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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 Leslie LeMaster 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.

MDF is comprised of three hybrid phases over 12 – 18 months.  The first phase is three days in person, and Phases Two and Three are comprised of seven (7), 3-hour virtual instructor-led sessions, occurring over a month. See the MDF Series Overview slide deck, to gain more information on the structure and activities of NIC’s MDF series.

Learning strategies used in this hybrid individual and organizational development series include independent e-learning courses, an online 360-degree feedback leadership assessment, additional assessments, individual reading assignments, individual developmental coaching sessions, and the development of 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 to apply skills and strategies learned in the program to build organizational capacity and manage organizational change.

Application Requirements

Agencies interested in this series must submit a letter of interest from their CEO describing their organization’s need and commitment to participate in this hybrid skills-based series, which totals approximately 120 hours over a 12 - 18 month* period. The 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 before and throughout the series. A comprehensive readiness assessment process and interview(s) with the executive level of the agency applying will be conducted before 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.

Who is this relevant to?

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.

As NIC is a federal agency, there are no tuition or fees for our programs. NIC will cover the costs of faculty and NIC staff, assessments and instruments, etc.

We ask our partner agencies to supply a training site, with one main classroom of 1200 square feet minimum, two additional breakout rooms of 400 square feet minimum, A/V equipment such as ceiling mount projector, DVD player and speakers if required, easel charts and pads, and typical training supplies, such as easel markers, masking tape, etc. 

For more information on the MDF series or the application process, please contact Leslie LeMaster, Correctional Program Specialist, Academy Division,

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

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