Career Stage Guide

Leadership Development Programs

Local Government Management Fellowship 2018

This highly competitive career-development opportunity is designed to generate interest in local government careers among recent master's program graduates and career-changers.

Emerging Professionals Leadership Institute 

A leadership program where early career professionals and emerging leaders can build their skill set through the art and practice of leadership

Emerging Leaders Development Program 

Build knowledge, skills, and abilities in the basic management and technical topics that managers need to know to be successful.

Leadership ICMA

Leadership ICMA is a competitive, intensive two-year ICMA University program designed to cultivate key competencies needed for successful leadership at all levels of local government management. Participants not yet eligible for credentialing join a class of select individuals to complete a series of five class modules and a team-based capstone project. All Leadership ICMA graduates receive one year of experience "credit" toward the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. The program has graduated its eleventh cohort and welcomed the Class of 2018, with members of the class of 2017 completing capstone projects hosted by the cities of Austin, TX; Boulder, CO; Danvers, MA; Newport News, VA; and a Leadership ICMA Legacy Capstone. Program Details We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2019. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through November 10, 2017. The tuition and materials fee is $1,750 per year plus travel costs.*  Successful completion of the program is celebrated with a special certificate and membership in the Leadership ICMA Alumni Association. Apply Now What You Can Expect The small classes encourage a strong learning community. The initial orientation and team-building session is held in Washington, D.C., in mid-December. Participants later attend University of Virginia's Senior Executive Institute in May or June. The capstone project preparation meeting is held the next January or February at Arizona State University. Other travel is to work on small-group projects and meet at the ICMA Annual Conference two to three times. Participants also communicate through monthly conference calls and online discussions. The program facilitates networking within the profession and enhances connections between local government managers and their professional association.  Who is Right for the Program Applicants must be ICMA members and have at least three years of management experience in local government or a related field. They must have completed the ICMA Applied Knowledge Assessment for their own edification. (Results of the assessment remain confidential and are not considered in the review of applications.) Employers must sign a commitment form confirming their willingness to support the educational and travel costs associated with this program. Your Course of Study Class modules are scheduled over the course of the two-year period, including a capstone project that requires participants to demonstrate their competence in the concepts presented throughout the Leadership ICMA program. Each module requires considerable preparation through assigned readings, full attendance, and completion of written assignments that demonstrate a grasp of the subject matter in advance of the module. Faculty include well-respected academics who teach in public administration programs and premier local government executive institutes, local government practitioners, and other content experts. Module 1: Leadership Philosophy and the Essence of Public Service. Participants engage in a variety of team-building activities designed to develop a solid foundation for positive, honest, and collaborative engagement over the course of the Leadership ICMA program. This is complemented by an intensive overview of democratic values, leadership philosophies, and the value of professional management in a rapidly changing world. This highly interactive session is led by Felicia Logan, ICMA director of Leadership Development. Module 2: Understanding the Code of Ethics and its Practical Application. The Integrity/Ethics component of this module has its basis in the ICMA Code of Ethics and its practical applications in modern local government management. There is heavy focus on case studies and role-playing exercises. This session is led by Elizabeth Kellar, ICMA ethics advisor and deputy director. Module 3: Giving Voice to Leadership: Understanding the Role of Policy Administration and Advocacy. Key to understanding and appreciating the role of the elected official is the ability to understand the relationship between policy and administration. Through readings, case studies, and examples from local governments represented in the class, participants learn to better understand this unique relationship. Skills honed in this module include facilitating the flow of ideas, information, and understanding between and among individuals; advocating effectively in the common interest; communicating support for policies, programs, or ideals that serve the best interest of the community; and balancing the needs and demands of competing advocacy groups through negotiation. This module is presented in partnership with the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center of the University of Virginia. Module 4: Organizational Effectiveness and Team Building. This module, completed in the second year, focuses on the practical concerns and skills of a high performance organization—the tools needed to help the local government become known for leadership at all levels, vision that is connected to values, high standards of quality, delivery of customer “value,” and strong financial performance. The module covers effective principles of trust, communication, role clarification, and performance accountability that can create the teams necessary for effectiveness in local government, particularly for participants who are new team leaders, whose team composition has changed, or whose teams are experiencing stress from external events Module 5: Strategic Planning and Project Management. Strategic planning capabilities are critical to playing an effective leadership role. This module, also completed in the second year, focuses on skills necessary to position the organization and the community for events and circumstances that are anticipated in the future, including the ability to analyze and facilitate good policy choices. Module 6: ICMA 101. This module provides participants with an understanding of ICMA’s mission, history, goals, organization, services, products, and opportunities for member involvement. Leadership ICMA participants are invited to actively engage in a leadership role within the association by serving on task forces, convening member groups for discussion of key issues, leading educational or informational sessions at the ICMA conference or regional meetings, or participating in an international project or exchange. Capstone The capstone project requires participants to demonstrate their competence in the concepts presented throughout the Leadership ICMA program. Working in teams, participants work on a local government consulting project solicited through a formal RFP process with a local government client. Through a series of facilitated exercises, participants are individually and collectively evaluated to determine whether they have met the criteria for graduation. Leadership ICMA Reference Form Leadership ICMA Commitment Form Leadership ICMA Legacy Fund Grant Application  *It is difficult for ICMA to provide a useful estimate of travel costs since they are different for every participant depending upon initial travel location, but potential applicants should feel free to look up hotel and airfare costs (and estimate time out of the office) based on the information below. The initial orientation and team-building session is held in Washington, D.C., in early-December for three nights. Participants later attend the University of Virginia's Senior Executive Institute (SEI) in May or June for eight days. There is a $650 program fee for SEI. (ICMA pays the remaining tuition cost of $2,800 per person.) Last year, lodging and meals for that event were $1,550 per person, not including airfare. The capstone project preparation meeting is held the next January or February at Arizona State University for three nights. Other travel is to work on small-group projects (travel paid by host cities) and meet at the ICMA Annual Conference two to three times (participants are responsible for registration, lodging, and travel costs). The staff, members, and alum of Leadership ICMA would like to thank ICMA-RC and the Leadership ICMA Legacy Fund (Class of 2010) for their generous support of our program. ICMA-RC’s contributions will ensure that Leadership ICMA as a whole can continue to offer younger generations of local government professionals incredible leadership development opportunities. The Leadership Legacy Fund’s contribution is designated to ensure that each participant - now and in the future - has the financial resources available to take advantage of all of the program’s components, regardless of budget cuts in their jurisdictions or changes in their employment. Thanks to the Leadership ICMA Legacy Fund, scholarships to cover the cost of tuition will be available. We are so grateful to partner with each of these organizations. 

Mid-Career Managers Institute

A focused leadership development institute for those who identify themselves as mid-career professionals. Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2018-2019.

Midwest Leadership Institute

Focus on successful outcomes in local government that require a deep understanding of interpersonal leadership.

Gettysburg Leadership Institute

Gain a strong foundation on how to excel in a leadership position. Applications are now being accepted for 2018.

Williamsburg Leadership Institute  

Compare the relevance of lessons learned in Williamsburg in the 1770s with what is happening in our communities today.

ICMA SEI Leadership Institute

This seven-day leadership program is the study of leadership and the leaders role in high performance organizations. Applications are now being accepted.

Legacy Leaders  

Legacy Leaders is a program designed to encourage credentialed managers to mentor the next generation of local government professionals.

Online Learning

On Demand Webinars

Access our complete library of previously recorded webinars organized by category. Completion of most OnDemand webinars can be worth up to 1.50 continuing education hours.  Budgeting and Finance Adapting to the 'New Normal' - How to Prioritize Spending to Achieve Results Alternative Service Delivery: Viable Solutions for Tough Budget Realities BoardDocs: Improving Board Effectiveness with the City of Canton, SD Closing the Budget Gaps: Get Millions in Savings with Lean Principles Economic Gardening: Success Strategies to Grow the Local Economy Fiscal Distress: Tools to Diagnose the Cause and Apply the Right Solutions Free Webinar: BoardDocs Client Experience Series - City of Elmhurst, Illinois Free Webinar: Retirement Planning: Key Questions as You Plan for the Future Getting a Grip on GASB and Pension Funding Getting Ready for the Budgeting Process: How to Use Priority-Based Budgeting Guiding Your Organization Strategically through Priority Based Budgeting Priority-Based Budgeting: How to Engage Citizens and Elected Officials Regional Service Delivery for Small Communities Rising Health Care Costs and Strategies for Local Government The Benefits of Baldrige: Practical Applications for Communities of Any Size The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Building Energy Efficiency Using a Performance Excellence Strategy to Tackle Budget Challenges and Prepare for Recovery Using Citizen Engagement to Eliminate Huge Budget Deficits Using Collaborative Leadership Skills to Improve Performance of Local Governments Using Performance Measurement Data to Drive Financial (And Other Big) Decisions in Tough Times  Community Building and Citizen Engagement Applying the Concepts of Peter Block's Community: The Structure of Belonging  Boston's Incubator: How to Grow Citizen Engagement with Technology and Creativity  Citizen Engagement Beyond the Public Hearing: Creative Strategies and Best Practices Citizen Engagement Goes High-Tech: How GIS Can Propel Your Social Media Efforts Citizen Engagement: Top 10 Reasons the Public Gets Left in the Dark City Hall in Your Pocket: Mobile Tools for Modern Citizens Free Webinar: Delivering Customer Service Success Fulfilling the Dreams of the Community: Your Role as City/County Manager in Community Building Let's Talk: Getting Citizens Involved in Tough Choices  Policy Surveys: How to Read Your Residents' Minds  Social Media for Citizen Engagement Social Media: Where Citizens and Local Government Unite Tackle Tough Community Problems through 'Community Results Compacts'  Time to Get Real: You Can't Run a Local Government without Knowing What Citizens Think  Using Citizen Engagement to Eliminate Huge Budget Deficits Volunteerism in Local Government: Creating Positive Citizen Engagement and Meeting Community Needs   Council Relations Build Great Council Member Relationships Council Relationships That Get Things Done FREE WEBINAR: Essentials of Council-Manager Relations How to Plan an Effective Council Meeting Successful Council-Manager Relations  Economic Crisis Alternative Service Delivery: Viable Solutions for Tough Budget Realities Closing the Budget Gaps: Get Millions in Savings with Lean Principles Community Resilience: Strategies to Weather the Bad Times, Thrive in the Good Times Cost Savings in IT: Understanding Information Technology and Developing a Strategy for Efficiency Economic Gardening: Success Strategies to Grow the Local Economy Fiscal Distress: Tools to Diagnose the Cause and Apply the Right Solutions Lemonade from Lemons: How the Economic Crisis Can Make Local Governments Stronger Let's Talk: Getting Citizens Involved in Tough Choices  Positioning for Success: Economic Development Strategies in Tough Times The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Building Energy Efficiency Using a Performance Excellence Strategy to Tackle Budget Challenges and Prepare for Recovery Using Collaborative Leadership Skills to Improve Performance of Local Governments Using Performance Measurement Data to Drive Financial (And Other Big) Decisions in Tough Times Volunteerism in Local Government: Creating Positive Citizen Engagement and Meeting Community Needs   Economic Development Achieving Performance Goals in Tough Fiscal Times: Tools to Measure the Right Outcomes Adapting to the 'New Normal' - How to Prioritize Spending to Achieve Results  Economic Development: Attracting Retailers and Keeping Them Economic Development: Branding Your Community Economic Development: How to Think Like a Retailer Economic Development: Redeveloping Your Community Economic Gardening: Success Strategies to Grow the Local Economy Positioning for Success: Economic Development Strategies in Tough Times Proven Strategies to Successfully Implement a Solar Energy Program that Benefits Your Community  Ethics Free Webinar: Ethics Matter - Don't be tomorrow's headline  ICMA Ethics 101 E-Course Take the Ethics Challenge: An Interactive Audioconference for Local Governments  Human Resources Attracting Millennials to Your Local Government  Changing the Rules of Engagement to Build Trust and Improve Accountability in the Workplace  Complying with the FTC 'Red Flags' Rule: What Local Governments Should Know  Economic Gardening: Success Strategies to Grow the Local Economy  Navigating Anti-Discrimination Laws Post Ricci v. Destefano: Solid Guidance for Local Governments  Rising Health Care Costs and Strategies for Local Government  Success in Succession Planning: Building a Program that Works  The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Building Energy Efficiency  Two-Part Webinar Series: Succession Planning: Talent Management for the 21st Century  Using Collaborative Leadership Skills to Improve Performance of Local Governments Volunteerism in Local Government: Creating Positive Citizen Engagement and Meeting Community Needs  When Boomers Move On: How to Develop a Succession Plan   Leadership Applying the Concepts of Peter Block's Community: The Structure of Belonging  Build Great Council Member Relationships  Fulfilling the Dreams of the Community: Your Role as City/County Manager in Community Building  Iceberg Dead Ahead: Course Correction Leadership  Improving Organizational Performance: Your Leadership Playbook  Inject Passion and Innovation into the Local Government Workplace  Leadership Toolbox: Using "Connection" to Create a Community Within Your Organization  Leading Successful Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)  The Power of 'Story': Using Storytelling to Engage and Inform Citizens and Employees  The Science Behind Morale Issues  The Unique Power of Story: A Key Leadership Competency  Using Collaborative Leadership Skills to Improve Performance of Local Governments   Lean Government Baldridge Basics: Steps to Becoming a High Performance Organization  Closing the Budget Gaps: Get Millions in Savings with Lean Principles  Lean Government: Empowering Employees to Identify and Eliminate Waste   Management Build Great Council Member Relationships  Cybersecurity for Local Governments Changing the Rules of Engagement to Build Trust and Improve Accountability in the Workplace  Free Webinar: Taking Facilities From Good to Great: A Culture of Excellence in Facilities Management  Give Yourself Permission to Manage  Inject Passion and Innovation into the Local Government Workplace  Six-Part Effective Supervisory Practices Training Series   Marketing Social Media for Citizen Engagement Social Media: Where Citizens and Local Government Unite  Performance Management and Measurement A Boss's Guide to Performance Appraisals  Achieving Performance Goals in Tough Fiscal Times: Tools to Measure the Right Outcomes  Asking Your Police and Fire Chief the Right Questions - To Get the Right Answers  Baldridge Basics: Steps to Becoming a High Performance Organization  Free Webinar: Performance Management Consortia -- Don't Go It Alone  Leadership, Management, and the Key Role of Performance Measurement  New Frontiers in Performance Measurement  Tackle Tough Community Problems through 'Community Results Compacts'  Using Metrics to Improve Efficiencies and Transparency   Service Delivery Alternative Service Delivery: Viable Solutions for Tough Budget Realities  Free Webinar: Delivering Customer Service Success  Local Government Collaboration: Success Stories and Lessons Learned  Proven Strategies to Successfully Implement a Solar Energy Program that Benefits Your Community  Service Delivery in Today's Economy  Volunteerism in Local Government: Creating Positive Citizen Engagement and Meeting Community Needs   Sustainability 2012 Funding Outlook: Attracting Dollars to Your Community's Sustainability Priorities  Community-Scale Renewable Energy Initiatives: Technology Selection, Financing and Overcoming Local Barriers  Free Webinar: Advancing Local Sustainability Initiatives through Improved Stormwater Management  Free Webinar: Economic (Re)Development and Solar  Free Webinar: Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities  Free Webinar: Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities  Free Webinar: Making a Sustainable Difference in South Chicago  Free Webinar: Reducing Non-Revenue Water Losses  Free Webinar: Small Communities and Solar  Invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer  Proven Strategies to Successfully Implement a Solar Energy Program that Benefits Your Community  Recycling and the Changing Waste Stream  Sustainable Communities: How Greening Up Your Fleet Results in Huge Cost Savings  Sustainable Rural Communities: Asset-Based Economic Development Strategies  Taking a Holistic Approach to Mobile Workforce Management to Save Costs and Energy  The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Building Energy Efficiency 

Leadership
Virtual Conference Webcasts

The Virtual Conference archives allow you to experience sessions from ICMA’s Annual Conference and to partake in the learning even if you were not able to attend the on-site conference. Archives of selected sessions will give you a sampling of the thought leadership that takes place at conference each year—all on your own time, right at your fingertips. Use the virtual conference as an opportunity to share professional development with your staff. For just one fee, your entire staff can participate. This cost-effective method of providing ongoing education to your staff is a win-win for everybody!  Please note that keynotes are only available for 60 days after the last day of each conference. 2017 ICMA Virtual Conference - (archives)  

Human Resources
Webinar Series: Effective Supervisory Practices

This six-part webinar series is a must for any jurisdiction looking to lead change, improve customer service, or strengthen communication between supervisors and staff.

Finance & Budgeting
Webinar Series: A Budgeting Guide for Local Government

A three-part webinar series that takes a forward-looking, strategic approach to budgeting.

Community Involvement
Local Government 101 Online Certificate Program

Give your resume a boost with an ICMA professional certificate in local government management.

Community Involvement
Local Government 201: Online Certificate Program

Gain a practical understanding of core topic areas that are essential to becoming an effective local government manager.

Leadership
International Online Learning

Expand your knowledge with certificate programs and training materials for individuals and educational programs around the world.

Leadership
Webinar Subscription Program

Take advantage of your membership benefits. ICMA is now offering an annual subscription to its Live Webinar Program.

Certificate Programs

Emerging Leaders Development Program 

Build knowledge, skills, and abilities in the basic management and technical topics that managers need to know to be successful.

Mid-Career Managers Institute

A focused leadership development institute for those who identify themselves as mid-career professionals. Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2018-2019.

Local Government 101 Online Certificate Program

Give your resume a boost with an ICMA professional certificate in local government management.

Local Government 201: Online Certificate Program

Gain a practical understanding of core topic areas that are essential to becoming an effective local government manager.

Skill-Building Workshops

Ethics

An in-depth exploration of ethics and practical tools and strategies for your organization.

High Performing Organizations

Challenge yourself to think differently about how your organization can work!

Performance Measurement/Management Skill-Building Workshops

Maintaining a consistently high level of quality in staff work, operational procedures, and service delivery.

Public Safety Management

Learn the basic principles of service delivery in public safety.

Management

Workshops focused on conveying ideas effectively to others; organizational planning and functional/operational expertise.

Community Engagement

Determining community needs and providing responsive, equitable services.

Staff Development

Promoting the development and performance of staff and employees throughout the organization.

Personal Development

Demonstrating a commitment to a balanced life through ongoing self-renewal and development in order to increase personal capacity.

Leadership and Innovation

Setting an example that urges the organization and the community toward experimentation, change, creative problem solving, and prompt action.

Planning, Budgeting and Finance

Learn how to interpret financial information to assess the short-term and long-term fiscal condition of the community.

Mini Workshops

Two-hour skill building workshops that can be brought to your organization.

Credentialing

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