Athenian Dialogue Facilitators

FACILITATOR GUIDELINES

All Athenian Dialogue Facilitators must be approved by IIMC. The ideal Dialogue Facilitator should be an individual who is capable of grasping and dissecting the essential leadership knowledge that is contained in and dispersed throughout the contents of an appropriate book. This knowledge must then be conveyed primarily through discussion, as opposed to lecture alone, eliciting input from each individual participant on the relevance and applicability of the principles and skills gleaned. The Facilitator must in essence build a "bridge" between the ideas contained in the book used and the leadership concepts and principles that are relevant to a Municipal Clerk.

The Facilitator must be able to write a succinct yet thoughtful summary of the book chosen. This summary, which will be included in the Dialogue announcement, is typically meant to intrigue and persuade the potential Dialogue participant that, in registering, their time, effort and money will have been well spent.

A Facilitator must be an excellent communicator. They should be able to listen and ask pertinent questions. They must be skilled at keeping the conversation going, able to summarize participants' unique contributions, and able to go beyond the pages of a single book to shed new light on the insights contained therein. They should be aware that additional research may be required for some Dialogues.

How To Become a Facilitator

Requirements for IIMC Members

  1. Must hold an MMC Designation in good standing;
  2. Must be an IIMC member for at least 5 years;
  3. Must complete the 6-hour mentoring program;
  4. Must be inducted into the Athenian Leadership Society as a Fellow;
  5. In lieu of the Fellow requirement, an IIMC member who has attended a minimum of 3 Dialogues AND also meets one of the following criteria:
    • The facilitator applicant has served as an adjunct instructor, lecturer, or similar position at a college, university or other institutions of higher learning. Such a position must be verified in writing by the college or university and submitted to IIMC during the application process.
    • The facilitator applicant has presented programs at a Municipal Clerk Institutes or Academies, State/National/Provincial Association level education programs or IIMC Annual Conferences. Such experience must be verified in writing by the Institute Director or State Association Board of Directors and submitted to IIMC during the application process
  6. Must have experience facilitating or teaching adult education programs.
  7. Must submit the Athenian Facilitator Application form, a bio that supports the requirements, any supporting documentation showing facilitation experience and the "Mentor-Mentee Agreement".
    • Must Participate in IIMC approved and required Athenian Facilitator Training prior to hosting their first dialogue.

Requirements for Professionals

  1. Working knowledge of the municipal clerk profession.
  2. Must understand the Athenian Dialogue program and its requirements.
  3. Must complete the 6-hour mentoring program.
  4. Must submit the Athenian Facilitator Application form, a bio that supports the requirements, any supporting documentation showing facilitation experience and the "Mentor-Mentee Agreement".
  5. Must Participate in IIMC approved and required Athenian Facilitator Training prior to their first dialogue.

Mentor / Mentee Information

Looking for a Mentor? The names of approved Mentors can be found below in BOLD lettering.

Existing facilitators interested in becoming Athenian Facilitator Mentors must meet the Mentor Criteria

IIMC APPROVED ATHENIAN DIALOGUE FACILITATORS

The following individuals have been approved by IIMC as Athenian Leadership Society Dialogue Facilitators. If you are looking for a facilitator you may use someone from this list or have your new facilitator pre-approved by IIMC (see requirements above). Facilitators may travel out of their region.