The First Time Supervisor Program offered through Duke's Professional Development Academy focuses on developing high-potential Duke staff who aspire to become supervisors or who will move into new supervisory roles. The program provides a structured development program in the areas of business writing, people management, Duke budget process, project management and selected supervisory competencies.
We are not accepting nominations for The First Time Supervisor Program. Please check back for program updates.
High-performing Duke staff who aspire to become supervisors and have been identified by his/her manager as a person with high potential for securing a supervisory position may be recommended for the program.
To develop, prepare and retain high-performing staff for supervisory/management opportunities at Duke.
- Classes, for example
- Managing difficult work relationships
- Project and budget management
- Managerial communication
- Monthly coaching sessions with Professional Development Academy staff
- Department projects within your department or entity
- Provide participants an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills obtained through coursework in the work environment
- 360-degree assessment and development planning
- Participants commit to a retention agreement of 24 months of post-graduation employment at Duke
- Manager's Role
- Class members will participate as part of their regular work schedule
- Managers actively support training and coaching of participants
- Managers will nominate at least one prospective a mentor for the participant
- Manager will commit up to $500 for program support
- Mentor's Role
- Monthly meetings
- Actively provide support throughout the program
- Individuals will be asked to participate in a minimum of two to three days per month of classroom training for 12 months. During the program, participants will need to be released from their regular work schedule to cover this training time.
- Additional training time may be scheduled during regular work hours for coaching and mentoring sessions, and on-the-job experiential assignments.
The First Time Supervisor program will include a diverse class of up to 20 participants. The following are the minimum requirements to be considered for the program:
- Nomination and full endorsement from current manager including the completion of a manager nomination form.
- Full-time Duke employee with minimum of three years of continuous service
- Performance, as defined by the department, with "fully achieves or meets standards" for the previous two years of continuous service. Applicants with "exceeds standards" will be given priority consideration.
- Minimum of an associate's degree is required depending on the supervisory/managerial position the individual is working toward (some positions will require a bachelor's or advanced degree).
- Consistent demonstration of expertise in field appropriate to applicant's area of responsibilities.
- Acceptance of a retention agreement for two years following completion of program.
Because of the competitiveness of the program, the highly selective application process will include the following:
- Completion of electronic application to be submitted to manager (requests information about the participant's accomplishments, career goals and understanding of the program).
- Nomination by manager.
- Manager must identify at least one mentor for participant.
- Final review and endorsement of nominations by senior HR administrator for school, entity or functional area.
- Forward completed application and manager nomination form to the Professional Development Academy
- Recommendation by interview team (based on program application and structured interview).
- Manager must identify at least one mentor (experienced manager/supervisor with at least five years of service at Duke).
- Mentor nomination will be based on his/her role in the organization, commitment to meet with participant at least once per month, and willingness to participate in required training and check-in sessions.
- Mentors will:
- Provide guidance on setting and achieving developmental goals.
- Share insight into building and maintaining effective professional relationships.