Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management

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a leadership program classroom, March 2014The Massachusetts Municipal Association and Suffolk University’s Center for Public Management have collaborated to offer a Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management. The graduate-level program is designed exclusively for municipal employees interested in furthering their professional career in local government and pursuing a graduate degree.

The MMA and Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management will offer five graduate-level courses during the 2014-2015 academic year. The program builds on the successful programs that ran in the town of Natick in 2011-2012, the town of Reading in 2012-2013, and the towns of Barnstable and Watertown in 2013-2014.

The courses will be taught by Suffolk faculty and will be held on 25 Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Sept. 12 and ending May 29. Participants should expect six hours of class work each week plus six hours of homework.

Participants will earn a Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management from the Moakley Center for Public Management. Participants who wish to continue their studies in the MPA program at Suffolk will earn up to 12 graduate credit waivers.

Tuition is $2,100, and the application deadline is May 15, 2014.

The Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management program will provide participants with a solid grounding in public management. Certificate program courses are the same curriculum offered at the Boston campus of Suffolk University.

Applicants must be employed in local government and will be judged on their demonstrated interest in continuing to work in public management. Successful applicants will be in or aspire to be in leadership positions in local government. Special consideration will be given to candidates who intend to seek a graduate degree.

Applications require the approval of your community’s mayor, town administrator or town manager.

Download certificate program application (47K Word)
Download certificate program brochure (2.1M PDF)

 

Sample Courses

 

Budgeting and Financial Management
Introduces students to basic financial management concepts as they apply to state and local government and nonprofit organizations.

Administrative Law
Students review the basis for administrative practice. They learn legal interpretation of statues, regulations, and proposed legislation that impact public administration and public policy representation.

Challenges in Human Resources Management
Explore complex issues in public and nonprofit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.

Strategic Leadership
Learn how to exercise effective leadership when addressing difficult and interconnected public problems and to expand ways of analyzing and managing individual, institutional, and inter-organizational dynamics.

Administrative Strategies of Local Government
Examine the impact of population growth and shifts on service delivery and be introduced to the new demands and technologies on local management structures.

Sample Syllabus: Administrative Strategies of Local Government (92K PDF)
Sample Syllabus: Strategic Leadership (223K PDF)

For more information, contact Paul Bockelman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .