CORE Management Program

The CORE Management Program offers state managers, supervisors and project managers a transformative learning experience that builds skills in competencies to effectively lead, guide and direct staff, understand group dynamics and strategies to help drive results.

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Who Should Apply

The CORE Management Program is designed for the following target audiences, each of whom must have at least twelve (12) months of full-time service with the Commonwealth:

  • Managers and supervisors who have completed at least one Performance Evaluation (e.g., EPRS or ACES) of another state employee in the last year (2017). 
  • Individuals who indirectly oversee others in order to accomplish a strategic project or agency initiative.

What To Expect

Led by experienced facilitators, subject-matter experts and Executive Branch leaders, CORE consists of one (1) orientation session held in November and six (6) courses held between December 2018 and May 2019. Classes will be offered at locations across the Commonwealth. Additionally, you will be required to attend the program orientation.  Sessions will be offered at locations across the Commonwealth.  View the CORE Management Program at a Glance for more information.

The learning experience includes:

  • A competency-based curriculum that is aligned with agency business priorities. View the Core Competency Matrix for more details.
  • blended learning design including on-demand courses, microlearning segments, classroom learning and workplace assignments, assessments, coaching, and real-time feedback. 

More than theory, the curriculum integrates various forms of ‘practice’ – the key activity that promotes real skill development.  Along the way, participants will have the opportunity to build lasting connections.   Upon graduation, you will become part of the growing network of CORE program alumni.

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Program At A Glance

Course Assignments and Commitment

The learning experience includes a blended learning design including on-demand courses, microlearning segments, classroom learning and workplace assignments, assessments, coaching, and real-time feedback.

CORE consists of one (1) orientation session held in November and six (6) courses held between December 2018 and May 2019.  

CORE Program at a Glance:

Please be advised this schedule is tentative and may be subject to change.

 

Sponsor's Orientation Sessions
Course Date Time Location
Sponsor's Orientation 11/13/18 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Boston, MA
Sponsor's Orientation 11/15/18 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Central, MA

 

Participant Orientation Sessions
Course Date Time Location
Participant Orientation 11/14/18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Boston, MA
Participant Orientation 11/14/18 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Boston, MA
Participant Orientation 11/16/18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central, MA
Participant Orientation 11/16/18 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Central, MA

 

Self-Awareness & the Effective Leader
Cohort Date Time Location
Boston 1 Cohort 12/3/18 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
Western Cohort 12/5/18 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Northampton
Central Cohort 12/13/18 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Worcester
Southeast Cohort 12/14/18 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Taunton
Boston 2 Cohort 12/18/18 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston

 

Turning Feedback into Change
Cohort Date Time Location
Boston 1 Cohort 1/10/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
Western Cohort 1/14/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Northampton
Boston 2 Cohort 1/16/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
Southeast Cohort 1/25/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Taunton
Central Cohort 1/29/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Worcester

 

Coaching for High Performance
Cohort Date Time Location
Western Cohort 2/4/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Northampton
Boston 1 Cohort 2/7/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
Southeast Cohort 2/11/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Taunton
Boston 2 Cohort 2/13/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
Central Cohort 2/25/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Worcester

 

Managing Business Priorities
Cohort Date Time Location
Western Cohort 3/4/19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Northampton
Boston 1 Cohort 3/6/19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Boston
Boston 2 Cohort 3/12/19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Boston
Central Cohort 3/21/19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Worcester
Southeast Cohort 3/25/19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Taunton

 

Emotional Intelligence
Cohort Date Time Location
Boston 1 Cohort 4/4/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
Western Cohort 4/8/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Northampton
Southeast Cohort 4/12/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Taunton
Boston 2 Cohort 4/23/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
Central Cohort 4/26/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Worcester

 

Managing Lawfully
Date Time Location
May 16, 2019 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Boston
May 13, 2019 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Worcester

 

Graduation Celebration
Date Time Location
June 20, 2019 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Suffolk University, Sky Lounge (5th floor), Boston

 

Program Requirements

Attendance

The purpose of the CORE Management Program is to provide participants with an opportunity for growth and development. Given the investment of time and resources, it is important that participants are committed to attending all of the program sessions.


Attendance is mandatory.
The “Program Schedule” is provided above in the "Program at a Glance" section. Interested candidates can plan regular work-related commitments, professional conferences and vacations in advance, so that they do not conflict with program dates. In the event a participant misses a class, the program coordinator will contact the participant. If a participant misses two classes, they will be withdrawn from the program and be asked to reapply the following cycle.


Extenuating Circumstances
In the event of an unexpected emergency, the participant will inform the program coordinator at COREManagementProgramandTraining@mass.gov that they will not be able to attend the session. The program coordinator will assist the participant in identifying another session which they may attend.


Course Assignments and Commitment

CORE consists of six (6) courses held between December 2018 and May 2019. Additionally, you will be required to attend the program orientation. Please see the Program at a Glance section for dates and locations of CORE courses.

The learning experience includes a blended learning design including on-demand courses, microlearning segments, classroom learning and workplace assignments, assessments, coaching, and real-time feedback.

Candidates who are accepted are required to attend all classes and complete all assignments, a commitment of approximately 12-14 hours of interactive learning activities per month.


Graduation Requirements

Participants will be eligible for graduation in 2019 by completing following requirements:

  1. attendance in classes and
  2. submission of completed assignments.

If the participant is unable to meet these requirements, they will be invited to participate in the graduation ceremony, however they will not receive a certificate of completion until all requirements are met. Outstanding requirements must be received no later than 30 days following the posted graduation date.

 

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Apply now for our Fall 2018 class of the CORE Management Program.

Your online CORE Management Program application and all required forms and signatures must be submitted by 4:00 PM Thursday, October 4, 2018.  

Your complete application packet must include the following:

  • Submission of completed online program application
  • Supervisor Recommendation (submitted online by your supervisor)
  • Nomination from the Agency Head and Agency Fiscal Officer

The online program application and the Supervisor Recommendation form are powered by SurveyMonkey. For assistance in completing the application and recommendation form, please contact the CORE Program Team at COREManagementProgramandTraining@mass.gov or 617-878-9878.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will result in disqualification from the selection process.

CORE Application and Selection Process

Nomination Process

Candidates must be nominated for the program and selected to attend. Nominations must be submitted by director-level or above agency leaders and must have fiscal officer approval.

Participant Selection

A selection committee will review nomination packets and select participants for the program based on:

  • Responses from the supervisor’s letter of recommendation
  • Applicant’s responses to the application questions
  • Agency nominations
  • Other criteria identified by Learning & Development leaders.

For the CORE Management Program, up to 125 applicants will be invited to participate, and will represent a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s agencies. 

Program Cost

The cost to the agency/department for each participant is $400

Contact

Phone

HRD Training Hotline 617-878-9878

Online

CORE Management Program Email COREManagementProgramandTraining@mass.gov

Address

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 600
Boston , MA 02114
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