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NIH Mid-Level Leadership Program

Provides 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

  1. Initial 360-degree feedback and leadership assessment
  2. Five 2-day training sessions taking place over a period of six months
  3. Cohort size of 26-30 participants
  4. No travel requirement as all sessions hosted in the Bethesda/Rockville area
  5. On-the-job assignments to apply learning in the workplace between sessions
  6. Two hours personal coaching to review feedback instruments and define your specific developmental areas (included in base price)
  7. Leadership development plans
  8. Six months of support activities to follow-up on initial six months’ of training

This program is structured to assess your leadership readiness and provide feedback and developmental guidance. It incorporates a variety of instructional approaches, and makes available reinforcement activities following program completion.

Tuition: $5159


Content and Series Schedule

Rather than targeting technical supervisory skills, which are addressed through OPM-mandated Supervisory Training, the program will emphasize the following leadership developmental areas:

  1. Self-awareness and fulfilling the leadership function
  2. Understanding and collaborating with others
  3. Strategic business acumen

Note: The program also complements the NIH Leadership and Management competency group.


Current supervisory and non-supervisory GS-12/13/14 and equivalents

GS-12 and equivalents: One year NIH experience. None required for GS-13/14.
Must have received at least AE – Achieved Expected Results on recent PMAP.

Selection Process:
The NIH Training Center submits a call for nominations through the IC Executive Office.

Calls for nomination are made twice per year (typically fall and spring). Each call is for nominations to the next two to three cohorts.

Applications are initiated by the applicant, vetted through the supervisor for review and recommendation, and then submitted to IC Executive Office for final approval.

Applications are assessed by the IC Executive Office, which provides final ranked nominations for each cohort to the NIHTC.

Contact Information

Derrick Prather
Mid-Level Leadership Program Manager
NIH Training Center
Phone: 301-402-1129


This page was last reviewed on February 15, 2017