June – November 2018*
GS-7 to GS-11 federal employeesProgram Details PDF
For more information contact Chris Wingo at CWingo@ourpublicservice.org or
*The June kickoff session will be held in Washington, D.C. All other sessions will be held virtually.
The American people rely on the federal government to address their needs and plan for the country’s long-term security and well-being. To fulfill these responsibilities, agencies increasingly are turning to federal employees throughout the country who excel in their current roles and would like to become our government’s next generation of leaders.
The Preparing to Lead program is a professional development opportunity that prepares federal employees for leadership roles. Participants who are early in their government careers practice strategies to help them become more effective employees and develop critical leadership skills they will be able to use throughout their careers.
Participants learn how to identify opportunities for change and collaborate with others most effectively, both within their teams and across the organization.
Completed applications must include your personal information, professional experience and objectives, up-to-date resume and supervisor approval form.
You do not need to complete the application in one session. You can save it and return to it later.
If you have further questions, please see the FAQ section.Apply
After the Partnership holds an in-person kickoff session, the program will continue online with semi-monthly 90-minute sessions. In these virtual sessions, experienced instructors engage participants in conversations and activities and around key course concepts. Participants will also work in teams to make a digital, group presentation on a leadership concept of their choice. This assignment will give participants an opportunity to hone their virtual presentation capabilities, an important skill to develop as federal employees must learn to work with an increasingly remote workforce.
Session 1: June 21-22 (in person)
Session 2: July 11 (virtual)
Session 3: July 25 (virtual)
Session 4: August 8 (virtual)
Session 5: August 29 (virtual)
Session 6: September 12 (virtual)
Session 7: September 26 (virtual)
Session 8: October 10 (virtual)
Session 9: October 24 (virtual)
Session 10: November 7 (virtual)
Members from the Partnership staff will work with you throughout the Preparing to Lead program to ensure that your cohort experience goes smoothly.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: A: The Preparing to Lead Program is designed for federal employees at the GS-7 to GS-11 levels.
Q: What application materials must I provide to be eligible?
A: You are required to submit a copy of your resume with all your professional work experience, both inside and outside of government. You must also submit a supervisor approval form.
Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?
A: The Partnership will send you an email notifying you of your acceptance status within a week after the application deadline.
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 $3,500 and covers all course materials, including 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 an agency contact—such as a training coordinator or human resources specialist—who is responsible for paying tuition, and we will need you to provide us with a contact’s name, email and phone number. Requests for tuition status updates should go through that contact.
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: Participants can make up a session the next time the program is offered.
Q: Where will the sessions take place?
A: All classroom sessions will take place online, except for the kickoff session, which will be in Washington, D.C.