Advanced Human Resources for Public Works Certificate

The Advanced Human Resources Certificate will provide practical knowledge, tools, and skills public works professionals and supervisors need to manage effectively in the Public Works human resources environment. The program will cover topics ranging from the historical and legal foundations of public sector human resource management, performance measurement, employee development, effective discipline and specific contract management in public works administration. This program will increase your effectiveness as a public works manager and prepare you to be a leader in the industry.

Certificate Topics

The program consists of four core module topics recommended by the American Public Works Association and identified by past Leadership Academy graduates as topics of greatest interest.  Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Foundations of human resource management in the public sector
  • Authority in public sector employee relations
  • Developing employees and measuring performance
  • Effective discipline and workplace investigations
  • Administering the public works contract

Program at a Glance

All students must complete forty-eight hours of training in four monthly sessions.  Students who complete the Advanced HR coursework will receive a certificate from the Hamline School of Business Public Administration program and 4 Continuing Studies credits.  Cost for the program is $1,450.


This certificate will be offered again in Fall 2016.
Each session will be scheduled as follows:
Thursday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Degree Candidacy

All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Arts in Public Administration at Hamline University must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.

About The Instructor

William S. Joynes' career in public service spans 32 years in executive level positions. For 18 years he served as the City manager/HRA Director for the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota, retiring in October of 2002. Bill teaches Human Resource Management and Public Sector Dispute Resolution concentrating on negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills. Bill holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, a Master's Degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California and is a graduate of the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship Program in St. Louis, Missouri. Bill has also consulted with Minnesota cities and counties in the areas of labor relations, management structure, executive search and human resource systems. Projects include Management Reorganization, Goodhue County, MN; Mediation of the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department Multi-City Governance Structure; and Visionary Efforts in Ramsey and Coon Rapids, MN. Bill He has served as CPAL director since its inception.