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Commentary | March 30, 2023

GS-15s: Apply now for the White House Leadership Development Program

Now seeking: motivated, agile, collaborative, service-oriented GS-15s for a year-long executive fellowship program. If selected, you will be matched with an executive branch agency where you will work on high-visibility initiatives with senior federal decision-makers.   

You must submit your self-nomination, along with your supervisor’s recommendation and approval, no later than April 14. Applications may be found here: WHLDP Solicitation.pdf.

Throughout the program year, the fellows will be led through an engaging leadership development experience that includes development sessions, assessments, coaching, agency site visits, and engagements with senior leaders. 

This leadership development program gives participants a broad, federal perspective on high-priority challenges and access to senior decision-makers. It also offers skill development through a cross-agency lens. Leaders come away from it with new relationships and an awareness of the Executive Office of the President that they can take back to benefit themselves, their home agency, and the world. 

The program duration is one year, starting Oct. 1. The placement is full-time and will include weekly executive leadership development sessions. Placement is non-reimbursable. The fellow’s home agency is responsible for the fellow’s salary, continued employment, and benefits.  

There is no guarantee for placement into a Senior Executive Service (SES) position as a result of participation in this program. Participation does, however, provide an experience that may be used in developing Executive Core Qualifications