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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- Closing date: 12/27/2015 GS 9-12 MS Program Analyst, Mission Support
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 (workshops with an * have travel available). Individuals outside the NCR should email email@example.com 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.
- Creating an IDP (Section 2) Thursday, August 21, 1:00-4:30 EST
- High Performing Teams* (Section 1) Monday, August 25 – Tuesday, August 26, 8:30-4:30 EST
- Critical Thinking* (Section 1) Monday, September 29 – Tuesday, September 30, 8:30-4:30 EST
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 directly. 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, 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:
- Wednesday, August 27 – Friday, August 29
- Monday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 24
New Continual Learning for Supervisors: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt – Effective Interviewing and Selection Practices
The Employee Development Division is pleased to announce a new workshop for supervisor’s 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Each month, a new speaker will share their personal leadership development journey, the best practices and lessons learned along the way, and how they continue to build proficiency in leader competencies. Leader Forums are live in DC, and available via VTC outside the D.C. area. Participating in a Leader Forum counts towards continual learning requirements.
Leader Forums are held 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Eastern time on the following dates:
- DHS OPS: Situational Awareness for the Homeland Security Enterprise
- Richard Chavez, Director, Office of Operations Coordination and Planning, U.S.Department of Homeland Security
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. Appointments begin on the hour and last 50 minutes.
Career Counseling sessions are scheduled for:
Thursday, September 4: 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00
Appointments begin on the hour and last 50 minutes.
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
Planning for Retirement Seminar!
The Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer will offer a comprehensive three-day seminar on employee’s Federal Benefits and options for retirement. This will include advice on financial and tax planning, estate planning, health and fitness in retirement, and how to 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:
- October 21-23
- January 27-29
- February 23-26
- March 24-26
- May 26-28
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 file 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
The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Master’s 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, and then complete the remainder of the course work online. This program is available to GS-12 employees and higher; exceptional GS-11candidates may apply. Travel funding is provided. This program requires two applications, both of which can be found at http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/emp/Pages/AcademicPrograms...
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 – available August 4 and due October 17, 2014
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. This program requires two applications, both of which can be found at http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/emp/Pages/AcademicPrograms...
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 available August 4 and due December 9.
CHDS Application is due January 2015.
Seeking new mentors!
The Employee Development Division is seeking mentors to share their knowledge, experience and expertise with other FEMA employees. Serving as a mentor is a great way to earn credit for give-back! We are seeking mentors for the following:
Ask an Expert – We are seeking individuals at the GS-14, GS-15 or SES level who are subject matter experts in a designated area. Individuals will be asked to answer questions posed through a blog on the FEMA Employee Development University. Commitment varies from one-hour to three hours per month. Mentors must have at least 2-years’ experience as a FEMA employee.
Designated areas are:
- Policy Development
- Employee Development
- Budget Management
- Time Management
- Public Speaking / Presentations
Speed Mentoring – We are seeking individuals in a supervisory role to serve as mentors in HQ Speed Mentoring events. Individuals will be grouped as First Line Supervisors, Managers or SES. They will spend 25 minutes with a small group; then rotate to the next group; and finally, a third group. Time commitment is 2 hours per event.
Action Mentoring – Action Mentoring is a short-term (30-60-90 day) relationship between a Mentor and Protégé for a particular task. Mentors must have at least 2-years’ experience at FEMA. We are seeking Action Mentors who are subject matter experts in the following areas:
- Procurement Actions
- Policy Development
- Employee Development
- Hiring / Interviewing
Becoming a mentor is easy – email email@example.com and indicate which mentoring opportunity you are interested in!
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 2:00 p.m. 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.