Advanced Human Resources for Public Works Certificate

Meet the challenges of managing personnel, employee contracts, and performance measurement with Hamline’s Advanced Human Resources for Public Works Certificate. Covering a range of topics recommended by the American Public Works Association, this certificate provides the knowledge and tools necessary to address the complex human resources issues you encounter.

With an Advanced Human Resources for Public Works Certificate, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the historical and legal foundations of public sector human resource management, from performance measurement to employee development.
  • Discover effective discipline and contract management strategies in the municipal, county, and state levels.
  • Enhance and learn new communication skills to ensure clarity of both written and verbal exchanges and directives.
  • Build critical negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills by examining real-life scenarios.

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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 Overview

Certificate classes meet at Hamline's Minneapolis location. All students must complete 48 hours of training in four monthly sessions. Students who complete the Advanced Human Resources for Public Works coursework will receive a certificate from the Hamline School of Business Public Administration program and four continuing studies credits. 

Cost for the program is $1,600.

Schedule

The class meets one Thursday each month from noon to 8 p.m. from September 2017 to April 2018. Dinner is included.

Session 1: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Session 2: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Session 3: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Session 4: Thursday, January 11, 2018 
Session 5: Thursday, February 15, 2018 
Session 6: Thursday, March 15, 2018 
Session 7: Thursday, April 12, 2018 

About the Instructors

Wally Wysopal is a professional local government manager with more than 26 years of experience and is currently serving as administrator for the city of Fridley. Wally is the former chair of the board of Government Training Services and is chair of the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and the Metropolitan Area Manager's Association Labor Relations Committee. He earned an Advanced Public Administration Certificate from Hamline University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He teaches public sector HR management, labor relations, and local government management courses.

Gregg Lindberg currently serves as the human resource manager for Three Rivers Park District, a natural resources–based park system located in the metro area that manages nearly 27,000 acres of park reserves, regional parks, regional trails, and special-use facilities. At Three Rivers, Gregg provides direction to a team of human resource staff in the areas of organizational development, staffing, employee and labor relations, compliance, compensation, and safety management. Since 2014, Gregg has served the residents of St. Louis Park as a city council. Gregg is a graduate of Bethel University and has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, and Leadership and a master's degree in Organizational Leadership. Gregg has also received a Master of Public Administration from Hamline University. Gregg is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and an International Pubic Management Association Senior Certified Professional (ICMA-SCP).

 

Degree Candidacy

Participants are eligible to earn graduate or continuing studies credit. Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied to the Master or Doctorate of Public Administration. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Leadership Communication Skills Certificate.