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Leadership VA (LVA)

LVA CLASS OF 2017: The "Call for Applications" window for LVA Class of 2017 is now open.  Applications will be accepted between 12:01 AM ET , September 8, 2016 through 11:59 PM ET, October 7, 2016.  All applicationsmust be submitted through the LVA Application Portal:

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the LVA program.  Do not miss this opportunity to participate in the Department’s premier leadership development program--apply today!

Leadership VA (LVA) develops high-performing, results-oriented leaders (GS-13 through GS-15 and Title 38 equivalents) who are prepared to meet the needs of a diverse population of Veterans, family members, survivors, employees, and stakeholders. LVA Fellows collaborate across VA to build strategic leadership skills and competencies and leave the program prepared to take on executive leadership roles with an enterprise-wide perspective.

Through a combination of four one-week residential sessions and self-paced intersessions that are specifically designed to target all of the VA Competencies, Fellows receive broad exposure to VA strategic leaders, national industry thought leaders, academic readings, highly interactive workshops, and capstone exercises that achieve the LVA goals.


  • Champion VA Strategic Goals and Objectives
  • Build and shape enterprise-wide leadership
  • Lead creativity and drive innovation for a 21st-century VA
  • Integrate and align enterprise-wide objectives
  • Develop networks across VA to help drive change for a high-performing organization

Upon completion of the LVA program, graduates will:

1)  Apply I CARE core values and characteristics to an enterprise leadership philosophy.

2)  Apply leadership skills and competencies to provide strategic vision, while building ownership and alignment within their workgroups to implement change within the Department and for their MyVA Initiative projects.

3)  Develop and implement a sustainable change management environment within the Department.

4)  Effectively use the diverse talent that exists in their LVA class to achieve organizational objectives.

5)  Identify current and potential opportunities for the Department to use technology to develop solutions that transform VA into a more effective 21st-century organization.

LVA is open to all GS-13 (minimum 52 weeks in grade), GS-14, GS-15 and Title 38 equivalent employees. The LVA application is an intensive, rigorous, and entirely-virtual process. Applicants create an LVA-specific application package consisting of a formal application, an online profile, and a most recent SF-50.

After the application window closes, all personally-identifying information is redacted and each application is reviewed by Senior Executive Service (SES) and GS-15s from all VA Administrations and many of the Staff offices. VALU sets a baseline minimum threshold; those scoring above the threshold are advanced to their Administration or Staff office for review and selection to continue as LVA Fellows. The Assistant Secretary Human Resources and Administration approves the final list of LVA Fellows.

VALU strives to ensure that each LVA class is reflects the diversity of the VA workforce. Fellows come from all Administrations, bringing with them diverse personal and professional backgrounds.


Session I – Strategic Leadership (40 HOURS)
The first session provides Fellows the opportunity to engage with members of VA’s executive leadership on matters of leadership philosophy, strategic alignment, and taking an enterprise view of VA.

Session II – Leading Change (40 HOURS)
The second session focuses on leading organizational change. Fellows broaden their understanding of operational challenges and discuss ways to develop a culture of creativity and MyVA InnoVAtion within their respective Administrations. This session also focuses on the mission and challenges of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the continuing transformation of the organization through discussions with senior VBA leaders.

Session III – Unleashing Talent (40 HOURS)
In the third session, Fellows learn how to unleash the talent of VA employees as they discuss strategies for building high-performing teams that are optimally positioned to accomplish VA’s major goals and objectives.

Session IV – Leading VA into the Future (40 HOURS)
The pinnacle week of the entire LVA Program, Session IV, addresses current issues facing VA and looks at examples from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). Fellows gain insight into the workplace of the future as they discuss the impact of the emerging realities VA leaders face and provide solutions to these problems during the MyVA InnoVAtion Project briefings.

InnoVAtion Projects (60 HOURS)
MyVA InnoVAtion Projects will identify and produce concrete solutions within five areas of improvement in the form of a professional project proposal. Over the course of the LVA program, MyVA InnoVAtion teams collaborate in-person and virtually to define a problem and develop a viable and budget-conscious solution.

Intersession Activities (60 Hours)
In addition to working on your InnoVAtion projects in between residential sessions, Fellows have the opportunity to engage in independent activities designed to further develop their leadership skills. These activities include readings, article and book reviews, personal leadership development planning, and journaling.

LVA has been nationally recognized for its ability to produce high-performing leaders who are ready to take on the challenges and issues facing VA.

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Learning University

1100 First Street, NE 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20001