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NIH Senior Leadership Program


The NIH Senior Leadership Program provides senior NIH scientific and administrative leaders with the opportunity, working with a select group of peers and scholar-practitioners, to:

  • Assess individual leadership skills and attributes with data and multiple feedback opportunities, including one-on-one sessions with executive coaches
  • Design and implement a personal leadership development plan
  • Enhance capacity to lead for scientific results at the NIH, including the ability to use data efficiently to drive organizational decision making
  • Assess and address the organizational capacities of one's IC
  • Develop a systematic approach to negotiation and cross-organizational ventures at the NIH
  • Think analytically about challenges and strategies for leading organizational change at the NIH
  • Enhance capacity to analyze and operate effectively in the political systems that impact the NIH

Leadership competencies addressed in the NIH Senior Leadership Program correspond with the five SES Executive Core Qualifications:

  • Leading Change
  • Leading People
  • Results Driven
  • Building Coalitions/Communications
  • Business Acumen

The program also complements the NIH Leadership and Management competency model.


The NIH Senior Leadership Program combines case studies, interactive discussions, experiential learning, assessment data, developmental planning and a three-day intensive kickoff session. The program is nine days, over the course of 4 months.


Senior NIH scientific and administrative leaders, in groups of four or six including:

  • Scientific Directors
  • Executive Officers
  • Division Directors
  • Extramural Program Managers
  • Senior Administrative Staff
  • Executive Committee Members
  • SES/SBRS Staff
  • Senior Title 42 or 38 Staff
  • GS 14-15 or equivalent staff


FY15 Program Dates


Orientation: Monday, January 5
March 2 – 4 (SLP 1 Opening Session)
March 25 – 26 (SLP 1 Days 4/5)
April 15 – 16 (SLP 1 Days 6/7)
April 29 – 30 (SLP 1 Days 8/9)


Orientation: Monday, February 9
April 20 – 22 (SLP 2 Opening Session)
May 6 – 7 (SLP 2 – Days 4/5)
May 20 – 21 (SLP 2 – Days 6/7)
June 3 – 4 (SLP 2 – Days 8/9)

SLP Three

Orientation: Monday, June 8
August 17 – 19 (SLP 3 Opening Session)
September 2 – 3 (SLP 3 – Days 4/5)
September 16 – 17 (SLP 3 – Days 6/7)
October 7 – 8 (SLP 3 – Days 8/9)

SLP Four

Orientation: Monday, August 10
October 19 – 21 (SLP 4 Opening Session)
November 4 – 5 (SLP 4 – Days 4/5)
November 18 – 19 (SLP 4 – Days 6/7)
December 2 – 3 (SLP 4 – Days 8/9)


A call for nominations will be sent out to NIH Executive Officers by the beginning of August 2014. At this time, names will be submitted to EOs for EO approval to participate. EO or designated IC points of contact will submit all approved nominees to the Training Center. If you are interested in participating, we suggest that you speak with your supervisor or your EO to express your interest in the program.

FY15 Nomination Deadline: September 12, 2014

While a formal application is not required by the NIH Training Center, we offer a sample Senior Leadership Program application for IC’s to consider using in their internal vetting process. If you wish to adapt this template further for your IC’s needs, please contact Hannah Alexander for a Word version.


Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Hannah Alexander, Program Manager
NIH Training Center
Phone: 301-451-7302

The NIH Senior Leadership Program was created by the NIH Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University of Maryland.


Go to information regarding our FY14 program.

This page was last reviewed on January 16, 2015