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Leadership program seeks emerging leaders for UCOP

Are you interested in building your leadership skills, growing your career and taking on new responsibilities at UCOP? You might be interested in the 2013 Leadership Development Program, where you have the opportunity to learn specialized UC leadership skills directly from OP leaders.

President Mark G. Yudof, EVP for Business Operations Nathan Brostrom and UC Provost Aimee Dorr are among the top UCOP execs who will share their leadership vision in this powerhouse of a course over a nine-month period right here at UCOP, beginning Thursday, April 11.

The program is looking for emerging leaders who are high performers and have the potential for leadership and taking on a larger scope of responsibility. Applications and nominations are now being accepted until Wednesday, March 6.

>>Find out more about applying.

First offered in 2011, the program is designed to accelerate the development of individual leadership abilities and create a diverse pipeline of specialized leaders for UCOP. The curriculum is UC-centric, focusing on UC strategy, goals and issues. It includes interactive learning exercises like 360-degree assessments and interactions with senior leaders as well as sessions taught by professional facilitators.

Participants will learn and work with practical tools to build skills — in areas such as leadership, collaboration, managing people, strategy and decision-making, problem-solving and communicating — that will prepare them for leadership roles in the challenging environment of UCOP.

Daylong sessions are held monthly, from April 11 to Dec. 17, with themes like Working in a Public Institution and The Research Mission of UC. Participants will also have team assignments, real problem-solving projects that will put them to work developing executable recommendations complete with budgets, resource strategies and marketing plans.

Participants may apply or be nominated. Support from both one’s manager and department is essential, due to the time commitment required and the ongoing support needed to cultivate and apply the leadership skills learned.

The selection committee is looking for about 16 individuals who currently manage people and/or projects and have a broad scope of responsibility. They must have completed one year and delivered a strong performance in their current UCOP position, as demonstrated by commitment, vision and integrity.

You can find more details and application forms online, or contact Learning and Development Manager Linda Klink at or 510-987-0673.

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