How to Apply
The Certificate in Leadership is a virtual 10-week program for nonprofit leaders who are new to managing people or programs (have been in their position for less than three years). Through peer-based learning groups, group coaching calls and one-on-one coaching, the program prepares current and emerging nonprofit leaders to effectively lead and manage in our dynamically changing sector while strengthening their organizations and communities.
The Certificate in Leadership consists of the following experiences:
- Virtual orientation and meet and greet
- Five virtual, half-day training sessions (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) facilitated by expert practitioners
- Four virtual group coaching sessions (one hour each) in between each training session
- A 30-minute virtual individual coaching session
- Follow-up monthly facilitated (virtual) group coaching calls (one hour each)
All classes and content empower participants to practice skill development in the following areas:
- Reflective writing
- Critical thinking
- Giving and receiving feedback
- 100% of graduates say they can respond authentically to changes and challenges facing today’s nonprofit leaders, up from 59% before the program.
- Participants’ ability to understand themselves and manage their organizational responsibilities increased from 88% to 100% from the beginning to the end of the program.
- 100% of participants say they understood their leadership style and could develop a plan to enhance their skills after the program, up from 77% before the program began.
Acceptance into the Certificate in Leadership program is by application only and consists of the following steps.
Step 1: Organizations nominate leaders to participate
Step 2: Nominees are invited to complete an application
Step 3: Certificate participants are selected and announced
Please note that applications for the 2023 program have closed. To be the first to learn when applications open again, sign up to receive an email.
Candidates must be new to their position (three years or less) in managing people or programs for the first time. Examples include a CEO or executive director who has just joined an organization, a first-time manager who is learning how to effectively lead others or a professional who is new to overseeing a program or department.
Candidates must commit to attending all sessions on the published dates.
Candidates must have the support from executive staff and senior leaders to attend, practice and implement what they’re learning through the program.