Helping employees maximize their potential


The Building Core Supervisory Competencies program emphasizes participation and practice of supervisory skills through the use of self-assessment inventories, case studies, homework assignments, and small group exercises. This comprehensive program begins with an orientation for participants. Participants then complete 6 core courses and a variety of electives, followed by a wrap-up session and graduation celebration. 

Courses offer skills and techniques that help supervisors develop their leadership skills, helping them successfully manage and develop their teams. An optional assignment will be offered for those who want to gain the most benefit from the program. On-the-job follow-up activities which involve both the supervisor and the participant will be provided to assist in reinforcing new skills.

What are People Saying

  • Here's what past participants have to say about the program
     “The leadership qualities I was able to gain and develop, inform all of my decisions and have truly changed me as a leader and a person. I highly recommend this program to those who would like to develop different leadership perspectives and make meaningful connections with cross campus partners.”  “This has truly strengthened me as a leader and has contributed greatly to what I have to offer my department and the campus. I am incredibly grateful for the experience and colleagues I have been able to connect with and learn from.”
     “We each walked away with tangible skills that we’re putting to practice in our offices, and also a wider network of collaborators, committed to fostering professional development and promoting diversity and inclusion across UC Riverside.”  “Not only did the trainings give me insight and tools to what it takes to be a competent supervisor, but I also learned much about UCR that I did not know – in spite of being on campus for more than 15 years.”


Program Details

Program Requirements

The program is specifically designed for employees with two to five years** of supervisory experience who want to develop a broad range of skills that can enhance their performance in carrying out supervisory duties.

  • Individuals who are new to the supervisory role are encouraged to complete the UC People Management Certificate Program – available online via the UC Learning Management System (LMS) or Supervisory Boot Camp.
  • Supervisor endorsement is required in order for participants to attend the program.
  • Applicants must currently have the full scope of supervisory duties (including supervision of at least 2 FTEs) or must be in a title code allowing them to perform the full scope of supervisory duties.
  • The full-day courses and electives are  taken over an eight-month period of time.
  • Electives can be instructor led (typically 3.5-4 hours) or eLearning courses.
    • Acceptable eLearning courses are reviewed during the program orientation.
  • A final wrap-up session and graduation round out the formal program. 

Participants are encouraged to continue their development and collaboration with their cohort post-program.

**Individuals who are new to the supervisory role are encouraged to complete the UC People Management Certificate Program (available online via the Learning Management System).

  • Program Orientation
  • Core #1: 7 Habits for Manages - Part I
  • Core #2: 7 Habits for Managers - Part II
  • Core #3: Situational Leadership
  • Core #4: Ethics/Labor Relations
  • Core #5: Communication
  • Core #6: Conflict Management
  • Core #7: Unconscious Bias
  • Core #8: Program Wrap-up / Presentations / Graduation

To participate in future programs, simply complete the application (including supervisor's endorsement and signature) and submit to Seana Nuñez-Grider via email at

  • Application deadline: Friday, August 13, 2021
  • Program Application: Building Core Supervisory Competencies Program Application
    • Instructions:  Open File - you will be prompted to open the file with word - click OK > when the file is open, select View > edit file / enable content > save to your desktop and fill in the appropriate fields
Program Costs
Course fee: $604
Core Courses

All core courses must be completed and include these topics:

  • The supervisory role
  • Understanding yourself as a supervisor
  • Situational leadership
  • Ethics
  • Affirmative action and equal employment
Elective Topics

Elective topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity
  • Building teams
  • Supervisory communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Building trust
  • Managing conflict