The Career Development & Training Branch in the FEMA Office of Human Capital, offers the following professional development opportunities for permanent, full-time employees, employed with DHS/FEMA for at least one year, and achieved at least a “Proficient” on their last performance rating.
- NEW – Maintaining Resilience During Challenging Times featuring Dr. Russ Linden
- NEW – Rotational Assignment Opportunity at OMB for GS-9 – GS-12!
- NEW Online Courses – OPM’s Manager’s Corner
- NEW Webinar – Conflict Resolution Week Virtual Training Conference
- Headquarters Speed Mentoring Event – October 17!
- Now Accepting Applications for the Graduate Academic Programs at the Department of Defense Senior Service Schools!
- Mentor a Presidential Management Fellow – Earn Leader as Teacher Credit!
- Now Accepting Applications for the CHDS Master’s FY14 Cohort!
NEW - Maintaining Resilience During Challenging Times featuring Dr. Russ Linden
This workshop is presented by our partners at the Department of Transportation). Whether you're dealing with budget shortfalls, changing priorities, low-performing staff, or continual organizational "churn," we all know how difficult it can be to remain focused and energized at work. How do you develop your resilience in order to bounce back after these and other challenges? Using a real-life case example from a DOT Operating Administration, Dr. Linden will describe a series of strategies that are helping many managers and staff across government agencies remain resilient, even in these challenging times! The workshop is at the DOT Headquarters Conference Center, Tuesday, October 1; 10:00-11:15am. Please email LDC@fema.dhs.gov if you are interested in participating.
NEW – Rotational Assignment Opportunity at OMB for GS-9 – GS-12!
The Office of Management and Budget for the White House is seeking up to three individuals to serve as Special Assistants to senior staff as a rotational assignment. Special Assistants serve as key support staff for senior leadership, carrying out a variety of administrative tasks and special projects while working closely with staff in OMB, the Executive Office of the President and interagency. OMB is a high-pressure environment, and the individual must be able to meet tight deadlines, work independently, demonstrate judgment, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. The assignment is a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. All applicants must have at least a Secret clearance. The duty station will be the Executive Office Building. There will not be any funding for travel or per diem for this rotational assignment. Anyone interested in applying should send their resume, a letter of recommendation from the Executive of their organization and a letter of approval from their first-line supervisor no later than October 18 to LDC@fema.dhs.gov.
NEW Online Courses – OPM’s Manager’s Corner
As your agency is gearing up for end-of-year performance reviews, be sure to point your supervisors, managers, and executives to OPM’s Manager’s Corner for a variety of great resources and training opportunities. We have plenty of courses to assist them during the performance appraisal process. A few (FREE!) courses to consider:
- COACH for Success: How to Hold Performance Conversations Like a Pro
- Addressing and Resolving Poor Performance
- Difficult Conversations
- Final Feedback Review Session
FEMA supervisors who complete an OPM course can receive continual learning credit by emailing a copy of their completion confirmation/certificate to LDC@fema.dhs.gov.
NEW Webinar – Conflict Resolution Week Virtual Training Conference
Federal labor relations training will be among the course offerings during FMCS’s Conflict Resolution Week Conference on Oct. 16-17, 2013. This free event includes 33 web-based educational sessions, ranging from 45 to 90 minutes each, presented by conflict resolution experts from across the country. During the first day of the conference, FLRA Regional Directors, Matt Jarvinen and Phil Roberts and Senior Attorney, Temple Wilson, will jointly present “Executive Order 13522 and Pre- Decisional Involvement -- New Tips and Guidance.” All three are presently leading labor-management workgroups that are developing web-based information tools to assist Labor Management Forums, and will share their completed work and works in progress. On the second day, FLRA General Counsel, Julia Clark, will moderate a two-part live session at FMCS headquarters that will also be broadcast via internet to registered participants. Part one features Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, a prominent academic and consultant in the area of improving government services through labor relations. Part two shifts to the present reality and a panel discussion among National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations members regarding labor management cooperative efforts to maintain and improve government services in the current fiscal environment. Please email LDC@fema.dhs.gov if you would like to receive more information on how to participate. FEMA supervisors who participate may receive continual learning credit by emailing LDC@fema.dhs.gov to confirm their participation no more than three days after the event.
Headquarters Speed Mentoring Event – October 17!
Spend some time in a small group setting with leaders from across Headquarters and learn their best practices and lessons learned. Speed Mentoring offers protégés and mentors the chance to connect for a brief period and open a dialogue on building proficiency in leader competencies. The event is scheduled for Oct. 17, 2013 from 9:00a – 11:30a. Contact LDC@fema.dhs.gov to register and indicate whether you would like to be a protégé (non-supervisors) or mentor (supervisors). Mentors will earn three hours of credit under the Leader as Teacher requirement.
Now Accepting Applications for the Graduate Academic Programs at the Department of Defense Senior Service Schools!
Graduate Academic Programs foster employee development by using educational curricula at respected academic institutions across the country to cultivate creative homeland security strategic analysis and decision-making skills, and preparing future leaders at the Department of Homeland Security. These programs are offered at high-quality, fully-accredited degree granting institutions, and tuition is fully funded for participants. A link to the Academic Programs can be found on the Programs Page of the Leader Development intranet site. Applications are due to the Leader Development Council by 5pm on Dec. 2, 2013.
Mentor a Presidential Management Fellow – Earn Leader as Teacher Credit!
The Employee Development Division is currently seeking supervisors who wish to be mentors for the incoming group of Presidential Management Fellows. This is a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and expertise about FEMA and emergency management, along with your experience as a leader to influence our PMFs! Mentors commit to spend at least one hour per month with a protégé in-person or via phone. If you are interested in being a mentor, please email LDC@fema.dhs.gov for an application. All applications are being accepted now. For more information on being a mentor for the PMF Program, please contact Mary Waller, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-212-2083.
Now Accepting Applications for the CHDS Master’s FY14 Cohort!
The CHDS Master’s Degree program focuses on building collaboration among local, tribal, state, and federal leaders who develop strategies, plans, and programs to prepare and respond to national security threats and catastrophic events. This is an 18-month program that requires two weeks of residency per quarter, with the remainder of the work completed online. The program offers two locations for in-residence. The Monterey, CA cohort consists predominantly of local, tribal, and state participants. The National Capital Region cohort takes place in Shepherdstown, WV and predominantly includes representatives of federal agencies.
Applicants must be a Federal employee (GS-12 through SES, or exceptional GS-11) who has been with FMEA for at least 1 (one) year at the time the application is due. Applications are available on the DHS Academic Programs Page and are due by close of business on October 15, 2013. There are two applications required for this program – interested individuals should complete both by the respective due dates. The DHS Internal Application must be sent to LDC@fema.dhs.gov by the due date for review by the Leader Development Council for FEMA endorsement.
The next Virtual Employee Development Fair will be on Monday, September 30!
The FEMA Employee Development Division is pleased to announce it will be hosting its second Virtual Employee Development Fair at 2pm on Monday, September 30. Learn about the numerous employee development opportunities available to you, including the FEMA Rotations Program, the FEMA Mentoring Program, Academic Programs and much more! To join the Virtual Employee Development Fair, simply sign-on as a Guest to the Adobe Connect session at https://fema.connectsolutions.com/vedf/. There is limited connectivity, so we encourage program offices, Regions, NPSCs and other fixed sites to block a conference room for group participation.
NEW! Learn how you can meet the Continual Learning and Leader as Teacher requirements!
DHS requires each supervisor to complete 12 hours of continual learning and 12 hours of ‘give-back’ each year. Half-hour webinars will help you find creative ways to meet that requirement. You will learn about:
- Forums and Webinars that are available
- The FEMA Leadership Library
- Participating in a Mentor – Protégé relationship
- How to get pre-approval for activity
- Other innovative ways to meet these requirements
Monthly webinars are held the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm Eastern time and are open to all individuals who are permanently on a supervisory position description. To join the webinar, login to Adobe Connect as Guest using this link: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/contlearn/
You may receive two permission boxes asking if you would like to continue during the connection process. Please say ‘yes’ both times. If you are delayed in connecting, or the system seems to be hung up, please minimize the window – you will see the permission box.
- Internal Rotation Opportunities - The FEMA Internal Rotation Program is a professional development program designed to engage and strengthen the FEMA workforce. The Career Development and Training Office has posted five internal rotation announcements.
- National Intelligence University (NIU) Program (Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence) - The Department is accepting applications for the NIU, Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence Program. The MSSI is a full-time 11-month degree program designed to assist students in developing global awareness and understand how historical, economic, cultural, political and social contexts affect intelligence and national security.
- Department of Defense Senior Service Schools - The Department of Defense enables employees to obtain their masters’ degree in a number of academic fields. The programs are 10 to 11 months in-residence opportunities.
- Human Resources for Managers and Supervisors - The FEMA Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer, Career Development and Training Branch is providing additional Human Resources for Supervisors and Managers classes to ensure agency supervisors and managers hired or promoted prior to Fiscal Year 2012 meet their developmental obligations and have a quality learning experience.