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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
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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