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1/22/15 - Announcing the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows Program at Baruch College

Today’s Practitioners. Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Dozens of nonprofit organizations in the New York City metropolitan area will soon be participating in The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows program. The Trust is partnering with the Baruch College School of Public Affairs in delivering a comprehensive and multi-faceted professional development opportunity for its recent grantees.

The Fellowship is designed to:
  • Equip mid-career practitioners with the competencies, skills, and talents to be more effective managers and leaders;
  • Help fellows develop a deeper understanding of the overall nonprofit sector and its subsectors, and how nonprofits partner with both government and business
  • Foster an alumni network who can learn and find support from their counterparts in the future;
  • Connect fellows with current leaders and policy makers in the metropolitan New York City region;
  • And provide fellows the opportunity to design and implement initiatives for their organizations
Eligibility requirements:
Nominations are open to a current employee of an organization that has received a grant from the Trust in the last three years. Individuals who have demonstrated managerial and/or leadership talent are eligible for acceptance into this program. The chief executive officer or executive director can nominate one fellowship candidate for each semester.

Details on Fellowships:
The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows offers an opportunity for promising mid-career professionals to enhance their leadership and management competencies. The program features:

  • A rigorous and relevant practice-based curriculum grounded in the current challenges and opportunities facing nonprofits in today’s environment. Fellows will learn from a distinguished faculty comprised of Baruch College professors and seasoned practitioners on topics that include: navigating organizational change, managing and leading diversity, assessing impact, financial planning and management, communications, and resource mobilization.
  • Real-time projects of import to each Fellow’s organization that address a particular current challenge or opportunity.
  • Monthly Dean’s Dinners hosted by Dean David Birdsell of the School of Public Affairs, where Fellows will have the opportunity to connect with prominent nonprofit sector and government leaders. The first cohort will have its first Dean’s Dinner on Wednesday, March 11.
  • And leadership mentoring opportunities where Fellows can select a senior leader in the nonprofit sector to provide them with guidance and support.
Tuition: The New York Community Trust is underwriting all costs associated with this program. Fellows will not have to pay for tuition or any other fees.

Duration of the Program: The first cohort of the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows program will begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 and conclude Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

The second cohort will begin on Friday, August 14 and conclude Friday, December 18. The program requires a total of 12 weeks of in-classroom time. Each class meets once per week from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for 8 weeks, followed by a hiatus for Fellows to focus on an application-based project for their organization.

Following the break, Fellows will resume class instruction for an additional 4 weeks. During each class, Fellows will meet for seminar-style discussion with faculty on a particular topic or module in the morning, followed by time to work on their organizational projects with support and guidance from faculty in the afternoon.

All classes will take place on the Baruch College campus.

Nominations for the spring semester are due by March 6th.

(Note: We will announce later in the year the deadline for Fall nominations.)

For more information, contact:
Michael Seltzer
New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows
Distinguished Lecturer, Baruch College School of Public Affairs
(917) 913-1568


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