Recently, Communications Director, Jim Grant, sat with CTO and HR Director, Katie Kirkpatrick, to discuss the 2017 Leadership Academy and learned the following:
What is the Leadership Academy?
The idea of the Leadership Academy began back in 2009 when I had the privilege to be mentored by the Executive Deputy Director of OASAS, Kathleen Caggiano – Siino.
The concept of the Academy grew out of the reality that in the field of addiction treatment we have some very specific licensure requirements and it can be difficult to find people with the necessary credentials in the North Country. And, with the talent that St. Joseph’s has attracted, we wanted to enhance the desire of those individuals identified with the potential to become managers and leaders in the organization.
What will participants learn?
Each member of the staff has their own professional development plan and through that plan they can be recommended by their Director to the Academy. The curriculum is based on kind of a 360 lesson plan that can include some technical components, for example, clinical supervision or how to read financials, but also might include public speaking or wellness and self-care. Importantly, we introduce the concepts of servant leadership and the Sanctuary Model, to which St. Joseph’s is very much committed. We also provide instruction in ethics in the workplace, mentoring and communication skills, as well as finding out about individual management styles.
What are the goals of the Academy?
St. Joseph’s Leadership Academy is really an opportunity for our staff members to learn about the goals the organization has sat for their areas of responsibility. Most of all I think that the Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for employees to meet their full potential through a development plan that’s going to help them with both their professional and personal goals.
Today, 38 to 40% of those who have completed the Academy have received promotions and are, in fact, in leadership roles.
I’ve heard that participants have produced some interesting projects that have benefitted the agency.
Yes! At the end of the year each candidate will be required to come up with a project that will help better St. Joseph’s overall, or their individual departments, as a graduation requirement. Many of those projects from previous classes have already been implemented throughout the organization over the years.
I think perhaps the most memorable project was done by Zac Randolph. Zac introduced the Sanctuary Model, which provides for a trauma-informed culture.