Army Senior Fellows Mentoring Program

Tuesday December 23, 2008

What is it?

On Dec. 15, 2008, the Army launched a unique program focused on further developing the leadership skills of high-performing, high-potential civilians through a mentorship program in which mentors and mentees share insights, perspectives and professional connections. The Army Senior Fellows Mentoring Program is an initiative that pairs members of the Senior Executive Service and Army Senior Fellows in a mutually beneficial relationship.

The program is unique within the Army because mentors are chosen specifically for the mentees and also because of the formal structure of the partnership. The partnerships are created after hour-long individual interviews with each of the senior executives. Mentors and mentees are then partnered based on the values, goals and key enrichment opportunities demonstrated in the interviews.

Each partnership will focus on topics and information designed to help the mentee be more successful, tapping into the insights from the mentor's background and experience. While each partnership is customized to the styles of the participants, the most successful relationships depend on the participants' commitment to face-to-face monthly meetings and the trust they build.

What has the Army done?

The Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff's vision for the civilian corps calls for strategic and creative thinkers and accomplished professionals who are effective in managing, leading and changing large organizations. The Army Senior Fellows Program is an important venue to groom future civilian senior executives. The program goal is to develop senior civilians capable of meeting the complex demands and challenges of the changing national security environment. The Army Senior Fellows Program takes up to 24 months to complete.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

In its third year, the Army Senior Fellows Program has prepared a bench of senior executives for the Army.

The Senior Fellows Program is seeking application for GS-15/YC-3 high-potential future civilian leaders. Application deadline is Jan. 30, 2009. Applications instructions are found in the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS) catalog

Why is this important to the Army?

During this era of persistent conflict, the Army civilian corps has taken on more complex and challenging roles. Our Army must sustain the civilian contribution to the all-volunteer force, and arm itself with the capability to have the right personnel, with the right competencies, at the right place at the right time.


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