Managing by Network 2018

Managing by Network

Explore practices. Build skills. Learn from peers. 

Gain new insights in partnership and community collaboration.

Our 2018 class is now underway.


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Course Overview

Are you a public lands manager, specialist or front-line supervisor involved in partnership and community collaboration?

Seize this opportunity to participate in the Academy's flagship course, Managing by Network. 
Course Start Date: January 17 and 18, 2018
Course End Date: June 13 and 14, 2018

Join us for a series of 17 webinars. Preview the 2018 Schedule.

  • Learn how to strengthen formal and informal partnerships and foster community stakeholder engagement. 
  • Gain insights on working with other public agencies, nonprofits, foundations, and corporations. 
  • Acquire knowledge and build skills with your interagency peers.

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, evaluation, facilitation, negotiation, partnership assessment, and more. See the 2018 Schedule for a complete list of topics.

Highlighted Authorities: the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Federal Ethics Regulations related to partnership and community collaboration.

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 Recommendation: If your position requires supervisor approval to participate in this course, please ask your supervisor to review the requirements for Managing by Network and complete the Supervisor Recommendation by November 1, 2017. Your application cannot be considered without this recommendation.


The $1,600 fee for Managing by Network includes 17 webinars, 5 study halls, individual training needs analysis, course evaluation, and training certificate.


National Scholarships

In 2018, 80 of the 120 course participants will represent BLM, USFWS, and USFS as National Scholarship recipients of the Managing by Network cohost agencies.

There are no direct expenses to the work unit of participants selected for National Scholarships funded by BLM, USFWS, and USFS. Applicants from these agencies are automatically considered for a National Scholarship in the selection process.

Funding is provided by the National Partnership Offices of the BLM and USFS, the BLM National Training Center, and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. 

Scholarship selection is competitive. Complete your application by November 1, 2017, and you will be notified of your status (accepted, alternate, or wait list) by December 15, 2017. Alternates may be admitted into the class up until the start date.

Applicants not selected for a scholarship seat may seek enrollment through open seating, funded by their work unit. 


Open Seats

Open Seats are available to federal employees or consultants; state, county, and municipal agency partners; representatives of tribes; and nonprofit organizations. Federal employees or consultants include but are not limited to DOD, EPA, NOAA, NPS, NRCS, USACE, USBR, and USGS.

Open-Seat tuition is paid by the individual's agency work unit or organization, or by the individual. Open seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Complete your application and we will contact you regarding selection and details for tuition payment. 

Tuition payments may be processed by credit card, or when applicable, by the federal SF-182 invoicing process. Once payment is confirmed, your registration will be complete. 

See the FAQ  "How do I pay tuition?" for more details regarding tuition payments for individuals.

Refund Policy

Do you work on behalf of a public agency or organization? Would you like to reserve seats for this course? Contact Liz Madison concerning details and tuition.

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 partners using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage, and partner cultural awareness;
  3. sustain partnership accountability 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 intent of agency policies and practices related to partner fundraising and donation activities. 

Required Time Commitment

Managing by Network is designed to help participants apply course content to their current partnership and community collaboration responsibilities.

This course includes 17 webinar sessions, scheduled from January to June. Each session includes:

  • 2 hours of instruction, case study presentations, interactive exercises, and facilitated discussion;
  • Pre-webinar assignments throughout the course include instructional videos ranging from 5 to 30 minutes and a few brief articles.

Participants are required to complete an individual Training Needs Self-Assessment and the course Evaluation; each survey takes about 30-45 minutes.

Voluntary Time Commitment

Case Study Program: Participants may complete an optional Case Study Presentation. These presentations promote peer-learning and networking and are posted to the Academy's resource library

Study Hall: Once the course begins, participants attend a webinar each week for three consecutive weeks. On the fourth week, participants have Study Hall. 

Study hall work is optional and designed to help apply the materials learned in class. During this week you may participate in:

  • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and classmates, 2-3 pm ET Thursdays
  • Self study: catch up or dive deeper on instructional materials
  • Homework: using self-assessments and workbook exercises, apply what you have learned
  • Network: reach out to classmates and instructors


Flexible Schedule Option

Preview the 2018 Schedule.

Please note that we do not record Managing by Network webinars. Participants who miss a class may review course material at our website, invite a colleague to take their place for a limited number of sessions, or follow up with the instructors as needed. Participants can make up missed webinars through Self-Study to receive credit.

With 120 participants, the Academy offers each webinar in the series four times. During the selection process, course participants are assigned to a seminar group of about 30 participants. 

If you have a schedule conflict with your assigned group, you are always welcome join another group for the session. 

On your application, please select your preferred day and time: Wednesday or Thursday, starting at 11 AM Eastern Time Zone or 2 PM Eastern Time Zone.

Time zone map: 11 AM Eastern


Time Zone Map: 2PM Eastern

Course Completion and Certificates

Participants who attend 7 or more live Managing by Network webinars are awarded a certificate as an official record of 36 hours of training in 22 partnership and community collaboration competencies defined by OPM.

Participants who present a Case Study are awarded a certificate with honors.

Participants who complete 15 or more webinars are awarded a certificate with honors.

Managing by Network

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
MBN Course Schedule

MBN Course Schedule



 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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