Culture and Organizational Values


The dynamic nature of SACOG’s work, combined with its small staff, requires a flexible staff and a flat organizational structure. Teams are the focal point of all of SACOG’s project work. Team Managers have more authority and responsibility than in a traditional organization. SACOG is a team-based organization that strives for excellence in both its external work and its internal operations and structure. In 2010, as part of developing a Strategic Plan, SACOG adopted a Statement of Organizational Values.

SACOG values diversity and believes that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that contribute to an innovative and collaborative environment in which talents are fully utilized, uniqueness is valued, and SACOG’s objectives are met. SACOG is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

SACOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. SACOG provides fair and equal opportunity for all with no discrimination because of race, creed, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. To comply with applicable disability laws, SACOG will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental disabilities of an otherwise qualified individual who is an applicant or employee, unless undue hardship would result to SACOG.

In 2015 and 2016, SACOG staff have received training to become a Gallup StrengthsFinder strengths-based organization.


Professional Excellence

  • Produces and communicates consistently high quality, technically competent work of value to the organization.
  • Recognizes and maintains a clear focus on strategic goals and outcomes consistent with the organization’s work programs.
  • Maximizes opportunities to increase productivity and achieve high quality results.
  • Recognizes that professional excellence applies not only to the agency’s products, services, and external affairs, but just as importantly to the agency’s internal structure and organization.


  • Solves problems creatively and is open to new ideas.
  • Creates new ways of moving the organization forward to achieve its mission.
  • Fosters new and creative thinking and solutions.
  • Encourages open discourse of all viewpoints and ideas.
  • Recognizes that mistakes are inherent in trailblazing and innovation, and that mistakes should be discussed without instilling fear that engenders complacency.


  • Adheres to individual and organizational professional standards in the conduct of the agency’s business.
  • Produces documents and work products that are objective, credible, and reliable.


  • Creates and sustains an atmosphere that fosters a culture of openness, inclusion, trust, and results.
  • Contributes to creating a clear vision and direction.
  • Inspires results and effective teamwork.
  • Empowers staff and fosters independent work.
  • Promotes a collaborative mentoring culture.
  • Exhibits the full range of professional competencies, and models integrity and ethics.
  • Recognizes that priority setting and resource planning are essential to the agency.

Trust, Mutual Respect, and Accountability

  • Communicates readily and/or takes action in response to requests from others for information or assistance.
  • Respects timelines and deadlines.
  • Is observant, considerate and respectful of others’ time and schedules (both personal and professional).
  • Is reliably prompt and does not require reminders to achieve results, communicate, or meet obligations.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Takes the initiative to ensure that objectives are met and volunteers to help others for the good of the organization.
  • Engages team members to work collaboratively and reliably towards a defined objective; has a keen sense for having the right people on the team.
  • Recognizes, values, and leverages each person’s strengths and differences.
  • Encourages team members to share information, collaborate, and brainstorm on projects and issues, both formally and informally.
  • Recognizes that we are all part of something bigger.

Open Communication

  • Encourages communication of the agency’s work and internal operations to all staff.
  • Fosters an innovative and creative culture in which all ideas and viewpoints are not criticized, but are welcome, and in which it is okay to disagree.
  • Is transparent with information within the agency.

Personal Growth

  • Maximizes the potential of each individual in the agency.
  • Creates and support independent work assignments.
  • Encourages professional development and growth.
  • Promotes job satisfaction and personal fulfillment.