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Executive Leadership Program (500916)

About the Program

The Executive Leadership Program, conducted by the Graduate School, USDA, provides leadership and managerial training and development opportunities for employees who have a high potential to be a future federal manager. The program is designed to strengthen the employee's leadership competencies and to teach them how to apply the skills they learn in real-world situations. Participants gain knowledge and practice the skills that will help them develop into effective managers and leaders.

The training requires participants to be away from their position for a minimum of 3.5 months over a 9-month period. The program components include:

  1. Four 5-day residential sessions
  2. A team project that involves the design and delivery of a one-hour presentation on a leadership related topic
  3. An individual needs assessment
  4. A Leadership development plan
  5. A project impact paper on how your training experience will impact your career plans and goals
  6. A one-week assignment "shadowing" a federal manager
  7. One-on-one interviews with senior federal managers
  8. A 60-day developmental assignment
  9. Leadership readings

Participant Objectives

Strengthen basic competencies in leadership skills such as teamwork, customer service, problem solving, self-direction, flexibility, interpersonal skills, conflict management, decisiveness, oral and written communication, and working effectively in a diverse workforce.


Full-time permanent employees at the GS 11-13, WL and WG 10-15, and O3 to O4 levels.



September 7, 2014 - June 12, 2015   Application Deadline Closed


Application Procedures

To apply:

  1. Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 500916.
  2. Complete a Grad School Application Form, which includes statements from the applicant and their supervisor.
  3. Submit a current OF-612, resume, or equivalent documentation, signed and dated by the applicant showing current home address.
  4. Include a letter of nomination in CG memo format from the first flag officer or SES in the applicant's chain of command.
  5. Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above) into a pdf file and send as an e-mail attachment . Include the course title within the subject line of the e-mail.


Costs are paid by Coast Guard Headquarters (AFC 56 "C" school account).

Selection Procedures

  1. A selection panel will review the documents of all eligible applicants. 
  2. Selected individuals will be notified by record message traffic of their selection. 
  3. Alternates will be selected and will attend the program in the event a primary candidate cannot attend.
  4. Selected individuals will be directed to submit a completed SF 182, including the signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5 of the SF 182).

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