By Scott Ghiringhelli, NAVFAC Headquarters Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Approximately 32 attendees from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) graduated the Navy Senior Leadership Seminar (NSLS) at the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, Oct. 26.
The NSLS, which was held explicitly for NAVFAC employees, is part of a strategic partnership with NPS whereby the course is made up entirely of NAVFAC personnel, rather than only holding a handful of seats. The course is intended for newly promoted Navy captains and civilian general schedule (GS) 15 employees within NAVFAC. This arrangement allows NAVFAC senior leaders to come together and share their thoughts and ideas while receiving valuable leadership instruction.
"NSLS for NAVFAC will be the standard leadership event for all incoming and newly promoted O-6 and GS-15," said NAVFAC Commander Rear Adm. Bret J. Muilenburg.
The Naval Post Graduate School NSLS provides senior officers and senior civilians with an intensive eight-and-a-half day executive education program that introduces the latest best practices in strategic planning, goal setting, strategic communication, effects-based thinking, risk management, financial management, innovation and leadership practices.
Muilenburg called for the new concept in response to a desire for more development opportunities within the civilian workforce as reflected in the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) Organizational Climate Survey (DEOCS) and the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Muilenburg's strategic design consists of six focus areas, with people being one of his top priorities.
NSLS is meant to be an extension of the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) leadership foundation courses that CEC officers take as they are promoted. This was the first time NAVFAC civilians have been included in the CEC's senior leadership training. Muilenburg sought to offer leadership training to NAVFAC civilians on par with that of their military counterparts.
"This is a cultural change and will affect how we look at civilian training and development in the future," said Muilenburg.
Like the New Flag and Senior Executive Training Symposium that emphasizes a "one flag/SES wardroom" and is obligatory for first year flag officers and senior executive service employees, the NSLS for NAVFAC personnel aligns the command with the chief of naval operations' guidance on instilling this culture Navy-wide.
"The desired end state is to develop our civilian leadership at the same level as our military leaders," said Muilenburg. "NSLS is one visible step in that direction."
The concept was evolved by the Civil Engineer Corps Officers School in coordination with NAVFAC Total Force Directorate, Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, multiple NAVFAC business lines and NPS. The NSLS for NAVFAC senior leaders is part of a broader effort to integrate workforce development across the entire organization.