NIH Mid-Level Leadership Program, Overview for FY13
Providing GS-12/13/14 and equivalent employees with the leadership skills and knowledge to aid them in effectively leading from both supervisory and non-supervisory positions.
NIH provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve our nation’s health by conducting and supporting research. The fulfillment of this is linked to the leadership ability of its staff to excel at scientific endeavors while operating within the evolving work, scientific, and socio-political dynamics of the federal government.
Accordingly, the NIH is committed to playing an active role in advancing the skills of mid-level staff serving as front-line leaders. While already providing a collection of junior professional development as well as senior and executive leadership programs, the NIHTC now offers a multifaceted, mid-level leadership development program that builds an effective bridge between senior leadership and junior staff. In filling this gap, the Mid-Level Leadership Program provides a core component to a deliberate continuum of leadership development for inspired NIH staff.
Program features and structure
- Initial 360-degree feedback and leadership assessment
- Five 2-day training sessions taking place over a period of six months
- Cohort size of 26-28 participants
- No travel requirement as all sessions hosted in the Bethesda/Rockville area
- On-the-job assignments to apply learnings in the workplace between sessions
- Mentoring to facilitate development and growth
- Initial 2hrs personal coaching to review feedback instruments and define your specific developmental areas (included in base price)
- Leadership development plans
- Six months of support activities to follow-up initial six months’ training
- Optional additional coaching services available to ICs for an incremental fee*
- Efficient application and nomination process
This program is structured to assess your leadership readiness, provide feedback and developmental guidance, incorporate a variety of instructional approaches, and make available reinforcement activities following program completion.
Call for Nominations
Series Launch Date
July 26, 2013
September 16, 2013
*Access Series 9-10 application and nomination package. Applicants, please note that Parts 1 and 2 of the nomination package are due to your Executive Office by May 15.
- S9 Orientation -> July 26, 2013
- S9 Session 1 -> August 13-14, 2013
- S9 Session 2 -> September 17-18, 2013
- S9 Session 3 -> October 17-18, 2013
- S9 Session 4 -> November 20-21, 2013
- S9 Session 5 -> December 17-18, 2013
- S10 Orientation -> September 16, 2013
- S10 Session 1 -> October 15-16, 2013
- S10 Session 2 -> November 18-19, 2013
- S10 Session 3 -> December 19-20, 2013
- S10 Session 4 -> January 23-24, 2014
- S10 Session 5 -> February 27-28, 2014
Rather than targeting technical supervisory skills, which are addressed through OPM-mandated Supervisory Training, the program will emphasize the following leadership developmental areas:
- Self awareness and fulfilling the leadership function
- Understanding and collaborating with others
- Strategic business acumen
Note: The program also complements the NIH Leadership and Management competency group.
Program Orientation, Month 1 (morning)
This orientation will review program requirements to encourage maximum program benefit
- Setting of expectations
- Introducing 360° Feedback Assessment Instrument
Session One, Month 2 (two days)
Self Awareness and the Leadership Function: Part One
- Transitioning into Supervisory Roles; Leadership Styles
- Understanding Personality Types
Session Two, Month 3 (two days)
Self Awareness and the Leadership Function: Part Two
- Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Leading without Authority
- Continuous Learning
Session Three, Month 4 (two days)
Understanding and Collaborating with Others: Part One
- Interpersonal Communications; Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Conflict Management
- Negotiation and Persuasion
Session Four, Month 5 (two days)
Understanding and Collaborating with Others: Part Two
- Coaching and Motivation
- Collaboration and Coalition Builder
- Diversity Awareness
Session Five, Month 6 (two days)
Key Business Acumen
- Analysis and Problem Solving
- Knowledge Management
- Strategic Thinking and Managing Change
Current supervisory and non-supervisory GS 12/13/14 and equivalents
GS12 and equivalents: One year NIH experience. None required for GS13/14.
Must have achieved at least a “Fully Successful” for most recent rated PMAP
Approximately ten weeks prior to Series start, the NIHTC updates this website and submits a call for nominations through the IC Executive Office.
Calls for nomination are made twice per year. Each call is for nominations to the next two series.
Applications are initiated by the applicant, vetted through the supervisor for review and recommendation, and then submitted to IC Executive Office for final approval within four weeks after the call is made.
Applications are assessed by the IC Executive Office, which provides final ranked nominations for both Series to NIHTC within two weeks of receiving the applications.
The NIHTC confirms selections within one week and provides registration/obligation details.
* Please contact the NIHTC for a fee schedule for additional coaching services beyond the two hours included in the price.
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