The curriculum of this certificate program consists of in-class presentations by City Managers and other local government leaders, critiques of case studies, a team project, and follow-up alumni events. Attendance is required at all sessions.
Every participant in the Academy is matched with a senior manager who serves as a one-to-one coach. The coach is usually a Department Director or other senior manager from the participant’s agency who is not in the participant’s chain of command. During the course of the Academy, participants meet at least three times with their coach who provides career and leadership development advice.