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The Executive Leadership Program (ELP)

The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is a pivotal initiative of the Department of Human Resources (DCHR) under the Center for Learning and Development (CLD), designed to bolster the pipeline of executive-level talent across the District. The CLD is committed to empowering District Government employees through state-of-the-art learning and development opportunities that not only support career progression but also cultivate a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.

Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations In partnership with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, the ELP leverages academic and practical expertise to provide a rigorous, impactful learning experience. This collaboration enriches our program with a holistic approach to leadership development that includes mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and foundational managerial competencies.

Outcome and Impact By participating in the ELP, leaders are prepared not only to excel in their current roles but also to ascend to higher levels of responsibility, driving the District's vision forward. The program aims to create a legacy of skilled leadership that ensures sustained organizational excellence and a robust government workforce ready to meet future challenges.

Goals of the ELP:

  • Organizational Leadership Enhancement: Equip leaders to foster an organizational climate that promotes engagement, performance excellence, and innovation.
  • Strategic and Systemic Thinking: Develop leaders capable of thinking and acting strategically to balance immediate needs with sustainable organizational innovation.
  • Change Management: Strengthen leaders' skills to effectively lead and manage transitions within and across agencies, enhancing the government's adaptability and resilience.

Program Features:

  1. Leadership Assessments and Development: Engage participants in comprehensive leadership assessments such as the Leadership Circle Profile 360 to personalize development plans and enhance leadership effectiveness.
  2. Peer Coaching: Provide structured peer coaching sessions to cultivate coaching skills, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal dynamics among leaders.
  3. Executive Coaching: Offer individual executive coaching sessions focusing on professional development, introspection, and strategic decision-making.
  4. Immersive Learning Sessions: Conduct seminars and workshops that integrate theoretical knowledge with practical application, tailored to the unique challenges of government leadership.

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Strategic Collaboration with George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW-CEPL)

The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is proud to partner with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW-CEPL). This collaboration enriches our curriculum and ensures that our participants receive education that is not only rooted in academic excellence but also imbued with practical insights from leading industry experts.

Key Aspects of Our Partnership with GW-CEPL:

Curriculum Development: GW-CEPL contributes to the design and delivery of our curriculum, ensuring it meets the high standards necessary for developing government leadership. The partnership allows us to incorporate cutting-edge research and theories directly into our teaching methods and materials.

Expert Faculty: Participants in the ELP benefit from access to a distinguished faculty from GW-CEPL, comprising seasoned practitioners and scholars in public leadership. This direct access provides an opportunity for in-depth learning from some of the foremost experts in the field.

Joint Seminars and Workshops: Throughout the program, participants attend various seminars and workshops conducted jointly by DCHR and GW-CEPL. These sessions are designed to foster critical thinking, enhance leadership skills, and encourage the practical application of learned concepts in real-world government settings.

Industry Connections

In addition to our academic partnership, the ELP maintains strong ties with various industry leaders and organizations. These strategic connections are vital for providing participants with comprehensive exposure to contemporary leadership challenges and trends in the public sector.

Benefits of Industry Connections:

  • Networking Opportunities: Participants have numerous opportunities to engage with influential leaders and professionals from different sectors during the program. These interactions facilitate the exchange of ideas and can lead to lasting professional relationships.
  • Real-World Insights: Our industry partners contribute practical perspectives on leadership by sharing their experiences and challenges. This integration of real-world insights helps participants better understand the complexities of leading in diverse and dynamic environments.
  • Career Advancement: Through these partnerships, participants gain access to a broader professional network, enhancing their career prospects and opportunities for advancement in public service.

ELP thrives on robust and diverse partnerships that significantly enhance the quality and relevance of our program. Through strategic collaborations with leading institutions like the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW-CEPL) and key industry leaders, we ensure that our curriculum is comprehensive and directly aligned with the dynamic demands of high-level government roles. These partnerships not only enrich our educational offerings but also ground them in real-world applications, empowering our participants to lead with confidence, strategic insight, and unwavering integrity.

Timeline for FY2025 Cohort

Executive Leadership Program Application Timeline 2024

  • Application Opens: July 15, 2024
    • Begin submitting your applications today to join our transformative leadership program.
  • Application Deadline: August 23, 2024
    • Completed Application: Fully completed form with all sections filled out accurately.
    • Letter of Recommendation: A letter from an Agency Director or Deputy Mayor, endorsing your candidacy and highlighting your leadership potential and commitment to public service.
  • Review Period: August 24 - August 29, 2024
    • Our committee will review applications during this period.
  • Acceptance Notifications: August 30, 2024
    • Check your email for our decision regarding your application.
  • Confirmation Deadline: September 4, 2024
    • Accepted applicants must confirm their participation by this date.
  • Mandatory Orientation: September 10, 2024
    • Orientation for all confirmed participants will take place on this date. Attendance is required.

Program Cost

Program Fee: The FY25 cost estimate for the Executive Leadership Program is $13,500.00. This estimate is an approximation based on information available to DCHR-CLD. Actual costs may change after all programmatic elements have been finalized.

Inclusions: This fee covers all program materials, sessions, assessments, and access to resources provided throughout the program duration.

Important Note: While it is ideal for candidates to have the funds submitted by the program start date, we understand that this may not always be possible. We strongly encourage candidates to seek funding approval as early as possible to ensure that financial arrangements are in place by October for FY25.

Eligibility Criteria

ELP Cohort FY2025
Joining the Executive Leadership Program is a distinguished opportunity open to a select group of individuals who meet the following criteria:
1.   Position Requirements:

  • Senior-Level Leadership: Applicants must hold an executive-level or senior-level position within the District government. This includes roles such as:
    • Deputy directors
    • Chief of staff
    • Senior agency staff

2.    Grade Specifications:

  • MS-15 and MS-16: Applicants should be within these management supervisory service grades.
  • Excepted Service—Grade 9 and Above: This includes specific high-grade positions such as Legal LX Legal Service Deputy General Counsel and MPD Non-union Captain and higher.
  • MS-14 Managers: Applicants at the MS-14 level must manage other Management Supervisory Service employees to qualify.

3.    Leadership Potential: Applicants to the Executive Leadership Program are expected to demonstrate a strong potential for leadership and a deep commitment to public service. Ideal candidates will showcase:

Leadership Philosophy and Decision-making: Evidence of a well-defined leadership philosophy that guides decision-making and leadership practices, including examples of past leadership roles and the impact on professional development and team or department outcomes.

Strategic Thinking and Planning: A track record of engaging in strategic thinking and planning within their roles, demonstrating how they have integrated strategic approaches into their leadership to drive significant projects or initiatives that align with strategic governmental goals.

Vision for Organizational Change: An ability to articulate and implement a vision for change, detailing past experiences of leading transformative initiatives, anticipating challenges, and describing the intended impacts on their organization or department.
Team and Resource Management: Demonstrated experience in effectively managing teams and resources, highlighting how they have fostered team development, managed complex projects, and contributed to policy development and implementation.

4.    Recommendation Requirement:

  • Agency Endorsement: A letter of recommendation from your Agency Director or Deputy Mayor is required, highlighting your leadership qualities, accomplishments, and suitability for this advanced leadership program.
  • Complete Program Requirements Acknowledgment Form

5.    Commitment to Program Participation:

  • Participants must commit to attending all program sessions and activities, including the mandatory orientation, monthly sessions, and special workshops, as scheduled. Attendance is critical to achieving the personal and professional growth objectives of the program.

Important Notes:

  • Meeting All Criteria: Fulfilling all the above eligibility requirements is essential for consideration. Each application will be reviewed thoroughly to ensure that all criteria are met.


Application Process

Note: To apply, you must log into this form using your government email address.

Step 1: Review Program Details and Eligibility Criteria

  • Familiarize yourself with the ELP program’s objectives, curriculum, and specific eligibility requirements.
  • Visit the ELP Program Details  section on our website for comprehensive information about what the program offers and who should apply.

Step 2: Prepare Application Materials

To ensure a complete application to the Executive Leadership Program, gather and prepare the following materials:

  • Personal and Professional Information: Fill out all required fields on the application form with your personal details, current job position, and agency information.
  • Updated Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Attach a recent resume or CV in PDF format that is up-to-date and showcases your relevant professional experiences and achievements.
  • Essays: Prepare thoughtful responses to the essay questions provided in the application form. Your essays should collectively meet the minimum word requirement of 1200 words.
    • Program Requirements Acknowledgment Form: As part of our application, complete and sign this form to affirm your understanding of and commitment to the program's participation requirements, including attendance, assignments, and active engagement.
  • Recommendation Form: Agency Director or Deputy Mayor must submit a recommendation form that highlights your leadership qualities and suitability for the program, provides a thorough assessment of your leadership capabilities, and includes a signed acknowledgment of your commitment to the program's time requirements. Recommendation Form

    Ensure all materials are prepared according to the guidelines and submitted by the application deadline.

    Step 3: Submit Application

    • Complete the online application form available on the ELP website. This form includes sections for entering your personal and professional information, uploading required documents, and pasting essay responses. Online Application

    Step 4: Application Review and Selection Process

    • As part of the application process for the Executive Leadership Program (ELP), a one-on-one meeting will be required with each applicant. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss your leadership goals, program expectations, and any questions you may have.
    • Once submitted, your application will undergo a review process by the ELP selection committee.
      • Review Criteria: Applications will be evaluated based on leadership potential, alignment with program goals, quality of essay responses, professional experience, and the strength of the recommendation letter.

    Step 5: Notification of Acceptance

    • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status via email by a specified date.
      • Notification Date: Expect an email by August 30, 2024.
      • Timeline for FY2025 Cohort

    Step 6: Confirm Participation

    • If accepted, confirm your intention to enroll in the program and attend the mandatory orientation session.
      • Confirmation Deadline: September 4, 2024
      • Accepted applicants must confirm their participation by this date.
      • Orientation Date: September 10, 2024. Your participation in the orientation is crucial as it sets the foundation for the program.

    Additional Information and Support

    • For additional questions about the application process, please visit our FAQs section.
    • Support: For direct assistance, contact our program support at [email protected] or call 202-727-1657.


General Questions

1. What is the Executive Leadership Program (ELP)?

  • The ELP is a comprehensive leadership development program designed to prepare senior government officials for high-level roles by enhancing their leadership skills, strategic thinking, and innovative capabilities.

2. Who is eligible to apply for the ELP?

  • Eligibility is generally restricted to senior-level employees within the government who are at or above certain grade levels or have significant leadership experience. Specific criteria include position requirements, experience levels, and managerial responsibilities.

3. What are the key components of the ELP curriculum?

The curriculum includes leadership assessments, strategic thinking workshops, peer learning circles, and practical application projects, all designed to enhance participants' leadership abilities in real-world government settings.

Application Process

4. How do I apply for the ELP?

  • Applicants need to fill out an online application form, submit a professional resume or LinkedIn profile, provide a letter of recommendation, and answer several essay questions. Details and deadlines are provided on the ELP application page.

5. What are the deadlines for application submission?

  • Deadlines are typically set several months before the program begins. Exact dates can be found under Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Timeline section of this website or by contacting our program office.

6. Can I apply if I am not currently employed by the government?

  • The ELP is primarily designed for current government employees. See the eligibility requirements for more information.

During the Program

7. What is the time commitment for the ELP?

  • Participants are expected to commit to a series of workshops and sessions spread over several months. Each session typically lasts for two days, with additional time required for preparation and follow-up activities.

8. Is attendance mandatory for all sessions?

  • Yes, full participation is crucial for the completion of the program. Absences must be justified and approved in advance by the program directors.


9. What opportunities are available after completing the ELP?

  • Graduates of the ELP become part of an alumni network that offers ongoing learning opportunities, networking events, and potential mentorship roles. Many also continue to advance in their governmental careers, utilizing skills and connections gained during the program. For additional information or specific inquiries not covered here, please feel free to contact our program office at [contact information] or visit our ELP website.

News and Events

  • Cohort 9 Graduation Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 4:30 PM-8:00 PM
    DCHR 1015 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

About Us

The Department of Human Resources (DCHR)

DCHR is dedicated to strengthening individual and organizational performance within the District government. Our mission is to enhance the workforce by attracting, developing, and retaining well-qualified and diverse employees. We provide comprehensive human resource management services, supporting strategic and financial planning, policy direction, and effective resource management across various agencies.

The Center for Learning and Development (CLD)

Located within DCHR, the Center for Learning and Development is committed to empowering District government employees through cutting-edge learning opportunities. These programs are designed to support career development and foster a high-performance culture. CLD coordinates a wide range of training programs and initiatives in partnership with local universities and institutions, tailored to meet the specific needs of the government workforce.

Our Partnership with GW-CEPL

In collaboration with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, we deliver the Executive Leadership Program (ELP), a key initiative under CLD. This partnership enriches our program with academic rigor and practical expertise, integrating a holistic approach to leadership that includes emotional intelligence and foundational managerial competencies.

Goals of ELP

The Executive Leadership Program is designed to:

  • Enhance Organizational Leadership: Equip leaders to foster environments that promote engagement, performance excellence, and innovation.
  • Advance Strategic and Systemic Thinking: Develop leaders who can think and act strategically, effectively balancing immediate needs with sustainable organizational innovation.
  • Lead Effective Change Management: Strengthen leaders' capabilities to lead and manage change, enhancing adaptability and resilience within the government.

Why Choose Us?
Choosing our program means participating in a legacy of leadership excellence, designed to prepare you for higher levels of responsibility and to drive strategic initiatives that benefit the entire District. By joining ELP, you become part of a distinguished network of leaders committed to excellence and innovation.


Contact Us

Contact Information

For more detailed information or to apply to the ELP, please contact: