Coaching Initiative for Nonprofit Leaders of Color

Company Name: NTL Institute
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: Apr 06, 2015
Category: Philanthropy
Job Type: Seasonal/Temp


We are excited that you are interested in participating in the Coaching Initiative for nonprofit leaders of color. This initiative is designed for professionals of color with fewer than three years in the role of executive director, assistant director, or another responsible, decision-making position, for the purpose of maximizing their leadership potential within the organizations and/or sectors they serve. We believe that leaders with strong leadership skills will generate strong results for their organizations and that continued self-improvement plays a critical role.

If selected to participate, you will have an opportunity to engage in an individualized coaching engagement with an experienced professional coach for 6 months and participate in NTL’s two-day Workshop designed to build self-awareness, receive in the moment feedback and support you as you build leadership capacity. Additionally, you will participate in two, half-day workshops, entitled, “Power, Privilege and Race”. You will also have an opportunity to choose your own coach from our pool of certified coaches with specific expertise in coaching social change leaders who are working cross culturally and serving in diverse and multicultural environments. Your coach’s goal will not be to provide you with technical organizational development support (e.g. board development, strategic planning, fundraising etc.), instead, you will use your time to tackle issues pertaining to self-improvement. In each coaching meeting, you will choose the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. The interaction creates clarity and moves you into action. Coaching accelerates your progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice and concentrates on where you are
now and what you are willing to do to get where you want to be in the future, recognizing that the results are a matter of your own intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach's efforts and application of the coaching process. At the end of the program you will be asked to participate in a focus group designed to capture your experience so that we can continually improve the program.

There is no cost to you to participate in this Initiative and we will negotiate financial support if you are traveling from out of town.

We have attached a time line for your consideration. So that we can build the cohort experience, participation in the program will require you to attend all meetings and convenings.

Application Questions:
Please provide a brief response to the following questions.

Title/Name of Organization:
Address/email/phone number:

Please submit a narrative (no more than 3 pages single spaced) with answers to the
following questions.

1. Please tell us about yourself. How long have you worked in the nonprofit sector and
describe your passion/motivation for your work and particularly your passion about
issues of importance to communities of color.

2. What is your organization’s mission and vision? Describe key organizational
accomplishments and specific leadership challenges that you are facing in your role.

3. What are your leadership strengths and limitations? Describe what you hope to gain from a professional coaching relationship? Discuss both the short-term and long-term goals you would like to achieve as a result of your coaching engagement.

4. Have you worked with a coach before? If so, what worked well and what didn’t work
well? If you have not worked with a coach in the past, what barriers prevented you from
working with one? What are your expectations from a coaching relationship?

Please submit your resume and the narrative to Ashley McSwain, Project Manager at no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Coaching Initiative for Nonprofit Leaders of Color Timeline
Cohort 4
May 2015 – January 2016

In order to create the full cohort experience, acceptance in the program requires attendance and participation in all listed activities.

May 30, 2015 Leaders Select their Coach

June 14, 2015 In-person orientation, hosted by NTL with Leaders and Coaches

June 15 - 16, 2015 Cohort attends 2 Day Workshop (in Person in DC Metro Area)

June 17, 2015 Coaching Begins for Leaders

September 15, 2015 In Person workshop entitled “Power, Privilege and Race”

October 13, 2015 Continuation of “Power, Privilege and Race” Workshop (Virtual)

December 23, 2015 Coaching Ends

January 19, 2016 Final Convening of Leaders & Coaches (In-person DC Metro Area)