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The MPA Program and Workplace Competencies. Local Government Leadership Panel. Purpose. To gain the perspective of local government leaders on: Current experience with MPA (and other) graduates Expectations of MPA graduates

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The mpa program and workplace competencies

The MPA Program and Workplace Competencies

Local Government Leadership Panel


Purpose

Purpose

  • To gain the perspective of local government leaders on:

    • Current experience with MPA (and other) graduates

    • Expectations of MPA graduates

    • The most critical competencies needed now and within the next five years


Emphasis on competencies

Emphasis on Competencies

  • 2006 NASPAA/ICMA Survey:

    • Ranked importance of 24 knowledge/skills

  • 2009 NASPAA Standards – Competency Based

    • Categories cover survey knowledge/skills

  • 2009 (JPAE) ASPA Task Force Report:

    • More emphasis on constitutional & legal aspects

  • 2010 (JPAE) MPA Program Content Analysis

    • Good coverage of technical – less of soft skills


Panel participants

Panel Participants

  • Jackson (Jack) Tuttle

    • City Manager, Williamsburg,

  • William E. Harrell

    • City Manager, Chesapeake

  • James A. Gray

    • Assistant City Manager, Hampton

  • Robert R. Morin

    • Director of Human Services, Virginia Beach

  • Regina S. Hilliard

    • Director of Human Resources, Virginia Beach


Panel proceedings

Panel Proceedings

  • Panel comments:

    • Round 1: Their experiences with current MPA (and other) graduates

    • Round 2: The critical competencies needed now and for the next five years

    • Round 3: Recommendations for the MPA program emphasis

  • Questions as we go


Panel participants1

Panel Participants

  • Jackson (Jack) Tuttle

    • City Manager, Williamsburg,

  • William E. Harrell

    • City Manager, Chesapeake

  • James A. Gray

    • Assistant City Manager, Hampton

  • Robert R. Morin

    • Director of Human Services, Virginia Beach

  • Regina S. Hilliard

    • Director of Human Resources, Virginia Beach


Backup slides

Backup Slides


2006 naspaa icma survey

2006 NASPAA/ICMA Survey

  • Types of Knowledge & Skills rated as extremely important:

    • Decision making & problem solving – 82%

    • Ethics & integrity – 82%

    • Communication skills – 77%

    • Leadership – 72%

    • Teamwork – 71%

    • Staff/personnel management 55%

    • Openness to citizen participation/ involvement – 52%


2009 naspaa standards

2009 NASPAA Standards

  • To lead and manage in public governance

  • To participate in and contribute to the policy process

  • To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions

  • To articulate and apply a public service perspective

  • To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry


Jpae article summer 2010

JPAE Article (Summer 2010)

  • The Adequacy of MPA Course Content in Preparing Local Government Managers

    • Good coverage on competencies associated with:

      • Administration

      • Legal/institutional systems

      • Human resources administration

      • Technical/analytical skills

    • Less coverage of competencies associated with:

      • Ethics, interpersonal communications, human relations, leadership, group processes, and community building.


Jpae article spring 2009

JPAE Article (Spring 2009)

  • A report of the Task Force on Educating for Excellence in the Master of Public Administration Degree – (content analysis):

    • Stress the constitutional and legal foundations of public administration

    • The need for public administrators to interpret their delegated authority in keeping with the separation of and overlapping of powers found in the US and state constitutions

    • Emphisize experiential learning


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