Management Skills Assessment Program

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Applications are now closed for the 2020 MSAP programs. The application deadline was Wednesday, January 15, 2020.


UC Berkeley has opened its call for applications for eligible staff to participate in the UC-wide Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) for 2020. The MSAP is designed to help engage and prepare high potential early-career staff supervisors through an intensive, off-site assessment center experience.  

There will be two program offerings of this intensive residential program in 2020, both of which will be offered at UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead on the following dates:

  • Spring Program: April 20 – 23, 2020. 

  • Fall Program: October 12 – 15, 2020. 

UC Berkeley will participate with up to 6 assessees (participants) per program.

  • Central HR will fund the program costs for all assessees ($1,525 per person), which includes housing and meals during the program.

  • All travel costs to and from the venue will be the responsibility of the assessee’s department.

Program Description:
This four-day Management Skills Assessment Program provides insights and experiences that have a profound impact on participants’ professional development. Through a variety of simulated experiences and observational feedback, MSAP enables assessees to identify their managerial strengths, determine areas for improvement, learn about the range of skills necessary for effective management, and practice those skills in a supportive environment. Assessees work with their assigned assessor to begin designing an individualized professional development plan. Significant pre-work is required of assessees prior to the program, including a 360-degree feedback process and a 90-minute simulation exercise.


Supervisor’s Role
The supervisor's role in supporting an employee's participation in the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is crucial to the ultimate success of that employee's experience of the program as a whole. Supervisors who agree to sponsor employee's MSAP applications are agreeing to make a commitment to participate in preparatory and follow-up activities with that employee. Without this commitment on the part of the supervisor, MSAP assessees cannot fully take advantage of the information and energy they will get from the MSAP program.


Selection Process:

Applicants must obtain their supervisor’s written statement of support (see Assessee applicant’s supervisor section below) and submit it along with their application by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 through the MSAP website at

By Tuesday, January 21, 2020 MSAP participants for spring and fall will be chosen AT RANDOM from the applications that meet all eligibility requirements below. Six assessee participants and 4 alternates will be chosen for the Spring/April program, and 6 assessee participants and 4 alternates will be chosen for the Fall/October program. (Note that alternates will be required to complete most of the pre-work).



The assessment program is intended for UC Berkeley staff with high potential, strong commitment to developing management skills, and demonstrated interest in a managerial career. It is especially suited for those early in their development as a manager. 

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria as of 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020:


  • Have one or more years of service at UC (career status, past probation) as of the application deadline.

  • Intended for individuals who have one to five years of experience supervising people or projects.
  • Be on the UC Berkeley staff in one of the following Career Compass title codes: Professional level 3, 4 or 5, or Supervisor 1 or 2.

    • You may view your primary job title just below your name at the top left section of your UC Path homepage ( is external)). The job title contains a number, such as Project Policy Analyst 3. The number following the descriptor will determine whether your title code is a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.

    • You may also review your current job description to verify your job title and job category (such as Professional 4, Supervisor 1).

    • Please consult with your supervisor or your HR manager, if you have any questions about your current job title to meet the above criteria.

  • Supervisor recommendation submitted in the online application system by the application deadline.

  • Demonstrated interest in a career as a manager or leader (demonstrated through education and/or experience).

Information Needed to Prepare Your Application
Assessee applicants will be asked for the following:

  • Information about your current position (Department, Payroll Title, Title Code, Personnel Program, Length of UC Service, Length of service at present job level, and campus mailing address.

  • Educational background.

  • Position history, including supervisory experience.

  • A self-statement about the nature of your interest in MSAP; experience with supervision, management; and team/project leadership.

  • The areas you perceive as your management strengths and growth areas; and how MSAP will assist in your current job and professional/career development plans.

  • Your supervisor’s name, title, email and campus mailing address.


Assessee applicant’s supervisor - Once the assessee applicant completes all portions of their application, they will click on Submit Application. When that step is complete, the supervisor will then receive an email notice with a link to complete their portion in the application. Please comment on the following, within the application, and be as specific as possible to provide a complete, clear statement of support about the employee's participation:

  • Your reason for recommending and supporting your employee's participation in MSAP.

  • How you believe your employee's participation in MSAP will benefit the employee, the department and the university.

  • How you plan to support your employee in his/her professional and career development.

  • Any special circumstances affecting the employee's job or the department, such as a major shift in employee's position, redirection of department goals or reorganization.

The link to the UC systemwide MSAP page and application can be found at additional assistance is needed after reviewing the site, please contact Lisa Rykert, Career and Professional Development Lead at or by phone at 510-664-5068.


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