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We are pleased to announce that the Department of Commerce (DOC) will accept applications for the “Horizons” Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), class of 2011. Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, July 29, 2009, and ending on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, using the USAJOBS website.

The ELDP is an 18-month Department-sponsored leadership development program open to career and career conditional (permanent) appointment employees who are at the GS-13 and GS-14 (or equivalent) levels, nationwide. The ELDP provides high potential employees with a wide variety of competency-based leadership development experiences. The program curriculum enhances leadership competencies with an initial personal assessment, 3-weeks of formal training, one 120-day developmental assignment, an action-learning/team project, and access to individual mentors and coaches. At program completion, individuals will be prepared with the skills to compete for future leadership responsibilities through merit promotion.

The ELDP concentrates on developing participants in the following leadership competencies: creativity and innovation, conflict management, decisiveness, human resources management, influencing and negotiating, and mentoring. Individuals selected for this program will remain in their current position and grade level. Participants will complete developmental and training activities away from their home office for periods of time during the program. All training is conducted in Washington, D.C. at intervals spread out over the course of the 18 month program.

Individuals who successfully complete the program will still need to compete under merit promotion procedures for future promotional opportunities. The program provides funds for training opportunities, meetings, and materials through a DOC Working Capital Fund. Funds for local or long distance travel are NOT provided and remain the responsibility of the employee's home organization.

Up to 30 individuals will be selected for the program. To be eligible, individuals should reside in (or be qualified for) one of the position series below:

  • Economist - 0110
  • Human Resources Specialist - 0201
  • Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series - 0301
  • Management & Program Analyst - 0343
  • Telecommunications Series - 0391
  • Fishery Biologist - 0482
  • Accounting and Budget Series - 0500 to 0599
  • Engineering Series – 0800 - 0899
  • Attorney - 0905
  • General Business and Industry Series - 1101
  • Contract Specialist - 1102
  • Trade Specialist - 1140
  • Patent Administration Series - 1220
  • Patent Examiner - 1224
  • Physical Scientist - 1301
  • Physicist - 1310
  • Hydrologist - 1315
  • Chemist - 1320
  • Meteorologist - 1340
  • Oceanographer - 1360
  • Math Statistician - 1529
  • Statistician - 1530
  • Computer Specialist - 1550
  • General Compliance Series - 1801
  • Information Technology Specialist - 2210

Entry Qualifications: Employees must be serving in a career or career conditional appointment at the GS-13 or GS-14 level (or equivalent including ZA/ZP band 4 or ZT band 5). Applicants must be in or be qualified for one of the mission critical occupations AND have been at the GS-13 level for at least one year prior to the close of the announcement. Applicants must have served at least one year at the Department of Commerce by the close of the announcement.

In order to get to the online application, you will need to do the following:

1. Go to the following link to access the USAJobs Search page: http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/.

2. Select the Department of Commerce in the “Browse Careers by Agency” section.

3. In the top left hand corner of the next screen, select the “status” button.

4. Enter the announcement number “OS-2009-0050” in the colored field and hit “refine.”

5. The announcement main page screen should come up and you can click on the announcement to move into the application.

Please follow the application instructions carefully and do not forget to ‘submit’ your application as a final step. Note that submission of inaccurate information (such as your current grade or job history) may be reason to exclude an application from consideration. Also note that in some cases you may have to create an account in USAJOBS in order to complete your application.

If you have any questions regarding this message, please send inquiries via email to ELDP@doc.gov. You will receive a response to your question as soon as possible.

The application period runs from July 29 – September 8, 2009. All applications along with a current SF-50 and satisfactory (or pass) performance appraisal must be received by midnight, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on the closing date. No applications will be accepted by e-mail.

For more information on the program, you may visit the ELDP web page. You may also contact Michael Cohen, ELDP Program Manager, via e-mail to ELDP@doc.gov. For information on the application or qualification process, please contact Susan Boggs at Sboggs@doc.gov.