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Pre-conference workshops are not included with full conference registration fees.  An additional registration fee is required.

The 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops will be held:

 Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22
  • Workforce and Succession Planning - Saturday & Sunday, September 21-22, 2019  ( This is SOLD OUT!)
  • Conducting a Job Analysis - Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Leveraging the Power of Employee Engagement- Sunday, September 22, 2019

All Courses are approved for Recertification Credits:

  • HRCI
  • SHRM

Workforce and Succession Planning

2-day workshop | Audience: all public sector HR professionals| Members: $450 Nonmembers: $550

The impending retirement of baby boomers is expected to have a major impact on workforce capacity. Vacancies in senior and key positions will need to be filled, yet there will be fewer people to fill them. The private and public sectors are already finding themselves engaged in an intense battle for a smaller pool of candidates with the skill set and expertise they need.

But there is something you can do.

Effective workforce and succession planning supports organizational stability and sustainability by ensuring there is an established process in place to meet staffing requirements. Future-proof your organization with the knowledge and tools provided to you in this critical course.

Key takeaways:

  • Get an easy-to-follow roadmap of the workforce and succession planning process.
  • Identify where and how you need to begin, and who needs to be involved.
  • Discover how to keep the plan “real” and on track.

Your trainer: Richard Heil is the founder of The Curtis Group. Heil served the state of Pennsylvania as the first director of personnel for the Department of Aging, director of employee relations and development, and director of personnel for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. He has conducted the Developing Competencies for HR Success course on behalf of IPMA-HR for a number of international entities, including the Asian Development Bank and Iraqi Ministries of Interior and Defense, as well as the Peoples’ Republic of China and the government of Thailand. He is also the co-writer and developer of IPMA-HR's Public Sector HR Essentials Certificate program.

Conducting a Job Analysis

1-day workshop | Audience: all public sector HR professionals| Members: $250 Nonmembers: $350

Job descriptions are used every day – as a recruiting tool, to determine salary ranges and grade levels, to establish job titles, set employee job goals and objectives, conduct performance reviews, to create reasonable accommodations and ensure legal compliance – making the development of accurate job descriptions a critical HR function.

Specifically designed for the unique needs and environment of public sector human resource professionals, this course delivers a practical, hands-on approach to learning and practicing the knowledge and skills needed to effectively complete a job analysis.

Key takeaways:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the purposes and use of a job analysis.
  • Learn the terms frequently used in a job analysis.
  • Explore and practice various methods for conducting a job analysis.
  • Discover the legal and professional guidelines for conducting a job analysis.

Your trainer: Margaret M. Schmitt is the former human resources director for the city of Lynchburg, Virginia. She has nearly 30 years of experience in local government and human resources management and has recently started an HR consulting practice. Schmitt also serves as the Western Region representative on the IPMA-VA board of directors. In addition to her professional work, she actively supports the community through volunteer work and by serving on non-profit boards. Schmitt holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Leo College, a Master’s in Public Administration from George Washington University, and SPHR, SHRM-SCP and IPMA-SCP certifications.

Leveraging the Power of Employee Engagement

1-day workshop | Audience:  Senior-level practitioners and policy makers|Members: $250 Non-members: $350

Government organizations across the country are under extreme pressure-expected to maintain and improve performance and service delivery, while also doing more with less.   One proven response to this challenge is to improve the level of employee engagement.  A high level of employee engagement in the public sector can enable organizations to achieve strategic goals, deliver responsive services to citizens, stimulate innovation and retain value employees, which, in turn, can also help increase public confidence in and satisfaction with government.  

Research on engagement in government shows that engagement drives outcomes related to strategic goal achievement, customer service, innovation, employee retention, employee attendance and workplace safety.  In other words, engaged employees are critical to your agency's performance.

In this highly-interactive one day workshop, you can expect to learn how to develop and improve upon employee engagement strategies with a focus on engagement in the unique environment of government agencies.

Key takeaways:

  • Define employee engagement and why it's important-particularly in the public sector
  • Discover the unique challenges of managing employee engagement in the public sector and what you can do to improve engagement. 
  • Find out how engagement levels compare between the public and private sectors
  • Learn how to develop an employee engagement process model
  • Discover best practices for measuring employee engagement and analyzing results
  • Gain a better understanding of the role of HR in measuring and improving employee engagement
  • Formulate your strategy for increased employee engagement, including action steps to get you started and to sustain the momentum.

Your Trainer: Bob Lavigna is an award-winning public sector leader and innovator with more than 30 years of experience leading human resources organizations and programs in the public sector. Currently the Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, a division of CPS HR Services, Lavigna previously served as assistant vice chancellor and director of HR for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lavigna is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, was honored as a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine, and received the highest individual achievement awards from both IPMA-HR and the NASPE. In addition, the organizations Lavigna has led have received innovation awards from the Ford Foundation, IPMA-HR, NASPE, Council of State Governments, Urban League, SHRM and others. Lavigna is a past national president of IPMA-HR and past national chair of the ASPA’s Section on Personnel and Labor Relations. Lavigna has a bachelor's in Public Affairs from George Washington University, and a master's in human resources from Cornell University.


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