Core Competencies


Collaborative Decision-Making and Consensus-Building

Functional Description

Ability to facilitate the processes needed to facilitate stakeholders involvement, through the stages of collective and effective solutions. 

Content Knowledge Requirements

Understanding and knowledge of the collaborative and consensus building processes.  

Skill Requirements

Ability to work effectively with diverse groups.

Ethical Requirements

Understand the process necessary to directionally move stakeholders towards consensus, while keeping the integrity of inclusiveness and diversity.

Expertise Levels

Entry level

Understand the foundation of group dynamics, processes movement and consensus building as a participant.

Intermediate Level

Identifies and facilitates group dynamics resulting in resolution and implementation of the identified goals.

Expert Level

Employs high level of ability of inclusiveness, diversity and diplomacy with more challenging group dynamics within the context of divergent subject matter.

How to Use Our Core Competencies

The Competencies & Proficiencies are designed to be used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Crafting professional development plans for individuals or teams
  • Self-assessment and benchmarking individual professional development
  • Drafting position descriptions and evaluating office functions

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