When starting out as a first-time administrator (FTA), especially in a new community, you have a lot to remember and accomplish. Right out of the gate there are big things on your to-do list, including establishing your relationship with council members and laying out your vision on how you want your community to be run.

The First-Time Administrator’s Program at the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference provides an educational orientation that will allow FTAs to gain skills in areas that aren’t traditionally covered in academic programs or in organizational succession planning and to strengthen their network of peers.

Regardless of whether you’ve just been hired as a first-time administrator or have plans to hold the role some day, join us for sessions that will help you go from first-timer to exceptional leader. Here are a few sessions from the First-Time Administrators program you won’t want to miss:

Are You a First-Time Administrator? We Have Key Strategies for Your Success!
Monday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.–noon
Are you a first-time administrator who is looking for ideas that will help you to be successful in your new role?  Join ICMA regional directors and long-term government managers Cheryl Hilvert and Pat Martel as they lead a lively, interactive discussion on tips of the trade including establishing good working relationships with your elected officials, building trust within your organization and avoiding common mistakes that we have all made.

First-Time Administrators: Highlights and Hurdles in Hamlets: The Unique Rewards and Challenges of Managing Small Towns
Monday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.–noon
This session will focus on the unique aspects of managing a community with a population under 5,000. Managing in small communities can be equally rewarding and frustrating especially when it comes to service delivery.  Join Jay Feyler, ME, Teresa Tieman, DE, and Justin Weiland, SD for tips and lessons learned on being a jack of all trades while being highly visible in the town you are serving.

First-Time Administrators: Laying the Foundation: Fundamentals for First-Time Administrators and Managers
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.–noon
Congratulations!  You’ve landed your first position as an administrator!  Now what?  This session will provide an overview of the key building blocks to ensure you are on the road to success including working with elected officials before, during and after the election process.  Participants will discuss with ICMA Regional Directors Randy Reid and Patricia Vinchesi about establishing roles and responsibilities in a team format and guidelines for effective communication with the public, employees, stakeholders and elected officials

First-Time Administrators: Networking Session
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 3:15–5 p.m.
Join other first-time administrators for a networking session that will include support, humor, drinks and snacks.  ICMA Regional Director Karen Daly will help you build your network and demonstrate that many things first-time administrators learn and do are not so different from each other.  Due to the interactive nature of this session, it is limited to the first 50 people.

Before you go, download the free ICMA First-Time Administrator’s Handbook.

These are only four of the many sessions available at the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference, check out all of our offerings here. The 2019 ICMA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, October 20-23, is fast-approaching and we can’t wait to see you there!