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Now Recruiting ALDP Class of 2012

Are you a motivated self-starter? Does your career plan include leading and working with teams? If your answer is yes, then the Aspiring Leaders Development Program (ALDP) was created just for you. The Department of Commerce (DOC) is looking for future leaders who have the talent, skills and desire to succeed in the ALDP.

The Office of Human Resources Management is very pleased to announce recruitment for the “New Pathways Program” Aspiring Leaders Development Program (ALDP-VI), class of 2011. The program is financed by the bureaus through the Department’s Working Capital Fund which provides the funding for the ALDP training opportunities, meetings, and materials. However, additional funding for local or long distance travel is not provided and is the responsibility of the employee’s home organization. Prior to final selection into the program, applicants will be asked to provide written acknowledgement from their organization’s budget officer that funds are available to support any travel expenses associated with the ALDP program.

The program’s announcement will be open for applications via USAJOBS starting August 30, 2010 through September 30, 2010 for all eligible Department of Commerce employees. Up to 30 individuals will be selected for the program.

The ALDP has two tracks: Track 1 is open to DOC employees meeting the qualification requirements at grade levels GS-7 through GS-10 (or equivalent).

Track 2 is open to DOC employees at grade levels GS-11 and GS-12 (or equivalent). Both tracks will run for 12 months concurrently. The program will begin in January 2011.

The ALDP is a 12-month comprehensive program that concentrates on developing or "stretching" each participant's leadership competencies in the following targeted areas: communication, conflict management, continual learning, customer service, flexibility, problem solving, and team building.

All applicants must be a full-time/permanent, career or career conditional employee to enter the program. In addition, all employees must have served at least one year as a permanent employee at the Department of Commerce. Applicant’s last appraisal rating must have been level 3 (or equivalent) or higher.

Individuals that apply to the ALDP - Track 1 program must be at a GS-7, 8, 9, 10 (or equivalent) level and have served at least a year at that level on or before the close of the announcement. Individuals that apply to the ALDP - Track 2 program must be at a GS-11 or 12 (or equivalent) level and have served for at least a year at that level on or before the close of the announcement.

In addition, Track 2 applicants must be qualified or be serving in one or more of the following mission-critical occupations:

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, Electronics Engineer – 0855, 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.

Employees must apply to the program through the appropriate announcement via the USAJOBS website using the following criteria:

• Employees in grades 7 or 8 (or equivalent) must apply to ALDP Track 1 Announcement Number OS-OHRM-2010-0080.

• Employees in grades 9 or 10 (or equivalent) must apply to ALDP Track 1 Announcement Number OS-OHRM-2010-0081

• Employees in grades 11 or 12 (or equivalent) must apply to ALDP Track 2 Announcement Number OS-OHRM-2010-0082.

To find the appropriate announcement, logon to http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov. At the top of the page, you will see a field on the left hand side called “Keyword Search.” Input the appropriate announcement number in this field and press the “Search” button. On the next screen click the “Status” button on the left hand side. The announcement will come up. Click on the appropriate ALDP application and fill out the application forms.

Please note: You may have to create an account in USAJOBS in order to complete your application. You will be taken to another section of USAJOBS from the vacancy announcement to do this. Applications will not be accepted by e-mail. Applications will not be accepted after 11:59 PM EST on September 30, 2010.

For more information about this exciting program, we invite you to see the ALDP webpage. Specific questions about the program should be addressed to Julia Law, ALDP Program Manger, at jlaw@doc.gov. Problems with applying via the USAJOBS Website can be directed to Veronica Caalim, 202-482-5567 or Vcaalim@doc.gov.