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Nonprofit Management Academy

Nonprofit Management Academies offer courses covering topics such as leadership and governance of nonprofit organizations; human, financial and volunteer management, fund-raising, marketing, and more. You may enroll in individual classes or earn a certificate in nonprofit management by completing a combination of classes. Read more about Nonprofit Management Academy

Township Trustee and Clerk Training

Iowa residents living in rural areas outside of incorporated cities rely on their local township government to provide a broad range of services, from vital functions such as fire protection to maintenance of public cemeteries and the resolution of fence disputes. Some townships may choose to provide other support such as emergency medical service, township halls, parks, libraries, community centers, and playgrounds. Read more about Township Trustee and Clerk Training

BA101MPI: Elements of a Financial System

Is it a puzzle or a maze? No, it's not chemistry class, but the elements do have individual components that blend together to make something else. The financial system is made of many pieces. How they all fit together is critical to the understanding of your role as a city clerk. This session will be the basis of future sessions, introducing the many facets of the financial system and their interdependence.  Read more about BA101MPI: Elements of a Financial System

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BA110MPI: Basics of a Personnel System

This workshop will provide a review and discussion of the practical side of a municipal personnel system. We will address such topics as recruitment and selection, employment interviews, employee discipline procedures, personnel files, job descriptions, FLSA, and sexual harassment. Ample time will be provided for questions from the participants, and questions are strongly encouraged. Read more about BA110MPI: Basics of a Personnel System

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BA120MPI-1: Introduction to Public Speaking

Effective public speaking is comprised of three key ingredients: knowing your goal, organizing for memory and impact, and delivering your message effectively and persuasively.  We will review strategy and tactics that you can use to reduce your prep time, increase your confidence and impact, and control your nerves. You will be prepared to make your presentation on the following day with ease and enjoyment.  This session will focus on techniques for making city clerks better verbal communicators. It will provide clerks with some background on ways to assist in getting a message across through verbal communication.  The session will also provide clerks with an opportunity to test these skills by presenting a short talk, which will be critiqued to help clerks improve their skills.  This session will be done on an individual basis with the instructor.  The instructor will review your video with you and provide suggestions on how to improve your speaking techniques.
(Note:  There is no advance preparation necessary for this course) Read more about BA120MPI-1: Introduction to Public Speaking

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BA120MPI-2: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

This session will focus on techniques for making city clerks better verbal communicators. It will provide clerks with some backgorund on ways to assist in getting a message across through verbal communication. The session will also provide clerks with an opportunity to test these skills by presenting a short talk, which will be critiqued to help clerks improve their skills. This session will be done on an individual basis with the instructor. The instructor will review your video with you and provide suggestions on how to improve your speaking techniques. (Note: the last part of this will be a one-on-one evaluation done concurrently with FX250MPI).  Read more about BA120MPI-2: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

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BA130MPI: Understanding Legal Terms

This session will provide information and material ranging from the very general to the very specific about federal, state and local laws and regulations and focus on the manner in which they are related to each other. The presentation will attempt to explain the significance of legislative, judicial and administrative laws at the federal, state and local level and will seek to make participants aware of the limitations which are imposed on local government, in spite of the existence of Home Rule for cities. Read more about BA130MPI: Understanding Legal Terms

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BA140MPI: Ethics for Public Officials

This session will be a review of common ethical dilemmas facing city officials and employees with a focus on statutory guidelines. The subject matter of the session will include conflicts of interest, gift law and use of city resources for political purposes. The session will include a lecture, presentaiotn of vignettes and audience participation.  Read more about BA140MPI: Ethics for Public Officials

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