Senior Management Institute


Critical Management Frameworks. Grounded in Real World Knowledge.

The health of an organization is closely linked to the quality and working culture of its management team. Senior-level staff often have a wealth of expertise and skills gained from on-the-job experience or nonprofit management training programs. What isn’t taught – in the classroom or in the field – is a solid grounding in management techniques such as leading teams and effectively managing others.

Senior Management Institute will give senior-level arts and culture professionals the tools, networks and confidence to improve your management and communication skills and to lead high-performing teams.

This eight-month program will provide a supportive but challenging environment where senior staff members will work with NAS, their peers and faculty from some of the best universities in the country. We will explore management frameworks to examine and reframe challenges, test new ideas and lead teams in a variety of circumstances. Participants will connect with a community of mentors and peers from a diverse set of arts and culture institutions from around the country. This network of individuals will help broaden perspectives and serve as a support system throughout the program and beyond.


Selection Criteria

Senior Management Institute is open to senior-level staff, including vice presidents (or equivalent) and departmental heads in US culture organizations who are open, curious, motivated to make a difference and supported by their CEOs.



Participants notified of application status: May 16, 2016

First payment due: June 16, 2016

Managing Teams & Decision Making: September 18-21, 2016
Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Learning from Home Fall 2016–Winter 2017

Final payment due: December 1, 2016

Creating a Culture of Openness & Innovation February 21-24, 2017
Jacksonville, Florida



The full cost of tuition is $10,000 per person but with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation we’ve been able to reduce that to $2,750.  Participants who submit their tuition in full by June 16, 2016 will only pay $2,500. Participants can also pay in two installments of $1,375.