Managing by Network

Managing by Network

Explore practices. Build skills. Learn from peers.


Apply now for Open Seats! 

  • Federal employees or consultants
  • State, county, and municipal agency employees
  • Representatives of tribes
  • Representatives of nonprofit organizations

Open Seat tuition of $1,600 is funded by the individual's agency work unit or organization, or by the individual. 

See Tuition for more information about payment options.

Open seat applications will be accepted in November and December, until all seats are filled. 

Class begins January 16, 2019.

Selection for National Scholarships for BLM, USDA FS and USFWS candidates is now underway.

  • Scholarship notifications will be sent out before December 14, 2018.
  • Alternates for a Scholarship seat will receive a phone call to determine their interest in an Open Seat.

Are you an employee of BLM, USDA FS or USFWS who missed the National Scholarship deadline?

  • You may apply for an Open Seat; selection is competitive.

Are you a public agency manager, specialist, coordinator, or front-line supervisor working with partners, permittees, or community stakeholders?

Do you focus on natural, cultural, and recreational resource management?

Join us for Managing by Network, a series of 17 interactive webinars that will improve your preparedness in 22 competencies crucial to your job. 

Learn how to:

  • Leverage partnerships and build trust.
  • Build consensus with stakeholders.
  • Facilitate internal and external meetings.
  • Apply persuasion and negotiation strategies.
  • Recognize conflict and respond effectively.
  • Assess and mitigate risks.
  • Demonstrate accountability practices.
  • Assess the performance of partnerships and community collaboratives.
  • Build an internal network to support agreements, budgets, ethics, and outreach.
  • Communicate effectively with public agency, nonprofit, corporate, and foundation representatives.

2019 Course Overview

  • Applications Open: October 1 - November 2, 2018

  • Selection and Wait List Notifications: December 14, 2018

  • Start Date: January 16 and 17, 2019

  • End Date: June 12 and 13, 2019

  • Course Format: 36-hours, 17 live webinars and 5 optional study halls. All coursework is completed online, no travel is required. Participants meet weekly for two hours, in four seminar sized groups. Attendees may participate on the day and time of their choice based on 4 options.  

  • 2019 Schedule: Explore the curriculum week by week.

  • MBN Tuition: Find out if you qualify for a scholarship or are responsible for work unit/organization tuition payment.

  • MBN FAQ: Is this course right for you?


Strengthen your professional skill set in Partnering, Community Collaboration, Strategic Thinking, Partnership Management and Accountability. Learn more about the professional competencies featured in this applied training course. 

Participants learn the principles and practices of Managing by Network through peer-learning, case studies, instruction, and facilitated discussion. Participants are invited to take an active role in webinar discussions and apply course content to their current responsibilities.

Featured Practices: collaborative leadership, conflict management, entrepreneurship, facilitation, negotiation, partnership assessment, and more. 

Highlighted Authorities: the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Federal Ethics Regulations through the lens of community outreach.

Instructors are practitioners in partnership and community collaboration from the public, nonprofit, and private sector. Specialists in the areas of conflict management, community collaboration, human dimensions, partnering, and philanthropy share their expertise.

Supervisor Approval is required for some applicants. If your position requires supervisor approval for training, you must indicate this on the application. Share the link to the Supervisor's Recommendation Form when it becomes available this fall.

 Are you an employee of EPA, NOAA, USACE or USBR? 

We encourage you to apply for an open seat. 

We understand that these agencies work closely with the cohost agencies of the Managing by Network course. Instructors and participants alike value the expertise and role of these agencies related to water quality, aquatic life, restoration, recreation, and planning needs associated with drought, flooding and infrastructure considerations. 

For the past three years, representatives of these agencies have greatly contributed to the peer-learning element of the course. These participants have highlighted their agency's mission, practices and innovations in working with partners, stakeholders and permittees. With alumni recommendation for continued participation and cohosts support for selection preference, representatives of EPA, NOAA, USACE and USBR will continue to deepen the interagency peer-learning network of the Academy.

Learn more about open seat availability and funding options.

Managing by Network Learning Objectives

Applying knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:
  1. create or strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency;
  2. build trust with external stakeholders using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage, and partner cultural awareness;
  3. demonstrate accountability with partners, permittees and stakeholders using external awareness and communication skills including collaboration, conflict management, facilitation, persuasion, and negotiation;
  4. develop, monitor, and evaluate formal partnership agreements and projects that rely on a mix of federal and nonfederal funding, and
  5. recognize the relationship between sunshine laws including the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and Federal Ethics Regulations to accountability and building trust between public agencies and partners, stakeholders and the public. 

Learn more about the 22 competencies.

Instructional content for Managing by Network is presented over 17 live webinar sessions and five study halls.
Our teaching style encourages participants to take an active role in webinar discussions. Participants build skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately to their current partnership, permit and community collaboration responsibilities.
Breakout groups, live chat, peer case studies, and Socratic dialogue during our live webinars support peer-learning. We also offer instructional videos, podcasts, and blog posts as pre-webinar assignments to support a variety of learning styles. Participants may utilize their monthly study hall week to complete homework exercises, network, attend office hours, and engage in self-study that reinforces classroom learning and application.
Participants must attend a minimum of 10 webinars to earn a certificate for 36 hours of applied training. Participants may also present a case study as part of their coursework. In 2019, classes will be held from January 16 to June 13. 

Managing by Network is cohosted by:

  • Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy
  • BLM National Training Center and Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships
  • USFS National Partnership Office
  • USFWS National Conservation Training Center
  • DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution
  • USACE Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise
MBN Course Schedule

MBN Course Schedule



MBN Tuition

MBN Tuition

 MBN Instructors 

MBN Instructors

The 22 Competencies

The Competencies

MBN Alumni

MBN Alumni

What do Alumni like about Managing by Network?




The 22 Competencies




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