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The Division Chief Program is a management and leadership development program designed to help prepare qualified employees to compete for future vacancies at the division chief level. The intent of this program is to develop a new pool of potential managers with cutting- edge knowledge and skills to assist the County in meeting its strategic goals. The knowledge participants gain from the program can be immediately applied in their present positions.

The program consists of 100 hours of classroom instruction plus assignments/group projects over a 13-week period. Content will include current management concepts and practical application in the workplace. The customized curriculum will cover:

  • Strategy alignment and implementation
  • Essential management tools:
    • Decision making and problem solving
    • Conflict resolution
    • General budget and finance principles
    • Meeting skills
  • Human resource practices and legal requirements
  • Team development
  • Oral and written communication for managers
  • Self-assessment and interpersonal skills

Each subject area will also emphasize important elements such as business ethics, the use of technology, and customer service improvement processes.  To be awarded the certificate, you must demonstrate competency in each component of the program.

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Program Logistics

This program is targeted for County employees who currently meet the minimum requirements to apply for a division chief level position in their department. All applicants must take a prerequisite test to assess each candidate's preparedness to meet university and program requirements.

A list of qualified applicants will be given to each respective department management. Each department will determine the order in which its applicants will attend the program based upon job performance, the number of training slots allocated, locations of training sessions, and the needs of the department.

Classes will be held two half-days per week in the late afternoon and one Saturday each month. Course work and assignments will be partly on County time and partly on your own time. You should anticipate at least one hour of study time for each hour of class time. Participants who are successful in completing the program will be awarded an Advanced Professional Development certificate by California State University, Northridge, and will be eligible for 10 continuing education units. Program costs will be financed through the Los Angeles County Learning Academy.

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Matthew Leos: mleos@hr.lacounty.gov