Monte Kurs
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Monte Kurs has an abiding interest in helping public service organizations deliver their services as effectivley, efficiently and fairly as possible. He is currently a management consultant working on strategic management challenges, with government agencies and non-profit organizations. Until recently he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BTQ Financial, an outsourcing provider that specializes in providing comprehensive financial services to non-profit organizations. BTQ meets a serious need in the non-profit world for high quality financial services, permitting client organizations to effectively maximize focus on their core mission. 

Before joining BTQ, Monte held several leadership and management positions in the public and private sector, including as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, Counsel to the Deputy Mayor in NYC and as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of General Services during the Koch administration, and  later as Chief of Staff to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. In the private sector, Monte served as the President of the Lending Division of a national bank and the Chief Operating Officer of a national real estate development company.

Throughout his career, he has focused on improving organizational cultures, delivering extraordinary service and high impact management which includes strategic planning, implementing best practices and career mentoring. 

Semester Course
Spring 2014 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 2014 CORE-GP.1020.004 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 CORE-GP.1020.004 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 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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Fall 2012 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 2012 UPADM-GP.0103.001 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 2012 CORE-GP.1020.004 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 UPADM-GP.0103.001 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.3111.002
Fall 2009 CAP-GP.3110.001
Fall 2009 CAP-GP.3110.002