anagement Academy Fall 2019

  • 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 Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the dates listed below: 

    Session Dates:

    • September 11
    • September 18
    • September 25
    • October 2
    • October 9                  
    • October 16
    • October 23
    • October 30
    • November 6

     Please contact Leslie Carr at for the application.


    Session Topics:

    1. Introduction to Management Basics
    2. Facilitating Effective Meetings  
    3. Key Provisions of Bargaining Unit Contracts, Clarifying Performance Expectations, and Preparing Performance Evaluations
    4. Effective Time and Project Management
    5. Teams and Team Leadership: Building, Motivating and Goal Setting
    6. Problem Solving & Decision-Making: Root Cause, Risk Assessment, Analyzing Facts
    7. Effective Communication Skills
    8. Business Services Audit Workshop
    9. Legal Considerations: Harassment & Discrimination, Workplace Concerns, Discipline


    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





  • Management Academy Application

    Name: ________________________________________________________________________

    Current Position: _________________________________ Department: ______________________

    Office Phone: ____________________ Email: ___________________________________________

    Please submit your completed application to the Professional Development Office by Friday, September 6, 2019.


    • Yes, I want to advance my management skills and competencies.
    • Yes, I intend to participate in all 9 sessions (not required, but strongly encouraged)


    Please indicate which best describes your management experience:

    • I have extensive management experience.
    • I have some management experience.
    • I have little or no management experience.


    Classified staff please obtain your supervisor’s support to participate in this program.

    Yes, I support  __________________________ participation in the Fall 2019 Management Academy.                                 

    Employee’s name ________________________.

    Supervisor's Signature______________________.

     Experience Section:

    Please provide your responses to each question below:

    1. What is your definition of management?
    2. What do you think is the difference between leadership and management?
    3. How would you describe your management style?
    4. What do you think are the characteristics that make an effective manager?
    5. What do you think are the challenges associated with being a manager?

    Thank you for your application.  You will be notified by email regarding your acceptance into the program.  Questions? Please contact Leslie Carr in Professional Development at Ext. 3100 or via email at .




  • Facilitating Effective Meetings Presentation 9/18/19
    Presenter: Dr. Jasmine Ruys


    Team Leadership: Building, Motivating, and Goal Setting 10/9/19
    Presenter: Dr. Lori Baker-Schena


    Effective Communication Skills 10/23/19
    Presenter: Dr. Dianne Van Hook