MMPA sponsors Supervisory Leadership Development Program

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Each year, the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association offers a six-day Supervisory Leadership Development Program for local government managers and employees.
The interactive learning opportunity is for municipal employees interested in developing or strengthening their supervisory and management skills.
The spring 2018 training program will be held at Greenfield Community College from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon on March 16, April 6, 13 and 27, and May 11.
Registration for the spring 2018 session is now full. Please email Devon Williams at the MMA to be placed on the waitlist.
The program represents a collaboration of the MMPA, the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston, and the Department of Workplace Learning and Development at UMass Amherst.
The program is adapted from a UMass supervisory training program for the state’s higher education system and is customized for local governments.
The key trainers for the program are Margaret Arsenault and Melissa Scheid Frantz from UMass Amherst’s Workplace Learning and Development, and Mary Aicardi from the Collins Center for Public Management.
The course focuses on managing self, managing others, managing the work, and managing the system. It covers communication, team building, organization, delegation, coaching and performance management, labor relations, and supervising in a unionized environment.
The class-style program is open to any municipal staff or manager interested in developing or strengthening his or her management or supervisory skills. It is applicable to many municipal departments, such as administration, conservation, facilities, finance, human resources, public safety, and public works.
A maximum of 26 students may participate, and the cost is $775.
“The MMPA/UMass program provides an excellent opportunity for cities and towns to send managers to a multi-session training at an affordable price,” said Denise Casey, human resources director in Lexington and chair of the MMPA. “I recommend this program to any manager; from the newly hired, first-time supervisor to the manager who has not attended training in some time.”
Training Curriculum (six sessions)
1. Managing Self: What’s My Type?
2. Managing Self and Others: Communication and Feedback
3. Managing Others: Team Building, Respectful Workplace, Dealing With Conflict and Inappropriate Behavior
4. Managing the Work: Organizing and Delegating
5. Managing Others: Coaching and Performance Management
6. Managing the System: Labor Relations, Supervising in a Unionized Environment, Policies and Resources
Tuition payment is due to MMPA, One Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110. Registration deadline is Jan. 31 and the payment deadline is March 1.
Cancellation policy: Refunds will be issued upon written request for all cancellations received by Feb. 1. After this date you will be obligated to pay, regardless of attendance.
For special accessibility or dietary requests, please contact the MMA.