New England Public Works Institute

Subject Areas, Topics and Competencies

The New England Public Works Institute consists of four blocks of two months duration each. Blocks 1, 2, and 3 each contain four content modules (a total of 12 modules for the first three blocks). Blocks 1, 2 and 3 are not sequential; students may take blocks 1, 2 and 3 in any order. Block 4 is open to students only after successful completion of Blocks 1, 2 and 3.

Below is an overview of the topics covered throughout the program.

Block 1: Operations and Organizations
SUBJECT AREACOMPETENCY
Module 1: Nature of Public Works OrganizationsDemonstrate how to use resources available through the internet to create new ways of improving public works operations.
Module 2: Public Works OperationsEnhance organizational effectiveness through collaboration with private and public agencies.
Module 3: Public Works OrganizationsIdentify how to enhance operational efficiencies by the creative use of structure and processes.
Module 4: Leadership in Public WorksDemonstrate the links between integrity, trust, transparency and effective leadership.

 

Block 2: Strategy & Planning
SUBJECT AREACOMPETENCY
Module 5: Strategic PlanningDemonstrate how to use resources available through the internet to create new ways of improving public works operations.
Module 6: Finance, Budgeting, and PurchasingEnhance organizational effectiveness through collaboration with private and public agencies.
Module 7: Managing CommunicationsExplain the ways (and advantage/disadvantages) social media can assist a public works organization do its job.
Module 8: Project Planning and Contract AdministrationDemonstrate how to create a RFP (request for proposal) for your organization.

 

Block 3: Management & Leadership Proficiencies
SUBJECT AREACOMPETENCY
Module 9: Improving Performance with Better Information SystemsDemonstrate the key elements of a successful and effective information system for an organization.
Module 10: Managing PeopleDemonstrate how to evaluate personnel performance objectively in order to enhance personal mastery as a goal for every employee in furthering the development of a learning organization.
Module 11: Critical Thinking & LeadershipDemonstrate the phases of critical thinking for decision, how to maximize participation, engage in goal/target identification, develop preliminary positions and test assumptions.
Module 12: Transformational LeadershipDemonstrate the dynamics of effective leadership and how self-awareness, empathy and self-awareness make for better leadership.

 

Block 4: Long-Term Strategy Project

The primary objective of the project is create a cohesive document that serves as the basis for a long-term strategy for the student’s current or former organization. Students may use any of the leadership techniques and approaches to develop a cohesive leadership strategy. This final project must address each of the following:

  • A description of the organization and the community it serves;
  • A SWOT analysis as a method of strategic planning;
  • An exploration of the organization’s revenue generation and funding structure;
  • A media relations plan, including a strategy for the use of social media;
  • A strategic outsourcing plan and open bidding strategy;
  • An implementation strategy based on proactive leadership.
Course Materials

Students are required to independently purchase/procure Public Work Administration (2007). American Public Works Administration Press, ISBN 9781606750087.