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Core Competencies and Curriculums
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In 2013, the ACLEA Executive Committee appointed a special committee to identify and organize core competencies specific to the CLE profession. Competencies are individual characteristics including knowledge, skills, abilities, self-image, traits, mindsets, feelings and ways of thinking, which, when used with the appropriate roles, achieve a desired result. Committee members discussed and researched CLE operational issues and trends, conducted focus groups that included both ACLEA member and nonmember CLE professionals, surveyed all ACLEA members, and conducted individual staff interviews with more than 30 full-time CLE employees in a variety of CLE settings. The committee also reviewed core competencies identified in related areas and disciplines.

The committee examined the field of CLE from both broad and narrow perspectives, focusing on the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform a wide variety of CLE jobs. They developed a rubric of 15 core competencies. In 2015, a new special committee was assigned the task of creating curriculums for each competency. These curriculums provide a road map for each CLE professional, both managers and staff, to determine professional development and continuous improvement. The curriculums will also be used to assist ACLEA in planning conferences to ensure wide coverage of the skills, traits, and tasks that build toward proficiency in each competency.

This competency model and curriculums can be powerful organizational tools that provide practitioners a clear path to growth and development. They will serve not only as a foundation for important organizational functions such as recruitment, hiring and retention, training and development, and performance management, but will also give organizations the ability to identify and hire top CLE talent.

CLE Core Competencies

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  1. Leadership
  2. Financial Management
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Project/Process Management
  5. Knowledge Management
  6. Relationship Management
  7. Risk Management
  8. Communications
  9. Law and Legal Context
  10. Adult Education
  11. Meeting and Event Planning
  12. Editing and Publishing
  13. Marketing
  14. Technology
  15. Ethics and Professionalism