March 2021

Call for Applications: 2021-2022 Leadership Legacy Program

Applications are being accepted for participants for the 2021-2022 Leadership Legacy Program (LLP). It is designed for Mason faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development, whether they are newly entering a leadership role, wish to prepare for alternative positions, or simply wish to strengthen their capacity to lead from their current position. A major goal of the program is to develop and strengthen the leadership culture at Mason. The program curriculum provides opportunities for participants to advance their conceptual and experiential understanding of leadership in the context of university settings and is co-sponsored by MasonLeads and the Office of Human Resources and Payroll.

The LLP’s leadership themes are embedded in the context of a higher education institution (state relations, shared governance, planning, budgeting, etc.). Key concepts, such as strengths-based leadership, leading change, and leadership for inclusive excellence are overlaid with practical topics (consensus building, managing and resolving conflict, etc.). The design of the curriculum is developmental with each seminar topic building upon the other. Reflective activities are integrated into each seminar, allowing participants to deepen their learning and experience a highly engaging learning environment. Each of the program sessions are co-facilitated by experienced Mason leadership scholars and senior university leaders. Significant program components include self-assessments, case studies, and leadership coaching provided by non-Mason certified coaches.

Selected program participants must be willing to attend all 12 LLP seminars, typically held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays (kickoff sessions will end at 3 p.m. – dates TBA later this spring). Sessions will be virtual to support participation from members of all Mason campuses, with the goal of holding the kickoff and final sessions in-person should health and safety guidelines permit.

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A statement that addresses the following (no more than 2 pages)
    • Your current leadership philosophy
    • Responses to each of the questions:
      • How would participation in the program strengthen your ability to perform in your current role?
      • How would your participation in the program benefit the university?
      • What leadership behaviors do you want to build upon/strengthen?
    • A commitment from the applicant to attend each seminar in the series
    • Current CV or resume
    • Any additional information for the selection committee (no more than 1 page)

    In addition, applicants need to have one completed recommendation. The recommender should be a supervisor or someone with whom they have collaborated closely. Recommendation documents should include responses to each of the questions:

    • How would participation in the Leadership Legacy Program strengthen this person’s ability to perform in their current role?
    • How would participation in the Leadership Legacy Program benefit the university?
    • Is there anything else that you would like to share with the selection committee about this applicant?

    Applications are due April 2, 2021, and should be emailed to Recommendations may be collected and included in the application email, or emailed separately by the recommender.

    All applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria. (NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.)

    • Articulated interest in and rationale for their leadership development
    • Provides evidence of leadership readiness and potential
    • Demonstrated high performance in their professional experience
    • Offers evidence of commitment to and need for diversity in higher education
    • Nominees have at least six months of FT experience at Mason (one year preferred)
    • Eligible nominees
      • from academic units will be administrative/professional faculty, instructional faculty, or research faculty, with tenure or manager/director experience preferred
      • from administrative units should have experience as a manager/director; MA or advanced degree preferred

    PLEASE NOTE: The Leadership Legacy program values diversity across administrative units, academic units, and identity characteristics; efforts will be made to select as diverse a cohort as possible.