Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives

Program Overview

The Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) program consists of seven core courses, two electives and a practicum. The entire program can be completed in less than a year.

Nonprofit organizations serve vital functions in the Houston area. From homelessness to health care, from education to art, the range of issues addressed by Houston’s nonprofits is evidence of their commitment to a brighter future for all who call Houston home.

The success of a nonprofit organization hinges on the ability of its executive director to lead effectively. Not only must the director be knowledgeable about the nonprofit’s particular function within the community, he or she must follow sound business strategies to deal with changing economic forces, competition for funds and the need to do more with less. The LINE program, offered by the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University, has been designed specifically to meet these development needs.

If you are an executive director of a nonprofit, the LINE program may be the catalyst you need to propel your organization to the next level of success. If you aspire to become an executive director, completing the LINE program will help you acquire the skills necessary and give you the confidence to pursue your career goals.

Completing the LINE program will increase your understanding of what makes a leader effective within the nonprofit sector and will help you set goals to improve your leadership practices. You will learn to be a more proficient manager of teams and projects and improve your technical skills in the areas of strategic planning, management and governance, fundraising, financial management, legal and ethical considerations, marketing and public relations, information management, human resources and organizational effectiveness.

Who should apply: 

  • Executive directors of nonprofits
  • Current staff members of nonprofits who aspire to become an executive director
  • Professionals seeking a career change

Program benefits:

  • Participants will gain an overview of the fundamentals of leadership and management, financial management, legal and ethical issues, marketing and public relations, human resource management, fundraising and organizational effectiveness as they relate to building and sustaining a successful nonprofit organization.
  • Participants will receive an understanding of strategic planning and gaining the public’s trust, as well as best practices for influencing the variety of individuals and organizations who are key to their success.

Prerequisite:Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.

Application Deadline: The fall 2014 application deadline is Monday, July 14, 2014.

Download the PDF application form.  

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership: Once you have successfully completed the educational requirements, the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will issue a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. Satisfactory attendance and participation in the core courses, practicum meetings and electives as well as successful completion of the practicum are required to earn the certificate.

This program is supported with funding from Houston Endowment, The Frees Foundation, Rockwell Fund and David Weekley Family Foundation.

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