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Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program

The Office of Learning and Workforce Development coordinates applications for all DOE Federal Employees.

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) is a critical component of the Department's succession planning strategy for executives.

We currently project approximately from 25 to 50 Senior Executive vacancies every year over the next several years. DOE's SESCDP is intended to produce a cadre of SES-ready federal employees capable of being placed non-competitively into SES vacancies. Although successful completion of the SESCDP does not guarantee placement into an SES position, it does result in candidates developing the necessary leadership qualifications. As a member of the DOE SESCDP, you will have a unique opportunity to develop your leadership competencies and expand your knowledge of the numerous and exciting challenges facing DOE and other similar government agencies. This training will also provide a rewarding and demanding learning experience as you interact with other high potential candidates and current executives from throughout the Federal Government.

Recruitment and Selection
The recruitment and selection segment for this announcement will be conducted by the Office of Personnel Management.

Key Program Features:

  • A 14-18 month program
  • Executive Development Plan (EDP)
  • Formal Orientation to the SESCDP
  • "Action Learning" group project
  • Required-Reading list
  • Online training courses
  • Periodic progress reports
  • Participants will conduct one developmental assignment of at least four months outside the position of record.
  • Individual mentor from the Senior Executive Service
  • Individual and group executive coaching
  • Interagency Core training (80 hours)
  • Graduation

Qualifications Review Board

Before completion of the program, DOE will assist participants with the application process for the Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certification. DOE will submit applications to OPM for QRB certification.