A skill set for administrators in a complex world.
In a rapidly changing multicultural, networked and interdependent world, public administrators are in constant need of updated skillsets to confront “wicked” challenges and create policy solutions that depend on multiple sectors, levels and jurisdiction of governments. In the 2015 edition of the Handbook of Public Administration, several authors, in light of this new public policy reality, urge shifts in the training of public administrators beyond traditional skillsets of budgeting, human resources and program evaluation to include skill sets for collective leadership across jurisdictions, negotiation skills for the public good, effective collaboration and communication.
This webinar will introduce participants to the craft of public policy mediation, where a mediator facilitates a negotiation between a broad range of stakeholders on an issue, creating a space where more creative solution-finding is possible than in traditional legislative and administrative contexts. After a brief conceptual introduction to the potential of mediation and affiliated conflict transformation skill sets for public administrators by Dr. Grant Rissler, the webinar will feature the insights of Mark Rubin, J.D., a long-time practitioner of public policy mediation and the Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Consensus Building at Virginia Commonwealth University. Areas covered will include a description of the key roles of a public policy mediator, as well as descriptions of several case studies from the work of VCCB.
Mark Rubin, J.D., a certified mediator in the Commonwealth of Virginia, brings more than 30 years of experience working with and within governmental entities and has mediated a wide variety of legislative, regulatory and legal disputes. He previously served as counselor to then-Gov. Timothy Kaine as well as executive director of government relations for VCU and VCU Health System. Grant Rissler, Ph.D. holds both a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. He is the current secretary of the Central Virginia Chapter of ASPA.
This webinar is sponsored by ASPA and the Central Virginia Chapter of ASPA.