Training & Leader Development

Chapter 4
Government/Non-Government Training
Section I - Government Programs

Harvard University Program for Senior Executive Fellows (SEF)

Modern DCPDSCourse Code 11SEF
Length of Program 4 Weeks
Location John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
HQDA Suspense 1 September 2017
Program Dates
Course Class Dates Continued Service Agreement (CSA) dates
Harvard SEF 22 Oct - 17 Nov 2017 19 Nov 17 – 18 Mar 18
Harvard SEF 14 Jan - 09 Feb 2018 12 Feb 18 – 06 Jun 18
Harvard SEF 15 Apr - 11 May 2018 14 May 18 – 06 Sep 18
Harvard SEF 03 Jun - 29 Jun 2018 02 Jul 18 – 25 Oct 18
Eligibility Requirements Army Civilian managers at the GS-14/15 or equivalent levels.

  • Completion of Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced
  • Nominees must have completed three (3) years, or any combination thereof, of service in a permanent Department of the Army Civilian position(s).

To equip leaders to become executives by focusing on the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) spelled out by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Though the faculty adjust the curriculum regularly, emphasis is placed on skills relating to Policy Making, Authentic Leadership, Strategy, Negotiations, Persuasion, Implementation, Decision Making and Understanding and Using Data.

Description The Harvard SEF Program provides participants with practical, effective tools that help:
  • Identify and analyze the challenges and opportunities facing your organization, and master them politically, as well as technically;
  • Develop strategic plans of action using communication, negotiation and coalition-building skills;
  • Manage the tensions between long-term policy goals and short-term political pressures; and
  • Create an organizational environment that is responsive to change, but also true to its purpose and tradition.

This program does not teach answers to specific problems - it provides a strategic approach to problem-solving. From the start, participants will take on a leadership role, discovering ways to look at issues from new perspectives. Through classwork, group work, and individual study, participants will practice strategic analysis daily, until it becomes a natural, ingrained response.

Participants are expected to contribute their professional expertise to complement the program's learning experience, and are selected to reflect a broad cross-section of functional and operational responsibilities. The program is a unique opportunity to gain perspectives on public policy and management, to strengthen managerial skills and acquire insights into managerial practice, and to interact across agency and executive-legislative branch boundaries.

Application Process



Application packages will be forwarded through command channels

The nomination suspense date in this announcement applies to ACOMs, ASCCs, DRUs, and OAASA only. Applicants must check with local/command training manager for applicable deadline to submit application.

ACOMs, ASCCs, DRUs, and OAASA will use a competitive board to select candidates; utilizing an order of merit list (OML) to nominate primary and alternate candidates. The Nominee(s) Selection Form will be used to submit selectee information to HQDA by the suspense date in this announcement.

Career Program-Funded Applications: Applicants/commands requesting career program funding support must contact the respective FCR for additional information prior to applying.

*If selected, packets requesting Career Program/ACTEDS-funding support must be uploaded in the GoArmyEd system.

ACOMs, ASCCs, DRUs, and OAASA will provide selection/non-selection notification.


Tuition (program fee) for Harvard SEF is $23,900.

  • This cost includes tuition, curricular materials, housing, and most meals.
  • Funding of tuition, travel, and per diem and incidentals is the responsibility of the nominating activity.
  • All selectees are required to stay in assigned accommodations.

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