What is PEAK?
The ARS Executive PEAK is a challenging leadership development program providing specialized training and experiences for ARS executive leaders of the future. PEAK is competitive, rigorous, and designed for high potential employees. The objective: develop a culturally diverse group of highly qualified men and women as future ARS leaders who have vision and think strategically, are adaptable and able to lead change while managing a multicultural workforce, and are accountable for results.
Program, administrative, and NAL employees may apply for PEAK. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
ARS management consists of leaders at the mid-level, and an executive leadership team comprising the Administrator, Associate Administrator, Deputy Administrators, and Area Directors. The PEAK program is designed for high potential individuals at the mid-level who are preparing to step up to the executive leadership level. Certain training and experiences are critical for executive development, and those applicants who have completed these activities will be more competitive for PEAK than those who have not. Among these types of experiences are:
A selection panel will be named by the ARS Administrator to review the applications. Some applicants may be interviewed. The panel will forward recommendations to the Administrator, ARS who will make the final selections.
Applications are available on the ARS Web site:
Applications must be submitted by the due date, and must include the approval signature of the applicant's Area Director; the Deputy Administrator, NPS or AFM; the Director, NAL; or a staff office director.
PEAK Program Manager
USDA - ARS
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Mail Stop 5108, Room 3-2161
Beltsville, MD 20705-5000