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WHO SHOULD APPLY

IS THE EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM A MATCH FOR YOU?

Emerging Leaders is designed for nonprofit / social sector professionals in Santa Barbara County who have demonstrated a commitment to the community and are interested in expanding their capacity for leadership. Participants must be employed in the nonprofit or broader social sector and have the support of their Executive Director, CEO, Board Chair and/or other mentor in an executive/board position.

 In terms of role, we welcome professionals across the position spectrum (program, development, administration, marketing, as well as newer Executive Directors).

Please know the selection process is competitive, and not all applicants will be accepted.  Our selection criteria include:

  • Commitment to Growth – Showing a commitment to their own professional development, and a readiness to invest in growing in their leadership and participating fully  in all aspects of the program
  • Commitment to Sector – Demonstrating a commitment to the Santa Barbara County nonprofit / social sector, and a strong intention to make a career in the field
  • Potential for Advancement – Having a sense of how they want to grow their impact at an individual, organizational and community level, matched with the potential to do so
  • Ability to Put Learning to Work – Having a role where they can directly apply the leadership and management concepts, tools and lessons learned
  • Support of Organizational Leadership – Having the support of their manager or Executive Director or Board Chair in growing in their leadership and participating fully in the program
  • Add to Diversity and Richness of Class – Their ability to help us build a diverse cohort (including county geography, job function, organizational mission, ethnicity, and gender) and add to the richness of the Emerging Leaders learning community

We typically receive more applications than we have space for.  In addition to assessing each candidate’s strengths and experience, the Emerging Leaders Selection Committee often gives preference to certain categories of candidates, including:

  • Re-applicants (who applied for a prior cohort and were not accepted)
  • Candidates who’ve had at least three years professional experience in nonprofit / social sector leadership
  • Candidates who demonstrated a commitment to the Santa Barbara County social sector
  • Applicants whose organization serves Santa Barbara County residents

If you would like to explore your interest in the ELP program or have specific questions, please email us to request additional information. You may also RSVP to attend one of October Information Sessions in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

COMMITMENT, FEES, & DATES

YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

We ask that participants and their Executive Director (or Board Chair, if applicant is the Executive Director) be fully committed to the program, including:

  • Reviewing the dates of the program and promising to do everything possible to make sure the participant is available for those dates
  • Understanding that there will be approximately three hours of coursework between monthly sessions which might include meetings with people within in the organization or with community members, reading articles, or exploring the participant’s organization in greater depth within the context of the program

PROGRAM FEES

Thanks to the generosity of the Santa Barbara Foundation and other donors, the cost to each participating organization is a fraction of the $3,000 per person cost of putting on the program.  Program fees depend on employer budget size:

BUDGET SIZE   PROGRAM FEE

< $1 million            $750

> $1 million             $1500

2018 PROGRAM DATES

Program sessions run from January 2018 – October 2018.  All sessions run from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are held at the Orfalea Downtown Center in downtown Santa Barbara.  While lunch is provided, please be prepared to pay for parking (city parking lot located directly across the street–each hour or part of an hour after the initial 75 minutes is $1.50).

An orientation will be held on Friday, January 12 from 1:30 – 5:00 pm at Lotusland (with optional tour at noon).

Session Dates:
Orientation (1:30 – 5:00 pm)
January 12

Full Day Sessions (9:00 am -5:00pm)
January 26
February 23
March 23
April 20
May 18
June 22
July 20
August 24
September 21
October 26

START THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Emerging Leaders assembles a select cohort of emerging leaders from Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit organizations. We expect to have more applicants than spaces and will strive to include diverse faces of the community while representing the various sizes and missions of the County’s nonprofit sector.

Please know the selection process is competitive, and not all applicants will be accepted.  Our selection criteria include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the Santa Barbara County nonprofit/social sector
  • Having the potential to make a significant future contribution to the nonprofit / social sector community through assuming higher and increased levels of leadership
  • Having the support of their manager or Executive Director or Board Chair in growing in their leadership and participating fully in the program
  • Their ability to help us build a diverse cohort (including county geography, job function, organizational mission, ethnicity, and gender)
  • Being available for and committed to participating in all aspects of the program
  • Readiness to invest in their own learning, contribute to the cohort, and commit to participating in all aspects of the program

Applications for Emerging Leaders 2018 is now closed.

We are here to help.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to email our Operations Manager Sarah Harris at sarah@leading-from-within.org or contact us at 805-770-3232.

Please fill out and submit the application form on this page. After you have submitted the application form, you will be sent instructions on how to upload the following documents.

  • A current resume including your civic and community volunteer activities
  • A Letter of Interest
  • A Letter of Recommendation from your Executive Director or the Board Chair (if you are the Executive Director)

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