Pros: Having a voice in such an important program that actually has an impact in every soldiers life.
Cons: Competing with other programs, not having a budget for the program
I am charged with the success of the resiliency program for 1.2K employees; ensuring that training is conducted monthly, training is inputted into the Digital Training Management System (DTMS), marketing is consistent with the overall goals of the program and events are advertised to get maximum participation, provide reports to senior leadership of the overall sucess of the program using specific metrics, and that the 30 resilliency trainers are providing quality instruction.
Since I took over the program I have learned to better manage data, improved my recruiting skills in identifying quality soldiers to become resilliency instructors, and my report with senior level leadership.
As the manager of the program I report to the commanders at the senior level positions, giving them information that gives insight as to what problems exist in the units and recommendations as to the solutions to those problems. Once the senior level management decides on which soloution to action, I implement that inot the unit and monitor it's succes based on specific metrics.
I work with the very best in the field of resiliency and together we collaborate through a variety of forums that allows for the very best solutions to be formed.
The hardest part of the job is finding time to brief senior level leadership. In a fast paced environment where there are several priorities that are considered equally important there has to be balance to ensure the success of each program.
The most enjoyable part of the job as the resilliency program manager is teaching young soldiers how to deal with adversity and seeing the "light bulb" come on as they begin to buy into the lessons and then apply them in their everyday lives.