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Aspiring Leader Program

Program Overview:  The Aspiring Leader Program is a two-month program structured around two, one-week seminars. Classroom learning and self-study assignments allow you to tailor the program to specifically fit your developmental needs. In addition, the program contains several developmental work assignments to be completed outside the classroom. Because teamwork is critical to good management, you are also assigned to a Leadership Development Team during your residential sessions.

These teams strengthen leadership and interpersonal skills, stimulate commitment to personal development and provide a forum for exploring and addressing current issues facing supervisors and managers in the federal workplace. Each team will prepare and deliver a one-hour presentation on a management-related topic for their class. Program participants will continue in their present positions and perform their normal duties. 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. This program does not involve a promotion or a change in position.

Target Audience: GS 4-6 or equivalent                                    

Tuition: $2,175.00

Application Procedures: Applicants are advised that their organization may have different requirements and deadline dates to submit applications. Please check with your organization coordinator to determine if there is an internal competitive process before submitting applications to the ALP Program. Nomination packages for must be received by the following deadline dates:

ALP 2015-1 is Mar 18, 2015 and course starts Apr 20, 2015,

ALP 2015-2 is Jun 3, 2015, and course starts on Jul 13, 2015,

ALP 2015-3 is Aug 26, 2015 and course starts on Sep 28, 2015.

Nomination packages must include a completed  Aspiring Leader Program Application and information about the applicant, the applicant’s immediate supervisor, and the program coordinator at the applicant’s organization. The application packages must include the following:

  •  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, which must accompany the application before it will be processed.
    • Organization purchase orders; a completed and signed government training authorization form (e.g., SF-182) may be submitted in lieu of a purchase order.

Completed application packages should be emailed to the DOE program manager, Johnny McChriston. Alternately, you may call him for concerns or to address your questions at 301-903-9862.

NOTE: Withdrawals and substitutions are accepted at no cost if made 14 days prior. Individuals should be nominated based on both their leadership potential and their motivation to fully participate in the program.