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    Overview: The Department of the Interior invites qualified individuals to apply to its prestigious Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), expected to begin in December 2018.  Qualified individuals are those who have demonstrated through their performance and experience the potential to assume executive-level positions within the Federal Government.

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    Status applicants: are employees serving under career or career-type appointments in the civil service. Status candidates are not entitled to veteran's preference. Participants selected for the Department of the Interior’s SESCDP who are serving in career or career-type positions will remain employees of their current agencies/organizations, and will retain the grade, series, pay, and status of their current positions, including eligibility for step increases and career ladder promotions. 

    Non-status applicants: are employees who occupy other than career or career-type appointments within the civil service, e.g., temporary appointments. Participants selected for the Department of the Interior’s SESCDP who are serving in other than career or career-type appointments will receive an excepted appointment under the Schedule B authority for the duration of the program, which may be extended not to exceed a total of three (3) years.

    * Applicants will be asked to indicate status through the questionnaire.  Only one category can be identified; candidates may not apply under both categories.

    The Department of the Interior's SESCDP is designed to provide a series of developmental experiences which include formal courses and seminars, developmental work assignments, and individual mentoring from current SES members.  Participation in this year-long SESCDP will require approximately 5 months away from the candidate’s position of record for formal SESCDP activities.

    Key Program Features:

    • A 12-month program, requiring extensive time away from the position of record
    • OPM’s Senior Executive Assessment Center
    • OPM’s 360 Assessment
    • An Executive Development Plan
    • Program orientation
    • Formal mentoring program with assigned mentors
    • A developmental assignment of at least 120 days, outside the participant’s organization
    • At least 80 hours of executive education
    • Developmental activities that may include events and projects that further develop a candidate’s understanding of the Department of the Interior’s mission, programs and challenges.
    • Upon completion of the SESCDP and approval by the Executive Resources Board (ERB), the candidate’s Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) will be reviewed by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) for certification.  QRB certification allows for non-competitive placement into SES positions.  NOTE:  Participation in the program does not guarantee placement in a SES position.

    The SESCDP is designed to provide a series of developmental experiences for high potential individuals to prepare them to occupy positions in the SES.  These developmental experiences include formal training and seminars, a four-month assignment outside of the participant's home organization/bureau, core learning sessions that focus on the competencies for successful SES-level performance, and working with an executive mentor.  All program selectees will participate in OPM’s Senior Executive Assessment Program, resulting in a tailored Executive Development Plan that will guide program development experiences.  The SESCDP is a rigorous program, and the curriculum must be completed while balancing current day-to-day job assignments. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Candidates may be required to travel for developmental assignments, as appropriate.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506738700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.