Executive Excellence is a three-phase, multi-session, leader development experience, targeted to executives from community services, jails, and prisons. EE is designed for the executives of the future as designated by their agency. It is targeted at new executive-level positions or senior-level positions, as designated and nominated by their agencies’ Executive Leadership.
Application Due Date: September 15, 2023*
- Pre-Session Activities begin in November 2023
Introductory Virtual Session
December 13, 2023, at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT for 2 hours
In-Person: January 28 – February 9, 2024
National Corrections Academy (NCA), Aurora, Colorado
- Virtual (Six monthly sessions from March 2024 – August 2024)
- Dates determined during pre-session activities in November 2023
- In-Person: September 9 – 13, 2024
National Corrections Academy (NCA), Aurora, Colorado
- Pre-session activities begin mid-July 2024
What is the Executive Excellence Series?
Executive Excellence (EE) is a three-phase, multi-session, leader development experience, targeted to executives from community services, jails, and prisons. It addresses critical competencies required for success and effectiveness as a contemporary correctional executive1]. EE frames the interconnecting importance of 1) physical well-being, 2) intellectual orientation and curiosity, 3) emotional resilience and stability, and 4) substantive knowledge of corrections as a field of inquiry. Multiple online assessments occur prior to Phase One (BenchMarks® 360, MBTI Step II™, and more), to build a foundation for EE activities. Activities in EE are designed to meet the current and emergent leadership and executive needs in correctional agencies. Activities include reading books and articles, small group work, individual executive coaching, and the creation of an Executive Leadership Development Plan (ELDP). Participants access/download training materials used during the course from an online portal prior to and during class activities. EE participant materials, including the manual, assessment instructions, and other materials are digital, requiring participants to have a portable laptop/large tablet for in-class use at the NCA.
 National Institute of Corrections, Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executives and Senior Level, pages 1 – 10; retrieved from this link
Who Should Apply for Selection Consideration? Am I Eligible?
EE is designed for the executives of the future as designated by their agency. It is targeted at new executive-level position or senior-level position, as designated and nominated by their agencies’ Executive Leadership and CEO.
Please see NIC’s Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executive and Senior Levels, pages 6 - 10, and 10 – 15 for sample job and responsibility areas that are appropriate for the Executive Excellence series Correctional Leadership Competencies: Executive & Senior-Level Leaders.
As organizational structures vary, NIC reviews a candidate’s role and function within their organizational structure, the scope of their roles and responsibility, in addition to agency size, type, and other factors.**
How Do I Apply for Selection Consideration?*
Follow this link to enroll in the NIC Learning Center for selection consideration by September 15, 2023:
Executive Excellence Series Phase One (ID: 24E2304)
How Do I Register as a New User of the NIC Learning Center?
Go to https://nic.learn.com/ and click New Users SignUp to create a user account for the NIC Learning Center.
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*Required Supplemental Information:
Please submit the following to NIC-ExecutiveExcellence@bop.gov by September 15, 2023:
- A letter from your agency’s CEO, on agency letterhead, endorsing your candidacy for the Executive Excellence Series, and their support for your time and participation to complete activities, before, during, and in between each series component;
- An organization chart that clearly delineates your role, function, and title in your organization; and
- A written statement (no more than several paragraphs) delineating your leader development goals, your past participation in leadership development training, including NIC training, and how you believe this executive development series will help you accomplish them.
- Current resume and/or curriculum vitae.
A candidate package is not complete until required supplemental documents are submitted by September 15, 2023.
We Want to Submit Multiple Applicants from Our/the Same Agency – What Do We Do?
NIC requires the agency CEO or designee to submit to a list of agency candidates in the order of priority for selection consideration to NIC-ExecutiveExcellence@bop.gov by September 15, 2023.
Whom Do I Contact for More Information?
Submit your questions to NIC-ExecutiveExcellence@bop.gov
What Do I Need to Know About Travel and Expenses Prior to Applying for an In-Person Learning Event at the NCA?
Go to our Training and eCourses page; then scroll down to What do I need to know as a participant intending to apply for an event? - Training Participant Information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Phase One two weeks long? Do we have class each day? What are class days like?
Yes, Phase One is two weeks. We begin with an opening dinner the first night, and class is each day from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with breaks. We do have class on Saturday of Phase One, and Sunday is open. We also have several evening sessions at our hotel, where we have fireside chats on current and emergent topics important to corrections executives. We pack a lot into Phase One!
Will I need an internet-enabled laptop for Phases One and Three?
Yes. Participants access/download training materials used during the course from an online portal prior to and during class activities. EE participant materials, including the manual, pre-session assessment instructions, and other materials are digital, requiring participants to have a portable laptop/large tablet for in-class use at the NCA.
Are there tuition or fees associated with Executive Excellence?
No. As a federal agency, there is no tuition or fees associated with NIC programs.
I work for a federal agency. Does NIC cover my travel costs or does my agency?
Your federal agency covers the travel costs associated with the program. We do require you to stay at our program hotel and arrange for flight arrival and departure times to conform to the Executive Excellence schedule.
How do I access pre-session and intersession activities related to the program? What are the deadlines for completion?
You will access all pre-session activities, such as online assessments, forms to complete and submit, activity instructions, and travel-ready information via the Executive Excellence online forum. If selected for the program, you will receive login instructions, which will include activity due dates and deadlines.
I have more questions. Who can I contact?
Submit your questions to the NIC Executive Excellence Team at NIC-ExecutiveExcellence@bop.gov or Leslie LeMaster at email@example.com
NIC ID: 24E2301