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Management Development for the Future (MDF) Series

Are you interested in building and developing your  middle managers through NIC’s Management Development for the Future series? If so, contact us today!

What is Management Development for the Future (MDF)?
MDF is NIC’s Management Development for the Future series, a dynamic, agency exclusive, individual and organizational development experience, which primarily targets the middle management 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.

This agency leadership development series is conducted over 12–18 months* and is provided to participants within selected agencies. The learning strategies used in this “blended” individual and organizational development series includes three, three day on-site classroom sessions or “phases” spread out over the series, independent e-Learning courses, online instructor-led sessions via the WebEx platform between on-site sessions, an online 360-degree feedback leadership assessment, individual reading assignments, individual developmental coaching sessions, and the development of a personal leadership development plans. Participants will prepare a dynamic Leadership Plan and undertake action-based learning projects 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.

Application Requirements
interested in this series must submit a letter of interest from their CEO describing their organization’s need and commitment to participate in this blended skills-based series, which totals approximately 120 hours over a 12 - 18 month* period. Final selection and scheduling of the MDF series is contingent on the organization’s commitment 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: This application process is for agencies only. A correctional agency from jails, prisons, or community corrections must apply and be selected for this leadership development series. Once an agency is selected, individual application and participant selection will be conducted through the agency in collaboration with NIC.

Manager-level positions in selected correctional agencies may include Corrections Unit or Program Manager; Institution/Prison Department Head; Deputy Superintendent of Institution/Prison Department; Institution/Prison Major or Captain; Boot Camp Director; Probation, Parole, Community Corrections, or Community Sentencing Department Head or Regional/District Manager; Interstate Compact Administrator; Deputy Jail Administrator; Jail Department Head; Juvenile Facility Department Head; Juvenile Probation Department Head; Accounting, Budget, Legal, Purchasing, and/or Contracts Manager; Human resources functions such as Diversity Manager, Labor Relations, Public Information, and Training Manager; Information/Technology Services Manager; Capital Programs or Correctional Industries Administrator; Health Services or Substance Abuse Program Manager; Victim/Witness Program Manager; and Food Service or Facilities Manager. Please see NIC’s Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Manager and Supervisor Levels , pages 15 – 19, for sample job and responsibility areas that are appropriate for the MDF series.

Note: NIC does not pay participant expenses related to attendance or participation in the MDF series. 

For more information on the MDF series or the application process, please contact Leslie LeMaster, Correctional Program Specialist, Academy Division, , 1-800-995-6429, ext. 6620.

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


*When an agency is selected, training dates will be negotiated between NIC and the requesting agency.