Municipal and County Administration

  • Chapel Hill, NC

The application period for the 2020-21 Program has closed.

This comprehensive course is designed for appointed city and county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of local government functions beyond individual areas of specialization. 

Major subject areas include local government law, organization and management, finance and budgeting, public employment law, planning and regulation of development, and municipal and county services. 

Who should attend: City and county managers, department heads, and other city and county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of functions beyond individual areas of specialization.  

Participants will gain an appreciation for the following: 

  • Legal framework and administrative requirements of North Carolina city and county government 
  • How city and county services are organized and provided 
  • Interrelation among different activities and/or departments 
  • Building a broader network of local government peers.

Please review the following information prior to applying. 

The 2020-21 Program: 
We are designing this edition to what is currently the “new normal”, yet will still provide the critical information that appointed city and county officials need to more effectively execute their responsibilities. 

Class Format:
This year, the program will be held virtually, combining Live Zoom Classes and Pre-Class Work requirements consisting of watching pre-recorded video lectures, and reading/exercise assignments to be completed with certain time parameters between sessions.  

Live Sessions: All times are 9:00am - 12:30pm via Zoom 

  • Session 1- October 6, 8, 20, 22 
  • Session 2- November 17, 19, December 1, 3  
  • Session 3- January 12, 14, 26, 28 
  • Session 4- February 9, 11, 23, 25 
  • Session 5- March 16, 18, 30, April 1 
  • Session 6- April 13, 15, 27, 29 
  • Session 7- May 11, 12, 13

Some additional plans for the class still in development: 

  • Opportunities for small-group virtual meetings, as well as virtual concurrent sessions for specialized areas of interest
  • Occasional virtual “receptions” or “happy hours” as an opportunity for the class members to get to know each other and build relationships 

Ready to Apply? Here is what you need to do:

  • Confirm you can attend the dates/times-If you are unable to attend certain days/times/events, enter that information on the application 
  • Complete your program application by August 14, 2020. Use the above registration link to apply
  • Apply for a scholarship opportunity if you have a financial need. See below (Scholarship applications will be ready July 20th) 
  • Secure funding by August 14th in case you do not receive a scholarship 
  • Notifications: Monitor your email between August 24-31, 2020 and be prepared to accept our invitation. You will have a short window to accept the invitation. Mark your calendars to monitor your email during this time 

 

  

Additional information

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: You are encouraged to apply for more than one scholarship. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is 5:00 pm on August 14, 2020. 

Please be aware that that we receive many applications for scholarships. You should have alternate funding secured and ready in the event you are not awarded a scholarship. There will be a short turnaround time to confirm your ability to fund/attend the program once an invitation is extended. You will be notified by the below organizations individually regarding your scholarship status no later than August 31, 2020. 

MCA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP: 
A letter of support from the Manager or Mayor is required with this application
The Alumni Association of the Municipal and County Administration Course is offering financial assistance with tuition to a qualified applicant and their unit of government. Since these scholarships have historically been designed to help colleagues who might not otherwise be able to attend the course, financial need will weigh heavily in the award decision. Other factors that will be considered are the number of individuals in a particular unit that have already graduated from the course and how critical the course is to the governmental unit and the applicant’s future career goals. Application available HERE. 

ELLIS HANKINS MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP: 
The Ellis Hankins Municipal Administration Foundation offers assistance to qualified MUNICIPAL applicants and their units of government. Since these scholarships have historically been designed to help applicants who might not otherwise be able to attend the course, financial need will weigh heavily in the award decision. Other factors that will be considered are the number of individuals in a particular unit that have already graduated from the course and how critical the course is to the governmental unit and the applicant’s future career goals. Application available HERE. 

JAMES BLACKBURN III MEMORIAL FUND FOR MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY ADMINISTRATION: 
The James Blackburn III Memorial Fund offers assistance to qualified MUNICIPAL or COUNTY applicants and their units of government. Since these scholarships have historically been designed to help applicants who might not otherwise be able to attend the course, financial need will weigh heavily in the award decision. Other factors that will be considered are the number of individuals in a particular unit that have already graduated from the course and how critical the course is to the governmental unit and the applicant’s future career goals. Application available HERE.  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 
A reference letter is required with this application, so allow extra time to apply. The LGFCU offers scholarships to member local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, programs and seminars offered by the School of Government. Send this application directly to LGFCU. Note that due to Covid-19, LGFCU has extended their submission deadline to August 14. Application link available HERE.

*The deadline to submit all scholarship applications is 5:00 pm on August 14, 2020. 

 

 

 

  • Chapel Hill, NC
    October 6 - May 13, 2021
    UNC School of Government
    Via Zoom
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before September 28, 2020 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after September 29, 2020, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.

    The application period for this program has closed. 

    $3,500.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

Materials: Videos, homework, presentations and other materials will be delivered via Sakai - a secure online platform.  Instructions will be provided on how to access and use Sakai before the program begins.

Textbook: The course will include the electonic version of County and Municipal Government in North Carolina that will be available in Sakai for you to download. 

Pre-Class Work: Homework will be assigned to complete between each of the 7 sessions (Pre-recorded video lectures, exercises, and reading). These assignments will be available 2 weeks prior to class. During the live Zoom sessions,  there will be a review of the materials and homework exercises, small group discussions, and opportunities for Q&A.

Zoom: Online sessions will take place via Zoom.  Instructions for Zoom will be provided closer to class 

 

 

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Susan Hutchinson

Program Manager, Local and State Government Group
919.966.4171
Teaching Professor; Secretary, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors