Leadership Certificate Package

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The NRPA Leadership Certificate is designed to provide leaders practical and applicable methods for transforming themselves and their agency. This new certificate offers a robust online learning opportunity for maximum flexibility. The program navigates through the latest in leadership principles that will take you and your agency to the next level. Whether you come from a large or small agency the NRPA Leadership Certificate will prepare you to handle any decision that comes your way.

Program Overview

The online certificate is delivered in four courses that will expand upon the leadership foundation you have developed as a current senior leader within your organization or help to build a foundation for those who are aspiring to leadership roles within park and recreation. Each course is 2-3 contact hours in length and engages learners with thought provoking exercises. The online courses have been designed with the working professional in mind, and we respect your time. Whether you have ten minutes or an hour, you can take advantage of the online program at your leisure. 

Who Should Enroll?

Current and aspiring senior managers or professionals who are working in or aspiring toward leadership roles.

Program Details

Four online courses will provide you with a deep dive into the concepts that make good leaders great. Each course will provide Continuing Education Units (CEU) for participants. In order to receive your NRPA Leadership Certificate you must complete each of the four courses. You may register for each course individually, but for the best deal purchase them here, as a package. The four courses are as follows:

  • Strategic Thinking is a process that defines how you think about, assess, view, and create the future. Leaders have the responsibility to include strategic thinking for themselves, their employees and the organization as a whole by applying these strategies for the part of the organization that they are responsible for. Topic areas:

    • Strategy and Leadership, or Creating a strategy-focused organization;
    • There are two sections devoted to developing strategy; and
    • The final section discusses how strategies are implemented.
  • Human capital management explores the characteristics of Human Capital Management.  Most park and recreation agencies spend half of their budget or more on labor costs.  As a result, it is imperative to receive a good return on investment in employees as they are an organization’s most important asset. Course outcomes:

    • Creating an effective organizational culture;
    • Developing effective teams;
    • Leadership skills necessary for excellence in human capital management; and
    • Creating a performance focused organization.
  • Operational leadership represents best practices in creating effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability in operations from recreation and parks to park and facility planning and administrative support. Course outcomes:

    • How to lead a successful organization;
    • How to instill operational efficiency and effectiveness;
    • Measuring organizational performance; and
    • The public service motivation.
  • Diversity and cultural awareness explores the importance of developing a diverse, equitable, and ethical workplace. To instill an innovative and progressive workplace, it is important that leaders consider how to instill diversity into the organizational culture. This course will cover the following four areas:

    • Defining culture, diversity, and inclusion; 
    • Designing an inclusive environment for your organization both internally and externally;
    • Managing community outreach; and
    • Creating an ethical organization.

 

  • Strategic Thinking

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered

    Part of NRPA's Leadership Certificate, Strategic Thinking is a process that defines how you think about, assess, view, and create the future. Leaders have the responsibility to include strategic thinking for themselves, their employees and the organization as a whole by applying these strategies for the part of the organization that they are responsible for.

    NRPA Leadership Certificate

    Strategic Thinking is part of NRPA's Leadership Certificate, and for best value it is suggested that you purchase the entire certificate package if you intend to complete the program. 

    Strategic Thinking is a process that defines how you think about, assess, view, and create the future.  Leaders have the responsibility to include strategic thinking for themselves, their employees and the organization as a whole by applying these strategies for the part of the organization that they are responsible for.  The course is intended for all levels of leadership from agency directors and department heads to front line leaders and those aspiring to lead. The course covers the following topic areas: 

    • Strategy and Leadership, or Creating a strategy-focused organization;
    • There are two sections devoted to developing strategy; and 
    • The final section will discuss how strategies are implemented.
  • Human Capital Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered

    This course explores the characteristics of Human Capital Management. Most park and recreation agencies spend half of their budget or more on labor costs. As a result, it is imperative to receive a good return on investment in employees as they are an organization’s most important asset.

    imageHuman Capital Management is part of NRPA's Leadership Certificate, and for best value it is suggested that you purchase the entire certificate package if you intend to complete the program. 

    This course explores the characteristics of Human Capital Management.  Most park and recreation agencies spend half of their budget or more on labor costs.  As a result, it is imperative to receive a good return on investment in employees as they are an organization’s most important asset. Course outcomes:

    • Creating an effective organizational culture;
    • Developing effective teams;
    • Leadership skills necessary for excellence in human capital management; and
    • Creating a performance focused organization.
  • Operational Leadership

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered

    Operational Leadership represents best practices in creating effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability in operations from recreation and parks to park and facility planning and administrative support

    imageOperational Leadership is part of NRPA's Leadership Certificate, and for best value it is suggested that you purchase the entire certificate package if you intend to complete the program. 

    Operational Leadership represents best practices in creating effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability in operations from recreation and parks to park and facility planning and administrative support. Course outcomes:

    How to lead a successful organization;
    How to instill operational efficiency and effectiveness;
    Measuring organizational performance; and
    The public service motivation.


  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered

    Diversity and cultural awareness explores the importance of developing a diverse, equitable, and ethical workplace. To instill an innovative and progressive workplace, it is important that leaders consider how to instill diversity into the organizational culture.

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    Diversity and cultural awareness explores the importance of developing a diverse, equitable, and ethical workplace. To instill an innovative and progressive workplace, it is important that leaders consider how to instill diversity into the organizational culture. This course will cover the following four areas:

    • Defining culture, diversity, and inclusion; 
    • Designing an inclusive environment for your organization both internally and externally;
    • Managing community outreach; and
    • Creating an ethical organization.

    This product is one component of NRPA's Leadership Certificate Program.

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On April 27, 2017, NRPA held an introductory webinar that provides a broad overview of the content contained within this program. This webinar is not for credit and free to view.

Leading to Create Organizational Excellence

This webinar  provides an overview of four key areas of leadership: strategic thinking, human capital management, operational leadership and diversity and cultural awareness. Organizational excellence is largely accomplished from the development of these competencies throughout the organization. The session is intended for all levels of leadership from agency directors and department heads to front line leaders and those aspiring to lead. Strategic thinking is characterized by various forms of strategic direction such as master and strategic plans. Human capital management discusses how to create an environment in which employees can do their best. Operational leadership represents best practices in creating effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability. Diversity and cultural awareness includes discussion of creating an inclusive work environment and providing services to the community that is welcoming to all. Weaved throughout all of these areas is an emphasis on developing cultural competence and well defined organizational values.