FEMA Weekly Employee News Bulletin
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Training and Career Opportunities (July 8, 2014)
Explore FEMA Career Opportunities posted on USAJobs.gov.
Now Accepting Applications For All FY15 Leader Development Programs!
The Employee Development Division is pleased to announce applications are now available for the FY15 programs. Applications are being accepted for:
- Emerging Leaders Program (GS-12 and under)
- Future Leaders Program (GS-9 to GS-12)
- FEMA Fellows Program (GS-13 – GS-14)
Executive Potential Programs:
- Excellence in Government Fellowship (GS-14 – GS-15)
- Leadership for a Democratic Society (GS-15)
Information on each program can be found on the Leader Development Programs page at http://on.fema.net/mgmt_resources/Leadership/Pages/Programs.aspx. Applications are also available on the same page. These programs are very competitive! Applications are due to the Leader Development Committee August 1, 2014. See application for full details.
For details on each workshop, please visit the Workshops page of the Leader Development intranet site at http://on.fema.net/mgmt_resources/Leadership/Pages/Workshops.aspx. All workshops are offered in the OCCHCO Training Suite in Washington, DC unless otherwise noted. EDD will fund travel for up to five individuals for some workshops on a competitive basis. Individuals outside the NCR should email EDU@fema.dhs.gov for a Workshop Travel Registration Form and a list of available workshops. Space is limited in workshops, so register early. Due to limited space, individuals may register for two workshops and be placed on a wait-list for others. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session.
Thursday, July 10
Thursday, July 10
Holding Effective Meetings
Tuesday, July 29
High Impact Presentations
Wednesday, July 30- Thursday, July 31
Creating an IDP
Thursday, August 21
Creating an IDP
Thursday, August 21
High Performing Teams
Monday, August 25 – Tuesday, August 26
Monday, September 29 – Tuesday, September 30
Sessions are now available for individuals to meet the requirements for completing their supervisory learning requirements. New supervisors will be assigned to the full Fundamentals of Leadership Program; individuals who are already supervisors but did not complete HR for Supervisors nor the Leadership Essentials workshop, will complete a condensed version of the course so that they may be reported in compliance. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session.
Fundamentals of Leadership Program – Individuals hired or promoted after May 1, 2014 will receive information within their first week on the program. Each individual will be assigned to the next scheduled L90X Online Orientation and the next week-long Leadership Essentials workshop. The Leadership Essentials workshop is offered quarterly and held in Washington, DC – travel and per diem is fully funded by the Employee Development Division. The schedule for the remainder of FY14 is:
L90X Online Orientation First Thursday of each month
Leadership Essentials Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25
Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 3
FEMA Supervisory Essentials – This three-day workshop is a condensed version of the Leadership Essentials workshop for new supervisors, and is designed for experienced supervisors. Individuals who were in supervisory positions before May 1, 2014 and who have not completed HR for Supervisors or Leadership Essentials should enroll on one of the upcoming sessions to ensure they are in compliance. This workshop is held in Washington, DC – travel and per diem is fully funded by the Employee Development Division. Please email EDU@fema.dhs.gov and indicate which date you would like to attend.
The following sessions are available:
- Monday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 9
- Wednesday, August 27 – Friday, August 29
- Monday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 24
EDD is pleased to announce a new opportunity for individuals in Regions and fixed sites to help bring activities, workshops and programs to your location! Individuals interested in assisting in local facilitation of EDD workshops will have the chance to be qualified as an Instructor or Facilitator under the training industry’s highest standards, Langevin. The first session will be held in DC Monday, July 14 – Thursday, July 17. Travel is available for up to 10 individuals on a competitive basis. Email EDU@fema.dhs.gov for qualification information and a registration form. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session. Applications must be received no later than noon, June 20, 2014 for consideration.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt – Effective Interviewing and Selection Practices
The Employee Development Division is pleased to announce a new workshop for supervisors that introduces best practices in creating interview panels, behavioral interviewing, and checking references so that hiring managers are making informed selection decisions. This two-day workshop is open to all hiring managers! The workshop will be held in Washington, DC and travel funding is available. Upcoming dates for this workshop are:
- July 22-23, 2014
- September 8-9, 2014
The workshop meets both days, 8:30-4:30. Participants will practice drafting effective behavioral interview questions based on technical and leader competencies, and participate in mock interviews. Email EDU@fema.dhs.gov for qualification information and a registration form. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session.
Leader Development events are designed to provide employees the chance to build proficiency in leader competencies, in an informal manner. Please contact EDU@fema.dhs.gov to register for an event. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the event.
Leader Forum – Each month a new speaker will share his/her personal leader development journey, the best practices and lessons learned along the way, and how he/she continues to build proficiency in leader competencies. Leader Forums are live in DC, and available via VTC outside DC area. Participating in a Leader Forum counts towards continual learning requirements. Leader Forums are held 1p-2p Eastern time on the following dates:
- July 28 Taking Charge of My Career Leader Development Program Graduates, FEMA
- August 19 DHS OPS: Situational Awareness for the Homeland Security Enterprise Richard Chavez, Director, Office of Operations Coordination and Planning, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- October 1 TBD
Career Counseling – Not sure which leader competencies you should be working on? Can’t figure out the right development opportunities for you? Sign-up for a Career Counseling session! Experience leader development practitioners will meet with you live, in-person or via Lync Video Chat to discuss your personal goals and help to identify the employee development opportunities that are right for you. Appointments are required. Email EDU@fema.dhs.gov to schedule an appointment – please indicate if you will be in-person or via Lync chat. Career Counseling sessions are scheduled for:
- Monday, August 4 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00
- Tuesday, August 5 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00
- Thursday, September 4 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00
Appointments begin on the hour and last 50 minutes.
Open House- Learn more about the available activities, workshops and leader development programs available to employees. Visit with program graduates, learn about the book club, and get information on the application/registration process. The afternoon session is available for VTC to fixed sites outside the DC area. Email EDU@fema.dhs.gov to register for an Open House. Open Houses are scheduled for:
- Wednesday, September 10 9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:00
Speed Mentoring – This new addition to Learning ASAP, The FEMA Mentoring Program, provides employees the chance to interact with supervisors, managers and executives in three rounds of casual conversation. Email EDU@fema.dhs.gov to register for a Speed Mentoring event – please include whether you are registering as a Protégé (non-supervisory employees) or Mentor (Supervisors, Managers and Executives). Upcoming dates include:
- Monday, August 18 9:00-11:30
- Tuesday, September 9 1:00-3:30
New Online Learning– Merit systems Protection Board Mock Hearing
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Employee Services is pleased to announce the next installment of the Employee Services Policy Series: Back to the Basics. There is no cost. The Employee Services Policy Series: Back to the Basics is a sequence of publicized training events to improve the capabilities and competencies of Federal managers and Human Resources practitioners. Employee Services provides policy direction and leadership in designing, developing, and promulgating government-wide human resources management systems and programs.
- July 24, 2014, 1:00-4:30
email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.
The Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer will offer a comprehensive three-day seminar on employee’s Federal Benefits and options are retirement, along with financial and tax planning, estate planning, health and fitness in retirement, and transition to retirement. To register for the session, please visit https://esw.fema.net/ESWorkshops/default.aspx. Select the session title on the available date and click My Registration, and then ‘okay’. You will receive automated registration notification and updates as the seminar start date approaches. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session. This in-person workshop is offered in Washington DC, on the following dates:
The National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications is pleased to announce the Federal Executive Cybersecurity Seminar, a new course geared toward members of the Senior Executive Service and those on a leadership career track (high-performing GS-15s). Offered at no-cost, this seminar addresses the threats the United States faces in the cyber environment, with a focus on the strategic dimensions and current policies that govern actions. Prior knowledge of cybersecurity is neither expected nor required.
Cybersecurity issues are so pervasive today that it is imperative that all senior leaders have a solid working knowledge to make informed decisions even if their roles are not specifically focused on the cyber mission space. The Seminar is designed to help senior leaders develop the necessary baseline to engage confidently and successfully on cybersecurity issues.
Students can attend the four-hour seminar—either a morning or afternoon session—on one of the following dates:
- July 31st
To register: Send an email to email@example.com with your preference in date – please indicate whether you would like the morning or afternoon session.
Many of the programs offered by FEMA and its partners require a competitive selection process. Some programs require more than one application. All applications must be sent as a single PDF to LDC@fema.dhs.gov by 12:00 Noon Eastern time on the due date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The following programs are now accepting applications:
Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) – Master’s Program – This program offers employees the opportunity to complete a master’s program on a part-time basis over 18 months. Employees travel to in-person sessions once per quarter, then complete the remainder of the course work online. This program is available to GS-12 and higher; exceptional GS-11 may apply. Travel funding is provided for this program. This program requires two applications, both of which can be found at http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/emp/Pages/AcademicPrograms.aspx. FEMA employees must also submit a Competitive Program Endorsement signed by the Senior Executive of their organization. This program is now accepting applications for Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 cohorts.
DHS Master’s Application & Competitive Program Endorsement are due 9/15/14
CHDS Application is due 12/1/14.
Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) – Executive Leader Program (ELP) – This program offers GS-15 and Senior Executives the opportunity to interact with local, state, tribal and federal government agencies, and the private sector through an educational forum that is designed to enhance senior leaders’ capacity to identify and resolve homeland security problems. Employees travel to four in-person sessions throughout the year. Travel funding is provided for this program. This program requires two applications, both of which can be found at: http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/emp/Pages/AcademicPrograms.aspx. FEMA employees must also submit a Competitive Program Endorsement signed by the Senior Executive of their organization. This program is now accepting applications for the cohort that begins in Spring 2015.
DHS ELP & Competitive Program Endorsement are due Nov 15, 2014
CHDS Application is due January 2015
Now Available - Fully Funded Rotational Assignments!
The Employee Development Division (EDD) is pleased to announce an improved rotational assignment program that provides employees at Headquarters and Regions/Fixed Sites the opportunities for learning new perspectives and enhancing leader competencies! EDD will fund travel and per diem for 15 rotations, July –September. Individuals who are interested in applying should complete the Apply for a Rotational Assignment form located on the Detail and Rotational Opportunities intranet page at http://on.fema.net/employee_tools/occhco_tools/cdo/rja/Pages/default.aspx. Applicants should indicate the organization in which they wish to complete a rotation, and send the completed form with First Line Supervisor and Senior Executive signatures directly to LDC@fema.dhs.gov no later than June 20th for consideration. EDD will work with host organizations to review applications and make selections. Applicants will be notified by June 27th as to whether their rotation has been approved. Rotations for this program will run July 7 – September 26. Funding is only provided for rotations between Headquarters and Regions/Fixed Sites.
Join the FEMA Leader Development Book Club!
This month’s selection: Performance Oriented Management: A Practical Guide for Government Agencies. This book is available in Books 24x7!
Expand how you learn – join the FEMA Leader Development Book Club! The Book Club features a new book each month – and there are multiple ways you can participate!
- Sponsor a Book Club in Your Organization – Sign up at least five members and have a local discussion! We will provide all Book Club sponsors with the materials you need for your discussion.
- Join the At-Large Book Club – Don’t have enough participants for a club in your organization? Then join the At-Large Club! Participants will read the book and participate in an online discussion!
- Read a Book on Your Own – Don’t want to join in on a discussion? You can choose any selection from the FEMA Leadership Library and send in a short summary of 2-3 key takeaways – and you will earn credit for reading the book!
Some of the books we select are available for free through Books 24x7 in FEKC – and you can access them from outside the firewall on your personal computer or tablet – plus you can make PDF copies of up to eight chapters per month! To access the book, you will need to ensure your Java settings are up-to-date. Contact the FEMA Enterprise Service Desk for additional information.
The Book Club is open to all PFT, TFT and CORE employees. Earn leader development continual learning credit for participating! Employees will earn 5 hours of continual learning by reading the book, plus an extra hour for participating in the discussion. Supervisors who host a book discussion will earn three hours of give-back credit!
Visit Leadership Toolbox on the Leader Development intranet site for information on the Book of the Month.
All webinars start at 2pm Eastern Time. Make sure you login at least five minutes prior to the session start. You may need to download a plug-in and the system may generate a pop-up asking if you would like to continue. If the system seems hung up, minimize the window and look for the pop-up. Be sure to enter your full name so that you receive credit for attending. You must be present for the entire webinar in order to receive credit. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session.
1st Wednesday – Continual Learning and Giveback Requirements for Supervisors. Learn how you can meet the 12 hours of continual learning and 12 hours of give-back required by all supervisors each year! To join the webinar, login to Adobe Connect as Guest using this link: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/contlearn/
2nd Wednesday – Leader Development. Features the leadership competency of the month. Webinars will feature Leader Forums and short presentations. To join the webinar, login to Adobe Connect as a Guest using this link: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/ldp/
2nd Thursday – FEMA Corps. This webinar is designed specifically for FEMA Corps members with selections from the Leader Development Series and the Career Development Series. FEMA Corps members should contact their Team Leads for information.
3rd Wednesday – HR Liaisons. This webinar is specifically designed as a continual learning activity for individuals performing the role of HR Liaison. If you are an HR Liaison, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
4th Wednesday – Virtual Employee Development Fair. Learn about the current learning and development opportunities open to employees. To join the Virtual Employee Development Fair, simply sign-on as a Guest to the Adobe Connect session at https://fema.connectsolutions.com/vedf/.
4th Thursday – FEMA Book Club. Join the online discussion for the Book of the Month. To join the FEMA Book Club, please email email@example.com.
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