Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management

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a leadership program classroom, March 2014Informational meetings scheduled
The Burlington meeting will be held on March 20 at 1 p.m. at Grand View Farm. The Barnstable meeting will be held March 27 at 1 p.m. at Barnstable Town Hall.

About the program
A program designed exclusively for municipal employees interested in furthering their professional career in local government and pursuing a graduate degree will be offered at two locations this fall: Barnstable and Burlington.

The MMA’s partnership with Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management will offer five graduate-level courses at each location during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The courses will be taught by Suffolk faculty and will be held on 25 Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in September and ending in May. 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 $2,300, and the application deadline is May 1.

The program builds on the successful programs that ran in the town of Natick in 2011-2012, the town of Reading in 2012-2013, the towns of Barnstable and Watertown in 2013-2014, and the town of Duxbury in 2014-2015.

The graduate-level academic program provides participants with a solid grounding in public management. Certificate program courses are the same curriculum offered at the Boston campus of Suffolk University.

“The program is a high-quality academic offering that links contemporary public management theory with ‘real world’ practice, providing a practical graduate education experience,” said MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith. “It is an excellent opportunity to provide a valuable, critical learning experience for new and seasoned managers and other key employees.”

Applicants 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.

The applications require the approval of your community’s mayor or town administrator/manager.

The Barnstable program will be held at Barnstable Town Hall. The Burlington program will be held at the town’s Grand View Farm.

It is recommended that those interested in applying for the program attend informational meetings to be held in March in Barnstable and Burlington.

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

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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. .