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Essential Competencies

Description: Knowledge of agency leaders' responsibilities within the political environment; how to recognize opportunities and deal within constraints while maintaining effective connections with congressional representatives.


I.Political Awareness

1. Working within the political environment
2. Use of position power in an organization

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the political arena within which one must work

Ability to recognize one's power and influence

Knowledge of types of power in an organization: personal power and power of position

Knowledge of techniques used to assess politics internally and manage external politics to park's advantage and credit


I.Political Awareness

1. Leader's responsibility
2. Power in an organization
3. Political relations and connections

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of responsibilities for political knowledge

Skill in demonstrating effective and ineffective use of power in an organization

Ability to recognize power plays internally and externally

Ability to mitigate power and political situations internally and externally

Knowledge of useful techniques which enhance the breadth of influence

Knowledge of ethics and organizational constraints surrounding political connections


I.Political Awareness

1. Political relationships and connections
2. Ethics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to establish and maintain effective political relationships in park's behalf

Ability to and skill in guiding park staff through a controversial political situation

Skill in and ability to represent the National Park Service in local and regional politics

Skill in maintaining personal and professional ethics in political situations

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies

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