June Deep Dives for Directors to Focus on SCC, DEP Programs

All Conservation District Directors and Associate Directors are encouraged to register for the Deep Dives for Director’s webinars on Thursday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 15. These sessions will pick up where the 2020 New Director Orientation program left off in discussing the roles and responsibilities of boards in relation to partner programs and delegation agreements and are intended to provide in-depth background for newly-appointed directors or as a review for all board members. Both sessions will be recorded and posted online, and district managers are also encouraged to host watch parties for their board members. 

Register for Deep Dives for Directors: SCC & DGLVR Programs – Thursday, June 2, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 

Register for Deep Dives for Directors: DEP Programs – Wednesday, June 15, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

 

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Register Now for Spring Leadership Webinar Series

The 2022 Spring Leadership Webinar Series has something for almost everyone. On June 1, our quarterly tech roundtable meeting will focus on video production and include a panel of finalists from the 2021 Conservation District Video Awards (CDVA). Deep Dives for Directors sessions on June 2 and June 15 will provide a detailed overview of SCC and DEP programs for newly-appointed directors and an opportunity for all board members to ask questions about partner programs in their districts. Finally, on June 8, district managers and management staff can learn more about the Clifton Strengths for Managers assessment and discuss possibilities for utilizing strengths-based management tools. 

Visit Building for Tomorrow to register.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Register Now for the 2022 Spring Leadership Webinar Series

The Building for Tomorrow 2022 Spring Leadership Webinar Series is scheduled for early June and includes lunch & learn opportunities for all district personnel. 

The first meeting in our Quarterly Tech Roundtable series for staff to share, discuss, and learn about technology-related topics relevant to conservation district work is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1. This session will focus on video production for conservation districts. It will feature a panel discussion with 2021 Video Awards finalists to examine how production technique and messaging contribute to effective video content.

Deep Dives for Directors presentations provide an in-depth orientation for newly appointed directors and an opportunity for all directors to review and learn more about their districts’ partner programs. Part 1 on Thursday, June 2, will focus on SCC and DGLVR programs, presented by Johan Berger and Roy Richardson. Part 2 on Wednesday, June 15, will focus on DEP programs, presented by Karen Books, Jaci Kerstetter, and Linda Mackey.

On Wednesday, June 8, all district managers and management staff are encouraged to attend an Introduction to Clifton Strengths for Managers, including an overview of the Clifton Strengths for Managers assessment tool, associated resources for managers, and Summit activities that will utilize these reports.

Visit Building for Tomorrow to register for Spring Leadership Series webinars.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

 

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Leadership Development Updates

Video and materials from the 2022 Hybrid Staff Conference have been uploaded and posted at Building for Tomorrow.

District managers and other management staff should mark their calendars for the 2022 Management Summit Conference, scheduled September 13–15 at the Wyndham Garden Conference Center in State College. This year’s expanded event includes a dedicated pre-conference meeting on September 13 to focus on leadership fundamentals for new managers and management staff, in addition to the traditional two-day Summit, which will include topics for all managers and management staff on identifying and leveraging management strengths, staff retention, assessing true program costs, and partner relations. Stay tuned for a registration announcement and draft agenda in June.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Director Workshop Series Concludes

Mary Kay Williams presents to directors at Westmoreland Conservation District on February 24, 2022.

The 2022 Director Workshop Series was held at the Westmoreland Conservation District on February 24, at the Clinton County Conservation District on March 3, and virtually on March 9. Forty-seven attendees participated in the workshops on staff retention, the employee lifecycle, and post-Covid policies. In addition, the Building for Tomorrow website posted video and slides from the March 9 virtual workshop. 

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Register Today for the Virtual Director Workshop

Conservation district directors, associate directors, managers, and partners–there’s still time to register for the March 9 Virtual Director Workshop: Staff Retention, the Employee Life Cycle, and Post-Covid Policies. The workshop presentation includes three parts:

  • Part 1 will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an overview of workforce trends and data from the January 2022 Conservation District Staff Retention survey.
  • Part 2, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, will examine shifting attitudes and generations in the workplace, the employee life cycle, and the role of performance management concepts in a successful retention strategy.
  • We will break for lunch at noon and reconvene for “virtual” networking starting at 12:40 p.m.
  • Part 3, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., will include a report and group discussion exercises focusing on retention strategy priorities identified at the 2021 Summit conference and in the 2022 Staff Retention survey.

Districts are encouraged to host watch parties for their board members; please contact Leadership Development Coordinator Matt Miller at mmiller@pacd.org for more information.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Hybrid Leadership Development Staff Conference Wraps Up

Jonathan Cleck of Greencastle Consulting presents during the Hybrid Leadership Development Staff Conference on February 16, 2022.

Conservation District Video Awards Announced

The 2022 Hybrid Staff Conference was held February 16 and 17 at the Wyndham Garden State College and streaming via Zoom. Over 180 virtual and in-person attendees participated in sessions on dealing with difficult people, managing stress, and public opinions on conservation work, as well as breakout sessions on working with rural landowners, cybersecurity, grant management, and outreach challenges.

The conference also included recognition for training achievement in Clean Water Academy (see the article below) and the 2nd Annual Conservation District Video Awards.

The videos awarded are:

1st place high score and winner of the General Public category:

2nd place high score and winner of the Landowner/Homeowner category:

K-12 Educational Category winner:

3rd place overall runner-up:

All finalist entries are posted on the Building for Tomorrow website.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Last Chance to Register for In-Person Director Workshops

Directors, associate directors, and managers – there’s still time to register for the 2022 Director Training workshop on staff retention, the employee lifecycle, and post-COVID policies. This year’s program builds on themes presented in last year’s Management Summit and Fall Leadership webinar series. In addition, it will examine staff retention challenges in the contexts of generational and other workforce changes, focusing on district staffing and employee policies in the wake of COVID-19.

The program is free of charge, and lunch is included for in-person attendees. Visit Building for Tomorrow for more information and to register

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Last Chance – Register for 2022 Hybrid Staff Conference by February 7

There’s still time to register to attend the 2022 Hybrid Staff Conference on February 16-17, 2022. Day 1 sessions take a close look at how we handle external and internal stress and highlight the talent and hard work that went into conservation district video production from across the state in 2021. Day 2 sessions focus on outreach, working with landowners, and grant management. Individual staff can register to attend in person, and managers can register their districts for virtual access – the deadline for registration is February 7.

Two Days of Learning and Networking, Two Ways to Participate: visit Building for Tomorrow for more information and to register.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Register Now for 2022 Director Workshop Series on Addressing Staff Retention Challenges

Mary Kay Williams

District directors, associate directors, and managers are invited to participate in this year’s Director Workshop Series: Staff Retention, the Employee Life Cycle, and Post-Covid Policies, presented by Mary Kay Williams of State College-based MindShift Consulting and Matt Miller with PACD. The workshops will give an overview of the current district staffing situation, background, and concepts that underlie successful retention strategies for conservation districts. These sessions are intended to allow district leaders from across the state to share and discuss their own problems and solutions. Workshops are scheduled for February 24 at Westmoreland Conservation District, March 3 at Clinton County Conservation District, and March 9 in Harrisburg (and streaming online via Zoom). They are free of charge and include lunch for in-person attendees. Visit Building for Tomorrow for more information and to register.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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