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Correctional Leadership Development (CLD) Series

NIC is currently seeking two correctional agency partners interested in building and developing their senior level leaders through the blended Correctional Leadership Development series. Contact us today!

What is the Correctional Leadership Development (CLD) series?
CLD is NIC’s Correctional Leadership Development series, a dynamic, agency exclusive, individual and organizational development experience, which primarily targets the senior level tier of a correctional organization. It simultaneously engages all levels of agency leadership through internal action-based learning strategies at the individual, team and agency levels.

NIC currently offers CLD virtually via the WebEx platform The virtual CLD series is comprised of two, 32 hour phases, which consist of eight (8) live virtual instructor led training classes (VILT) per phase of three (3) hours each, with intersession assignments and activities between each live class. For example, live class every Tuesday and Thursday, with corresponding individual and team assignments between each live VILT class.

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Pre-session work involves participants completing several online instruments and reading assignments. This program is grounded in the evidence based Leadership Challenge Model© developed by James Kouzes and Barry Posner and addresses five leadership practices: (1) challenging the process, (2) inspiring a shared vision, (3) enabling others to act, (4) modeling the way, and (5) encouraging the heart. An on-line 360-degree feedback instrument assesses the participant’s behavior against these five leadership practices. Other instruments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Profiles of Organizational Influencing Strategies (POIS) and others assess psychological type, use of power and influencing strategies, and team strategies used by course participants. Participants will prepare a dynamic leadership development plan, participate in individual developmental coaching, and undertake action-based learning projects [1] focused on the relevant issues in their agencies with the intention of applying skills and strategies learned in the program to build organizational capacity and manage organizational change between sessions one and two.

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Who Should Express Interest in the CLD Series?

Correctional agencies (jails, prisons and community corrections agencies) interested in developing an internal cadre of up to 30 senior level leaders within their organizations. Those organizations who have participated in NIC’s Management Development for the Future (MDF) series) will be given priority consideration. Once an agency is selected, individual application and participant selection will be conducted through the agency in collaboration with NIC.
What is Action Learning? Retrieved September 28, 2021 from World Institute For Action Learning 

Who Should Attend Within Selected Agencies?
Senior-level leaders in a selected correctional agency(ies) may include Director of Probation, Parole, or Community Corrections; Deputy Director of Probation, Parole, or Community Corrections; Director of the Division of Institutions/Prisons; Deputy Director of the Division of Institutions/Prisons; Regional or District Director of Field Services (Probation and/or Parole, Community Corrections, Community Sentencing); Warden/Superintendent; Juvenile Facility Administrator; Juvenile Detention Director/Superintendent; Juvenile Probation Director (can also be executive level depending on state); Jail Administrators; Deputy Jail Administrators in large systems; Directors of combined field and institutional regions/programs; Correctional Industries Director.; Deputy Correctional Industries Administrator; Medical and Program Services Director; Deputy Medical and Program Services Director; Capital Program Director; Deputy Capital Program Director; Director of Human Resources, Budget, or Information Services; and Deputy Director of Human Resources, Budget, or Information Services. Please see NIC’s Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executive and Senior Levels, pages 1 – 15, for sample job and responsibility areas that are appropriate for the CLD series

Agency Application Process
interested in this series must submit a letter of interest to the NIC Contact (see below) from their CEO describing their organization’s need and commitment to participate in this blended skills-based series, which totals approximately 80 hours over a 12 month* period. Final selection and scheduling of the blended CLD series is contingent on the organization’s commitment, readiness and preparedness to support the series actively and sponsor participants in their learning prior to and throughout the series. A comprehensive readiness assessment process and interview(s) with the executive level of the agency applying will be conducted prior to NIC’s commitment to the series.

Note: NIC does not pay participant expenses related to attendance or participation in this blended CLD series.

*When an agency is selected, a comprehensive project plan and series scheduling will be negotiated between NIC and the requesting agency based upon readiness processes.

NIC Contact
Leslie LeMaster, Academy Division; 800–995–6429, ext. 6620, or 303–338-6620; e-mail:

NIC continuously accepts interest inquiries from agencies related to the blended CLD series.