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NIH Mid-Level Leadership Program


The NIH is committed to playing an active role in advancing the skills of mid-level staff serving as front-line leaders. In addition to providing a collection of junior professional development as well as senior and executive leadership programs, the NIHTC 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 applied learning sessions 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 Current Cohort Program 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:
Nominations for FY17 program participation is closed. Check back with us this fall for FY18 nominations, which are made through the Executive Officers.

Contact Information

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


This page was last reviewed on March 27, 2017