EMNA-PALMO

SOCIAL SECTOR LEADERSHIP: DOING GOOD AND DOING IT WELL

The University of San Francisco’s Nonprofit Administration is committed to value-leadership development. Recognizing the need for educating socially conscious, organizational competent and impactful leaders we have created an opportunity to upgrade the educational background of executive and leaders across social sectors. In times of rapid change and need for resilience to moment of crisis we are invited to prepare and become competent to make a positive difference in the world through social sector leadership. When businesses and government fail and when simple voluntarism if not enough we are reminded of the essential services provided by professional social sector managers and leaders.  From hospitals to schools, from churches to grassroots organizations,  from foundations to NGOs, and from social enterprises to impact investing, the diversity and innovation of the social sector is at the core of our communities and a vocation for our careers.

Through intense training certifications and supported by innovative multi-platforms of hybrid conference systems and online learning management systems, our participates are able to interact with peers professionals, benefits from executive leadership knowledge and engage in applied and project based learning. In the last 35 plus years, the graduate education provided by the University of San Francisco in nonprofit administration, management and leadership has provided a springboard for elevating the impact, competence and sustainability of the nonprofit-social sector.  Those of us who have been in the sector, know that bridging our values into a professional career is not only an outcome to our careers but also a vocation to align with our high purpose and deeper meaning of our existence.  It is a call to invest our lives for others. It is a call to do good and doing it well.

EXECUTIVE MASTER OF NONPROFIT ADMINISTRATION (EMNA)

The Executive MNA degree offers the same competencies and learning outcomes of the well-known and established MNA program but in format designed for executives and leaders in nonprofit sub-sectors. Faith-based organizations, health services, higher education, environmental NGOs and international NGOs are among the sub-sector we serve through the EMNA. By completing three summer programs comprising three executive level certificates, participant can complete the degree while learning through project-based education, peer-learning, and mentorship from other nonprofit leaders and executives. The three certificates focus on leadership and management, strategic organizational development, and sustainable social impact. They reflect the essential knowledge, values, skills, and professional competencies necessary to serve in a leadership position in an organization of the social-nonprofit sector. Each certificate can be achieved by enrolling, actively participating and completing the requirements of three courses totaling 12 credit (semester) units.

EMNA-Certificate 1: ETHICAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (ELM)

Competencies: Leadership Ethics, Financial and Human Resources Management

Description: This certificate provides the essential knowledge, values, skills, and professional competencies needed to lead and manage organizations in the social-nonprofit sector. It centers around the identity of the sector in relation to leadership ethics and organizational design, financial and human resource management.

Modality: Two weeks of intense trainings accessed through face to face residential permanence at USF Lone Mountain Campus or through Zoom video conference. June and July are followed with Canvas based and project based interactions with peers and instructors. In the first week of August, participants reflect on their learning and present their projects.

Cost: 12 semester graduate credit unit (SCU) at the MNA tuition rate.

Courses: 601, 611, 651

EMNA-NPA 601 Nonprofit Ethical Leadership (4 units)

Examines nonprofit leadership from an ethical and social sector value perspective. It compares the social sector with governmental and private institutions and explores hybrid organizational innovations. It considers ethical leadership theories and practices relevant to the relations and diversity of the nonprofit sector. It reviews historical evolutions and contemporary practices in the ‘third’ sector along with case studies in civil society organizations, social movements, nonprofits, voluntary associations, philanthropic institutions and international nongovernmental organizations.

EMNA-NPA 611 Nonprofit Finance & Accountability (4 units)

Introduces students to a broad range of financial management fund accounting, budgeting, cash-flow analysis, expenditure control, long-range financial planning, audits, grants, and contracts as applied to nonprofit organizations. It provides the necessary tools for building capacity in financial accountability, transparency, and accurate public reporting for good governance and responsible management. It also considers financial assets in relation to legal requirements, compliance, and technical solutions for effective and transparent reporting.

EMNA-NPA 651 Nonprofit Management: People, Programs & Policies (4 units)

Reviews main management theories and practices for nonprofit organizations and other social sector organizations. Topics and case studies include organizations and programs providing diverse social services and advocating for appropriate public policies. Identifies and examines the major concepts and practices of nonprofit human resource management, staff development, performance management, diversity and inclusion. It provides an overview of effective managerial practices for volunteer engagement, retention and development in nonprofit organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

PLO1: Develop nonprofit sector knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the past, present, and future trends of the nonprofit sector across organizations, policies, and sectors in the U.S. and internationally.

PLO3: Apply nonprofit management competencies: Apply principles and approaches of nonprofit management to problem-solve using strategic planning, board governance, resource development, financial administration, human resource management, legal compliance, nonprofit marketing, program evaluation, policy and advocacy.

PLO5: Integrate nonprofit ethical leadership: Demonstrate ethical leadership capacity and ethical reasoning for nonprofit leadership, global responsibility, social accountability, and ethical decision-making.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted in the program, the candidate must have completed a Bachelor level degree and fulfill other requirements similar to the MNA program admission https://www.usfca.edu/management/graduate-programs/admission/requirements

Certificate Variation:

The Ethical Leadership and Management Certificate is offered in a specialized version for faith-based organizations and church leaders. The Pastoral Leadership and Management in Organizations (PALMO) is a program designed to develop essential value-leadership, financial administration and human resource management for pastors, priests and other religious based leaders.

Pastoral Leadership and Management in Organizations (PALMO)

Program Description: 

The Pastoral Leadership and Management in Organizations (PALMO) program is a Graduate level and Professional Certificate offered by the University of San Francisco’s MNA Program for Catholic Priests and other religious leaders, managers and administrators of Faith Based Organizations (FBOs). It is offered in the summer in connection with the Graduate Certificate program of University of San Francisco’s School of Management Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration (EMNA). The certificate can be taken individually with the completion of 3 courses and 12 credit units. The successful completion of the project based requirements qualifies the candidate to accumulate credit toward the 36 credits required to obtain the EMNA. Courses include an intense training during the last two weeks of May, followed  by two months of online project based learning and a presentation of the projects during the first week of August. Participants can select to participate remotely through Zoom video conference technology and Canvas based online learning management system provided by the University.

Needs Assessment: 

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are not-for-profits and are centered on values-based practices. Their leadership and management need to go beyond efficiency and effectiveness. They are also about the fulfillment of a vocation to help souls and do good in society. Priests and other religious leaders have responded to a vocation that didn’t focus on running a small business. They received little or no managerial training during their seminary years to run a parish, oversee a school, or plan capital projects. Priests and religious leaders are put in charge of multimillion-dollar nonprofit operations with little to no experience in managing a budget, hiring and training a staff, or building a team. Theological and pastoral preparation needs to be complemented with appropriate training in leadership and management that will enhance their skills and effectiveness in their institutions, organizations and programs. While priests and religious leaders do not need to become CEOs or Executive Directors, their pastoral vocation could be more effective with specialized leadership and management education.

Learning Methods: 

The PALMO certificates follows the course sequence, learning outcomes, and admission requirements of the EMNA Certificate 1: Ethical Leadership and Management. Specifically, it centers around specialized readings, lectures, guest speakers and project based learning inherent to spirituality, conscious leadership, religious institutions, moral ethics, social justice, and catholic social teaching. Participants will be able to select their own projects to research as relevant to their current and future leadership assignment. Through the support of expert faculty, peer-learning and executive coaching, participants design and develop analyses, strategic plans and practical solutions relevant to their administrative roles.

For more information on PALMO or to request the training program in your own institution please contact Dr. Marco Tavanti 

 

EMNA Certificate 2: STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SOD)

Competencies: Strategic Governance, Fund-raising and Marketing

Description: This certificate provides the strategic thinking for competent and effective governance of nonprofit and other social sector organizations. It provides innovative approaches to fund-raising and securing sustainable financial capital for organizations and programs. It centers on the importance of appropriate and inclusive communication plans along with effective and cutting-edge marketing strategies.

Modality: Two weeks of intense trainings accessed through face to face residential permanence at USF Lone Mountain Campus or through Zoom video conference. June and July are followed with Canvas based and project based interactions with peers and instructors. In the first week of August, participants reflect on their learning and present their projects.

Cost: 12 semester graduate credit unit (SCU) at the MNA tuition rate.

Courses: 602, 610, 612

 

EMNA-NPA 602 Nonprofit Strategic Governance (4 units)

Examines effective practices in nonprofit management in relation to skills for strategic organizational development and board governance. Explores the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit governing boards along with administrative organizational models. Reviews the function and methodology of strategic planning for organizational development, learning and change. Familiarizes executives with a range of compliance, legal obligations and restrictions affecting nonprofit organizations.

EMNA-NPA 610 Nonprofit Fundraising & Philanthropy (4 units)

Studies the principles and practices of fundraising and grant writing along with sustainable resource development solutions. Executives learn innovative strategies for planned giving, responsible investing, crowdsourcing and other essential fundraising practices. They also learn effective techniques and strategies for grant writing and government contracting. This course prepares executives to be familiar with diversified and sustainable practices for resource development.

EMNA-NPA 612 Nonprofit Marketing & Communication (4 units)

Studies the principles and practices of marketing in relation to nonprofit organization’s communication strategies. It reviews cases and trends in social marketing, communication techniques, and public relations solutions for nonprofit organizations. It exposes executives to practical applications of communication techniques and adaptive technologies for nonprofit marketing, project management, client management, issue advocacy and campaign communications.

Learning Outcomes:

PLO2: Develop social sector values: Demonstrates strategic, appreciative, and critical thinking to articulate and discern social sector values for the promotion of just, inclusive, prosperous, responsible, and sustainable communities.

PLO3: Apply nonprofit management competencies: Apply principles and approaches of nonprofit management to problem-solve using strategic planning, board governance, resource development, financial administration, human resource management, legal compliance, nonprofit marketing, program evaluation, policy and advocacy.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted in the program, the candidate must have completed a Bachelor level degree and fulfill other requirements similar to the MNA program admission https://www.usfca.edu/management/graduate-programs/admission/requirements

EMNA Certificate 3: SUSTAINABLE COLLECTIVE IMPACT (SCI)

Competencies: Impact Analysis, Sustainable Enterprises, and Data Analysis

Description: This certificate provides the necessary skills for social impact analysis, program evaluation and securing sustainable and scalable changes in nonprofits, social enterprises and other social sector organizations. It provides innovative approaches for change models, logic models, data analysis and sustainability reporting. It centers on the importance of capacity development and impact measurement as engines for transformation, sustainability and systemic change and social economy solutions.

Courses: 621, 661(2), 662(2), and 622

EMNA-NPA 621 Social Impact Analysis – Practicum (4 units)

Provides the essential tools for program evaluation, impact analysis and consulting for assessment and organizational learning. These include methodologies of measuring performance in nonprofit organizations and approaches for appreciative, asset based and participatory evaluations. Accompanied by expert faculty and cross-sector professionals, the course provides capacity development services to partnering organizations while offering invaluable experiential opportunities to our students. It includes hybrid class meetings, teamwork consultation activities, one-on-one mentoring, and integration of multidisciplinary perspectives for social benefit.

EMNA-NPA 661 Sustainable Development Leadership (2 units)

Examines contemporary practices in sustainability reporting across organizations committed to sustainable development and social responsibility. It reviews strategic leadership opportunities for integrating sustainability values and social responsibility in the performance, innovation and social impact of organizations. Reviews best practices in global reporting initiative (GRI) and other sustainability reporting practices along with the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in organizational performance. Considers sustainability in its integrated social, environmental, and economic frameworks along with other emerging dimensions in relation to culture, politics, human rights and technology. It develops sustainability values and sustainable reporting capacity in current and future leaders in the private, public and social sector.

EMNA-NPA 662 Social Entrepreneurship Leadership (2 units)

Social entrepreneurship is a growing field which combines the nonprofit sector’s interest in having a meaningful and sustainable social impact with the for-profit sector’s business practices. The course explores innovative leadership practices and organizational cases representing the diverse typologies of social enterprises and social economies, spanning from leveraged nonprofits, hybrid nonprofits, and social business ventures. It reviews local, national and international social initiatives across sectors, which create social values while increasing sustainability, effectiveness, and efficiency. The course compares and contrasts social enterprise solutions with traditional philanthropy in nonprofits and traditional enterprises in business. It reviews the leadership values and necessary managerial skills to engage in innovative, sustainable, and impactful social enterprises that are both socially relevant and commercially effective.

EMNA-NPA 622 Nonprofit Data Analysis – Capstone (4 units)

Students select a specific topic in their area of study and perform an analysis relevant to organizational practices and/or sector’s policies. The course explores the essential methods, tools and approaches for performing sensitive and relevant data-analysis. Students use mixed-method applied research projects relevant to the needs of their nonprofit organizations or social sector institutions. The course emphasizes the selection of appropriate tools for evidence-based recommendations. Students demonstrate their capacity to apply data analysis and provide useful recommendations based on their knowledge and practices acquired in the program.

Learning Outcomes

PLO4: Apply systemic solutions: Apply nonprofit management skills and leadership competencies for the promotion of cross-sector collaborations, social value creation, and systemic solutions.

PLO6: Integrate social impact analysis: Demonstrate evaluative capacity benefiting organizational development, organizational learning, organizational effectiveness, and organizational sustainability for social impact and social innovation.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted in the program, the candidate must have completed a Bachelor level degree and fulfill other requirements similar to the MNA program admission https://www.usfca.edu/management/graduate-programs/admission/requirements

 

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