Managing by Network
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply to Managing by Network?
Managing by Network is designed for federal managers, specialists, coordinators and front-line supervisors with position responsibilities that include working with partners, permittees and community stalkeholders.
This interagency course relies on the diversity of its participants.
Those from the federal workforce represent the National/Washington Office; Multi-State Program Areas; State, Regional, or District Offices; and Site-Based or Field Offices.
Employees with critical support roles, such as grants and agreements, contracting, public affairs, information collections, and law enforcement are eligible to apply.
Cohosting agencies include the BLM, USFS, and USFWS, DOI, Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR).
The Academy provides open seats in Managing by Network for public agency and nonprofit employees who have similar responsibilities and work with at least one cohost agency of the course.
Federal, state, regional authority, county, municipal, tribes, and nonprofit representatives who work with DOI and USDA cohost agencies may apply.
Managing by Network alumni include representatives from BLM, DHS, DOD, DON, EPA, NOAA, NPS, NRCS, USACE, USBR, USGS, USFS, USFWS, and employees of states, counties, and nonprofits.
Is this course right for you?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, this training is a good fit for your professional development.
- Do you spend at least 25% of your time working with either partners, permittees, or stakeholders?
- Does your position description include partnerships, or permits and community collaboration responsibilities?
- Do you work with at least 5 formal or informal partnerships, or facilitate public meetings, advisory committees, or community collaboratives?
- Do you serve in a critical support role, such as grants and agreements, public affairs, information collections, or law enforcement associated with partnerships, permits and stakeholder engagement?
- Are you willing to dedicate at least 2 hours a week for six months to improving your practice?
When and where does this class meet?
On Wednesdays or Thursdays from January to June, participants attend a live, two hour webinar each week for three consecutive weeks.
On the fourth week, participants have a Study Hall to catch up on coursework or complete optional assignments to strengthen their professional skills set and network.
Each of the 17 sessions is offered as a live webinar, in seminar sized groups, at four different times. The Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta cohorts meet Wednesday and Thursday, 11 AM - 1 PM and 2 - 4 PM Eastern Time.
While participants are assigned to a cohort day and time for class size and planning purposes, we expect schedule conflicts and have an open door policy.
Participants are welcome to “float” to another cohort for any given week to accommodate their schedule.
How do I attend the webinars?
Classes are held via WebEx and conference call line. WebEx can be used via desktop or mobile device.
Participants will receive a weekly email with WebEx links and conference call information.
Each email announcement contains:
- Managing by Network session agenda for that week
- Pre-webinar assignments
- Phone conference number
- Links to WebEx for all four webinar cohorts (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta)
- Links to course notebook, reminders, and resources
For more information, download How to join a webinar (PDF).
What is the required time commitment?
Managing by Network includes 17 webinar sessions, scheduled from January to June. Each session includes:
- 2 hours of instruction, case study presentations, interactive exercises, break-out groups, and facilitated discussion;
- Pre-webinar assignments that will take less than an hour to complete. Not every session includes a pre-webinar assignment.
Participants are required to attend 10 live webinars to receive a certificate and credit for the course.
We do not record Managing by Network webinars in order to allow participants to speak freely in the classroom.
Self-Study materials are provided to support learning and development and allow participants to catch up on missed sessions.
Participants are required to complete an individual Training Needs Self-Assessment and the course Evaluation; each survey takes about 30-45 minutes. Self-Assessment results serve as a benchmark for course participants and enable us to tailor the course to better meet the training needs of the incoming class.
What if I miss a class?
Participants who miss a session may review course materials at our website and follow up with the instructors as needed.
Webinars are not recorded to ensure that constructive and frank dialogue among participants and instructors is not taken out of context.
Participants who have a planned absence may invite a colleague to take their place for a limited number of sessions.
Participants who review missed webinars through Self-Study may receive additional credit towards an honors certificate, after the requirement of attending 10 live webinars is met.
What is Study Hall?
Participants attend a live webinar each week for three consecutive weeks.
On the fourth week, participants have a “free” week to complete Study Hall activities.
Study hall work is optional and is designed to help apply the materials learned in class to work responsibilities.
- Office Hours: chat with an instructor and classmates, 2-3 pm ET Thursdays
- Self Study: catch up or dive deeper on instructional materials for additional credit
- Homework: use self-assessments and workbook exercises to apply practices and lessons learned from the course
- Network: reach out to classmates and instructors
Self Study, Homework, and Networking activities may be completed and reported for credit at any time during the course.
Is there homework? Do I need to prepare before class?
Your homework is to apply what you’ve learned at the earliest opportunity.
Pre-webinar assignments offered throughout the course include watching or listening to instructional videos and podcasts ranging from 5 to 30 minutes and reading blog posts. These videos, podcasts and posts provide a context for webinar discussion.
Completing these assignments will enrich facilitated discussions and peer-learning.
Study hall weeks include homework that is optional. This includes self-assessments and workbook exercises designed to hone your skills.
Will I receive a certificate for this training?
Participants who attend 10 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, a minimum of 10 live plus self-study, are awarded a certificate with honors.
Participants will not receive a certificate by completing self-study in place of attending 10 live webinars.
Note that agencies may have their own policies and procedures regarding attendance. Please review your attendance obligations with your training coordinator.
The acceptance of a scholarship obligates the course participant to fulfill the course requirements, on behalf of their work unit. In the event that a course participant needs to withdraw from the course, prior to completing certificate requirements, work unit reimbursement of the scholarship may apply.
Is supervisor approval required?
Yes, as applicable.
Are you required to seek supervisory approval for training? If you answered yes, then we need your supervisor's recommendation to complete your application package.
Please forward the link to the Academy's Supervisor Approval Form to your supervisor as part of the application process.
Supervisors are requested to complete the form and approve or decline an applicant's participation.
Applications are considered incomplete without supervisor approval when required; this will affect your eligibility for the course.
The Supervisor Approval Form provides us with:
- Written confirmation of approval from your Supervisor.
- Supervisor input on your training needs. Their responses, in addition to your own, inform our selection process and decisions on curriculum content for the year.
- Contact information for course follow up.
- Assurance that your supervisor is aware of your time commitment throughout this 6-month course.
What is the cost of tuition? Are there scholarships?
Tuition is $1,600.
As cohost agencies, the BLM, USFWS, and USFS provide a limited number of National Scholarships for participants from their respective agencies.
What is the Case Study Program?
The Case Study Program gives participants the opportunity to speak to a success, failure, challenge, opportunity, work-in-progress or vision relative to their work.
It is voluntary and not required for course completion.
These presentations promote peer-learning and networking, and are posted to the Academy's case study catalog.
In 2019, 12 course participants will have the opportunity to present a case study.