Training and Career Opportunities (May 12, 2014)

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Available Workshops:

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.

Workshop

Section

Date

Time (Eastern)

Meta-Leadership

Section 1

Wednesday, May 14

8:30-12:00

Dealing with Conflict

Section 1

Thursday, May 22

8:30-12:00

Dealing with Conflict

Section 2

Thursday, May 22

1:00-4:30

Managing Day to Day Performance

Section 1

Tuesday, May 27

8:30-4:30

Dealing with Employee’s Unacceptable Performance

Section 1

Wednesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 29

8:30-4:30

Cultural Intelligence

Section 1

Monday, June 23

8:30-12:00

Cultural Intelligence

Section 2

Monday, June 23

1:00-4:30

Leading by Type

Section 1

Tuesday, June 24

8:30-4:30

Managing Conflict and Improving Relationships

Section 1

Wednesday, June 25

8:30-4:30

Four Generations in the Workplace

Section 1

Thursday, June 26

8:30-12:00

Four Generations in the Workplace

Section 2

Thursday, June 26

1:00-4:30

Emotional Intelligence

Section 1

Thursday, July 10

8:30-12:00

Emotional Intelligence

Section 2

Thursday, July 10

1:00-4:30

Holding Effective Meetings

Section 1

Tuesday, July 29

8:30-12:00

High Impact Presentations

Section 1

Wednesday, July 30- Thursday, July 31

8:30-4:30

Creating an IDP

Section 1

Thursday, August 21

8:30-12:00

Creating an IDP

Section 2

Thursday, August 21

1:00-4:30

High Performing Teams

Section 1

Monday, August 25 – Tuesday, August 26

8:30-4:30

Critical Thinking

Section 1

Monday, September 29 – Tuesday, September 30

8:30-4:30

 

Supervisory Learning Requirements – Sessions are now available!

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 EssentialsThis 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, May 19 – Wednesday, May 21

            Monday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 11

  Monday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 9

            Wednesday, August 27 – Friday, August 29

            Monday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 24

Instructor/Facilitator Qualification Session

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.

AVAILABLE LIVE EVENTS

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:

            June 19            Leading the Learning Organization

            Kim Bauhs, Chief Learning Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

            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 CounselingNot 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:

Tuesday, July 1                        8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00

Monday, August 4                   8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00

Tuesday, August 5                   8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00

Thursday, September 4           8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00

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:

Friday, June 27                        9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:00

Wednesday, September 10     9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:00

Speed MentoringThis 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, June 30                     1:00-3:30

Monday, August 18                 9:00-11:30

Tuesday, September 9            1:00-3:30

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FROM OUR PARTNERS:

Continual Learning Opportunity for GS-14, GS-15 and SES – How the Government is Innovating – And You Can, Too.  Available by Teleconference!

Our partners at the Department of Energy present this new session, featuring Gadi Ben-Yehuda.  While government agencies often perceived as slow-moving bureaucracies, changing their operational models only at a glacial pace, many have become hotbeds of innovation.  Of course, since they are still federal agencies, the ways in which they are pursuing innovation are themselves a process that can be understood and replicated across agencies, even if their outcomes are specific to each department.  As example, State, HHS, and GSA have all created innovation hubs that follow, roughly, a five-step process: Create - Activate - Evaluate - Iterate - Incorporate.  Gadi will explain how to set up innovation programs and provide examples of innovations from across the federal government.  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, May 22       1:00-3:00 Eastern Time

            U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave SW – or by teleconference.

Email edu@fema.dhs.gov to register for this event.

Continual Learning Opportunity for Supervisors and Employee Relations – Alternative Discipline and Settlement Agreements –   Webcast

Subject matter experts provide knowledge on alternative approaches to discipline and settle agreements for handling conduct problems.  This event is the first of a series offered by OPM.  Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session.

            Tuesday, May 20, 1:30-3:00p Eastern

            This is only offered by webcast.  Email edu@fema.dhs.gov to register for this event.

EmpowHR – Manager Self-Service (MSS) Training

The Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer (OCCHCO) will conduct EmpowHR Manager Self-Service (MSS) training via webinar during the months of May and June.  MSS is a front end tool to EmpowHR which allows users/managers to view limited employee data and electronically initiate and approve various types of personnel actions that flow within the system directly to OCCHCO processing staff.  Sessions are scheduled at 9a and 2p Eastern time on the following days:

Thursday, May 8                                 Thursday, May 15

Tuesday, May 20                                 Thursday, May 29

Tuesday, June 3                                   Thursday, June 12

Tuesday, June 17                                 Thursday, June 26

Supervisors should send an email with “MSS Training” in the subject line and indicate the date/time of the session they wish to attend to Kevin.Tucker@fema.dhs.gov and FEMA-HC-SystemsAsst@fema.dhs.gov.  Confirmation will be sent to each participant.  Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation are asked to send their request at least two business days prior to the start of the session.

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 are retirement, along with financial and tax planning, estate planning, health and fitness in retirement, and transition to retirement.  This in-person workshop is offered in Washington DC, May 20-22, 2014.  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.

Continual Learning Event – Federal Executive Cybersecurity Seminar

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:

•          May 8th

•          May 15th

•          May 29th

•          June 12th

•          June 19th

•          June 26th

•          July 10th (*virtual sessions)

•          July 31st

To register:  Send an email to edu@fema.dhs.gov with your preference in date – please indicate whether you would like the morning or afternoon session.

COMPETITIVE PROGRAMS

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 May 15, 2014

            CHDS Application is due June 15, 2014

MENTORING PROGRAM

Coming June 1 – Learning ASAP – The FEMA Mentoring Program!  Look for information in the May Virtual Employee Development Fair or in the June 2 FEMA Weekly Bulletin!

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 edu@fema.dhs.gov.  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       Position/Grade                                                                 Organization                            

5/7/14                   Program Analyst 12/13/14                                            Mission Support EBU

5/5/14                   Staff Assistant 11/12                                                       FIMA

5/7/14                   Training Lead 13/14                                                         Logistics

6/1/14                   Executive Analyst 13/14                                                                Office of the Administrator

6/1/14                   Program Analyst 11/12/13                                            Mission Support

Coming June 1 – competitive rotational assignments program with travel funding available!  Look for information in the May Virtual Employee Development Fair or the June 2 FEMA Weekly Bulletin!

ADDITIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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.

MONTHLY WEBINARS

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 edu@fema.dhs.gov 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 edu@fema.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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