Benefits for New or Aspiring SES

Expert Information and Advice

If SEA members ever have a question regarding SES personnel policies and procedures, SEA is only a call away. Former career Senior Executives are available to answer questions and provide counseling and advice.


"What's So Different About the SES Anyway?" This member benefit is offered twice yearly to SEA members. Because the SES is a completely separate personnel system with distinctive provisions, very different from the General Schedule, it is extremely important that new executives - and SES candidates - fully understand the system.

The 1 ½ hour session covers rights and responsibilities, benefits, job protection and limited appeal rights, fallback rights, pay and performance management, mobility, the 120 day rule and more (this material is not covered in OPM's SES orientation sessions). It is led by SEA's General Counsel Debra Roth and SEA President Carol Bonosaro.

"10 Common Pitfalls for New Executives" This 1 hour session offers practical advice gleaned from years of providing information and counseling to SEA members, as well as input from seasoned Senior Executives. It will be of special value to those new to the Senior Executive Service, whether from the GS ranks or from outside government, and to those in SES candidate development programs. Several experienced executives will join with SEA's President Carol Bonosaro to present the session.

"Skills & Techniques for SES Interviews" There are subtle and not-so subtle differences in interviewing for an SES position as opposed to GS positions. Through delineation, discussion and role playing, this webinar provides the skills and techniques essential for those seeking entry to the Senior Executive Service. John M. Robinson, Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Chief Diversity Officer, Department of State, will present the session, which can be attended in person or online.


Flash Mentoring: The flash mentoring program provides a valuable learning experience for newly appointed SES and GS-14/15 members of SEA, yet requires a limited commitment of time for those active or retired SES members who participate as mentors. This one-time, one-hour meeting or discussion enables an individual to learn and seek guidance regarding the transition to the SES from an experienced Senior Executive who can pass on relevant knowledge and experience.

One free executive coaching session: SEA members can take advantage of a valuable complimentary executive coaching session (50 minutes via telephone or in person) provided by Peter Sherer of Experience Matters. A certified coach, Sherer has worked in both the public and non-profit sectors, and, as Deputy Director of the President's Commission on Executive Exchange, he helped senior executives in both the private and public sectors to switch with their counterparts in one-year assignments. He has coached over 450 public and private sector executives in career transition, performance improvement, and organizational restructuring. SEA members also qualify for a 10 percent discount in executive coaching services offered through the Federal Executive Development Group, LLC.



Business Hours

The Senior Executives Association is
available eight hours a day during normal business hours.

Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm 
Weekend: Closed

Our Office Location

  • 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300
    McLean, VA 22102 USA
  • (202) 971 - 3300

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