Starting this fall, the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands will be offering a course of study for Parks and Recreation professionals titled First-Line Supervisor Management. First-line supervisors oversee primary day-to-day activities. They are directly above non-managerial workers, and are often the least-experienced tier of managers in an organization, usually newly promoted into their first professional leadership role.
The following five courses will be offered in this course of study:
- Foundations and Theory of Management
- Organizational Structures and Culture
- Planning and Evaluation
- Managerial Leadership and Personnel Management
- Management Systems in Parks and Recreation Agencies
By completing the course of study, first-line supervisors will gain a solid foundation in the basic principles of management; a general vision of the structures and culture of parks and recreation organizations; a set of skills for creating strategic plans and action plans, as well as the capacity to evaluate those plans after they have been implemented; the skills needed to manage personnel; and an understanding of the many interlocking management systems employed by parks and recreation agencies. The five courses in this course of study will help provide first-line supervisors with the managerial skill set they need to be effective in their roles.