Mid-Career Managers Institute

A focused leadership development institute for those who identify themselves as mid-career professionals.

2015-16 MCMI participants, mentors and staff attend the West Coast Regional Summit. VIA ICMA-owned image

ICMA identifies mid-career as those who hold leadership positions in their organizations, military, public/private sector, academies; and managers/assistants/department heads not ready to be credentialed but looking for their next challenge. The Institute also provides a focused educational experience for members already credentialed.

Program Details

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Classes for the 2021-2022 cohort will begin in May 2021. 

Fee: $1,795 for members and nonmembers; includes: 

  • Registration to the ICMA Annual Conference
  • Four mini-courses, occurring throughout the duration of the Institute. 
  • Credentialed manager to serve as his or her coach.
  • Completion of a Management Application Project ensures participant receives 6-months credit towards the Credentialing Program experience requirements

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What You Can Expect

The Institute is an 18 month program designed to enhance and develop participants’ leadership abilities and effectiveness. This is accomplished by providing:

  • Broader understanding of their responsibilities as leaders;
  • Perspective on some of the critical leadership and management issues facing mid-career managers; and
  • Understanding and awareness of concepts and techniques relevant to local government management.

Completion of the Institute will count as six-months of executive experience credit towards becoming a Credentialed Manager. To earn this credit, participants must complete a Management Application Project, supervised by a local government mentor.

Who is Right for the Program

If any or all of the following apply to you, the Mid-Career Managers Institute is the perfect program for you! 

  • Are you a mid-career professional or do you know someone who is?
  • Are you new to local government but not new to management?
  • Are you an experienced local government department head looking to make the jump to the manager's seat?
  • Are you ready to connect with other mid-career professionals to identify and develop signature leadership practices and strengthen core management skills?
  • Are you looking for your next challenge?

Program of Events

  1. Four mini-courses, taught via conference call, will occur throughout the duration of the program. 
  2. Participants will be assigned a credentialed manager to serve as his/her coach.
  3. In recognition of the professional-development commitment and contribution to the profession by graduates of ICMA's Mid-Career Managers Institute, the ICMA Executive Board will award six months of executive-experience credit toward meeting requirements of becoming an ICMA Credentialed Manager upon completion of this program. To earn this credit, participants must complete a Management Application Project, supervised by a local government mentor.

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