Sara Grant
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Sara Grant is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration at NYU Wagner. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of adult education and training. Her experience includes the design and delivery of workshops for middle-managers on topics including coaching for improved work performance, basic communication skills and conflict resolution. Ms. Grant holds a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Adult Community Education from Indiana University (Pennsylvania), and a Ph.D. in PNP Management from NYU Wagner.  Ms. Grant also teaches courses at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.

 

 

Semester Course
Fall 2014 CAP-GP.3401.004 Capstone: Advanced Projects in Finance, Management, and Policy I

Couples with CAP-GP 3402.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.


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Fall 2014 CORE-GP.1020.007 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Spring 2014 CORE-GP.1020.001 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Fall 2013 CORE-GP.1020.007 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Spring 2013 CAP-GP.3117.001
Fall 2012 CORE-GP.1020.007 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Fall 2012 CAP-GP.3116.001
Spring 2012 CORE-GP.1020.001 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Fall 2011 CAP-GP.3116.001
Fall 2011 CAP-GP.3116.001
Summer 2011 CORE-GP.1020.001 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Spring 2011 CORE-GP.1020.007 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Fall 2010 CAP-GP.3116.001
Summer 2010 PADM-GP.2116.001 Developing Management Skills

Examines the mix of skills, values, and knowledge required for effective performance by individual managers. In-depth examination and practice of concrete skills including individual problem solving, interpersonal communication, empowerment, motivation and performance improvement, and delegation. Individuals will also examine some core dimensions of self awareness including emotional intelligence, cognitive style, tolerance of ambiguity, social style and locus of control. This course makes extensive use of role playing and case analyses.


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Summer 2010 CORE-GP.1020.001 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Spring 2010 CORE-GP.1020.007 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Spring 2010 UPADM-GP.103.001 Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations

This undergraduate course will provide students with the tools needed to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, teams, and organizations, and to lead high performing effective organizations. We will examine the key variables in the organization that must be managed including the organization’s planning systems, its culture, structure, people, and evaluation processes. Through a highly interactive approach, students will gain a theoretical and hands-on understanding of the critical components of managing and leading in organizations.

Our focus will be on both government and nonprofit organizations and how managing in these organizations is different from managing in the for- profit sector. For example, we will discuss public administration in the context of a democracy and the challenges of administrative leadership in an often highly charged political system. We’ll explore public personnel administration and Human Resource Development and discuss the government budgeting process. We’ll also review the nature of public policy and the relationship between policy decisions and program implementation. We will also discuss the nature of managing in nonprofit organizations and the challenges of being primarily a service provider. We’ll focus on the difficulties in evaluating and controlling service delivery, such as evaluating the impact of a mentoring program on a young man’s self-esteem. We’ll also discuss the unique challenges in obtaining resources through foundations and other funding sources.


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Spring 2010 CAP-GP.3117.001
Fall 2009 CAP-GP.3116.001
Summer 2009 CORE-GP.1020.001 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


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Summer 2009 PADM-GP.2116.001 Developing Management Skills

Examines the mix of skills, values, and knowledge required for effective performance by individual managers. In-depth examination and practice of concrete skills including individual problem solving, interpersonal communication, empowerment, motivation and performance improvement, and delegation. Individuals will also examine some core dimensions of self awareness including emotional intelligence, cognitive style, tolerance of ambiguity, social style and locus of control. This course makes extensive use of role playing and case analyses.


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Spring 2009 CAP-GP.3117.001
Spring 2009 UPADM-GP.103.001 Introduction to Managing Public Service Organizations

This undergraduate course will provide students with the tools needed to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, teams, and organizations, and to lead high performing effective organizations. We will examine the key variables in the organization that must be managed including the organization’s planning systems, its culture, structure, people, and evaluation processes. Through a highly interactive approach, students will gain a theoretical and hands-on understanding of the critical components of managing and leading in organizations.

Our focus will be on both government and nonprofit organizations and how managing in these organizations is different from managing in the for- profit sector. For example, we will discuss public administration in the context of a democracy and the challenges of administrative leadership in an often highly charged political system. We’ll explore public personnel administration and Human Resource Development and discuss the government budgeting process. We’ll also review the nature of public policy and the relationship between policy decisions and program implementation. We will also discuss the nature of managing in nonprofit organizations and the challenges of being primarily a service provider. We’ll focus on the difficulties in evaluating and controlling service delivery, such as evaluating the impact of a mentoring program on a young man’s self-esteem. We’ll also discuss the unique challenges in obtaining resources through foundations and other funding sources.


Download Syllabus
Spring 2008 CORE-GP.1020.007 Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)

The goal of Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO) is to enhance your management and leadership skills. The course provides you with the tools you need to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.

A key management task is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups into those combinations that best solve the organizational problems at hand. One must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals. One must make things happen, and often not under ideal conditions or timeframes. The successful execution of these goals requires managers to be able to understand what they bring to and need from their organizations, formulate a mission and strategy, make effective decisions, influence and motivate diverse individuals, apply their own skills and abilities to their teams, optimize the structure and culture of their organization, diagnose problems, and drive organizational change.

MPSO prepares you to achieve these objectives by providing you with fundamental tools developed from the behavioral and social sciences and tested by leaders in organizations representing all sectors.


Download Syllabus
Spring 2008 PADM-GP.2116.001 Developing Management Skills

Examines the mix of skills, values, and knowledge required for effective performance by individual managers. In-depth examination and practice of concrete skills including individual problem solving, interpersonal communication, empowerment, motivation and performance improvement, and delegation. Individuals will also examine some core dimensions of self awareness including emotional intelligence, cognitive style, tolerance of ambiguity, social style and locus of control. This course makes extensive use of role playing and case analyses.


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