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My Career

My Career

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

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.

Mentoring Programs

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Joint Duty Program applicants must:

  • be a GS-13, 14, 15 or equivalent;
  • have supervisory approval;
  • be a permanent, full time employee;
  • have an “achieved expectations” or “proficient” rating on his/her most recent performance evaluation; and
  • not possess an outstanding disciplinary action or grievance against them. 


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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.

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