The federal HR workforce plays a critical role in bringing the most talented people into government and ensuring they have what they need to succeed. Agencies must invest in the next generation of HR employees to secure the strength of their workforce.
The Emerging HR Leaders program is a professional development opportunity for HR employees early in their federal careers. Participants develop the foundational knowledge and the professional network necessary to navigate their federal HR careers and maximize their impact in government.
Throughout this six-month program, participants engage in professional development activities and learn from subject matter experts. The sessions emphasize conversation and application to ensure participants understand concepts fully and are capable of using the skills and knowledge they acquire.
After graduation, emerging HR leaders build on the connections they developed by joining the Partnership’s Leadership Alumni Network. Multiple cohorts of the program graduate each year, providing them with an ever-growing network of federal HR professionals to engage with and learn from.
Completed 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 of participants.
You do not need to complete the application in one session; you may save your application and return to it later.
If you have further questions, please see the FAQ section.Apply Now
During classroom sessions, experienced instructors facilitate engaging conversations, activities and workshops around key course concepts.
We expect that participants will attend every session and adequately prepare for each one by reading reports, case studies and articles. Prior to applying to the program, participants should review the program schedule and confirm their availability.
Session 1: July 31, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: August 29, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Session 3: September 25, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Session 4: October 25, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Session 5: November 14, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Session 6: December 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Members from the Partnership staff will work with you throughout the Emerging HR Leaders Forum to ensure that your cohort experience goes smoothly.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A:The Emerging HR Leaders program is designed for HR employees GS-9 to GS-12.
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, will I receive a refund?
A: If you have participated in one or more sessions, we will determine whether a credit or partial refund is appropriate 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.
Q: Is there an application fee?
Q: How much is tuition?
A: Tuition is $2,500, 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) 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: 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?