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The ability to actively champion or influence an idea or position when needed; demonstrate support for faculty, staff, and organizational interests.

*This competency is part of the Management and Leadership Competencies at UF


Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Provides examples of how leaders signal their goals, intentions, and attitudes through behavior.

Advocates on behalf of the team within the company as a whole.

Champions value of teams in accomplishing organizational goals.

Champions best practices for aligning goals with organizational strategy.

Champions staff development programs and initiatives in general.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Demonstrates leadership qualities: intelligence, dominance, persistence, integrity, confidence.

Manages own behaviors during interactions, such as feedback giving, to shape workplace events.

Utilizes positive reinforcement to motivate & attain desired behaviors; increases productivity.

Advocates for continuous improvement in systems, methods, and technology for goals programs.

Champions behaviors that move the organization to reach the leader's vision.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Initiates structure: role clarification, setting standards, holding subordinates accountable, etc.

Translates vision into specific functional or departmental initiatives.

Employs various group decision-making methods depending on the situation.

Promotes efficacy through monitoring, coaching & motivating subordinates, intervention, etc.

Advocates the application and implementation of best practices across all product lines.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Coaches others in leadership concepts and techniques, such as contingency & transactional.

Champions behaviors that inspire cohesiveness and move the organization to reach a vision.

Advocates a win-win approach to negotiating.

Champions information transparency to ensure fair access to intellectual capital.

Champions importance of building commitment and allocating resources to make change happen.

Champions new initiatives within and beyond scope of position.

Interview Questions

  • How do you make sure that all of your team members are clear on the goals of the team and their individual roles in achieving that goal?
  • Were you ever personal friends with someone you had to lead or manage? How did you balance personal and professional relationships with that employee?
  • Tell me about a difficult choice you had to make as a leader. How did you come to your decision, and how did you defend it in the face of opposition (if any)?
  • How did you advocate the mission and vision of the department throughout the organization/system?

Titles with Shared Competencies

Assistant Dean Assistant Dean, Student Affairs Assistant Director, Academic Advising Assistant Director, Academic Support Services Assistant Director, Accounting Assistant Director, Administrative Services Assistant Director, Admissions Assistant Director, Analytic Services Assistant Director, Business Services Assistant Director, Career Services Assistant Director, Child Development Assistant Director, Clinical Research Assistant Director, Communications Assistant Director, Conferences Assistant Director, Data Management Assistant Director, Education or Training Programs Assistant Director, Emergency Management Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety Assistant Director, Facilities Operations Assistant Director, Finance Assistant Director, Florida Agricultural Experiment Station Assistant Director, Health Care Administration Assistant Director, Human Resources Assistant Director, Marketing Assistant Director, Multipurpose Facility Assistant Director, Museum Operations Assistant Director, Operations Assistant Director, Physical Security Assistant Director, Procurement Assistant Director, Public/Governmental Relations Assistant Director, Real Estate Assistant Director, Research Administration Assistant Director, Safety & Security Assistant Director, Student Affairs Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid Assistant Director, Technology Licensing Assistant Director, University Budgets Assistant Director, University Housing Assistant Director, University Housing Operations Assistant Director, University Housing Residence Life Assistant Director, University Press Assistant University Registrar Associate Dean, Administrative Affairs Associate Dean, Student Affairs Associate Director, Academic Advising Associate Director, Academic Support Services Associate Director, Accounting Associate Director, Administrative Services Associate Director, Admissions Associate Director, Analytic Services Associate Director, Business Services Associate Director, Career Services Associate Director, Child Development Associate Director, Clinical Research Associate Director, Communications Associate Director, Data Management Associate Director, Education or Training Programs Associate Director, Environmental Health & Safety Associate Director, Facilities Operations Associate Director, Finance Associate Director, Health Care Administration Associate Director, Human Resources Associate Director, IT Associate Director, Marketing Associate Director, Museum Operations Associate Director, Operations Associate Director, Procurement Associate Director, Public/Governmental Relations Associate Director, Research Administration Associate Director, Safety & Security Associate Director, Student Affairs Associate Director, Student Financial Aid Associate Director, Student Legal Services Associate Director, Technology Licensing Associate Director, University Housing Associate Director, University Housing Operations Associate Director, University Housing Residence Life Associate Director, University Press Associate University Registrar Chief Information Security Officer Controller Director, Academic Advising Director, Academic Support Services Director, Accounting Director, Administrative Services Director, Admissions Director, Analytic Services Director, Audits Director, Business Services Director, Campus Human Resources Director, Campus IT Director, Career Services Director, Child Development Director, Clinical Research Director, Collaborative Initiatives Director, Communications Director, Education or Training Programs Director, Environmental Health & Safety Director, Facilities Operations Director, Finance Director, Health Care Administration Director, Human Resources Director, Investigations Director, IT Director, LibraryPress Director, Marketing Director, Multipurpose Facility Director, Museum Operations Director, Operations Director, Procurement Director, Public Records Director, Public/Governmental Relations Director, Real Estate Director, Research Administration Director, Safety & Security Director, Sales & Marketing Director, Student Affairs Director, Student Financial Aid Director, Student Legal Services Director, Sustainability Director, University Budgets Director, University Housing Director, University Housing Operations Director, University Housing Residence Life Director, University Press Director, Utilities/Energy Thermal Production Executive Director Financial Officer, SIP Manager, Academic Support Services Manager, Accounting Manager, Assets Manager, Benefits Manager, Box Office Manager, Clinical Research Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Farm Manager, Finance Manager, Genetic Counseling Manager, Health Care Administration Manager, Health Information Manager, Hotel Manager, Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Processing & Records Manager, Immigration Services Manager, Internal Audits Manager, IT Manager, Marine Facilities & Operations Manager, Operations Manager, Postal Services Manager, Procurement Manager, Public/Governmental Relations Manager, Transportation Manager, University Records Manager, Warehouse/Stores Senior Director, Facilities Operations Senior Director, IT Senior Director, Student Affairs Student Account Manager Superintendent, Custodial Superintendent, Grounds Superintendent, Maintenance University Architect University Registrar