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Executive Leadership

Program Overview

This program offers professionals in leadership positions the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in directing staff and programs as well as overall organizational management. In order to meet the continued challenges posed by changing social policies and accountability to communities, leaders need to be adept at assuming a vast array of responsibilities. 

The program strengthens participants’ management skills, but the primary focus is on how to lead. Leaders require commitment, focus, ethics, and vision. This program explores all of these factors as they apply to working with staff, funders, and government agencies. Students in this course gain an understanding of the real world of not-for-profit management, including how to work with constituencies from grass-roots community organizations to members of the board.

From the Director: Interview with Phil Coltoff, MSW, LSW

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Program Requirements

The Executive Leadership Certificate Program meets Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm from February through April for eight (8) two-and-one-half (2.5) hour sessions. Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

Program Highlights

  • Strategic planning
  • Fund-raising, development, and fiscal management
  • Government relations, community relations, and marketing
  • Board development and the ethics of management
  • Case studies


2015-16 Program Calendar

Tuesday (4:00 pm to 6:30 pm)
  • February 16, 23
  • March 1, 8, 22, 29
  • April 12, 19, 26
  • May 3

Continuing Education Contact Hours

20 NYSED-approved Contact Hours will be awarded for this program.

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This certificate program was a rewarding experience. The course has helped to replenish and motivate me to think and integrate innovative ideas into practice. It has also helped me to understand the various dynamics and structures of a non-profit organization and what role I play in it. With every session, I walked away with tools that I could use in my daily management and practice. This program reminded me of the importance of investing in myself and taking the time to participate in a learning environment that will help prepare me for the next steps in my career.
- Rodney Lee, MSW, Deputy Director, Children’s Aid Society