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New Leader Program (500917)

About the Program

The New Leader Program, conducted by the Graduate School, USDA, is for employees who have just entered leadership positions or have a high potential for leadership. 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 skills that will help them develop into effective leaders.

The training requires participants to be away from their position for a minimum of 50 days over a 6 month period. The program components include:

  1. Three one-week residential sessions
  2. Individual assessment 
  3. Leadership development plan 
  4. Learning teams/team projects 
  5. 30-day developmental work assignment 
  6. Management readings 
  7. Management interviews 
  8. Shadow assignment

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 7-11, WG 10-15, WL 6-14, and WS 8-13 levels who have just entered leadership positions or have a high potential for leadership positions such as: first line supervisors, team leaders, project leaders, administrative support, and members of self-directed work teams.


August 10, 2014 - February 6, 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: 500917.
  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 commanding officer at field units or appropriate office/division chief for HQ, Area, MLC, or District staffs.
  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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