The International Affairs Career Field (IACF) Development Team (DT) will convene at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on 6 - 8 Feb 2018 to review Civilian Development Plans (CDPs) and provide feedback to participating team members in the form of training, education, and potential future assignment vectors. The CDP is the mechanism whereby all IACF members can communicate their career desires and receive feedback and mentoring by their senior leaders. IACF civilians, regardless of series, who are interested in leadership development, Civilian Developmental Education (BDE/IDE/SDE, experiential and academic programs), and career broadening or cross functional assignment opportunities, should complete a CDP
The IT mechanism that we utilized in the past, T-CDP, is no longer available. We anticipate being able to utilize MyVector, which is still in development, for our CDP submissions in 2019. In the interim, we have developed a simple, one-page form (attached) for employees to fill out and route through their leadership chain. This form, along with a resume in CDE format (attached), will comprise an individual's Civilian Development Plan. CDPs must be reviewed and signed by the employee's supervisor and next level endorser. For GS-14 and below, the endorser should be the first O-6 or GS-15 in the individual's leadership chain. For GS-15s, the endorser should be the first General Officer or SES in their leadership chain.
Civilian Development Plans are due to the IA Career Field Team NLT 12 Jan 2018. Submissions should be emailed to the IA Career Field Team workflow address at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a courtesy copy to email@example.com.
We encourage all employees to participate in this process, regardless of career aspirations. If you do not wish to participate, you do not need to respond in any manner, although your feedback is always welcome. For individuals who are not willing to relocate but would like some training to enhance their skills in their current position, we have budgeted for several operational / strategic leadership and professional development courses that you might be interested in. For those interested in career progression, there are a number of professional development mechanisms that can certainly enhance your resume and make you more competitive for the next level position, to include the Operational / Strategic Level development courses as well as applicable Civilian Developmental Education programs. For employees simply seeking opportunities in a different organization, the career field has limited ability to influence hiring authority decisions, but if we know your career desires, then we may be able to identify opportunities and perhaps facilitate placement.