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Cooperative Agreement - Executive Excellence: A Professional Development Program for Correctional Leaders

Cooperative Agreements Cover
Apr 2018

Questions and Answers below:

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to support the development, enhancement and sustainability of nationwide correctional leadership. The successful awardee will have the executive level background to understand the sensitivity and political nature of the target audience.

The Executive Excellence Seminar

NIC recognizes the importance of providing ongoing networking and professional development for executives in corrections, and anticipates conducting the final phase of the Executive Excellence training program during this next six (6) month project period. Executives in Corrections (program participants) have consistently identified the need for gaining valuable information and instruction from experienced directors, sheriffs, and chief probation officers learning from their peers and developing mentoring relationships with other participants.
NIC proposes to meet the unique training needs of corrections executives by offering them the opportunity to attend and a final four-day training and orientation program that focuses on the issues they will face early in their career. This experience will provide executives with the exceptional insight into the arena of corrections from other experienced directors’, sheriffs’, chief probation officers’, or senior administrators’ points-of-view with additional insights offered from, NIC Staff and other outside Technical Resource Providers TRP’s).

Goals and Objectives

The goals of these professional development training programs are to develop and enhance competency based leadership skills for federal, state, and local executives in corrections, focusing on collaborative and sustainable approaches to organizational management.
The successful applicant(s) must: (1) articulate a clear understanding of the unique training needs of executives in corrections, (2) have effectively incorporated adult learning principles into training modules, (3) have coordinated and facilitated training at the Executive Level, and (4) work as the primary project team who serve as the co-lead faculty for this exciting developmental effort for correctional executives.
The program’s overall objectives include the following:
  • Provide correctional executives with insight to their leadership roles and the multiple complexities that accompany changes of command;
  • Provide a safe and confidential training environment where correctional leaders may candidly discuss challenges and experiences involving their organization, both internal and external; and
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to share information, engage in networking and mentoring relationships as well thoughtfully review emerging issues and trends that are impacting the field of corrections.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 10, 2018.

Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

1. You indicate the need to provide corrections executives with the opportunity to attend a final, four-day training and orientation program (page 6).

Yes, we have scheduled the 2 sessions, the first for the week of July 9th through 14th. and the second will be conducted in September from the 24th through the 29th. Participants will be required to travel to Aurora, CO on July 9th or September 24th. There will be a brief orientation session scheduled on the evening of the 9th or the 24th. Normally those sessions are set for an overview of the program and reconnection or get acquainted session for the participants. Both July 14th and September 29 are travel days only. Tuesday through Friday of both weeks are full 8 hour instructional/activity days with 2 additional 1.5 hour casual instructional sessions scheduled the evening.
2. On page 7, the requirement is to plan, conduct and evaluate two, four-day sessions. Should I assume this is two offerings of the same four-day training?
As close as possible the 2 weeks presented should be the same. Both participant classes have been through the training as the agenda describes in the response to question 3 and the agenda is attached for review.
3. Also on page 7, you indicate the awardee must be familiar with both Phase 1 of your executive training and six WebEx sessions that were offered in FY 17 and 18. Can you provide an agenda for that training and/or a list of topics that were covered in the WebEx sessions?