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The Executive Leadership Program (ELP)

How to Apply

The ELP aims to enhance the supply of executive-level talent across the District by establishing a robust pipeline of Cabinet-ready leaders from which current and future mayors can draw.

Purpose and Program Objectives

The purpose of the ELP is to support the development of effective executive-level leadership among members of the Mayor’s cabinet and their senior staff.  In addition, this program aims to enhance the supply of executive-level talent across the District by establishing a robust pipeline of Cabinet-ready leaders from which current and future mayors can draw.

Executives who complete the program will be able to:

  • Use their leadership assets to create organizational leadership climates which foster employee engagement, performance excellence, innovation, and sustained capacity building;
  • Think and act strategically with a broadened systemic perspective that enables their departments and agencies to more capably balance short-term requirements with sustained improvement and organization innovation; and
  • More effectively lead change and manage transition within and across agencies and sectors.

Learning Clusters

The curriculum will be developed using these learning clusters as guides:

  • Organizational Leadership—Topics will include assessing and influencing organizational climate, establishing trust, building shared accountability, collective responsibility, and more.
  • Strategic and Systemic Thinking—Topics will include thinking and acting strategically, understanding systems, working across sectors, and more.
  • Leading and Managing Change—Topics will include developing executive foresight, leading change, managing transition, and more.
  • Executive Communication and Political Savvy—Topics will include personal branding, executive communication, political savvy, and more.
  • Data Analytics and Critical Thinking—Topics will include performance measurement, performance management, using predictive and prescriptive analytics, and more.

What Does the Program Offer?

Based on feedback from senior executives within the existing District of Columbia workforce, as well as input from the District’s Department of Human Resources, the program will last 8 months (Fall 2018 – Spring 2019) and will include the following components:

  • Small cohort groups to allow opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction and coaching
  • Private, one-on-one executive coaching sessions
  • Peer learning and coaching sessions in small groups
  • Lectures and discussions with leading faculty and subject matter experts
  • Integrated leadership assessments and a leadership values inventory
  • Cutting-edge content in a dedicated online learning environment that deal with organizational leadership, strategic and systemic thinking, leading change and managing transition, executive communication, critical thinking and data analytics
  • Online leadership library

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants who are interested in applying for the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently in an executive-level or senior-level (e.g., deputy director, chief of staff, senior agency staff) position within District government
  • Be willing to commit to full participation in all facets of the program
  • Have at a minimum five years leadership experience working for the District government or private industry

How Do I Apply?

The application period for ELP 2018-2019 begins Monday, August 20, 2018 and concludes on Monday, September 24, 2018. In order to apply for the Executive Leadership Program, interested employees must submit the following documents to Olu Burrell, HR Specialist, at [email protected]. All documents must be formatted as PDF documents.

  1. Resume
  2. Application
  3. Statement of Interest
    • Your statement of interest should address the following prompt: 
      "How will participating in the Executive Leadership Program benefit both your agency and your individual development?" (This document should be no more than 1000 words, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12-Point font, and attached as a separate PDF document.)
  4. Agency Commitment Form