SES Candidate Development Program

Health and Human Services (HHS) Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) is a competitive program designed to create pools of qualified candidates for SES positions within the Department. The program provides career enhancement and executive development for GS-15 employees with high potential for entering the SES ranks using a foundation of the Office of Personnel Managementís (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The program is designed around hands-on, experiential activities based on adult learning theory and best practices within the field of leadership and human development. Program activities include individual and group developmental experiences and formal training to prepare participants for SES certification within a 12-month period.

The design of the SESCDP provides a broad range of developmental experiences and formal, practical training experiences including:

  • Orientation
  • Multi-rater Feedback (OPM 360 Assessment)
  • HHS Cohort Competency-based Leadership Sessions
  • 80-hours of Interagency Executive Level Training
  • One (1) 120-day Rotational Assignment
  • Action Learning/Group Project on high level Department issues
  • Executive Coaching
  • Individual and Peer Group Coaching
  • Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Executive Mentoring from an SES member
  • Executive Development Plan (EDP)
  • ECQ Write-up Coaching
  • Management Reading

Participants who successfully complete this 12 month program and receive SES certification from OPM are eligible for non-competitive career appointment to any SES position for which the certified candidate also meets the professional or technical qualifications.

How to Apply
The program will be announced in the future. The vacancy announcement will be posted on OPMs USAJOBS website at Please check USAJOBS periodically.