Due to overwhelming demand for the inaugural Municipal Human Resources Seminar this spring, the MMA and Suffolk University will host a second session this fall.

The Municipal Human Resources Seminar covers human resources management, policies and practices specific to Massachusetts cities and towns.

Topics include hiring and onboarding, benefits administration, policy development, collective bargaining, and employee reviews and evaluations.

Students also review relevant labor laws and best practices in municipal human resources management.

The seminar is designed for municipal employees interested in furthering their career in municipal human resources, employees who are new to municipal human resources, and employees who work in a municipal function with human-resources-adjacent tasks.

The fall seminar will be held via Zoom over the course of five Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dates for the fall seminar are Sept. 20 and 27, and Oct. 4, 11 and 18. The cost is $875.

The application for the fall seminar is now available and is due by June 30. This is a competitive application process; applicants will be informed of their status by the end of July.

Municipal Finance Management Seminar
Applications are being accepted for the fall session of the MMA-Suffolk Municipal Finance Management Seminar.

The five-week finance program, held via Zoom on Fridays, provides an overview of municipal finance in Massachusetts.

Students learn about the structure and purpose of local government, municipal budgeting systems and sources of revenue, financial reporting and record keeping, financial management, principles of property assessment, the intersection of human resources and financial resources, and best practices in local government finance.

The application is available online, and the deadline is July 31.

This is a competitive application process; applicants to the fall municipal finance seminar will be informed of their status by the end of August.

Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management
The 21st and 22nd classes of the MMA and Suffolk University Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program completed coursework in May. Graduation exercises for the Barnstable program were held on May 17; the Danvers program graduation will be held on June 27.

Nearly 550 municipal officials have graduated from the certificate program since its inception in 2011.

The program is designed for municipal employees looking to further their careers in municipal management. Topics include budgeting, human resources management, and strategic leadership.

The five-module, graduate-level program is held over the course of 25 Fridays.

The application period ended on April 30 for the certificate programs scheduled to begin this fall in Pittsfield and Sharon.

The application period will open in February for the 2025-2026 offerings, planned as hybrid programs based in Barnstable and Winchester.

For more information on any of the MMA-Suffolk programs, visit mma.org/suffolk or contact Katie McCue at 617-426-7272, ext. 111, or kmccue@mma.org, or Kate Evarts at 617-426-7272, ext. 172, or kevarts@mma.org.