Supervisor & Manager Development

Instructor teaching a classAs part of our commitment to ongoing professional development for all our employees, JHU offers the Supervisor Development Program (SDP) and Manager Development Program (MDP), which are designed for new and existing supervisors and managers, and anyone interested in acquiring new skills with future career growth in mind.

Each curriculum is structured with core courses and elective options to allow you to better customize your experience, and all courses align with university leadership competencies. In total you’ll take seven classes—four core classes and three electives. Courses are offered year-round and do not need to be taken in any particular order.

Not sure whether JHU considers you a supervisor or manager? Our SMDP Decider Tool can help guide you. Or, reach out to us at jhuldp@jhu.edu and we’ll be happy to discuss the possibilities.

Supervisor Development Program

JHU’s Supervisor Development Program is a curriculum designed for new and existing supervisors as well as anyone interested in growing in their career.

To complete the Supervisor Development Program, you must complete all core courses and your choice of three elective courses. You may take all elective courses if you wish.

Core Courses

  • Communicating With Tact and Professionalism
  • Accounting Comes Alive
  • The Complete Course on How to Supervise People
  • Essentials of Diversity for First Line Supervisors

Elective Courses

  • Getting Results Without Direct Authority
  • Thinking Outside the Box: Creativity and Innovation at Work
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback for JHU Managers
  • Improving Employee Accountability
  • Supervisors Guide to Developing Employees
  • Building Performance and Productivity Through Employee Engagement
  • Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior

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Manager Development Program

JHU’s Manager Development Program is a curriculum designed for new and existing managers as well as anyone interested in growing in their career.

To complete the Manager Development Program, you must complete all core courses and your choice of three elective courses. You may take all elective courses if you wish.

Core Courses

  • Cultural Awareness for Managers
  • Workplace Politics: How to Survive and Thrive
  • Making the Transition to Management
  • Change Management: Cultivating Team Change-Ability

Elective Courses

  • The Innovation Workshop
  • Strategic Coaching: Growing Top-Notch Performers
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • How to Handle Difficult Conversations With Employees
  • Situational Delegation: Inspiring Accountability in Your Employees

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Don’t Forget Hopkins Essentials

Newly hired managers and supervisors or people newly promoted to a managerial or supervisory position are required to complete our Hopkins Essentials training program within two years of their hire or promotion.

To complete Hopkins Essentials, you must complete all core courses. Note: If you took any or all of the courses in the past, you will receive credit toward completing the Hopkins Essentials program.

Core Courses:

  • Employment Law
  • Business Law
  • Work Safety and Occupational Health
  • Compensation 101
  • Navigating the Recruitment Process
  • Behavioral Based Interviewing
  • Performance Management
  • Proactive Approach to Employee Relations
  • Electronic Time Keeping—E210

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