Effective Recruitment and Retention for the Public Workforce

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While employment numbers generally have improved since the start of the pandemic, local governments still face hiring challenges.  These are particularly acute in occupations where there is direct competition for talent with private sector employers, but also in fields like police and fire that are not currently attracting the same large numbers of applicants they once had.  Since raising salaries is not always an option, what are the other approaches governments are taking to position themselves as employers of choice and to reach candidates that might not otherwise be aware of available career opportunities?  This webinar will include data from MissionSquare Research Institute’s annual workforce survey, as well as results from surveys of public employees and new career entrants.

This webinar is complimentary for ICMA members thanks to the sponsorship of ICMA Strategic Partner MissionSquare who will have access to registration information.

Gerald Young

Senior Research Analyst, MissionSquare Research Institute

Mr. Young serves as Senior Research Analyst at the MissionSquare Research Institute. In this role, he conducts quantitative and case study research on workforce issues, public retirement plans, staff sharing, DEI, financial wellness, and other related topics.

Prior to joining the Research Institute in 2017, he worked with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for over two decades on performance management, police recruitment, organizing best practices symposia, and researching smart communities and local government innovation. He has also served local government directly for eight years with the cities of Chula Vista and Loma Linda, California, with a focus on budgeting and program evaluation.

His research has been covered by a variety of publications including The New York Times, Federal News Network, Pensions & Investments, PlanSponsor, Politico, Axios, Route Fifty, and American City and County, among others, as well as the IBM Center for the Business of Government. He has presented at various state, national, and international conferences.

Mr. Young earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Kansas and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics/computer science and political science from Loyola University Chicago.

Rivka Liss-Levinson

Senior Research Manager, MissionSquare Research Institute

Dr. Liss-Levinson is Senior Research Manager at MissionSquare Research Institute. With 15 years of experience designing, implementing, reporting, and disseminating rigorous, practitioner-oriented research, she is dedicated to leveraging data and stories to improve the health and well-being of public sector workers and others who serve their communities.

Prior to joining the Research Institute in 2018, Dr. Liss-Levinson worked as Director of Survey Research for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), where she led the full life cycle of the pre-eminent national survey of the status of state and territorial public health in the United States. She has also worked at the Emory University/Cornell University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, collaborating with partners from the private and public sectors to research and evaluate workplace wellness programs.

Dr. Liss-Levinson’s work has been covered by Forbes, CNBC, and the Washington Post, and she has written multiple columns for Route Fifty. She has also co-authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, is a frequent presenter at national conferences, and serves on committees for several public service and public health organizations.

Dr. Liss-Levinson holds a doctorate in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University and a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University.


Effective Recruitment and Retention for the Public Workforce
08/23/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
08/23/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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Live Viewing: 1.50 ICMA CE credits and certificate available
Live Viewing: 1.50 ICMA CE credits and certificate available