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SES Candidate Development Program

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As a part of the ongoing Health and Human Services succession planning efforts, the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) prepares high potential GS-15 employees for the SES ranks.
This Department-wide competitive program:

  • prepares participants for SES Certification by OPM
  • establishes an HHS pool of qualified candidates for SES positions
  • prepares future executives for collaborative leadership within and outside of the Department

The design of the SES CDP provides a broad range of developmental experiences and formal, practical training experiences including:
  • Mentoring from an SES member
  • Leadership assessments and feedback
  • Creation and execution of an Executive Development Plan
  • Online and classroom instruction in executive level competencies
  • Rotational assignments within and outside of the Department
  • Group project on high level Department issues

Participants who successfully complete this 18 month program and receive SES certification from OPM are eligible for non-competitive career appointment to any SES position for which the certified candidate also meets the professional or technical qualifications.

How to Apply
The program announcement for the 2007 class has closed. Another program announcement will likely be made in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of FY2008. Future announcements will be posted on OPM's USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov

For more information, please go to http://www.hhs.gov/careers/ses.html

Last revised: May 02, 2007

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