Mission Support Leadership Program

Mission Support Leadership Program

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Virtual, Washington, D.C.
34 total hours | 6 months
May–October 2023
GS-12 to GS-14
Leaders of acquisitions or HR, leaders of supervisors and technical experts who lead projects, typically at the GS-12 to GS-14 level
Apply by
April 7, 2023

For more information, contact: Diana Starkes [email protected]  (202) 292–1014

Mission Support Leadership Program

The federal government’s effectiveness directly depends on the strength, expertise and leadership of its mission support—the acquisitions, financial management, human resources and information technology professionals. While their work is usually done behind the scenes, it is imperative to build the leadership attributes of these professionals because of their wide-ranging impact, the interconnectedness of their business functions and their ability to positively impact strategic decisions.

The Mission Support Leadership Program, designed for GS-12 to GS-14 federal employees in acquisitions, financial management, HR and IT, prepares these mission-critical federal professionals to become more effective leaders by focusing on the four core tenets of the Partnership’s Public Service Leadership Model—self-awareness, engaging others, leading change and achieving results. By the end of the course, participants are able to make values-based decisions, use their roles to build strong partnerships, identify how to drive positive impact within their organizations and demonstrate enhanced leadership attributes.

In spring 2023,  we are accepting applications for the acquisitions and HR tracks only. Participants will be placed in cohorts according to their professional track, and the program includes plenary-style sessions where all cohorts join together and participate in cross-functional activities. Experienced instructors will introduce proven leadership techniques, facilitate engaging conversations and guide activities and workshops on course concepts. Throughout the program, participants will also work in a team of four to seven people to tackle a critical challenge in the federal government. In addition to time spent in session, participants should plan to spend an average of five hours per week working on this project throughout the program.

Please note that while our goal is to have full tracks for each mission-support function, demand for in-person and virtual programming may result in cohorts comprised of participants working in different functional areas. In either case, participants will learn and network with colleagues working in the same mission-support functions as they do and with individuals in other specialties.

Apply by April 7, 2023

Professional Track Speakers
Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals CAOs
GS-15s/SES in field
HR Leaders Program CHCOs
GS-15s/SES in field

We at the Partnership for Public Service remain fully committed to our nonprofit, nonpartisan mission. We also remain fully committed to your professional development. To help you achieve your agency’s mission and grow your skills as the pandemic situation evolves, you will have the option to attend the spring 2023 MSLP program either in person or virtually. Both formats will be delivered by highly experienced facilitators who use research-supported methods to help participants learn and expand their skill sets.

While we understand it may be challenging to select the in-person or virtual option now, doing so will help us create appropriate cohorts for the program. MSLP’s cohort-based structure is essential to our goal of prioritizing your learning and development. In this structure, participants journey through MSLP with the same cohort of 25-30 participants, the same executive coach and the same small-group project teammates. We ask that you make the choice to attend either in-person or virtually so we can create cohorts accordingly and allow you to remain with your group for the duration of the program. Please note that participants will not be permitted to switch between both options during the program.