Courses for Public Service Professionals and Elected Officials

 

Advanced Leadership Corps

Principles and practice of exemplary public leadership for elected municipal and county officials. Offered annually in the fall. Location: Chapel Hill. Duration: six days. Limited to twenty-four participants per class. Faculty Lead: Peg Carlson, Ph.D. Competitive application process in May/June.

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Advanced Leadership Corps Ambassador Program

Each year those who have completed the Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC) are invited to an alumni program. Lead Faculty: Patrice Roesler.

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Basics of County Human Services

In partnership with the School of Government Faculty Members Aimee Wall, Jill Moore, and Mark Botts, the NCACC is offering the Basics of County Human Services.The Basics of County Human Services offers new commissioners their first step in a four-part continuum of critical topics to know and understand at an introductory level as they begin leading and governing. Faculty Leads: Aimee N. Wall, JD and Jill D. Moore, JD.

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Budgeting and Finance Basics for Local Elected Officials

This half-day course is designed to go beyond the strategic aspects and delve into the areas that are often confusing for elected officials, such as availability of fund balance, revenue-neutral tax rates, statutory limitations on available reserve funds and contingencies, the role of capital reserve funds, and the other important aspects of the overall budgetary process. Faculty Lead: Greg S. Allison.

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Building Positive Leadership Strategies

One-day course offered at least once annually. Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry, how to notice and elicit a positive response in challenging or polarizing situations, includes practice and some one-on-one consultation, as requested. Target audience: Public Professionals. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Faculty Leads: Lydian Altman; Margaret Henderson.

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Building and Maintaining a Competitive Workforce 

One-day course offered at least once annually. Course description forthcoming. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Target audience: Public Professionals.

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Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

This workshop will help you understand your leadership role in the capital budgeting process, translate complex financial terms into plain language, and provide you with the right questions to ask your manager and finance staff. The course will also help you see the value in strategic planning, consensus-building, and goal setting. Faculty Leads: Renee Paschal.

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Chief District Court Judges Leadership Training

Specialized training course offered each fall through the NC Judicial College. CJE credits awarded. Leadership topics vary each year, including communication, team building, case management, managing conflict, and others. Faculty Leads: Shea Denning, JD and Willow Jacobson, Ph.D.

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Collaborating Across Boundaries

One-day course offered at least once annually. Course description forthcoming. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Target audience: Public Professionals. Faculty Lead: Lydian Altman.   

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Designing Diverse and Inclusive Teams

One-day course offered at least once annually. Complex understanding and training, thinking critically from personal, communication, organizational, and leadership perspectives. Target audience: Public Professionals.  Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Faculty Leads: Lydian Altman; Elizabeth Dickinson.

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Development Finance Toolbox

Participants in this course will learn the basics of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments to achieve their community and economic development goals. The registration fee includes a pre-course workshop on the morning of Day 1 designed to teach you basics of calculating an estimated return on investment and different ways of thinking about debt and equity, so you can heighten your intuition about worthwhile projects. Faculty Lead: C. Tyler Mulligan, JD.

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Effective Supervisory Management Program (ESMP)

Basics of public supervisory responsibilities, techniques for resolving employee issues, and effective workplace management practices. “One-week course offered 4-5 times per year in various locations across the state. Location: Regional, locations vary.  Faculty Lead: Peg Carlson, Ph.D. Open enrollment.

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Essentials of Municipal Government (EMG)

Focus on the legal framework, operational structure, roles and responsibilities of municipal elected officials. Offered biennially. Location: Regional. Faculty Lead: Carl Stenberg, Ph.D. Registration opens in Sept of odd-numbered years, prior to the municipal elections. More information here:

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Essentials of County Government (ECG)

The legal framework, operational structure, roles and responsibilities of county elected officials. Offered biennially. Location: Regional. Faculty Lead: Kara A. Millonzi, JD.

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Ethics for Local Government Elected Officials

These webinars satisfy the 2 clock hours of local ethics training required by state law for elected and appointed members of city councils and county boards of commissioners. This training MUST be completed within 12 months of election day and is required every time they are elected, re-elected or appointed and reappointed to a local office. Location: Webinar. Faculty Lead: Norma R. Houston, JD.

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Evaluating Manager and Board Performance

Participants who complete this program will learn how to develop a successful board self-assessment and manager evaluation process, customize an evaluation process that works for their jurisdiction, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Faculty Lead: Peg Carlson P.hd.

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Facilitation Skills for Successful Meetings

One-day course offered at least once annually. Check Course Calendar for dates. Skill development in leading and participating group discussions, tools for planning and guiding meetings. Target audience: Public Professionals. Location: Chapel Hill. Faculty Leads: Peg Carlson, Ph.D., John B. Stephens, Ph.D.

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Financial and Fiduciary Responsiblities of Local Elected Officals

This workshop will focus on understanding and responding to the annual audit, maintaining adequate oversight of fund balance including its limitations and flexibility, and knowing the significance of the various communications and reporting requirements of the Local Government Commission. Faculty Leads: Greg S. Allison.

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Getting Your Message Across  

One-day course offered at least once annually. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Building communication skills necessary to give excellent presentations, persuade others to support a vision of the future, and turn potentially destructive interactions into productive ones. Target audience:  Public Professionals. Location: Chapel Hill Faculty Lead: Christian Lundberg, Associate Professor of Rhetoric in UNC’s Department of Communication and co-Director of the University Program in Culture Studies, and graduate level associates from the department.

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Judicial District Executive Seminar

Offered annually through the NC Judicial College. Understanding personal leadership style, demands and stresses on court system, future trends, and shared decision-making. Attendees: Judicial district teams to include minimum of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Chief District Court Judge, and Clerk of Court; others may include District Attorney, Trial Court Administrator, and key others. Lead Faculty: Jim Drennan, JD and Willow Jacobson, Ph.D.

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Know Yourself! Understanding Leadership Preferences through the MBTI

One-day workshop offered at least once annually. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Understanding the personality preferences that guide your behaviors and make decisions, learn how your preferences comport with those of your colleagues and coworkers. Faculty Lead:  Donna Warner.

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Leadership Principles Using a 360 Review

Two-day course offered at least once annually (check course calendar). Understanding yourself as others see you based on feedback instrument. Target audience: Public Professionals. Location:  varies – see Course Registration page. Instructor: Donna Warner.

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Leading Change in Government Organizations – Yes You Can!

One-day course offered at least once annually. Understanding the context of change in the public sector; explore challenges of leading change and models of change management, integrate concepts into your specific change effort. Fee discount if paired with “Strategic Planning for Government Professionals. Target audience: Public Professionals. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Faculty Leads:  Rick Rocchetti; Lydian Altman.

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence

One-day course offered at least once annually (check Course Calendar for dates and location. Understand emotional intelligence, how it affects your behaviors, and strategies to improve your effectiveness. Includes assessment tool, analysis, and coaching. Target audience: Public Professionals. Instructors: Korrel Kanoy, Ph.D.; Heather Lee, Ph.D., Developmental Associates, LLC.

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LGFCU Fellows “Leading for Results”

Annual offering for local government professionals, two-week duration (one in Sept, one in Aug) Location: Chapel Hill. Faculty Lead: Dr. Willow Jacobson. Applications open April 22.

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Managing Conflict Effectively for Government Professionals

One-day course offered at least once annually. Check Course Calendar for date. Navigating difficult conversations in the public work environment, real-time practice, and application, feedback and coaching. Faculty Lead: Peg Carlson, Ph.D. Location: Chapel Hill.

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Managing Conflict: Strategies for Elected Officials

This course focuses on two parts of negotiation and problem solving: how personality types affect conflict development and resolution and understanding and applying principles of interest-based negotiation to create win-win solutions. Faculty Lead: John B. Stephens, Ph.D. Location: Chapel Hill.

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Process Improvement: Fixing Problems

One-day courses offered at least once annually. In this workshop we’ll teaching and demonstrate a small set of simple tools that you can start using right away to elevate your efforts to solve problems and improve process performance. We’ll cover a variety of techniques that you can employ to better focus your efforts on those leverage points that increase your chance of effecting real change. Check Course Calander for dates. Locatoin: Chapel Hill. Feaculty Lead: Dale J. Roenigk, Ph.D., Lydian Atlman

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Public Engagment: The Vital Leadership Skill for Difficult Times

One-day courses offered at least once annually. Taught by Ashley Trim, the Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagment and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University. In this practial and participatory seminar, you will learn information and skills to design and implement an effective public process. Check Course Calendar for dates. Location: Chapel Hill. Faculty Lead: Lydian Altman

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Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA)

Annual offering, two-week duration (one in July, one in August) Location: Chapel Hill.  Faculty Leads: Dr. Carl Stenberg, Dr. Kim Nelson. Application opens in November and closes May 1.

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Social Media Strategies I: Basics and II: Beyond the Basics

One-day courses offered at least once annually. Understand the elements of effective social media policies; develop strategies for organizational use of social media; increase reach and engagement through the use of social media. Target audience: Public Professionals. Check Course Calendar for dates. Location: Chapel Hill. Faculty Leads: Lydian Altman; Shannon Tufts, Ph.D.

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Strategic Planning for Elected Officials

 

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Strategic Planning for Government Professionals – Bringing Your Plan to Life

One-day course offered at least once annually. Learn a model for strategic planning, tools and exercises to develop key elements. Fee discount if paired with “Leading Change in Government Organizations.” Target audience: Public Professionals. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Faculty Leads: Rick Rocchetti

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Top 10 Primer: Financial Responsibilities of Local Elected Officials

In this workshop, elected officials will learn about the Local Government Fiscal Control Act, which establishes in law the budget development timeline. You will learn the basic outlines of Fund Balance and Financial Reporting and those additional critical elements of local government budgeting that make up the top ten most important factors to know and understand as you enter the fiscal year budget development season. Faculty Leads: Patrice Roesler and Greg S. Allison.

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Top 10 Primer: What Elected Officials Need to Know About the Use of Social Media

Do Facebook and Twitter have appropriate places in the world of local elected officials? The rules and practicalities of social media use for local elected officials can be confusing and confounding.  In this 75-minute class you’ll learn about some good and bad practices we can help you manage, and improve your awareness of some of the murky areas around free speech and consequences that we are monitoring. Faculty Leads: Frayda Bluestein and Shannon Tufts.

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Working Together: County Funding for Local Schools

This workshop will help county commissioners better understand the role that counties play in public education. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises, participants will learn about county funding and school oversight responsibilities. Faculty Lead: Kara A. Millonzi, JD.

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Working with Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees 

One-day course offered at least once annually. Check Course Calendar for dates and location. Explores promising practices for using citizen advisory boards and committees: clarifying roles and expectations, recruitment, appointment, and training; evaluating effectiveness. Target audience: Public Professionals. Faculty Leads: Ricardo Morse, Ph.D.; John Stephens, Ph.D.

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