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Management Academy Fall 2021

  • Well-trained managers provide leadership, stability, and motivation for their direct reports and the entire management team.  Frequently, employees are promoted to supervisory or management positions because they are good at the job they’re doing.  But a whole new set of skills is necessary to become an effective manager.  This program is designed to help you develop those critical skills, including working with others, helping a team be productive, resolving conflicts, giving feedback, correcting performance problems, and coaching.

    Professional Development will be offering a 9-part Management Academy this fall that will take place on Thursdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the dates listed below. The Zoom link for all sessions is

    Session Dates:

    • September 9       Introduction to Management Basics
    • September 16     Effective Communication Skills
    • September 23    Time and Project Management
    • October 7            Key Provisions of Bargaining Unit Contracts and Performance Management
    • October 14          Problem Solving and Decision Making: Root Cause, Risk Assessment & Analyzing Facts  
    • October 21          Teams and Team Leadership: Building, Motivating and Goal Setting
    • October 28         Legal Considerations: Harassment & Discrimination, Workplace Concerns, & Discipline
    • November 4       Business Services
    • November 18      Facilitating Effective Meetings

     Please contact Leslie Carr at for additional information.

    Who should attend?  This program is ideal for:

    • Employees new to a supervisory or people management role
    • Employees who have been in the role for a while, but who have had little or no formal management training
    • Current managers who want to brush up on their skills
    • Employees who aspire to a management position in the future
    • Introduction to Management Basics

    What exactly is expected of today’s manager?  This session will provide an overview of the skills expected of today’s manager.  You will leave this session with a solid foundation of management skills, including supervising others, helping a team be productive, resolving conflicts, giving constructive feedback, and delegating tasks and projects.


    • Problem Solving & Decision-Making: Root Cause, Risk Assessment, Analyzing Facts

    At this session, you will learn about logical decision-making and how to approach and successfully dismantle problems and challenges.  Participants will learn to assess risks, analyze facts, and anticipate potential road blocks to help inform effective decision-making, identify appropriate solutions, use creativity, evaluate situations and people, predict outcomes, and more.


    • Key Provisions of Bargaining Unit Contracts and Performance Management

    The bargaining unit contracts for fulltime faculty, adjunct faculty, classified staff, and administrators contain a variety of information that can sometimes be confusing to interpret and understand.  At this session, the presenter will review highlights of the bargaining unit contracts and answer any questions you may have.  We will also explore the concepts and practices of performance management, including setting expectations/goals, feedback, and linking evaluations to overall performance strategies. The presenter will address managing your staff, setting professional boundaries, working employees within their job description, appropriate language for communicating strengths and weaknesses, how to counsel an employee about needing improvement and  following up with the employee to ensure compliance and successful progress.


    • Effective Time and Project Management

    Managing projects can sometimes feel daunting and overwhelming, with the desired outcomes seemingly unattainable.  However, if you are equipped with the proper project management tools, proven techniques for prioritizing competing projects, and a variety of templates, you will be able to tackle any project with confidence, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude!  The presenter will share with you a variety of tips, tools, and templates that can help you successfully prioritize, plan, and implement current and future projects.


    • Teams and Team Leadership: Building, Motivating and Goal Setting

    The role of the manager, or team leader, is a critical one if a team is to reach its full potential for improving quality, productivity, flexibility and innovation. A good team leader has the ability to help a team overcome numerous challenges. At this session, you will learn ways to encourage and maximize participation and collaboration; build team identity, commitment and trust; skillfully manage group discussion; solve problems and make decisions; and how to effectively resolve internal conflict.


    • Legal Considerations: Harassment & Discrimination, Workplace Concerns, Discipline

    At this session, you will receive instruction for recognizing, reporting and resolving sexual harassment in the workplace. This interactive session will create a safe atmosphere for participants to ask questions, learn about consequences, and understand complaint confidentiality and non-retaliation requirements. In addition, you will also learn how to effectively address discrimination and violence in the workplace and general discipline challenges that managers may face.


    • Effective Communication Skills

    At this session, you will learn effective oral and written communication skills, and how to develop messages that are complete and provide sufficient context to ensure that the recipient understands your message and what you want them to do with the information received.  You will also learn how to give clear and meaningful feedback to others and understand the importance of following up to ensure that your communications are acted upon appropriately and in within the necessary time frame.


    • Facilitating Effective Meetings

    Managers are often called upon to facilitate meetings, but what are the steps one must take to prepare for and run an effective meeting?  This session will address strategies to help make your meetings efficient, productive, and successful.


    • Business Services

    Business Services oversees the planning, coordination and administration of all major aspects of financial and business operations for the District, including: Budget Development, Contracts, Procurement and Risk Management, Fiscal Services, Grants and Categorical Accounting Services and Payroll Services. Fiscal oversight is also provided for other areas including Facilities and Capital Construction Projects, Associated Student Government, Financial Aid, and Foundation Accounting.  Contract administration for the Bookstore and Food Services is also handled by Business Services.

    This session will provide an overview of the following key areas that every manager needs to know:

    • Budget Development
    • Audit, Travel Authorizations, Invoices vs. Direct Reimbursement
    • Contract Development, Timelines, Board Approval and Signature Authority
    • Risk Management
    • Purchasing, Bid
    • Payroll: Timesheets, Processing Online Leaves, PPT Employees, etc.
    • Grant and Categorical Budgets and Reporting





  • 9/10/20 Introduction to Management Basics (Mr. John Milburn)

    9/17/20 Effective Communication Skills (Dr. Dianne Van Hook)

    9/24/20 Key Provisions of Bargaining Unit Contracts and Performance Management (Dr. Diane Fiero)

    10/1/20 Time and Project Management (Dr. Daylene Meuschke and Dr. Jim Temple)

    10/8/20 Business Services (Sharlene Coleal, Jason Hinkle, April Graham, Carolyn Shaw, Balbir Chandi, and Roy Castillo

    10/29/20 Teams and Team Leadership (Dr. Jasmine Ruys)

    11/5/20 Problem Solving and Decision Making (Dr. Daylene Meuschke & Dr. Jim Temple)

    11/12/20 Legal Considerations: Harassment & Discrimination,  Workplace Concerns, and Discipline (Dr. Diane Fiero)

    11/19/20 Facilitating Effective Meetings (Dr. Jasmine Ruys)