants.

Applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, up-to-date resume and letter of reference from your supervisor. Carefully consider your short-answer responses to ensure your government career objectives align with our high expectations for participants. You may save your application and return to it later.

If you have further questions, please see the FAQ section.

We are not currently accepting applications for LEAP program.

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FAQs


LEAP

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Enrollment is open to midlevel, high-performing acquisition professionals who have reached GS-12 to GS-15 level at the time of application. At a minimum, participants are required to possess a Level II FAC-C, -COR, -P/PM, DAWIA or other equivalent certification and have at least three years of federal acquisition experience. Please be aware that your agency may raise the level of qualifications to meet their expectations.

You must meet the minimum qualifications of the program, even if you are accepted internally within your agency. We do not waive the minimum certification qualification.

Q: After completing this program will I be eligible for Continuous Learning Points?

A: Yes, if you attend all sessions you will be awarded 90 Continuous Learning Points.


ITL

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Enrollment in the Federal IT Leaders Program is open to high-performing mid-level federal IT professionals. Participants should possess at least three years of federal IT experience.

You must meet the minimum qualifications of the program, even if you are accepted internally within your agency. We do not waive the minimum certification qualification. Please be aware that your agency may raise the level of qualifications to meet their expectations.


FLP

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Enrollment in the Financial Leaders Program is open to high-performing midlevel federal financial management professionals with at least five years of federal financial experience. Applicants’ job duties should include some variation of budgeting, financial administration, accounting, grants management, auditing or a related federal financial concentration.

You must meet the minimum qualifications of the program, even if you are accepted internally within your agency. We do not waive the minimum certification qualification. Please be aware that your agency may raise the level of qualifications to meet their expectations.


General Questions

Q: What application materials must I provide to be eligible?

A: You are required to submit one letter of recommendation and a copy of your resume. Your letter of recommendation does not have to come from your direct supervisor, but must come from a senior-level person within your agency who can speak to your qualifications and work ethic. Your resume should include all professional work experience, including nongovernmental experience.


Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?

A: You will receive an email from a Partnership representative notifying you of your acceptance status within one week after the application deadline. If we have an agreement with your agency to accept you as part of an internal selection process, you will receive word from your agency first, but your acceptance is not confirmed until you have received a notification from us.


Q: I’m no longer able to attend, can I defer my enrollment? Will I receive a refund?

A: Yes, you can defer your enrollment, but only if you paid your tuition prior to the tuition deadline of the program year for which you applied. If you have not, you will need to reapply. We do provide credits or refunds to agencies who have paid but are no longer able to send participants to the program. If you have participated in one or more sessions, we will determine the credit or refund amount on a case-by-case basis.


Q: Can I reapply if I am not accepted into the program?

A: Yes, you are able to reapply as long as you meet the program’s minimum qualifications. However, please check with your agency prior to reapplying—we do limit the number of accepted participants from a single agency in order to maintain a sufficient diversity of agency perspectives.


Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No.


Q: How much is tuition?

A: Tuition is $5,900, which includes all course materials (e.g., books, articles and management tools), online collaboration tools for team projects, and access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks.


Q: When is the tuition deadline, and what are the options for tuition payment?

A: Pay should be arranged prior to the first session (the specific date will be provided in the first program communication to accepted applicants). Your agency is responsible for paying tuition. We do not accept payment from individual applicants.

We accept the following forms of payment: credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express), purchase order or Standard Form 182 (SF-182). The Tuition Form will provide instructions to request a purchase order that can be paid by your agency through Automated Clearing House transfer or check.

We will work directly with the agency POC (e.g., training coordinator, human resources specialist, etc.) responsible for paying your tuition, but we will need you to provide us with the name, email and phone number of the POC. Any tuition status update requests should go through your agency POC.


Q: What should I do if I have to miss parts of a session or an entire session? Do you offer make-up sessions?

A: Graduation from Partnership programs is contingent upon full attendance and participation in sessions. In the event of a conflict, please contact the program manager or program associate as soon as possible. Should you miss any part of a session or an entire session, you will need to attend the same session topic during the following year’s program. We only offer make-up sessions within the same program year for the first session.

The first session make-up will take place before the second session, but you MUST receive permission from the program manager to attend. Failure to attend the first session or make-up session will automatically result in your withdrawal from the program, even if you can attend the remaining sessions.


Q: Where will the sessions take place?

A: All classroom sessions will take place at the Partnership (see address below). There will be off-site visits throughout the program to federal agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Participants will be notified of these visits in advance.

The Partnership for Public Service
1100 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200 East
Washington, DC 20005


Q: Will I take any personality assessments as part of the program?

A: Yes, we administer and facilitate debriefs on various assessments, including emotional intelligence 360s, the Strength Deployment Inventory, DiSC and the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator. The assessments will vary depending on your program.