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OP Leadership Development Program open for nominations

The Office of the President has launched a new Leadership Development Program, designed to develop individual leadership ability from within OP and cultivate a diverse pool of future leaders.

In the planning stages since last fall, it is a training program for strong performers who already manage people or projects, have been in their current positions for at least one year and have the potential for taking on additional responsibility.

“This is an exciting opportunity for staff and demonstrates the Office of the President’s ongoing commitment to developing our most valuable asset, our talented employees,” said Human Resources Vice President Dwaine B. Duckett. The Leadership Development Program follows the implementation of UCOP’s new Mentorship Program, which was launched last month.

The rigorous, nine-month program requires a commitment of about 1 to 2 days per month, to be spent in leadership classes, case studies, coaching and 360-degree assessments, as well as additional time outside of class on project work and meetings.

Class meetings will occur once monthly, with the first session scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, with subsequent monthly meeting dates yet to be announced. Nominations and applications are due Tuesday, April 12.

The cornerstone of the program is that, in addition to professional facilitators, top OP leaders—including President Mark Yudof—will be involved, sharing their vision and experience applying a broad range of leadership skills in an OP-specific setting.

The curriculum will include courses in leadership, working in a public institution, management, financial operations, decision making and the budget process, the university culture, collaboration with campuses, managing change, communicating effectively and group projects.

Applicants may be nominated by their manager or other nominator or may nominate themselves. Because of the heavy time commitment required, participants must also have the support of their supervisor and department.

Final participants will be selected based on current performance and their potential for growth in the organization as well as in their own careers. A cross-section of OP staff will make the final selections from among the applicant pool for 15 slots.

For more details and the nomination/application form, go to or contact Linda Klink at or 510-987-0673.

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