Federal IT Leaders

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

— Former participant

Apply by October 5

Quick Details


October 2018 – March 2019, 90 course hours




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

Program Details PDF


For more information contact Diana Starkes at DStarkes@ourpublicservice.org or
(202) 292-1014.

Information technology is quickly becoming the government’s latest Catch-22. Federal agencies need IT systems to efficiently and effectively deliver services to the American people. But the more reliant they become on IT, the more vulnerable agencies become to cybersecurity attacks and data breaches.

To maintain IT systems that are both effective and secure, agencies depend on IT leaders with superb technical skills and exceptional management capabilities. The Federal IT Leaders program empowers participants to manage inevitable IT complications and drive vital innovations to strengthen agency operations.

The eight-month program gives participants an opportunity to periodically step away from their day-to-day jobs so they can focus on their long-term professional development. The program meets once every few months for three-day sessions focused on key leadership concepts. Under the guidance of our expert instructors and coaches, participants explore management best practices and practice using their newly developed suite of leadership skills.

How to Apply

At the time of application, applicants must be high-performing, midlevel IT professionals who have reached the GS-12 to GS-14 level and have at least three to five years of experience working in their field. Please be aware that your agency may raise the level of qualifications to meet their guidelines.

Program content is geared toward 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 quality of the experience for all program participants.

Applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, up-to-date resume and endorsement form 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.


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

95% would recommend the program to a colleague

Program Structure

The Federal IT Leaders program is divided into classroom sessions and experiential learning opportunities to ensure participants can use the skills they develop.

The innovative coursework gives participants a chance to examine leadership principles and determine how to personalize them for their own leadership style. The results projects give participants an opportunity to test out their leadership philosophies while developing solutions to real-world problems that agencies struggle with every day. Each results project team consists of peers from different agencies and receives guidance from our veteran coaches. The program also includes best practice benchmarking and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders.

While the program stretches from August to March, participants remain in their full-time jobs throughout. We expect that participants will attend each session and adequately prepare for each one by working on team projects and reading reports, case studies and articles. Prior to applying, you should review the program schedule and confirm your availability.

October 23-25

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

November 27-29

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

January 15-17

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

February 26-28

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 26-28

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

“Best program I’ve ever been through. Totally impactful.”

— Former participant

100% report applying program lessons on the job


Members from the Partnership staff will work with you throughout the Federal IT Leaders program to ensure that your cohort experience goes smoothly.

Virginia Hill

Katie Janoski
Conference Services Coordinator

Jarinete Santos
Associate Manager


Q: What application materials must I provide to be eligible?
You are required to submit a copy of your resume and a complete supervisor endorsement form. Your resume should include all professional work experience, including nongovernmental experience. Your supervisor endorsement form must come from your direct supervisor.

Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?
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?
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?
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?

Q: How much is tuition?
Tuition is $6,500, 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?
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: What should I do if I have to miss parts of a session or an entire session? Do you offer make-up sessions?
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?
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.

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?
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.