Interested in work with Nonprofits?
The Program for Nonprofit Leadership is a partnership between Maryville College and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national organization that provides certification in the management of nonprofit organizations to those students who complete a set of certificate requirements in addition to the requirements for their chosen major. Typically, all requirements for the major as well as for the certificate can be accomplished as part of the student’s overall course of study. Participation in the program and pursuit of the certificate should not normally add to the time required to graduate.
The certificate is widely recognized and accepted by nonprofit organizations around the world, and it is a valuable credential for students interested in working in the nonprofit sector. The certificate is recognized as evidence of outstanding preparation for entry-level professional positions by a number of nonprofit organizations, such as the YMCA and YWCA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, the Urban League, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, organizations serving environmental interests, and international non-governmental organizations. Growth in the demand for professional management and leadership by nonprofit organizations is expected to continue.
The Program is managed by an Executive Director, and governed by an Advisory Board that includes faculty of the College, as well as representatives from area nonprofit organizations. All Program elements are part of the academic program of the College.
Students work with the Director of the Program for Nonprofit Leadership and their academic advisors to establish individualized curricular and co-curricular programs that fulfill the requirements of the certificate. Students will also participate in a student association related to the program.
The Director of the Program provides assistance and guidance to the student association, coordinates internships, and assists students in finding post-graduate employment. Placement assistance is also available through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is awarded by Maryville College in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations. The Certificate may be pursued by students in any major and is designed to prepare students to become skilled professionals and leaders in nonprofit organizations.
Meet a Graduate
Katie King ’16
Currently: Regional Executive at Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Katie majored in Management and received her Certified Non-Profit Professional credential through the College’s Non-Profit Leadership Alliance. She began her career with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee as a Regional Executive. Initially serving four counties in the greater Nashville area, she now serves 10 counties in the greater Cookeville area. “With the Girl Scouts, I need to be a ‘jack of all trades,’ because my responsibilities include overseeing areas such as member recruitment, volunteer training, fundraising, event planning and even basic accounting, as they relate to my region of the organization’s 39-county council,” she said. “My Maryville College education was the best form of training, giving me the credential in my undergraduate work that my peers are pursuing in their graduate degrees.”
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.