Grand Canyon National Park
2009/2010 Accomplishment Report
Division of Partnerships and Employee Programs
Generating Organizational Advancement and Leadership (GOAL)
The Goal Academy is a program created at Grand Canyon National Park for its employees and those of other parks in the Intermountain Region. It trains employees to develop career and leadership goals, intentionally and strategically, that help them achieve success. The academy focuses on competencies that create effective leaders who can sustain the National Park Service well into the future.
The GOAL Academy trained and successfully graduated 15 employees in 2009, 14 from Grand Canyon and one from Navajo National Monument. In 2010, there were 20 GOAL participants, 10 from Grand Canyon and 10 from surrounding parks.
In 2010, there were 20 GOAL participants, 10 from Grand Canyon and 10 from surrounding parks. NPS photo
Most people want and strive to be excellent. They just need an environment that fosters their desire for excellence and allows them to be their best. Raquel Romero GOAL program manager In collaboration with the Horace Albright Training Center, GOAL held a three- day seminar with organizational learning expert Peter Senge on leading and learning sustainability. GOAL also held two all- employee sessions in the park on resiliency and intergenerational diversity, and had an open community session featuring Senge. It also held two coaching sessions for supervisors, taught by Sarah Conlon, employee development officer from the IMR Office.
Small motivational grants
Starting in 2009, the park has made small grants available to employees to accomplish small projects for which funds were not otherwise available. Projects are required to be small and manageable within reasonable time frames. Employees can apply for projects of $5,000 or less. In support of the park’s goal to “maintain a workforce to lead Grand Canyon into the 21st century,” proposals of $2,500 or less are accepted for workshops and training to further employee education and job knowledge and understanding. In 2009, more than $90,000 was awarded to employees. In 2010, $106,000 was distributed.