600 Maryland Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, DC 20024-2520

customersupport@graduateschool.edu

EMAIL NOW!


Or find a course by:


Center for Leadership and Management: Upcoming Sessions and Application Deadlines

Home / Center for Leadership and Management: Upcoming Sessions and Application Deadlines

Upcoming Sessions and Application Deadlines

Aspiring Leader Program

ALP 2018-1

Application Deadline: Until Filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I March 26 - 30 2018 Washington, DC
Session II April 30 - May 4 2018 Washington, DC

ALP 2018-2

Application Deadline: Until Filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I July 23 - 27 2018 Washington, DC
Session II August 27 - 31 2018 Washington, DC

ALP 2018-3

Application Deadline: Until Filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I September 17 - 21 2018 Washington, DC
Session II October 22 - 26 2018 Washington, DC

Training
Participants are required to attend two one-week training sessions. Key training addresses fundamental competencies that are identified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as essential for all federal employees. These competencies are Continual Learning, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Integrity/Honesty, and Public Service Motivation.

Expectations Between Training Sessions
The Aspiring Leader participant is exposed to a myriad of activities and assignments to explore resources. These activities are required of all program participants:

  • Identify skills to improve performance. Participants will assess and identify current skills and competencies needed for continual growth and development.
  • Develop a career strategy. Participants are required to develop a plan outlining their career development goals that also identifies barriers and strategies for overcoming challenges.
  • Enhance written communication skills. Participants engage in a variety of writing assignments to elevate their written communication skills.
  • Create a personal leadership philosophy. Participants will create a personal philosophy and framework for practicing leadership.

Application Procedure
Completed application packages should be sent by U.S. mail or other service (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:

Aspiring Leader Program
Center for Leadership and Management
Graduate School USA
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20024-2520
Phone: (202) 314-3580

Or via email to alpapp@graduateschool.edu

The nomination package must include:

  • A completed Aspiring Leader Program Application that includes information about the applicant, the applicant’s immediate supervisor, and the program coordinator at the applicant’s organization. The program coordinator is the person who will maintain records of the applicant’s developmental activities and serve as a liaison between Graduate School USA and the participant.
  • A statement from the applicant indicating the purpose for applying and how participation in the Aspiring Leader Program will support the applicant’s career goals
  • The applicant’s current resume, signed and dated by the applicant

Payment must accompany the application before it will be processed.
We accept:

  • Credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa)
  • Government purchase cards
  • Organization purchase orders; a completed and signed government training authorization form (e.g., SF-182) may be submitted in lieu of a purchase order
  • Cash, money orders, checks, and cashier’s checks

Applicants are advised that their organizations may have different requirements and deadline dates for submitting applications. Please check with agency coordinators to determine if there is an internal competitive process before submitting an application to the ALP.

If you have questions or need additional information about this program, please contact the Center for Leadership and Management at (202) 314-3580 or clm@graduateschool.edu
.

Consideration
Individuals should be nominated based on both their leadership potential and their motivation to fully participate in and complete all program requirements. To complete the Aspiring Leader Program, participants will be absent from their position of record for two weeks of training and must complete several assignments that need to be submitted between week one and week two. Consideration should be given to ensure completion of these assignments.

Withdrawals and Substitutions
Withdrawals and substitutions are accepted at no cost if made more than 14 days before the program begins. For cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the program begins, there is a $500 processing fee if no substitution is made. There will be no refund for withdrawal after the orientation session begins. Due to the amount of time necessary to complete the pre-assessments, substitutions will only be accepted 14 days prior to the program’s beginning.

Accessibility
Graduate School USA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We make every practical effort to ensure that our programs are accessible to physically challenged participants and participants with special needs. Upon acceptance into the program, students requiring assistance and accommodation should complete a Special Accommodation Request form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. The Special Accommodations Coordinator may be reached at (202) 314-3349 or registrar@graduateschool.edu, and by TDD at (888) 744-2717.

New Leader Program

NLP 2018-1

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018 or when filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I March 12 - 16 2018 Washington, DC
Session II June 11 - 15 2018 Washington, DC
Session III September 24 - 28 2018 Washington, DC

NLP 2018-2

Application Deadline: July 25, 2018 or until filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I August 20 - 24 2018 Washington, DC
Session II November 26 - 30 2018 Washington, DC
Session III February 25 - March 1 2019 Washington, DC

The New Leader Program is strategically designed around three program components:

Training
Participants are required to attend three one-week training sessions beginning on Monday morning and ending each week at noon on Friday. Key training is developed under the Executive Core Qualifications designed by the Office of Personnel Management with an emphasis on the 22 competencies key to personnel at the GS 7-11 Grade Level. Training focuses on competencies such as Customer Service, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Flexibility, and Team Building. Program special interests include self awareness, diversity and generations, the power of strong communication skills, and understanding your job from an organizational perspective. A 360 Group Report identifies additional training that may be critical to a specific cohort of students.

Team Building
Program participants work with an experiential learning team throughout the six-month program. Teams consist of peers representing diverse agencies and job series. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) is used as a tool to help teams better understand and work with peers in the program as well as those in their current work environment. The team environment provides an opportunity for participants to practice newly learned leadership skills. Building on their study of the Executive Core Qualifications, teams deliver a final product to their classmates during graduation week activities.

Developmental Assignments
The New Leader participant is exposed to new ideas and new thinking through a number of developmental activities. These activities are required of all program participants:

  • Personal Development Action Plan. Participants complete the Graduate School’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a 360 assessment, to determine strengths and developmental needs. Through feedback, each participant designs a Personal Development Action Plan (PDAP) that is tailored to the participant’s individual needs. This plan includes a series of developmental assignments and independent study activities, primarily within their organizations.
  • Developmental Assignment. A 30-day work experience is required during the six-month program. This assignment provides participants the opportunity to develop skills and competencies in areas outside of their technical expertise. This activity provides an opportunity to network and represent their office in new contexts.
  • Shadowing Assignment. Participants complete one three-day assignment "shadowing" a senior federal manager from the GS/GM-13 level to the Senior Executive Service (SES) level. Through this assignment, participants are exposed to managerial excellence and gain visibility among managers and executives. This is an opportunity to view decision-making styles and problem-solving techniques in a real-world situation.
  • Management Interviews. Participants are required to interview two career employees of the federal workforce at the GS/GM-13 or higher level. These interviews provide opportunities to gain critical information for successful long-term career planning and development. Participants gain insight and knowledge about the role of public sector managers through well-designed personal and professional questions.
  • Leadership Book Reviews. Participants read and review two books related to the competencies that they are trying to develop during the program. Book reviews enhance participants’ sensitivity to management issues, trends, and concepts that may or may not be currently observed.

Application Procedure
Completed application packages should be sent by U.S. mail or other service (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:

New Leader Program
Center for Leadership and Management
Graduate School USA
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20024-2520
Phone: (202) 314-3580

Or via email to nlpapp@graduateschool.edu

The nomination package must be received by the nomination deadline and must include:

  • A completed New Leader Program Application that includes information about the applicant, the applicant’s immediate supervisor, and the program coordinator at the applicant’s organization. The program coordinator is the person who will maintain records of the applicant's developmental activities and serve as a liaison between Graduate School USA and the participant.
  • A statement from the applicant indicating the purpose for applying and how participation in the New Leader Program will support the applicant’s career goals.
  • The applicant’s current resume, signed and dated by the applicant.
    Payment must accompany the application before it will be processed.
    We accept:
  • Credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa)
  • Government purchase cards
  • Organization purchase orders; a completed and signed government training authorization form (e.g., SF-182) may be submitted in lieu of a purchase order
  • Cash, money orders, checks, and cashier’s checks

Applicants are advised that their organizations may have different requirements and different deadline dates for submitting applications. Please check with agency coordinators to determine if there is an internal competitive process before submitting an application to the NLP.

If you have questions or need additional information about this program, please contact the Center for Leadership and Management at (202) 314-3580 or clm@graduateschool.edu
.

Consideration
Individuals should be nominated based on both their leadership potential and their motivation to fully participate in and complete all program requirements. To complete the New Leader Program, participants will be absent from their position of record for a minimum of three weeks of training and thirty days at their developmental assignment. Participants must finish all program components— NO exceptions will be made. Additional work time will be needed to complete some team activities and other program requirements. Please carefully consider these time requirements before submitting a nomination package.

Withdrawals and Substitutions
Withdrawals and substitutions are accepted at no cost if made more than 14 days before the program begins. For cancellations less than 14 days before the program begins, there is a $1,000 processing fee if no substitution is made. There will be no refund for withdrawal after the orientation session begins. Because of the amount of time necessary to complete the pre-assessments, substitutions will only be accepted 14 days prior to the program beginning.

Accessibility
Graduate School USA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We make every practical effort to ensure that our programs are accessible to physically challenged participants and participants with special needs. Upon acceptance into the program, students requiring assistance and accommodation should complete a Special Accommodation Request form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. The Special Accommodations Coordinator may be reached at (202) 314-3349 or registrar@graduateschool.edu and by TDD at (888) 744-2717.

Executive Leadership Program

ELP 2019-1

Application Deadline: April 6, 2018 or When Filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I May 7 - 11 2018 Washington, DC
Session II August 6 - 10 2018 Washington, DC
Session III November 5 - 9 2018 Washington, DC
Session IV February 4 - 8 2019 Washington, DC

ELP 2019-2

Application Deadline: August 17, 2018 or When Filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I September 16 - 21 2018 Norfolk, VA
Session II December 2 - 7 2018 Tampa, FL
Session III March 3 - 8 2019 Hampton, VA
Session IV June 2 - 7 2019 Towson, VA

The Executive Leadership Program is strategically designed around three program components:

Training
Participants are required to attend four one-week residential training sessions, beginning on Sunday evening and ending each week at noon on Friday. Key training is developed under the Executive Core Qualifications designed by the Office of Personnel Management with an emphasis on Leading People. Training focuses on competencies such as Team Building, Conflict Management, External Awareness and Critical Thinking. There is a special emphasis on the study of Emotional Intelligence, Mentoring and Coaching. A 360 Group Report identifies additional training that may be critical to a specific cohort of students.

Leading Teams
Program participants work with an experiential learning team throughout the nine-month program. Teams consist of peers representing diverse agencies and job series. The team environment provides an opportunity for participants to practice new leadership concepts. Additionally, each team is tasked with developing a team project and delivering their final results to their class peers. The ELP emphasizes sharpening skills that define the role of a leader on a team. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) is used as a tool to help teams better understand member preferences resulting in successful team engagement.

Developmental Assignments
Developing the self as well as others is critical to personal and professional growth. This change occurs when ELP participants are exposed to new ideas and new thinking as presented through a number of developmental activities. These activities are required of all program participants:

  • Leadership Development Planning. Participants complete Graduate School USA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a 360 assessment, to determine strengths and developmental needs. Through feedback, participants design a Leadership Development Plan, which is used as a road map for the nine-month program as well as for career planning. ELP staff and trainers coach participants in writing a well-defined plan that targets strong personal and professional objectives. Support and final approval for this plan are coordinated with the first-line supervisor and agency program coordinator.
  • Mentor. Participants are required to have a mentor during the ELP. The benefits of having a mentor are significant in helping define goals and providing support and encouragement.
  • Developmental Work Assignments. Developmental work assignments are designed to provide exposure to different leadership/managerial experiences and perspectives. At a minimum, participants complete one eight-week developmental assignment outside of the position of record. Assignments are to be completed during the nine-month program.
  • Shadowing Assignment. Participants complete a three-day assignment "shadowing" a federal manager or executive at the GS-13 to Senior Executive Service (SES) level. By observing executives in action, participants gain exposure to managerial duties, responsibilities, and various leadership styles. They observe how the concepts learned in the program are applied in real-world situations.
  • Executive Interviews. Participants interview five or more federal managers/executives including one equivalent manager in the private sector. Executive interviews provide participants the opportunity to interact at the highest levels of management and gain critical information for long-term networking and career planning.
  • Leadership Readings. Participants read and review three or more books on leadership and management issues. This component helps broaden knowledge of the field and strengthen analytical skills. A leadership reading list is provided at the orientation session.
  • Community Service. Participants are required to complete eight hours of community service to demonstrate a commitment to serve the public.

Application Procedure
Completed application packages should be sent by U.S. mail or other service (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:


Executive Leadership Program
Center for Leadership and Management
Graduate School USA
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20024-2520
Phone: (202) 314-3580

Or via email to elpapp@graduateschool.edu

The nomination package must be received by the nomination deadline and must include:

  • A completed Executive Leadership Program Application that includes information about the applicant, the applicant’s immediate supervisor, and the program coordinator at the applicant’s organization. The program coordinator is the person who will maintain records of the applicant's developmental activities and serve as a liaison between Graduate School USA and the participant.
  • A statement from the applicant indicating the purpose for applying and how participation in the Executive Leadership Program will support the applicant’s career goals
  • The applicant’s current resume, signed and dated by the applicant

Payment must accompany the application before it will be processed. We accept:

  • Credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa)
  • Government purchase cards
  • Organization purchase orders; a completed and signed government training authorization form (e.g., SF-182) may be submitted in lieu of a purchase order
  • Cash, money orders, checks, and cashier’s checks

Applicants are advised that their organizations may have different requirements and different deadline dates for submitting applications. Please check with agency coordinators to determine if there is an internal competitive process before submitting an application to the ELP.

If you have questions or need additional information about this program, please contact the Center for Leadership and Management at (202) 314-3580 or clm@graduateschool.edu
.

Consideration
Individuals should be nominated based on both their leadership potential and their motivation to fully participate in and complete all program requirements. To complete the Executive Leadership Program, participants will be absent from their positions of record for a minimum of three months (four one-week training sessions and the eight-week required developmental assignment). Participants must finish all program components—NO exceptions will be made. Additional work time will be needed to complete some team activities and other program requirements. Please consider these time requirements carefully before submitting a nomination package.

Withdrawals and Substitutions
Withdrawals and substitutions are accepted at no cost if made more than 14 days before the program begins. For cancellations less than 14 days before the program begins, there is a $1,000 processing fee if no substitution is made. There will be no refund for withdrawal after the orientation session begins. Because of the amount of time necessary to complete the pre-assessments, substitutions will only be accepted 14 days prior to the program beginning.

Accessibility
Graduate School USA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We make every practical effort to ensure that our programs are accessible to physically challenged participants and participants with special needs. Upon acceptance into the program, students requiring assistance and accommodation should complete a Special Accommodation Request form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. The Special Accommodations Coordinator may be reached at (202) 314-3349 or registrar@graduateschool.edu and by TDD at (888) 744-2717.

Executive Potential Program

EPP 2019-1

Application Deadline: March 16, 2018 or When Filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I April 16 - 20 2018 Washington, DC
Session II August 13 - 17 2018 Washington, DC
Session III December 10 - 14 2018 Washington, DC
Session IV April 15 - 19 2019 Washington, DC

EPP 2019-2

Application Deadline: Aug 10, 2018 or When Filled

Session Dates Year Location
Session I September 10 - 14 2018 Washington, DC
Session II January 14 - 18 2019 Washington, DC
Session III May 13 - 17 2019 Washington, DC
Session IV September 9 - 13 2019 Washington, DC

The Executive Potential Program is strategically designed around three program components:

Training
Participants are required to attend four one-week residential training sessions. Key training is developed under the Executive Core Qualifications designed by the Office of Personnel Management with an emphasis on Leading Change. Being a change agent requires skills in multiple ECQs to include Results Driven and Building Coalitions. Through a variety of training and exercises, participants work to learn how to identify and solve real organizational problems. They learn to think and work strategically to meet the visions and goals of their organizations. Emphasis is placed on the study of best practices used in government and non-government organizations.

High-Performing Teams
Program participants work with a diverse team of federal employees to create high performing teams that design and deliver quality products. Participants learn to diagnose systemic problems and lead others to identify and implement change efforts. Through program activities that address current issues facing leaders in the federal workforce, the team platform gives way to strengthening individual leadership and interpersonal skills.

Developmental Assignments
Personal growth and development is the responsibility of the participant. Through a variety of developmental assignments, the participant has the opportunity to strategically target career opportunities to create personal and professional growth. These activities are created under the following program requirements:

  • Leadership Development Planning. Participants complete the Graduate School USA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a 360 assessment, to determine strengths and developmental needs. Through feedback, each participant develops a Leadership Development Plan designed to strengthen leadership competencies. Support and final approval for this plan are coordinated with the first-line supervisor and agency program coordinator.
  • Mentor. Federal employees at this level should have a mentor and be prepared to mentor others. To strengthen this essential leadership role and build skills, participants are required to have a mentor during the program. The mentor provides the support and encouragement to reach program and career goals.
  • Developmental Work Assignments. Each Executive Potential Program participant is required to complete two eight-week developmental assignments. One of the strongest ways to develop new ideas and thinking is through a developmental assignment. The learning outcomes are powerful for the self as well as the organization. Developmental work assignments are designed to provide exposure to different leadership/managerial experiences and perspectives. Assignments are to be completed during the yearlong program.
  • Shadowing Assignment. Participants complete a three-day assignment "shadowing" a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). By observing executives in action, participants gain exposure to managerial duties, responsibilities and various leadership styles. They observe how the concepts learned in the program are applied in real-world situations.
  • Executive Interviews. Participants interview five or more federal senior executives, flag rank officers, or high-level executives who work in a private sector or non-profit organization. The executive interviews provide the opportunity to interact at the highest levels of management and gain critical information for long-term networking and career planning.
  • Book Reviews. Participants read and review two or more books on leadership and management issues. This component helps broaden knowledge of the field and strengthen analytical skills.

Application Procedure
Completed application packages should be sent by U.S. mail or other service (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:


Executive Potential Program
Center for Leadership and Management
Graduate School USA
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20024-2520
Phone: (202) 314-3580

Or via email to eppapp@graduateschool.edu

The nomination package must be received by the nomination deadline and must include:

  • A completed Executive Potential Program Application that includes information about the applicant, the applicant’s immediate supervisor, and the program coordinator at the applicant’s organization. The program coordinator is the person who will maintain records of the applicant's developmental activities and serve as a liaison between Graduate School USA and the participant.
  • A statement from the applicant indicating the purpose for applying and how participation in the Executive Potential Program will support the applicant’s career goals
  • The applicant’s current resume, signed and dated by the applicant

Payment must accompany the application before it will be processed. We accept:

  • Credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa)
  • Government purchase cards
  • Organization purchase orders; a completed and signed government training authorization form (e.g., SF-182) may be submitted in lieu of a purchase order
  • Cash, money orders, checks, and cashier’s checks

Applicants are advised that their organizations may have different requirements and different deadline dates for submitting applications. Please check with agency coordinators to determine if there is an internal competitive process before submitting an application to the EPP.

If you have questions or need additional information about this program, please contact the Center for Leadership and Management at (202) 314-3580 or clm@graduateschool.edu
.

Consideration
Individuals should be nominated based on both their leadership potential and their motivation to fully participate in and complete all program requirements. To complete the Executive Potential Program, participants will be absent from their positions of record for a minimum of five months (four one-week training sessions and two eight-week required developmental assignments). Participants must finish all program components— NO exceptions will be made. Additional work time will be needed to complete some team activities and other program requirements. Please carefully consider these time requirements before submitting a nomination package.

Withdrawals and Substitutions
Withdrawals and substitutions are accepted at no cost if made more than 14 days before the program begins. For cancellations less than 14 days before the program begins, there is a $1,000 processing fee if no substitution is made. There will be no refund for withdrawal after the orientation session begins. Because of the amount of time necessary to complete the pre-assessments, substitutions will only be accepted 14 days prior to the program beginning.

Accessibility
Graduate School USA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We make every practical effort to ensure that our programs are accessible to physically challenged participants and participants with special needs. Upon acceptance into the program, students requiring assistance and accommodation should complete a Special Accommodation Request form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. The Special Accommodations Coordinator may be reached at (202) 314-3349 or registrar@graduateschool.edu and by TDD at (888) 744-2717.