Army launches program to advance senior civilian careers
May 27, 2009
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 27, 2009) -- The Army is scheduled to launch a new central management talent pool for senior civilians -- GS-15 or NSPS upper pay-band 3 equivalents -- with a registration drive starting at Fort Belvoir, Va., June 8.
The Civilian Talent Management Office was created to implement and supervise the Civilian Talent Management Program, which will oversee, develop and promote corporate career progression for the first time. This voluntary program is similar to the military-career designated paths and opportunities of senior executive service civilians, colonels and generals.
"This is a great opportunity for individuals to have better visibility with assignment and education possibilities and it gives the Army better visibility of employees' desires and preferences for reassignment and education," said Linda Donaldson, CTMO executive director.
For the first time, civilians' personal talents, goals, preferences and ambitions will be integrated into a career development plan to help them track available opportunities that will strengthen both individuals and the Army.
The Civilian Talent Management Program will survey job opportunities and forecast vacancies for the available talent pool to fill positions before they are vacated. This will cut down on non-productivity with an active transition of the knowledge base and open the positions to a larger audience.
"The purpose of this program is to make better opportunities available to civilians, to understand civilians' desires for professional development and for civilians to broaden themselves through education and experience," said Donaldson.
Approximately 60 percent of the current DA civilian workforce has no managed career training, education or progression plan, and according to CTMO, more than 11,000 of the 250,000 Department of the Army civilians are eligible for the new program.
"The civilian talent pool will help Army civilians be more competitive with Army uniforms," said Donaldson. "The Army is relying more heavily on the civilian workforce. This program is the key to develop, integrate and broaden senior leaders to help them achieve their goals."
Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. have made civilian career progression one of the top priorities to complement the Army total force.
Casey included leader development into his Army initiatives and posture statement, stating he wants to "accelerate change in leader-development programs to grow leaders for the future strategic environment."
"Our pledge to invest in the future of the Army Civilian Corps is a direct reflection of our continuing commitment of our Nation's future," Geren said in the Army Civilian Corps Champion Memorandum.
Senior civilians can visit <a href="https://www.csldo.army.mil"target=_blank>https://www.csldo.army.mil</a> for additional information, to participate in a phased registration throughout the summer or to update their personal record.
Program presentations are scheduled at 25 locations in CONUS and OCONUS from June through October (schedule available online). The presentations also will be available on Army Knowledge Online.