Abrahams-Jones Academy

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Brochure and Scholarship information coming soon

Session I
Session II

The Abrahams-Jones Academy for Leadership Excellence is designed for Senior Managers who are able to meet the stated prerequisites, and aspire to become a member of an executive level leadership team within a parks and recreation agency.
The Academy provides an opportunity for participants to explore and develop their leadership capacity, create personal leadership advancement plans, and encourages personal introspection, group activity and individual assessment.

In 2021, a dedicated workgroup of parks and recreation industry leaders reviewed the Academy curriculum, and have made content adjustments that insure the program continues to be relevant to the skills required to excel in the field. Applicants are required to assess their comprehension of base-line concepts to assure they meet the minimum level of understanding and mastery of pre-requisite learning. Documentation of this will be through the completion of a Supervisor Attestation verifying the applicant’s comprehension of base-line concepts, and the Supervisor’s commitment to supporting the applicant’s engagement with the Academy.

The year long experience commences with the initial training and continues throughout the year with suggested readings, group interaction through conference calls and social media, and one on one mentorship from a coach. Combining the initial training and post-Academy activity, participants begin to transfer theory into practice in preparation for assuming executive level leadership positions in the parks and recreation field.
Ideal Candidates for the Academy have:

  • Shown progressive ascension from entry level into higher level positions within the agency; and
  • Have responsibilities that include administration and overseeing or coordinating the work of other full-time employees; and
  • Comprehension of base-line concepts outlined in the application and mastery in applying certain concepts in their current position; and
  • Commitment to dedicating the time to complete the prerequisite assignments for Session I, interim project assignments, interim virtual meetings and coaching sessions, and prerequisite assignments for Session II.

Curriculum includes but is not limited to:

  • Advanced Leadership
  • Strategic and Systems Thinking
  • Courageous Communication
  • Building Organization Culture
  • Vision 
  • Funding and Budget Fundamentals
  • Business Planning
  • Change Management
  • Advocacy
Candidates must attend Session I of the Academy prior to returning for Session II, and must complete interim assignments that serve to reinforce theory provided in the Academy. Each participant is assigned a coach for the term that works with participants to assure they are receiving information they need to continue their advancement in the field.

Read more about the prerequisites and requirements for completing the program in the brochure

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