Emerging Leaders Program Overview

The National Urban League Emerging Leaders Program is a competitive, 12-month development opportunity for professionals affiliated with the Urban League Movement. The program ensures that individuals in our pipeline are prepared for the next level by providing a unique chance to master analytical and critical leadership skills in the non-profit sector. Highly qualified candidates will be chosen to participate in this program to make certain that we are cultivating exceptional leaders with a strong interest in the work that we do.
The need for the program came about due to Baby Boomers retiring, which resulted in a diminishing number of non-profit leaders, paired with the change in how ‘other generations’ view and embrace the current work climate.

Program participants have clearly demonstrated leadership potential, and meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Business Administration; Social Work; Public Administration; or an appropriate discipline
  • 7-10 years of work experience
  • At least 5 years of non-profit or for-profit management experience
  • A proven track record of leadership and management in a community-based organization/community action agency
  • An interest in the non-profit sector
  • Aspirations to fill executive positions            
  • Demonstrated success in several of the following areas:
    • development and implementation of social service programs
    • program evaluation
    • advocacy
    • policy development
    • fund raising with public and private sectors
    • public and community education
    • fiscal management
    • strategic planning
    • board and volunteer relations
    • community mobilization and collaboration
    • personnel management

In addition, they possess: excellent organizational and communication skills, grant/proposal writing experience, and government/community relations experience.

Program Elements

Participants in the program attend four (4) face-to-face Emerging Leaders Program Sessions over a 12-month period. These sessions expose participants to the competencies in the League’s Leadership Model and link classroom learning with real-time activities.
These program sessions are conducted by:

  • Duke Corporate Education
  • Urban League Affiliate CEO’s
  • Senior Staff from the National Urban League

The Leadership Model

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Leadership
  • Strategic View
  • Leader as Coach
  • Fundraising and Public Relations
  • Independent Judgment/Strong Decision-Making

Application Deadline Extended: June 21st 2017

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