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Course Title: Pathways Programs Professional Development Series


Course Description: Join the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Recruitment Policy and Outreach team for a web-based professional development series to enhance understanding of and provide helpful guidelines for the successful implementation of the Pathways Programs. Topics include: Background, Description of Programs, Program Requirements, Workforce Planning; Classification, Qualifications, and Assessments; Collaboration between Hiring Officials and Human Resources Professionals; Recruitment and Outreach; Public Notification; Staffing; and Onboarding. This interactive webinar series was designed for individuals who are interested in getting foundational information about the Pathways Programs.

Objectives: At the end of this webinar series, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the Schedule D hiring authority - Pathways Programs
  • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with pools of critical talent
  • Encourage collaboration between hiring managers, HR staff, and Pathways Programs Officers (PPOs).

Presenter(s): Staff from the Office of Personnel Management, Recruitment Policy and Outreach. See registration links.

Location: This is a virtual series only. To participate refer to Registration instructions.

Schedule: This series consists of nine individual modules covering specific aspects of the Pathways Programs. See registration links for details.

Estimated Time to Complete Course: 60-90 minutes depending on the specific module

Registration: This is a virtual series only. See the registration links below.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you require a reasonable accommodation to join the webinar(s), contact us at no later than 7 days before the date of each session you plan to attend.

This webinar series was designed for individuals who are interested in getting basic information about Pathways Programs. Please share this invitation with your agency components and other colleagues. If you have questions, please contact us at and use "Pathways PDS" in the subject line.

SERIES SCHEDULE (click on the session date for registration details):

1.  Pathways Programs – Background, Description of Programs, and Workforce Planning
2.  Classification, Qualifications, and Assessments
3.  Hiring Official/Human Resources Collaboration
4.  Public Notification
5.  Recruitment and Outreach
6.  Staffing Part 1
7.  Staffing Part 2
8.  Onboarding

Agency/Vendor Sponsor: Office of Personnel Management

Course Content Contact: OPM Recruitment Policy and Outreach,

Cost: Free

Method: Webinar

HR Technical Competencies: Classification; Staffing

General Competencies: Technical Competence

Leadership Competencies:

Roles:  Technical Specialist Technical Specialist;   Advisor Advisor;   Strategic Partner Strategic Partner;   Leader Leader

Proficiency Level: Basic

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