The Program

Mary Hao, Director, Human Resources

The program is designed for all regular employees of the County of Marin. It is designed to focus on leading at all levels of an organization and on using individual influence to advance vision and mission. Below, you will find the model for the class.

  • There will be 10 seats for senior leaders (employees who are currently in a Department Head, Assistant Department Head, Deputy or Chief role).
  • There will be 10 seats for Managers and Supervisors.
  • There will be 10 seats for Leaders at Large (employees who do not currently supervise other staff).

Secondly, we will work to have the participants reflect our workforce demographics. This means that the class would align with the County’s workforce relative to gender, race, age and years of service. We feel that it is essential to bring a diverse group of employees to the process for leadership development to be effective.

Lastly, we will provide class space in a manner that reflects our current workforce distribution and is inclusive of all departments. The following formula is a guideline to assist in providing opportunities for employees in all service areas. We have allocated classroom seats by the percent of the workforce in each service area and we will use this benchmark as a measure that all employees have a fair opportunity to participate.


What does it mean to provide Executive Sponsorship?

  • Become familiar with your group members and insure that they understand the problem statement.
  • Provide an avenue to contact you with questions and concerns.
  • Provide guidance; however not high level specific details and tasks. The intent is for the class project to be a problem that is open to a full array of solutions. Students will apply their leadership learning to develop the class project.
  • Stop by the class during lunch hours or late in the day when the group is likely to be working on their project.
  • Review and provide feedback to the presentations that will be made at the December graduation.
  • Assist in advancing the recommendations that deliver the most value to the organization.

Service Area and Departments

Service Area and Departments Allocated Participants
Health and Human Service – 27% of workforce 8
Public Safety – 32% of workforce
  • Child Support Services
  • District Attorney
  • Fire
  • Probation
  • Public Defender
  • Sheriff-Coroner
Administration – 17% of workforce
  • BOS Office
  • County Administrator
  • Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
  • Department of Finance
  • Elections
  • County Counsel
  • Human Resources
  • Retirement
  • Information Services and Technology
Community Development and Public Works – 14% of workforce 4
Community Services – 10% of workforce
  • Ag, Weights and Measures
  • Farm Advisor
  • Cultural Services
  • Parks and Open Space
  • Marin County Free Library

How will employees be selected for the Leadership Academy?

The selection process will be conducted by considering several criteria as follows:

  • The first review will use the criteria listed above regarding the division of the class into the 3 groups.
  • Next, we will sort the applications by service area for consideration of the available seats for each area.
  • Third, we will begin the application review, which will consist of rating the applicant’s responses.
  • Lastly, we will review the final recommendations to ensure that they reflect our workforce demographics.

Is there a cost for employees to attend the Leadership Academy?

The cost of the program is just over $3000 per participate ($272 per full day of classroom learning). The costs are being incurred by the County Administrator’s Office and will not impact departmental budgets.