Professional Development Without Leaving Campus

Monday, February 18, 2008

Saint Joseph's University introduces a new professional development program for employees created by Training & Organizational Development in conjunction with Human Resources.

The SJU Management Training Program, started by Karin Botto, manager of training and organization development, and Sharon O'Grady Eisenmann, director of human resources, is designed to further the University's ambitious plans to move ahead in all areas, and to provide current and future managers with skills that will allow them to lead effectively in management positions. Currently, 34 individuals are enrolled in the program representing 16 different departments and the program remains open to all administrative employees with the approval of their supervisor.

"This program will bring together administrators from all divisions in the University with various levels of experience to have rich discussions about mission, diversity, planning, budgeting, performance management and change management," said Botto.

The inspiration for this project came from several sources. Strong participation in training courses related to management indicated a need to bring managers together for a focus group to determine what additional learning they would find beneficial to their work. In addition, Cabinet was surveyed and other institutions of higher education and businesses with management training programs were assessed. Several faculty members were interviewed for their input as well. Finally, Plan 2010 was reviewed for identification of specific skills employees would need to accomplish this and future plans for the University.

Among the workshops being offered are Providing Performance Feedback that Works, Change Management, Planning Budgeting at SJU, Managing for Mission, Managing a Diverse Workforce, and Legal Considerations for Managers.

"For managers to be successful at SJU, it is important that they are dedicated to our mission, have strong interpersonal skills, adapt well to change, be good communicators, have strong interpersonal skills and be proponents for diversity," said Botto.

Individuals can enroll at any time by going to the website and filling out an application. After enrolling participants can register for the workshops that best fit their schedule.

--Claire Williams '08

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