Financial Leaders Program

Federal Financial Leaders Program


The Partnership for Public Service’s 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.


Overview

Financial Leaders Program participants will learn how to use political savvy, communication and strategic risk-taking to lead successful financial operations. Each session will provide participants with practical tools and guidance to incorporate lessons learned into their day-to-day work.

Graduates will leave the program better equipped to drive individual and agency performance after having developed an enterprise-wide view of financial management and the leadership skills to bring the best out of people.

Program Benefits

Program participants will:

  • Develop skills needed to excel in the federal financial management profession
  • Engage with subject-matter experts from the public, private and nonprofit sectors
  • Participate in interagency team action learning projects to reinforce lessons learned
  • Gain access to resources, information and best practices in financial management from agencies across government

2017 PROGRAM DATES

LEADERSHIP AND SELF-DISCOVERY
April 10–12
BUILDING TEAMWORK AND ACCOUNTABILITY
May 3–5
STRATEGIC THINKING IN THE FINANCE COMMUNITY
May 31–June 2
THRIVING IN FINANCE AND PUBLIC SERVICE
June 22–23
TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER
July 18–19
SYNTHESIS AND CELEBRATION
August 7–9
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CURRICULUM

The program will examine leadership development at the individual, team, financial office, organizational, and, finally, the government-wide level.


Session 1
Leadership and Self-Discovery

Create a leadership foundation through:

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

Session 2
Building Teamwork and Accountability

Strengthen teams through:

  • Increasing personal accountability
  • Developing political savvy
  • Managing conflict and overcoming defensiveness
  • Crafting effective team communication and active listening skills

Session 3
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

Session 4
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

Session 5
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

Session 6
Synthesis and Celebration

Synthesize lessons learned through:

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


PROGRAM DETAILS

Who Should Apply

Enrollment in the Financial Leaders Program is open to high-performing mid-level 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.

During the 6-month program, participants remain in their full-time jobs, meet for a session once a month and spend a total of approximately 14.5 days with the program. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions, complete required readings and participate in interagency team action learning projects.

All sessions will take place at the Partnership’s offices in Washington, D.C.

Tuition

Tuition for the Financial Leaders Program is $5,900 and includes:

  • All session facilitation and program support
  • Course materials (e.g., books, articles and handouts)
  • Self-assessment tools and personalized reports
  • Access to the Partnership’s resources, expertise and networks
  • Invitations to ongoing activities (e.g., Events of Excellence, workshops and continuing education programs and networking sessions))

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For more information contact Chris Wingo cwingo@ourpublicservice.org or (202) 464‑2690.

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