National Association of State Chief Administrators

As part of The National Association of State Chief Administrators' (NASCA)  partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, the 2012 NASCA Institute on Management and Leadership was held on September 23-25 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Additionally, Fels Consulting developed a white paper that examines the core competencies necessary for state chief administrators to be successful.  That paper can be downloaded by clicking here.  Fels explored the traits and skills governors look for when appointing their chief administrators and how these then translate into practice.  For example, how do chief administrators best apply their ‘experience’, ‘management skills’ and ‘proven leadership’ towards managing the core business functions of their states?

The goal of this white paper is to provide valuable insights and actionable recommendations for current and prospective NASCA members. This paper will serve as a guide for chief administrators to recognize core competency development opportunities that could help them enhance their effectiveness in their positions. Fels Consulting will then be translating the findings of this white paper into a Promising Practices report, which compiles public sector solutions on timely subjects into accessible reports.

Fels assisted NASCA in developing its 2011 Institute which was held on August 14-16 in Richmond, Virginia. The 2011 Institute focused on the monumental shift that has taken place in the way that public sector services are now being delivered – a transformation characterized by new public/private partnerships, often referred to as “network governance” or “strategic outsourcing.” 

Partner Background:

Since 1976, the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) has provided state chief administrators – those public officials in charge of departments that provide support services to other state agencies – a forum to exchange information and learn new ideas from each other and private partners. As state government continues to reinvent itself as a result of the Great Recession, NASCA is growing to be a more valuable resource to public officials. NASCA, which is affiliated with the Council of State Governments, offers many benefits to members, including its annual Institute on Management and Leadership, webinars on a wide range of topics, and networking information for both the public and private sectors.