The Supervisors' Management School (SMS) is a program designed to develop your management and supervisory skills. SMS will provide you with the necessary tools to improve your ability to impact the day-to-day activities of your organization. If you supervise employees, SMS will give you a strong understanding of the principles of managing people and influencing co-workers and supervisors.
November 4-8, 2018
Oglebay Resort and Conference Center
Wheeling, West Virginia
Year 1 Registration for SMS 2018 is Sold Out. Registration for Year 2 is Open.
- Apply personal core characteristics to lead an organization with individual strengths.
- Identify variables that shape and direct an organization.
- Describe skills to manage the workforce individually and as a whole.
|Year One Session Topics
||Year Two Session Topics
|When to Lead, When to Manage
||The Art of Persuasion and Negotiation
|Strengthening Supervisory Skills
|Selecting & Keeping the Right Employee
|Facilitating Effective Meetings
||Coaching Difficult Employees
||Parks & Recreation: Our Profession in 2025 and Beyond
|Creating a Motivating Environment
||Budgeting for Impact and Influence
|What Business Are You In?
||Planning for the Unexpected
|The Challenge of Setting Priorities
||Leading Organizational Change
|Effective Communications Skills
||Understanding Organizational Behavior
Who Should Attend
This two-year program is perfect for any park and recreation professional responsible for the supervision of employees.
“The SMS program for me was an invaluable asset. The knowledge I gained has helped me grow leaps and bounds in the past two years alone and has helped me to develop skills that will continue to help me grow through my career. Not only was the course work helpful but I was also able to build my network and gain some friendships that I will have for a lifetime. In my opinion the SMS program is a must have for every new and seasoned supervisor. Our main goal as supervisors is to be effective in how we lead. To do so we must first educate ourselves so we can then educate others. There is no better way than the SMS program.” --Wyatt Richardson, Crew Chief I, Park Development Division at City of Durham, NC
“No matter how long you have been in management, you will take away good information from the classes and your classmates.” --Frank Hackett, Parks Foreman at City of Ft.Lauderdale, FL
“After attending the second year of SMS, I came back to work with a different perspective of my role as supervisor. I see how my leadership has changed and it has improved the dynamics of my crew. Not only that, my relationship with my boss is smoother because I understand the importance of my position and how to appropriately communicate my needs. I felt SMS provided new ideas for strengthening my leadership skill and tactics for managing people and time. Thank you!” --Patricia Greenberg, Environmental Resource Supervisor at Reston Association (Reston, VA)
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