The 22 Competencies 

A competency is a group of knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and behaviors necessary to successfully complete a given task required by a particular job.

 

The following 22 partnership and collaboration competencies, as defined by the Office of Personnel Management, are the foundation for the Managing by Network course and other courses offered by the Academy.

1. Accountability
2. Collaborative Leadership
3. Conflict Management
4. Consensus Building
5. Community Collaboration
6. Developing and Managing Agency Agreements for Partnerships
7. Donation and Fundraising Activities in Partnerships
8. Entrepreneurship
9. External Awareness
10. Facilitation
11. Financial Management
12. Influencing/Negotiating
13. Leveraging Partnerships
14. Partnering
15. Partner Cultural Awareness
16. Partnership Management
17. Planning and Evaluation
18. Political Savvy
19. Strategic Thinking
20. Team Building
21. Teamwork
22. Vision

 

The 22 Competencies: Defined

Accountability (Leadership) - Individual assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization. Individual holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities. Individual can be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within budget. Monitors and evaluates plans, focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes.

Collaborative Leadership - Enables people to join together from different units or organizations to accomplish a task that none of them could accomplish individually; leads as a peer, not a superior. Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit towards mission accomplishments; works with others to achieve goals and realize a sense of shared accomplishments and rewards.

Community Collaboration - Identifies, engages, and works collaboratively with communities of place (tiered to physical space through geography), communities of identity (tied to each other through social characteristics) and communities of interest. Such collaborations mutually benefit the community while fulfilling the agency mission and fostering long-term stewardship.

Conflict Management - Manages and resolves conflicts, grievances, confrontations, or disagreements in a constructive manner to minimize negative impact.

Consensus Building - Raises issues, seeks to understand other’s views, and then cooperatively, often through compromise, develops an agreed upon resolution.

Developing and Managing Agency Agreements for Partnerships - Requires knowledge of concepts, policies and practices related to partnership agreements and authorities including agreement development, essential components, monitoring, evaluating and terminating. Understands the role of and works effectively with Procurement and Solicitor’s Office to develop and manage agreements.

Donation and Fundraising Activities in Partnerships - Knowledge of the concepts, policies and practices related to donations and fundraising including appropriate donation uses and types, authorities, role of the Agency partners, ethical considerations, challenge grants, funds accountability, annual recording, fundraising campaigns and donor recognition. Individual uses knowledge to collaborate with various sources of the philanthropic and grant-making communities to leverage funds.

Entrepreneurship (Leadership) - Identifies opportunities to develop and market new products and services within or outside of the organization. Is willing to take risks; initiates actions that involve a deliberate risk to achieve a recognized benefit or advantage.

External Awareness - Identifies and understands economic, political and social trends that affect the organization.

Facilitation - Individual carries out a set of functions or activities that enables others to self-manage to meet common objectives. Individual provides non-directive leadership to help others arrive at decisions that are its task. Assists and guides without controlling.

Financial Management - Prepares, justifies and/or administers the budget for program areas; plans, administers and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies; assesses financial condition of an organization.

Influencing / Negotiating - Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behaviors; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

Leveraging Partnerships - Builds the sense of a team and culture that understands the importance of partnership work, embraces the value added by doing work in collaboration with others and continually acknowledges the importance of each entity’s contributions and shared resources to the Partnership. This skill transforms individualism into shared stewardship towards achieving the agency’s mission and reinforces the importance of partnerships through words and actions.

*Partner - Partner is an umbrella, term that refers to individuals, organizations and other entities interacting in a relationship with the Department of Interior, or its bureaus or offices, to achieve a common goal in support of the Department’s mission.

Partnering (Leadership) - Develops networks and builds alliances, engages in cross-functional activities; collaborates across boundaries, and finds common ground with a widening range of stakeholders. Utilizes contacts to build and strengthen internal support bases.

*Partnership - Partnership refers to a voluntary and mutually beneficial collaborative relationship between the Department of Interior and one or more partners, built on the contributions of each partner and formed to achieve or assist in moving toward a common goal. Partners bring resources to the relationship that allow the Department, bureau, or office to accomplish objectives that, individually, neither party could achieve. A partnership may involve one partner utilizing another’s unique abilities, or it may be sharing a resource (money, time, knowledge, equipment, etc) to accomplish short- or long-term objectives agreed upon by all participating partners. Some partner relationships are informal; others are covered by well-defined agreements or regulations.

Partner Culture Awareness - Acknowledges, understands, respects and communicates respective partners’ cultures that are based upon missions, practices, people, governance, traditions, financial structure and capacity, and institutional histories. Finds ways that partners’ cultures can contribute to strengthen the mutual endeavor; values the difference and finds ways to integrate these differences into a workable operating culture for the overall partnership.

Partnership Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and procedures related to establishing, nurturing, maintaining, evaluating, sustaining, troubleshooting, and dissolving partnerships.

Planning and Evaluation - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of their organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Political Savvy (Leadership) - Individual identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Approaches each problem situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality, recognizes the impact of alternative courses of action.

Strategic Thinking - Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy; examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long term perspective; determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.

Team Building - Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishments. Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilitates cooperation within the organization and with customer groups; fosters commitment, team spirit, pride, trust. Individual develops leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding and guiding employees.

Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

Vision - Understands where the organization is headed and how to make contributions; takes a long-term view and recognizes opportunities to help the organization accomplish its objectives or move toward the vision.

 

*Partner and Partnership are not part of the 22 competencies, but are relevant terms defined here. 

The 22 Competencies

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