The Commission seeks proposals from organizations to continue the Archives Leadership Institute, which it first funded in 2008. The Archives Leadership Institute seeks to build the capacity of mid-career archivists as leaders both in their own institutions and in the archives field.
The NHPRC envisions a program that will tailor contemporary best practices in leadership skills to issues specific to archives professionals. The Commission is especially interested in proposals that make creative use of meeting times and both face-to-face and virtual instruction. The grantee will be responsible for all project phases, from curriculum design and development through administering the program for the attendees it selects. Topics for the Institute may include issues in managing and leading change, cultural competency, strategic planning, fund raising, and advocacy. In addition, there should be opportunities for participants to develop solutions to the specific needs of their institutions. Institute faculty should be diverse in composition and include experts and educators in leadership development and organizational management, as well as experienced archival leaders.
Project plans (including staffing model and planned activities) must demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment, and upholding core values of collaboration, experimentation, innovation, creativity, and diversity in all forms. Promotional plans and outreach activities must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to engaging, listening to, and supporting a diverse and inclusive community of archivists. The NHPRC strongly encourages project teams that include racially and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and attendees.