Associates Program

2018 Associates Program Cohort (October 2017 - September 2018)

2018 Associates Program Cohort (October 2017 - September 2018)

The Oregon Federal Executive Board (OFEB) Associates Program offers rising federal leaders in Oregon and SW Washington a unique opportunity for professional development within a group of motivated federal peers who care deeply about the impact of public service. The FEB partners with exceptional federal leaders at the SES-level as well as Portland Community College’s respected CLIMB Center for Advancement to deliver a rigorous academic and hands-on program aligned with Office of Personnel Management’s Executive Core Qualifications. In addition to the core competency focus, the program offers executive shadows, inspiring speaker panels, and a collaborative team project that will have a lasting impact on the local federal community.

The inter-agency context and focus on challenges affecting the wider federal workforce ensure this opportunity is ideal for employees who aspire to leadership in areas requiring collaborative work across organizations and agencies, and serves as a complement to agencies’ own internally-focused leadership development opportunities.

2020 Associates Leadership Development Program Application now OPEN!

Application Instructions

Applicants MUST work through their agency leadership and selection process in order to apply. Applications will not be accepted without an Agency-level endorsement. Agencies should pre-screen their nominees through their own internal vetting process, and should submit no more than three nominees. Nominees should be ranked if submitting more than one (rankings should be reflected in the supervisor's narrative). We will work to keep associates classes as diverse as possible, with representation from a wide variety of federal components.

Eligibility: Federal Employees GS-11 to GS-13. Please contact Joyce Hamilla directly if you would like special consideration for an exceptional employee at the GS-10 or GS-14 level or have other special circumstances.

Deadline: 4 November. Applications will be reviewed and final offers of admission to the program made by the end of November. The program will begin in early January 2020.

Where to submit: Candidate Application, Supervisor's Endorsement

Tuition and Time Commitment 

Program Length: Jan 2020-Dec 2020. During the course of the program, participants will continue in their present job positions and perform their normal duties. The program will involve a minimum of 2 days per month of employee’s time away from the office and additional time for team and mentor collaboration. Program participants are expected to attend all monthly 1-day group training sessions and fully participate in program activities. Upon graduation, program participants are expected to assist in the FY 2021 Associates Program delivery to the next cohort of Associates. If more than 2 of the 11 monthly core competency training sessions are missed, the candidate will be dropped from the program without tuition refund. See the Associates Program Guidebook for more details.

Tuition:  $2,700, payable in full for each admitted participant by December 31, 2019.  Tuition payments may be made here.  If your agency would like to pay in advance, before final participant selections are made, you may submit a payment, and we will refund the tuition if your nominee is not selected for the program. 

The Oregon Federal Executive Board is proud to welcome our distinguished 2019 Associates

Eddie Abrams, Department of Labor - Veterans’ Employment & Training Service

Mario Rafael Batlle, Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration

Jason Bearth-Higgins, Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration

Piper Cox, Social Security Administration

Valerie Eslinger, Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration

Kevin Ford, Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management

Maya Fuller, Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management

John Gregory, General Services Administration

Lee Jensen, Department of Energy - Other

James (Jim) Markwiese, Environmental Protection Agency

Erin McDuff, Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

Stacey Miller, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Other

2019 Associates Program Group Training Schedule

Associates Program Orientation/OFEB Staff February 6, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Strengths-Based Leadership and Individual Development Plan/Chris Dennis February 20, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Project Management/Chris Dennis March 4, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Results Driven (Part 1)/Chris Dennis March 27, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Results Driven (Part 2)/Chris Dennis April 17, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Challenge of Leadership/Mike Irwin May 15, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Communication and Presentation Skills/Chris Dennis June 19, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Leading People/Peter Field July 17, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Leading Change (Part I)/Chris Dennis August 21, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Leading Change (Part II)/Chris Dennis September 18, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Building Coalitions/Chris Dennis October 16, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Public Service Motivation/OFEB Senior Executive Panel November 13, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Graduation December 18, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Program Overview

Read through the 2019 Associates Program Summary to learn more about the program.  

Core Competencies

  • Leadership Assessment and Individual Development Plan

  • Coalition Building and Leveraging Diversity

  • Project Management and Business Acumen

  • Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

  • Accountability, Ethics, Public Service Motivation

  • Communication and Presentation Skills

  • Resiliency, Strategic Vision, and Leading Change

Benefits for the Associate

  • Professional Development Tailored to Your Career

  • Core Competencies: The Bedrock of a Strong Career

  • Instructors Who Understand Effective Leadership

  • Networking with Federal Peers and Executives

Benefits for the Agency

  • Developing skilled leaders

  • Sharing best practices

  • Aligning your agency's mission with public interest

  • Networking with local federal agencies to build a collaborative federal community


Hear what these graduates have to say about the program:

  • Steve Bird, Transportation Security Inspector for the Compliance Division with the Transportation Security Administration, Oregon & SW Washington;

  • Mary Stirneman, Operations Research Analyst, Flight Safety at the Federal Aviation Administration, Portland Office;

  • Robert Hoffman, Technical Research Branch Chief, Engineering and Construction Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District;

  • Daniel Wilsey, Regional Export Division Development Officer, Small Business Administration, Portland Office;

  • Aaron Eklund, Civil Engineer, Bureau of Land Management, Portland.


Other Federal Leadership Development Programs and Resources

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Senior Executive Service Situational Mentoring Program

Federal agencies are required by law (5 U.S.C. 3396) to establish programs for the continuing development of senior executives. One tool OPM developed to help is the SES Situational Mentoring program. SES members interested in being mentored by a federal executive should email For more information about the SES Situational Mentoring program please view this VIDEO.