2014 - 2015 Illinois Administrative Professionals Academy

University of Illinois Administrative Professionals Academy 

 

What is the Administrative Professionals Academy?

We are pleased to announce spring and summer events for the 2014 – 15 University of Illinois Administrative Professionals Academy (APA) for office support and clerical staff. The APA’s goal is to provide campus support staff with continuous professional development opportunities. The knowledge and skills you acquire through the program will enhance your ability to support faculty, staff, and students.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Illinois Human Resources, the APA is designed specifically for post-probationary employees in the Office Support and Clerk promotional job classifications. Several programs will be offered this spring and summer semesters. 

Note: All sessions are free of charge with the exception of a $20 fee for the assessment tool used in the Building Relationships in the Workplace session. This program is facilitated by the Center for Training and Professional Development and presented by campus representatives and local facilitators.

 


 Program Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to post-probationary employees with up to 6 years of University of Illinois experience who are in the following Office Support and Clerk promotional classifications:

●  Office Support Assistant

●  Clerical Assistant

●  Office Support Associate

●  Clerk

●  Office Support Specialist

●  Chief Clerk

●  Office Manager

●  Accounting Clerk

This program is open to employees in eligible classifications with up to six years of work experience at the university who have completed an initial probationary period.  If you have been appointed to a status position on campus, even if you are currently in probation for your current position, you would be eligible.


Upcoming Session Line-Up

Building Relationships in the Workplace
May 27, 2015
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Illini Union
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
Price: $20 fee for the assessment tool

Using a self-assessment tool, you will identify your predominant behavior style and how it impacts relationships with others in the workplace. Pre-registration is required. Click here for detailed content information.

 

University of Illinois: Up Close and Personal
June 16, 2015
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
I Hotel and Conference Center
Registration opens at 1:15 p.m.
Price: Free of charge!

This program will assist you in fully understanding the university’s mission, organizational structure, and available campus resources. Pre-registration is required. Click here for detailed content information.

 


Brown Bag Sessions

Introduction to Systems: Purchasing
May 7, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Remarks begin at 11:45 a.m. and end by 12:45 p.m.
Forbes Natural History Building, Rm 1005, 1816 S. Oak St.
Price: Free of charge!

Participants have the opportunity to attend a high level overview of the small dollar purchasing mechanisms and processes for TEM, P-card and T-card, Strategic Catalog purchasing (iBuy), and submitting requisitions (Banner vs. iBuy non-catalog form). The competitive bid thresholds and solicitation types will also be reviewed.

Presented by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Purchasing Division

 

Introduction to Systems: People
May 20, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Remarks begin at 11:45 a.m. and end by 12:45 p.m.
Forbes Natural History Building, Rm 1005, 1816 S. Oak St.
Price: Free of charge!

Participants have the opportunity to learn more about several university systems associated with the human resources function on the Urbana campus. Topics may include the following: Banner, HR Front End, DART, NESSIE, and NESSIE New Hire.

Presented by Staff Human Resources

 


Why Attend?

  • Further understanding of yourself. Using a self-assessment, you verify your approach to work, communication, resolving conflict, and working with others. End Result: Identify your strengths and weaknesses—with a plan to add, sustain, or change behaviors.
  • Step outside the daily crisis management mode and reenergize with creative alternate solutions to typical communication and collaboration issues such as change and transition, problem solving, and seeing the big picture view.
  • Share challenges with your colleagues and brainstorm solutions; you are not alone.
  • Familiarity with the university’s mission, stakeholders, and structure connects your individual contribution to the university’s success; your support impacts teaching, research, and community outreach throughout the state of Illinois.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of our campus and its resources enhances your job performance, bringing attention to your many competencies in your field.
  • Numerous opportunities are provided for you to network with your peers to share expertise and experiences as well as cultivate contacts to seek out future advice and assistance.

 


Registration Details

To register, click the REGISTER NOW button located in the upper right-hand corner.  As a participant in the Illinois Administrative Professionals Academy, pre-registration is required for all events.  Prior supervisory approval is required, so before you register, please discuss this program with your supervisor.

 


Parking

I-Hotel and Conference Center:  Parking is free at the I Hotel.  Please use the parking lot on the east side of the conference center.

Illini Union:  Limited metered lot and street parking is available in the area.

Forbes Natural History Building: Lot E-46 at Forbes Natural History Building is a UI Campus Parking lot. Complimentary parking is available in E-46 for vehicles displaying campus parking permits for lots north of Kirby/Florida.  Other visitors may park in E-46 metered parking.

 


Recommended Learning Opportunities Offered by The Secretariat

A signature partner in the APA, The Secretariat is an organization for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign employees in certain Civil Service classifications, including the clerical and office support promotional lines. Its primary objectives are the following:

  • Establish a fellowship and create a high standard of ethics among members.
  • Assist in the professional development of members.
  • Serve as a forum for the discussion of issues affecting support staff of the University of Illinois.
  • Further knowledge about the University of Illinois and uphold its honor and dignity.

The Secretariat hosts brown bag learning events as part of its Career Connections initiative. The first Tuesday of the month from 12 – 1 p.m., Career Connections offers engaging presentations and discussions featuring key people from around campus. These events explore topics of shared interest as they relate to office management, the campus, and looking at ways to balance lives both personally and professionally. Brown bags are open to all Civil Service employees; you do not have to be a member of Secretariat.

Learn more about the Secretariat here: http://publish.illinois.edu/secretariat/welcome-to-career-connections/.

It is recommended that APA participants attend as many of these events as their schedules allow.

 


Questions

If you have questions, contact Tiy Goddard, Manager, Professional Development, at the Center for Training and Professional Development at 333-8342 or tiy@illinois.edu.

 


Generous support for the 2014 – 15 University of Illinois Administrative Professionals Academy has been provided by the Office of the Provost and Illinois Human Resources.














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