Training and Career Opportunities (Feb. 21, 2014)

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Reminder – Current application for DHS Masters at Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security closes March 1st!

Anyone interested in being considered must complete two applications;  the school’s application at and the DHS Master’s Application.  Failure to complete both will mean you are not eligible for consideration.  Anyone interested should send the application and all required documents as a single PDF to the Leader Development Council at by noon, eastern time on March 1st.  Application received after that will be reviewed in the next application period, which runs March 2 – October 1st.  For more information on the DHS Masters program, visit the Academic Programs page on DHS Connect. Completed applications will be reviewed by the FEMA Leader Development Council then forwarded to DHS for consideration. Only those applicants recommended by the LDC and DHS Chief Learning Officer will be eligible for consideration.

Become a Rand Fellow!

Each year, one employee from DHS has the opportunity to work and study at the RAND Corporation.  RAND is a leading think tank that approaches the most difficult challenges facing policymakers by conducting rigorous, objective analysis using advanced analytic techniques.  The four objectives of the RAND and DHS partnership are to:  Develop Leadership, Achieve DHS Mission, Build Partnerships with Expert Communities, and Foster Innovation.

Applicants have the choice of completing their Fellowship at the Santa Monica, CA or Washington, DC RAND offices.  Salary, travel costs, lodging and per diem is the responsibility of the applicant’s program office.  The Fellowship is from September 2014 – June 2015.

Eligibility –

  • GS-13/14/15 PFT or CORE with at least one year’s experience with the Agency
  • At least a final Secret clearance
  • Achieved at least a Meets Expectations on their last review
  • Master’s degree preferred

To apply –

Those interested should send a single PDF file no later than noon, Eastern time,  May 1st  to the that contains the following information:

  • Resume (not to exceed five pages)
  • Most Recent SF-50 showing time in grade
  • Verification from OCSO of your Secret clearance
  • Letter of Recommendation by First Line Supervisor
  • Letter of Endorsement by Senior Executive of the Organization
  • Essay 1 (500 words or less) – How will this Fellowship contribute to your career goals?
  • Essay 2 (500 words or less) – How will DHS/FEMA benefit from you participating in the fellowship?

Incomplete applications, late applications or applications sent directly to DHS will not be considered. For more information on the RAND Fellowship, visit their website at:

New Streamlined Process for Submitting and Applying for Rotational Assignments!

Rotational Assignments are great ways to build proficiency in technical and leader competencies, while learning about other organizations. The Employee Development Division has streamlined the process, making it easier for you to post  and apply for rotational assignments.  To learn more about rotations, visit the Internal Rotations Program Page  or email Employees can apply for rotations and supervisors can post rotational assignment opportunities directly on that site. We are currently seeking rotational assignments – please take some time to post a rotational assignment! 

Instructional Designer    GS-12/13/14       Employee Development Division

Project Manager             GS-12/13/14       Employee Development Division

Join the Leadership Development Book Club!

This month’s selection:  Introverts.  The Power of Quiet in a World That Can’t  Stop Talking

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.

Monthly Webinar Schedule:

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.

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:

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:

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 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

4th Thursday – FEMA Book Club.  Join the online discussion for the Book of the Month.  To join the FEMA Book Club, please email

Coming Soon:

New Calendar of Learning Events!

Pinnacle Series for GS-15!

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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