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EDEP Course Descriptions


Executive Housing Management

This two-day program offers executive directors the opportunity to improve their administrative and leadership skills. Organizational and behavioral issues are analyzed in the context of the key functions of the position, including planning, staffing and managing. A case study approach is used to cover a wide array of topics, such as time management, performance appraisal, negotiation, conflict resolution, and team building.


Ethics

This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the ethical standards and legal requirements relevant to public housing authority officials. Typical state statutes and HUD regulations are examined and applied to ethical issues faced by executive directors using a case study approach.


Financial Management

This one-day course offers the executive director a "big picture" approach to fiscal resource management. Participants learn the basics of budget preparation as well as HUD audit requirements. Project-based budgeting is emphasized in order to help executive directors cope with anticipated changes at HUD.


Legal Issues

This seminar is intended to provide a practical overview of state statutes and federal legal requirements pertaining to housing authorities. The major topics covered include tenancy and evictions; personnel management issues, such as workers' compensation and ADA requirements; contractual agreements, including Section 8 contracts and leases; and general litigation and liability.


Maintenance Management

Maintenance Management includes such diverse topics as budget preparation, staffing, quality control, work order systems, resident involvement, and insurance and liability. This one-day program addresses each of these issues and uses examples of well-maintained public housing authorities to illustrate the concepts learned.


Personnel Management

This one-day course familiarizes executive directors with the principles of managing people to achieve established goals. Specific management tools, such as performance appraisal systems, are explained, and the components of a good personnel policy are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the role of the executive director in the leading and motivating housing authority staff.


Procurement and Contract Management

The components of a "good" procurement policy, responsive to both HUD and state statues, are presented. HUD requirements for small purchases, emergencies, formal bidding and competitive negotiations are reviewed in detail, and "typical" state public contract laws are compared. Internal controls for contract performance monitoring are stressed, and contract administration procedures, including the oversight role of the board of commissioners are discussed.


PHAS/SEMAP

This session reviews the theory behind PHAS/SEMAP and provides a detailed explanation of each of the HUD indicators, including how each is measured and graded. The use of PHAS/SEMAP as management tools is discussed, and participants are shown how to improve their authority's scores through a systems approach.


Planning for Change

This course provides executive directors with the management tools and skills necessary to adapt to the changes taking place at HUD. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning and creative problem-solving.


Public Relations/Communications

When should a press conference be held? Who are the local media, and what do they want? This useful seminar addresses these questions and more ... including how to write and distribute press releases, how to develop a quality newsletter, how to improve the image of the housing authority, how to develop and maintain press contacts, and how to manage the media during a crisis.