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Level Two: Supervisory Skills Program Course Listing

The Roads Scholar Level Two Program develops supervisory skills for persons engaged in public works maintenance and construction activities.

Program Recognition

Supervisory Skills courses may be taken during the same time period of the Technical Skills courses. The Technical Skill certificate is required before the Supervisory Certificate will be awarded. Applicants need not be current supervisors. Individuals with more than 5 years of public works experience may choose to skip Level One and proceed to Level Two, with supervisor approval. Please submit a request to the Kansas LTAP Program at Courses taken up to 3 years before your application date may be used to fulfill attendance requirements. All training must be completed within 6 years of the application date.


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Supervisory Skills Courses

  • Fundamentals of Supervision
  • Legal Aspects of Management
  • Communication Skills for Effective Supervision
  • Managing Employee Performance
  • Providing Employee Safety (1/2 day live webinar)
  • Supervisor's Role in Enhancing Cooperative Work Relationships
  • Problem Solving for Effective Supervision
  • Public Works I and II (2 days)

Supervisory Skills Electives
The following courses are not required, but one may be taken in place of one of the workshops listed above.

Course Descriptions

The Fundamentals of Supervision

  • Examine the roles, responsibilities and tasks of the supervisor’s job.
  • Learn strengths and needed areas of improvement through a self-assessment of supervisory skills.
  • Distinguish between supervisor as boss and supervisor as team leader.
  • Learn the most common mistakes made by a supervisor and how to correct them.
  • Identify how the local government environment impacts the supervisor’s job.
  • Learn and apply local government ethical standards to real-life situations.

Legal Aspects of Management

  • Review the concept of equal employment opportunity and its application in interviewing, supervision, promotion and termination.
  • Understand the most current definitions of sexual harassment, and what to do if it is reported or suspected.
  • Learn how to conduct a legally-compliant performance appraisal.
  • Increase awareness of legal issues associated with electronic communication.
  • Learn when to seek assistance from legal or human resource management specialists. 

Instruction provided by KAC

Communication Skills for Effective Supervision

  • Expand awareness of communication styles using Myers/Briggs Type Indicator.
  • Learn when, what and how effective supervisors communicate.
  • Acquire practical skills for becoming a better listener.
  • Practice skills in soliciting and giving feedback.
  • Learn communication practices that contribute to positive work relationships.

Managing Employee Performance

  • Learn factors in human motivation and how supervisors influence employees’ motivation to perform.
  • Understand causes of poor performance
  • Study the key opportunities in the performance management cycle for influencing employee performance.
  • Practice writing effective employee performance goals.
  • Examine techniques that promote employee development and capacity to perform at higher levels including coaching and positive discipline.
  • Learn why, when and how to conduct performance evaluation (even if the local government doesn’t require them).
  • Expand skills using case studies that require application of evaluation, coaching and disciplinary techniques.

Providing for Employee Safety

  • Outline the key components of a comprehensive program to protect the health and safety of public works employees.
  • Learn how to conduct a risk assessment and target and implement initiative to minimize risks and prevent worker accidents and injury.
  • Identify successful strategies for ongoing workplace safety education and enforcement.
  • Expand skills in investigating and documenting workplace accidents.

Supervisor's Role in Enhancing Cooperative Work Relationships

  • Examine interpersonal behaviors that can detract from or contribute to cooperative relationships
  • Consider the strengths and limitations of your interpersonal style and how others might perceive your style.
  • Learn how to reduce the effects of organizational or structural barriers to cooperation.
  • Learn how to help employees resolve conflicts in ways that preserve group cohesiveness.
  • Practice skills in facilitating cooperative behaviors that lead to an empowered work group.

Problem Solving for Effective Supervision

  • Learn how to prioritize workplace problems that need your attention.
  • Review techniques that can enhance powers of concentration.
  • Examine a seven-step approach to problem solving.
  • Consider the most common mistakes supervisors make that can create or exacerbate problems.
  • Solve specific supervisory problems that participants bring to the workshop.

Public Works I and II (2-day)

  • Emergency management
  • Job costing
  • Public works budgeting
  • Dealing with the media
  • Organizing, deploying and tracking labor
  • Identifying road and bridge safety deficiencies
  • Participant “hot topics”
  • Operation and maintenance practices
  • Environmental protection

Making Safer Roads

  • Basics of utilizing crash data to make safer roads and improve intersections
  • Simple safety programs that can be implemented by smaller agencies
  • Mapping techniques
  • Signing enhancements
  • Countermeasure selection

Bridge Maintenance

  • How to spot and fix common bridge problems
  • How to develop a bridge maintenance plan based on recommendations in your local government's bridge inspection report
  • How to deal with bridge emergencies

Culvert Management

  • How to Select, size, and install culvert replacements
  • Designing for fish passage
  • Channel grade stabilization
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Applying for a Corps permit

Advanced GIS

  • Focuses on applications of the Spatial and 3D Analyst extensions of ArcGIS
  • Looks at watershed delineation and use of the cut/fill tool
  • Introduces features of the file-based geodatabase and the command line
  • Prior knowledge/use of ArcGIS strongly recommended

Public Works Role in Emergency Management (Webinar)

  • Introduction to the role of Public Works departments in community emergency management. The training is intended to help communities improve their emergency management efforts regarding the functions of public works agencies prior to, during, and after disasters
  • NIMS free online webinar
  • Must be taken with Public Works and Disaster Recovery to receive credit
  • Can be used for either the Level One or Level Two programs but NOT both
  • Mail certificates to when complete

Public Works and Disaster Recovery (Webinar)

  • Explains the role of public works during the recovery period, show how and why public works should plan for recovery, describe primary areas that should be included when planning for recovery, describe effective communication and coordination practices during the recovery period.
  • How to select a course of action based on information in a recovery plan, identify opportunities for achieving recovery goals.
  • NIMS free online webinar
  • Must be taken with Public Works and Disaster Recovery to receive credit.
  • Can be used for either the Level One or Level Two programs but NOT both.
  • Mail certificates to when complete

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