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POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
OBJECTIVES: This program is designed for those who have completed a BA degree [preferably with a major in NFPL or extensive work experience] and desire to serve in areas of institutional leadership. The focus is on administrative leadership principles for work in non-profit organizations, churches, or global work contexts. This certificate provides courses at the post- graduate level, delivered in a modular format.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this 1 year program the student shall be able to:
- demonstrate development of a thoughtful personal philosophy of service which is cognizant of contemporary culture and a Christian worldview;
- demonstrate an understanding of a Christian view of service and the need for practical, theoretical and effective administrative skill in managing organizations;
- demonstrate an holistic understanding of vocational Christian service in institutions;
- demonstrate competence in leadership and relational communication skills;
- demonstrate an understanding of institutional management systems, mission statement, strategy formation, planning, principles of governance, human resource issues and financial matters;
- demonstrate Christian character, integrity and spiritual gifting for administrative leadership.
The NFPL Graduate Certificate requires 15-credits of coursework (5 courses):
Strategy & Principles for Leading NFPL Organizations (3-credits)
This course examines the essential practices of leading and governing a Non-Profit Organisation to meet community needs. A strong focus is placed on applying leadership skills that build the organization, engage with the community and manage strategic partnerships. Effective operating practices of governing boards and the key working partnership with the CEO are examined, along with developing a leadership lens for engaging in strategic planning. Other topics include: strategic planning, program development, program implementation, evaluating effectiveness, and performance measurement to guide organization and program improvement.
Financial Management for NFPL: Fund Principles & Practices (3-credits)
This course examines the principles, issues and skills of financial management and accountability in managing the financial resources of a Non-Profit Organization. Topics include variance analysis, accounting, financial statement and ratio analysis, forecasting, cash flow analysis, internal controls, and other key financial tools. Focus is placed on developing proficiency in the use of financial data for organization and program decision-making, and to communicate and work with organization stakeholders (governing boards, funders and community) in using financial data and tools. With diverse funding practices in mind, the course provides specific guidance on grant and proposal writing, government contracts and compliance issues with the handling and raising of funds.
NFPL Human Resource Management (3-credits)
This course examines the principles, issues and skills of personnel management and accountability in overseeing and leading the employee resources of a Non-Profit Organisation. Leadership includes understanding the legal requirements and Biblical basis for how we should and are required to deal with employees and volunteers. Topics include recruitment, hiring, training, developing, compensating staff and volunteers. Effective principles and practices will be identified to help the student develop a framework for Human Resource policy, application and stewardship of staff and volunteers.
Business as Mission & Social Entrepreneurship (3-credits)
This course is an examination of the emerging movement of Business as Mission and Social Entrepreneurship, both international and domestic. The general themes covered in this course include: 1) the theology and definition of Business as Mission and Social Entrepreneurship; 2) practical issues related to using business and Social Enterprise as a vehicle for missions, and 3) specific for-profit business models, ministry models, and case studies.
The student will have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating business, mission, and entrepreneurship. In addition, this course will increase student’s awareness of the ministry potential of for-profit businesses, motivate them to view their own business career as a ministry, or how to integrate the practices into traditional Non-Profit Organisation.
NFPL Project Integration (3-credits)
This course provides an opportunity for the practical application of principles learned in an organization that operates in a foreign and/or domestic context. Students will use the applications learned and apply them in a project in a Non-Profit Organisation. This will take the form of the student identifying a problem within an organization and coming up with a solution in the form of a consultation to be presented to the Non-Profit Organisation.