Collective Leadership Supervisor Training — ISLG TTA Cohort Spring 2022

Collective Leadership Supervisor Training
CJII Cohort – Spring 2022
Training Dates: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 from 9am-12pm
Online Application
Deadline: March 22, 2022

Training Program Information and Schedule

The Collective Leadership Supervisor Training is a 21-hour course to deepen supervisory practices that support employee job performance and growth. Supervisors will strengthen their capacity to convey workplace expectations and performance feedback, along with enhancing the employee’s capacity for initiative and leadership. The course is offered over several weeks to allow time for practice and reflection between classes. Supervisors who complete all classes and meet course requirements will receive the Collective Leadership Supervisor Training Certificate from the Institute and John Jay College Professional Studies.

Spring 2022 training will take place in seven sessions on Zoom from 9am-12pm.

  1. Tuesday, May 3
  2. Tuesday, May 10
  3. Tuesday, May 17
  4. Tuesday, May 24
  5. Tuesday, June 7
  6. Tuesday, June 14
  7. Tuesday, June 21

Training Goals & Learning Objectives

This certificate training is designed to develop new skills and strengthen the existing supervisory practices that support employee job performance and growth. Training content supports participating supervisors to increase their professional capacity:


The course is offered over two months in order to allow time for practice and reflection between training sessions. Supervisors are expected to report back to the class on successes/challenges in their efforts to practice the skills learned and to receive additional training and coaching in order to improve on the results that are inconsistent with their expectations.


  1. Coaching and Feedback: strengthen supervisory skills including relationship building, listening, coaching, asking for and giving effective feedback.
  2. Initiative, Accountability and Leadership: increase capacity to foster supervisees’ initiative, self-accountability and practical leadership regardless of their level of authority.
  3. Self-Reflection and Feedback: refine the use of supervision practices to assess the supervisor’s own effectiveness and close the gap between supervisory intention and the actual impact of supervisory intervention on those being supervised.
  4. Supervision and Trauma-Informed Best Practices: strengthen the fundamental supervisory practices to work with all employees, including those impacted by trauma.

Course Requirements

Supervisors must attend and participate actively with camera on in all scheduled Zoom training sessions, read assigned articles, practice skills at work between sessions, and prepare two brief (one-page) written field practice assignments reflecting on their experience and demonstrating their practice of the skills in their individual work settings.  Supervisors who meet these requirements will receive a Collective Leadership Supervisor Training Certificate from the Institute and John Jay College Professional Studies.

How to Apply


Supervisors at CJII grantee or CJII subcontractor agencies may apply. Applications are welcome from up to 2-4 supervisors at each host agency so that there can be a community of practice within the organization. Applications are also welcome from two supervisory levels (i.e. supervisor and the supervisor’s manager). When multiple supervisors from an agency enroll, they can anticipate being in large and small group practice with each other as well as with supervisors from other agencies.


  • Submit online application by March 22, 2022, at 11:59 pm
  • Be 18+
  • Have current supervisory responsibility for staff and/or volunteers
  • Commit to completing the entire 21-hour training
  • Commit to reading selected articles ahead of sessions
  • Commit to practicing skills between sessions and writing two brief journal assignments (these are one-page reflections about skill practice at work)
  • Have the technological skills and equipment, including camera, required to participate in a remote training

History of the Collective Leadership Supervisor Training

This training was developed by the Institute in partnership with the instructor, David Mensah, and in collaboration with advisors including employers and people with lived experience in the criminal justice system currently working in human services. The Institute has offered the training to 8 prior cohorts and received consistently positive feedback:

“ The training was essential for me to take responsibility at all times and ask for feedback with an open mind. The responsibility talk boosted my confidence in having supervisions with my staff.” 

“ This training gives the tools and language needed to be an effective leader.

“ Informative, affirming and overall excellent! I learned so much and I realized that I am not alone in my leadership challenges.

The training was initially developed for supervisors of employees directly impacted by the criminal legal system who are working in a variety of peer mentors, navigators, and other credible messenger positions.  For the ISLG TTA Cohort, all supervisors (including those who supervise staff not directly impacted by the criminal legal system) are welcome to apply. The Institute, in partnership with ISLG, offers this training to prepare supervisors to provide effective supervision that supports the performance and growth of all staff, including those impacted by the legal system. The Institute gratefully acknowledges support for the curriculum development and initial cohorts of the Collective Leadership Supervisor Training from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

Instructor Bios:

David Mensah is a lead instructor for the Institute’s Navigator Certificate in Human Services & Community Justice, a semester-long, college-level course for people with lived experience in the criminal justice system seeking careers in human services, and the Institute’s Collective Leadership Supervisor Training.  He was previously the lead instructor for JLUSA’s Leading with Conviction (LwC) and has trained volunteer parent leaders for the NYC Department of Education’s Parent Leadership Institute. In a career spanning 21 years, Mr. Mensah has spent 13 years in Executive Director positions, as well as 10 years as a youth and family counselor. Mr. Mensah has two BS degrees from Oregon State University, a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Bridgeport, and a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. He has held faculty positions in leadership studies at Sacred Heart University, in Trauma Counseling at the University of Bridgeport, and an adjunct faculty position at Baruch College, in the School of Public Affairs.

Elena Sigman is Director of Collaborative Learning at the Institute and a coach with thirty years of experience in social justice program design, startup, and operations management.  Ms. Sigman has developed certificate training programs in partnership with John Jay College Professional Studies, academic faculty, nonprofit employers and people with lived experience in the criminal legal system: the Navigator Certificate in Human Services & Community Justice and the Collective Leadership Supervisor Training (CLST).  She is also partnering with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity and CUNY School of Professional Studies to create training for City-contracted workforce development providers.  A Results Trained Coach with certification from the NeuroLeadership Institute, Ms. Sigman has a BA from Yale University and MFA from Columbia University.  Ms. Sigman has previously served as Director of Food Programs at Hazon and as Director of Operations at the Women’s Prison Association, among other roles.