CLM8123 - Partnership and Community Collaboration: Managing by Network

Course CodeCLM8123
Course TitlePartnership and Community Collaboration: Managing by Network

Selection of participants in this inter-agency course is determined through an application process. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY HERE. See “How to Apply” below. For more information on this course, please contact your agency training staff. For USFWS employees, contact Nancy Zapotocki,

Managing by Network is an interagency applied learning course designed for federal managers, specialists or front-line supervisors involved in partnership and community collaboration. Curriculum centers on the 22 partnership and community collaboration competencies defined by OPM.

Participants will learn how to strengthen formal and informal partnerships, foster community stakeholder engagement, and explore practices and build skills with your interagency peers. The course begins in January and ends in June and includes 17 webinars. Seminar groups meet via webinar every week for three weeks followed by study hall activities in week four. This pattern repeats from January to June.

Through a series of 17 two-hour webinars, the contracted lead instructors, along with guest instructors from public agencies, the private sector, and the nonprofit community, share knowledge and insights on partnerships management. Topics include collaborative leadership, entrepreneurship, ethics, evaluation, managing agreements, negotiations, partner cultural awareness and more. Visit the website for course materials, instructional videos, case studies and more at


Applying the knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:

  • Create or strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency.
  • Build trust with external partners using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage, and partner cultural awareness.
  • Sustain partnership accountability using external awareness and communication skills including collaboration, conflict management, facilitation, persuasion, and negotiation.
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate formal partnership agreements and projects that rely on a mix of federal and nonfederal funding.
  • Recognize the intent of agency policies and practices related to partner fundraising and donation activities.


Field managers, program leads, or specialists with current partnership or community collaboration responsibilities.


Please discuss attendance with your supervisor before applying. Application opens in October. Applications will be accepted until November 1. DO NOT APPLY HERE. To apply for this course, go to:
You will be notified of your selection in December.


The BLM, USFWS, and USFS are Managing by Network cohost agencies. A limited number of National Scholarship seats are funded by each of these agencies. Applicants selected from these agencies will receive a National Scholarship, so there are no direct costs to the selected participant’s work unit.  Applicants not selected for a scholarship seat may seek enrollment through open seating, which will funded by their work unit. 

Delivery MethodOnline Instructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,600.00
Instructional Hours34
Course Content ContactLinda Lufkin;; (304) 876-7484;
Curriculum CategoryHuman Dimensions
Registration LinkLMS
College Credit NameSemester Hours
College Credit Value2
Extracted from DOI LEARN on1/22/2019 3:30:20 AM

Schedule:  CLM8123 - Partnership and Community Collaboration: Managing by Network