Army launching Senior Civilian Talent Pool in NCR
July 28, 2009
By Jill Mueller
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 29, 2009) -- The National Capital Region's nearly 3,000 eligible senior civilians will be among the first invited to register for the Army's new Civilian Talent Management Program.
Through the program, the Army plans to build a bench of interchangeable and agile civilian leaders, said Linda Donaldson, executive director of Civilian Talent Management.
"Over time, Army leadership has learned that there needs to be somewhat of parity in development for Army civilians," Donaldson said. "The program will offer civilian senior leaders opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience through reassignments and professional development."
While GS-15 equivalent employees are the target population for the talent pool, the program will benefit the entire Army, Donaldson said. The new structure aligns the senior civilian management at the GS-15 level with that of colonels, generals and those in the Senior Executive Service -- providing an enterprise view of leadership positions and the available pool of senior talent.
The Army currently has only limited visibility of its senior civilian workforce and the positions that they occupy, Donaldson said.
The talent pool is designed to give senior civilians similar career growth opportunities as their uniformed counterparts, Donaldson said. She explained that the program aims to fuse the Army's current and projected civilian leadership requirements with the individual employee's desires for reassignment and career growth.
Because the number of eligible members of the talent pool is large - almost 12,000 - registration will be a phased process per geographic location. The National Capital Region is one of 25 venues career advisors are visiting this summer.
During the site visits, career advisors will present the program and answer questions. Within the next week, eligible National Capital Region senior civilians will receive an invitation to register into the program, and also an invitation for local presentation and discussion at the Pentagon, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. and noon, and Aug. 19 and 21 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.
An interim policy for the new program was signed in January and is posted on the CTM Web site at https://www.csldo.army.mil. The complete itinerary of the site visits is also posted on the Web.
Questions about the program may be directed to DUSA.CTMO@conus.army.mil.