DHS offers a variety of training opportunities to employees, including academic programs, leader development, career development, and technical skills training. DHS employees should visit their Learning and Development program office for more information about any of the opportunities listed below.
Academic Programs cultivate creative homeland security strategic analysis and decision-making skills through high quality, fully accredited graduate degree programs at Department of Defense Senior Service Schools and other academic institutions.
DHS Leader Development Program
The DHS Leader Development Program helps ensure that leaders at all levels throughout the department are exposed to a core set of developmental experiences and leadership principles. The program offers courses and training resources for non-supervisors, supervisors, and executives across the Department.
Homeland Security Rotation Program
The Homeland Security Rotation Program provides developmental assignments that give DHS employees opportunities to broaden their skills, gain organizational knowledge, and enhance their personal and professional growth.
The Department offers a number of formal and informal mentoring programs in all components and across all occupational functions. The DHS Mentoring Programs are formal programs that provide enriching experiences through reciprocal relationships and opportunities for personal and professional growth while sharing knowledge, leveraging skills and cultivating talent. The programs provide a series of developmental experiences for matched mentoring pairs. Through the mentoring relationship, mentors have the opportunity to guide and share experiences, knowledge, and skills that will contribute to the mentee’s growth. Mentoring relationships require time, commitment, and clear plans of action.
SES Candidate Development Program
The DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program prepares high-performing individuals for positions in DHS’s Senior Executive Service (SES) through an intensive 12-18 month leadership development program.
DHS Joint Duty Program
The Department of Homeland Security Joint Duty Program is an intra- and inter-departmental program that offers civilian personnel professional and developmental opportunities. Joint duty assignments enhance operations and mission execution through unity of effort and collaboration.
The Joint Duty Program is a human capital program initiative. The Joint Duty Program’s purpose is to encourage and facilitate assignments of DHS personnel to other DHS components as well as outside agencies. The purpose of the Joint Duty assignments are to gain multi-component, multi-faceted experience focused on cross cutting DHS and federal-wide operations to enhance performance of the individual, the organizations, and the Department. These assignments help ensure DHS personnel have department-wide perspective and will cultivate cross-organizational networks. Assignments may also support organizational succession planning efforts, and professional training and development. Joint Duty assignments are for a period not to exceed one year.
The DHS Joint Duty Program covers employees at the GS-13 through GS-15 grade levels and equivalent. The program does not apply to members of the military service.
Selected Joint Duty Program applicants are requested to complete the following items over the course of a Joint Duty assignment:
1. Complete the Joint Duty Program Progress Plan to include:
- Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the Joint Duty assignment;
- Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the assignment;
- Phase 3: Complete a final review within the final 30 days of the assignment.
2. Complete 12 hours of professional development using SkillSoft courses, videos, and book in conjunction with the established performance objectives for the Joint Duty assignment;
3. Attend each of the Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter) over the duration of the Joint Duty assignment.
Joint Duty Program applicants must:
- be a GS-13, 14, 15 or equivalent;
- have supervisory approval;
- be a permanent full-time federal employee;
- have an “achieved expectations” or “proficient” rating on his/her most recent performance evaluation;
- not possess an outstanding disciplinary action or grievance against them; and
- not be military or contracted personnel.
How to Apply
- DHS Form 250-02 (Joint Duty Assignment Application) - Must be signed by applicant and supervisor;
- Resume - Remove any personally identifiable information (i.e., home address, social security number, date of birth, etc); and
- Redacted SF-50 - Remove any personally identifiable information (i.e., social security number, date of birth, etc.).
How to Post an Joint Duty Assignments
- Fill out and DHS Form 250-1 (Joint Duty Assignment Opportunity Form).
- Provide a position description and point of contact for each position.
- Component first-line and second-line supervisor (Senior Executive or equivalent) approval is required.
- Submit the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send any questions to email@example.com.
DHS Secretary's Awards Program
DHS achievements are the result of the collective effort of dedicated DHS employees. The DHS Secretary's Awards Program celebrates excellence across the Department. Each year, the Secretary honors individuals and teams from across DHS whose hard work and exemplary accomplishments have personified the very best of the Department with two awards: the Secretary’s Annual Employee Awards and the Secretary’s Honorary Awards.