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So -- you want to be a manager

Ever have an altruistic desire to lead or guide a nonprofit?

Then a 10-course certificate offered by Northampton Community College could be for you -- as well as for anyone seeking to grow their managerial and leadership skills.

The Center for Business & Industry at NCC is partnering with the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University to offer a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

The partnership offers access to 10 of the most popular and practical classes for current and future nonprofit leaders offered by the La Salle Nonprofit Center. Included are courses on financial management, marketing, strategic planning and leadership. (Sounds like this is valuable information for those who work in for-profit businesses, as well.)

The one-day courses, which begin next month, will be held in the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The courses do not have to be taken in any specific order to achieve the certificate, although each is required for the certificate.

Also, professionals not necessarily seeking the certificate can take one or as many of the courses as they desire.

The fee is $159 per course. All courses, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be taught by staff from La Salle University, which is based in Philadelphia.

Visit this website to register or contact NCC’s Center for Business & Industry at 610-332-8678.

A look at the courses:

-- Nonprofit Management 101, Feb. 9

Learn the key responsibilities of senior managers and executive directors (fundraising finance, human resources, marketing programming, etc.) as well as the critical relationship between staff and board in any nonprofit. Pathways to becoming an effective leader, manager and facilitator will be clarified. Learn to identify potential critical management issues and address them effectively.

-- Foundations of Financial Management, Feb. 23

Develop the basic skills to manage nonprofit finances. Understand and interpret your organization’s financial story. Learn to read and interpret financial reports, how to separate financial duties to protect your organization and how to allocate expenses across programs for more effective resource management.

-- Foundations of Human Resources, March 9

Understand the major human resources responsibilities in nonprofits. Become familiar with major workplace laws and legal principles that govern the employment relationship, learn about good policies and procedures to create an effective working environment. Includes a step-by-step process for addressing performance problems and guidelines for hiring the right people.

-- Fundamentals of Successful Fundraising, March 22

Introduction to fundraising concepts and tools to implement them. Explore funding trends, donor motivation, creating your case, planning, analysis and requirements of different fundraising strategies. Develop an understanding of the skills, techniques and resources involved in fundraising and how to spend your time and energy to achieve the best results.

-- Building a Successful Marketing Program, April 5

Learn the fundamental principles of marketing and how to apply them as part of your organization’s overall strategy. Become proficient in auditing your communications, developing a marketing plan and implementing the plan to help your organization succeed.

-- Evaluating the Impact of Your Programs, April 27

Learn about program evaluation tools, including a step-by-step model, and engage in focused dialogue about concrete ways to assess your programs.-- 

-- Effective Nonprofit Governance: How Boards Should Work, May 11

Learn the responsibilities of board membership for the individual and the full board, including the law’s performance expectations. Discover how to maximize the critical partnership between the board and the executive director and effective tools for assessing board effectiveness.

-- Effective Communications to Build Relationships, Engagement and Understanding, May 25

Strengthen your communication skill-set to more effectively say what you mean, understand what others are conveying to you and ensure that others receive your messages as intended.

-- Keys to Successful Strategic Planning, June 8

Learn to create a living, constituent-driven strategic plan that is a critical management tool for board and executive leadership. Learn techniques to gather stakeholder data, develop a shared vision, prioritize strategic goals, integrate the plan into daily operations and evaluate the plan’s effectiveness.

-- What Makes a Superior Leader? Creating and Mastering a Successful Leadership Style, June 22

For current and future executives who aspire to be highly effective leaders who motivate, inspire, earn trust and get results. Explore the essence of nonprofit leadership and develop an understanding of the traits that make for successful leaders.

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