Essentials of Municipal Leadership: A Guide to Good Governance

Empowered leadership is about making decisions with confidence. Having the information and knowledge you need is key to building that trust. Want to feel comfortable and confident in your decision-making as a city councilor or administrator? Sign up for our new online course, Essentials of Municipal Leadership: A Guide to Good Governance.

Developed in partnership with the College of the North Atlantic, Essentials of Municipal Leadership: A Guide to Good Governance is a multi-module online course on municipal leadership.

Registration is now open.

Start date: The next course offer is scheduled for April 2022.
Cost: $1750 + HST per person. Note: This program is eligible for matched funding

This online course was developed in partnership with Professional Municipal Administrators of Newfoundland and Labrador and College of the North Atlantic and will help you fulfill your responsibilities as a city councillor, encouraging active, engaged and thriving communities. The course is designed to build the capacity of all municipal councilors in Newfoundland and Labrador and is aimed at all municipal councils, councilors and administrators, regardless of their experience in local government.

The price follows the information published in the city ​​council handbook. Each module will take a week to complete, including 90 minutes of online teaching plus reading and online quizzes and projects.

About the instructor

Susan D. Fowlow BA, BEd, Dip. Voc Ed, MAdEd

Susan recently retired after a 32-year teaching career, 29 of which at the College of the North Atlantic. She is currently in her second term as Deputy Mayor of her wonderful community of Stephenville. She continues to accept short teaching contracts and other consulting work, while maintaining an active volunteer involvement with community groups and organizations. These things, along with sports and musical pursuits, keep her empty nest a little less empty until visits with her children and grandchildren fill her nest, her heart and her soul.

Lesson Plan

  • City Government Overview

    • Local government context
    • Relationship with other levels of government
    • Relevant legislation
    • Introduction to municipal responsibilities
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Advisors and Councils

    • Duties of councilors and their obligations to council
    • The role of the mayor and deputy mayor
    • Board and Advisor Responsibilities
    • Conflict of interest
    • The role of municipal administrators; the political function of the council
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Staff and Human Resources

    • Defining the position of municipal administrator
    • Roles of Registrar and General Manager
    • Human resources policy and collective bargaining
    • Council’s obligation to staff under various laws
  • Advice and conduct of business

    • Rules of procedure
    • Types of Board Meetings
    • Process of calling a meeting, preparing the meeting agenda
    • How to Run a Board Meeting: Motions, Debate, Voting
  • Advice as a decision-maker, regulator and planner

    • Introduction to the public policy process
    • Council policy approaches
    • The value of a municipal plan
    • The distinction between by-laws, resolutions and other decisions of the board
  • Board budgeting and financial administration

    • The importance of good financial planning
    • Municipal Budget Template
    • Sources of Revenue and Eligible Taxes and Fees
    • Types of expenses
    • Procurement and compliance with Public Procurement Law
  • Board communications and citizen and stakeholder engagement

    • Support accountability, transparency and engagement with residents, staff, organizations and partners
  • Advice and good governance

    • Best Practices in Municipal Administration
    • The importance of long-term strategic planning
    • Effective project management
    • Manage risks and mitigate threats to community and municipal government
  • Municipal Funding and Other Council Resources

    • An overview of municipal financial programs, including the Gas Tax Fund and municipal capital works
    • Supports available from federal and provincial governments
    • Other programs and resources related to government and municipal administration

Payment can be made by check or credit card. Payment must be received before the start of the course. No refunds will be given once the training has started.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Bradley Power, Director of MNL Programs by email at [email protected]

Course registration

To register, complete the registration form below.

After you register, you will receive an email with additional information, including a detailed college registration form and links to connect online to the training. Registration is required in advance. A maximum of 25 people will be accepted per course offer. The first offer will start on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. Virtual participation is limited to registrants only.

Helen D. Jessen