Call for Applications

Call for Applications

2020-2021 Leadership Legacy Program

We are currently accepting applications for participants for the 2020-2021 Leadership Legacy Program (LLP). It is designed for Mason faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development, whether they are newly entering a leadership role, wish to prepare for alternative positions, or simply wish to strengthen their capacity to lead from their current position. A major goal of the program is to develop and strengthen the leadership culture here at Mason. The program curriculum provides opportunities for participants to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings and is co-sponsored by MasonLeads and the Office of Human Resources and Payroll.

The LLP’s leadership themes are embedded in the context of a higher education institution (state relations, shared governance, planning, budgeting, etc.). Key concepts, such as strengths-based leadership and leading change, are overlaid with practical topics (budgeting, consensus building, managing and resolving conflict, etc.). The design of the curriculum is developmental with each seminar topic building upon the other. Reflective activities are integrated into each seminar, allowing participants to deepen their learning. Each of the program sessions are co-facilitated by experienced Mason leadership scholars and senior university leaders. Significant program components include self-assessments, case studies, leadership coaching, and a leadership project.

New for this cohort, the leadership curriculum this year will include team projects. These teams will work on designated university strategic priorities/change initiatives that have been selected by senior university leaders. The team projects are designed to empower participants through collective and networked processes that will result in institutional transformations while applying their learning. Each project selected will have a senior leader sponsor who will provide support and direction to the working team. The goal is for the cohort teams to have opportunities to influence strategic priorities and initiatives at the University while furthering their development as individual leaders.

Selected program participants must be willing to attend all eleven LLP seminars, which are typically held from 9:00 am-2:30 pm on Fridays (dates TBA later this spring).

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A statement that addresses the following (no more than 2 pages)
    • Your current leadership philosophy
    • Responses to each of the questions:
      • How would participation in the program strengthen your ability to perform in your current role?
      • How would your participation in the program benefit the university?
    • A commitment from the applicant to attend each seminar in the series
  • Current CV or resume
  • Any additional information for the selection committee (no more than 1 page)

In addition, applicants need to have one completed recommendation. The recommender should be a supervisor or someone with whom they have collaborated closely. Recommendation documents should include responses to each of the questions:

  • How would participation in the Leadership Legacy Program strengthen this person’s ability to perform in their current role?
  • How would participation in the Leadership Legacy Program benefit the university?
  • Is there anything else that you would like to share with the selection committee about this applicant?

Applications are due March 16, 2020 (extended from March 5), and should be emailed to Recommendations may be collected and included in the application email, or emailed separately by the recommender.

All applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria. (NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.)

  • Articulated interest in and rationale for their leadership development
  • Provides evidence of leadership readiness and potential
  • Demonstrated high performance in their professional experience
  • Offers evidence of commitment to and need for diversity in higher education
  • Nominees have at least six months of FT experience at Mason (one-year preferred)
  • Eligible nominees
    • from academic units will be administrative/professional faculty, instructional faculty, or research faculty, with tenure or manager/director experience preferred
    • from administrative units should have experience as a manager/director; MA or advanced degree preferred

PLEASE NOTE: The Leadership Legacy program values diversity across administrative units, academic units, and identity characteristics; efforts will be made to select as diverse a cohort as possible.