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Management Leadership Academy

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RGS’ comprehensive, advanced Academy is aimed toward developing leadership competencies of local government managers. This Academy is designed for new or experienced managers in local government by trainers with extensive experience in all types of local agencies.

The Management Leadership Academy level focuses on the manager role as a strategic planner, goal-setter, and team manager. Managers translate Executive vision into outcomes and programs that drive local government services. The Academy frames these core concepts in the unique local government environment.


  • Work on real-life organizational issues
  • Gain practical tools and application
  • Get insights into your leadership skills and gaps
  • Receive professional coaching to accomplish individual leadership goals
  • Hear from panels of experts and leaders on how to navigate today’s challenges
  • Work with small groups on a Capstone Project
  • Network and learn from leaders at other agencies
  • Create a learning organization
  • Develop a strategic plan for your program/division
  • Solve problems through rational processes and evidence-based knowledge
  • Develop systems to address local issues
  • Write an effective Board/Council report and present effectively at meetings
  • Effectively manage the dynamics of remote and hybrid teams
  • Effectively manage a variety of difficult conversations
  • Build influence to get results within the system
  • Effectively lead employees through constant change


This Academy requires engaged and participative attendees. Although this Academy takes place virtually, it is not a sit and watch learning experience. It is designed to facilitate learning, the exchange of ideas, and a commitment to application of content and outside work in addition to Academy sessions. Other requirements:
  • Completion of the Leadership Assessment.
  • A laptop/computer that allows connection to Zoom, webcam, speaker, and microphone.
  • Sharing webcam/audio in environment free from outside noise or disruption.
  • Availability from 8:30 am -11:30 am PST on scheduled Academy days.
  • Attendance and participation in all Academy elements.
  • Blocking out time on calendar for sessions; free from other meetings, calls, work.
  • Participation in “cameras on” interaction and discussion.
  • Engaging with trainers and other participants in discussion.
  • Participation in the Capstone Project and work with small groups outside Academy schedule.
  • Completing homework, readings, and other materials.
  • Committing to approximately 4 hours/month of time for Capstone project/homework.
  • Scheduling and completing 6 one-on-one coaching sessions within Academy timeframe.
  • Scheduling coaching sessions every month of the program.
  • Supervisor approval for the time commitment required and the requirements above.
This Academy is open to local government professionals who meet the following qualifications:
  • Reports directly to a Senior Level Manager (Division/Department Director, City Manager/General Manager/CEO, Assistant City Manager/Assistant General Manager, Deputy Director)
  • Directly manages a team(s) at the Managerial Level OR directly manages a high-level program that works with other agency managers.
Interested attendees must complete the following steps before reserving a seat in the Academy:
  • Completion of this Application Form
  • Approval from your Supervisor
  • Payment of the Academy Tuition Fee ($3500)
The application form will automatically lead applicants through the three steps listed above. Please note that a seat in this Academy is not reserved until payment has been received. All tuition payments must be received prior to the first day of the Academy. Contact Yolanda Taylor at or 650-587-7300 x53 for more details.