Managing by Network

Managing by Network

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The Class of 2023 is underway.


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Applications will open in fall 2023.


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

Join us for Managing by Network, a series of 18 live, interactive webinars that will improve your preparedness in 22 competencies crucial to your job. 

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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, and outreach

2023 Course Overview

  • Course Start Date: January 11 and 12, 2023

  • Course End Date: May 31 and June 1, 2023

  • Course Format: 18 live webinars and 5 study hall weeks. All coursework is completed online, no travel is required. Participants meet weekly for two hours, in one of four seminar sized groups. Attendees may participate on the day and time of their choice based on 4 options. Participants should plan on spending 38 contact hours completing the requirements for this course.

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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) and the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) 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.

Superviso r 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 completing your application.

Opportunity for Continuing Education: earn a certificate for Managing by Network and qualify for 3 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or 2 undergraduate college credits. Credits are certified by Shepherd University, WV in partnership with the USFWS National Conservation Training Center.

Managing by Network Learning Objectives

Applying knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency,
  2. Build trust with partners, interested parties, and the public using a professional skill set of 22 competencies,
  3. Demonstrate professional competence in applying best practices for partnership, community collaboration, and tribal consultation,
  4. Apply social science concepts and practices to support relevance and resilience in partnering and collaboration,
  5. Recognize the relationship between sunshine laws including the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act to build accountability and trust between public agencies or organizations and their partners, interested parties, and the public. 

Learn more about the 22 competencies.

Instructional content for Managing by Network features the knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors associated with 22 partnership and community collaboration competencies (as defined by OPM) and is presented over 18 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 and podcasts, as pre-webinar assignments to support a variety of learning styles. Participants may utilize their study hall week to complete homework exercises, network with course participants, and engage in self-study that reinforces classroom learning and application.
Participants must attend a minimum of 10 webinars to earn a certificate for 38 hours of applied training. Participants may also present a case study as part of their coursework. 

Managing by Network is cohosted by:

  • Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy
  • BLM National Training Center and National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships Directorate
  • DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution
  • NPS Stewardship Institute
  • USACE Institute for Water Resources Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise
  • USDA FS National Partnership Office
  • USFWS National Conservation Training Center
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