Online Course Author - Nonprofit Management, Civic Engagement - Adler University in Chicago Illinois

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Adler University

Chicago, Illinois 60602

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Adler University is the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society.  Adler University was founded on an important idea: Our health resides in our community life and connections. This is what drives our groundbreaking curricula and commitment to social responsibility, from our campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver and through Adler Online. We work with those courageous enough to want to change the world.  Our doctoral and master's programs—many of them nationally recognized in fast-growing fields—prepare students to lead social change in the fields of psychology and mental health, criminal justice and public safety, business, public policy, and advocacy. 

We are committed to quality through continuous process improvement and personal accountability.  As a result, we seek professionals, who embrace life-long learning, present proactive solutions and drive results to support social responsibility from the classroom to the community.

Program Description

The Master of Arts Degree in Nonprofit Management (MNM) is completely online and is designed for students already working in, or interested in working in, the nonprofit sector. Students from any undergraduate background are welcome to apply.

The purpose of the M.A. in Nonprofit Management is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for successful leadership positions in the nonprofit sector.  The nonprofit sector is diverse and dynamic. The sector is growing, as is the need for well-prepared leaders capable of working across multiple environments and stakeholders.  The curriculum explores issues facing nonprofit organizations and their leaders, and helps students master relevant skills, theories, and analytic tools for leading and managing effectively. Courses investigate the political, economic, legal, and social environments of nonprofit organizations, the unique role of the sector, and the importance of personal and professional development. Students develop skills in specific areas such as governance, fundraising, human resources management, financial management, grant writing, legal issues, and advocacy. Embedded in the curriculum are both theoretical and practical approaches to understanding and promoting civic engagement and participation.

The course content of the Master of Nonprofit Management program is centered upon developing socially responsible leaders who understand the important role of the nonprofit sector in promoting social justice and social change. A unique feature of the sector is that it is founded on the belief that individuals can come together to improve the conditions facing a particular community or group. Some activities for improving conditions include advocating for policy change or educating the public about particular issues.  Still other activities may be the provision of services like counseling, medical care, employment training or animal rescue. The cornerstone of this program is that this unique feature should be preserved and promoted, and students will be given the opportunity to learn about civic engagement, social justice, and social responsibility. Wherever possible, real life issues and cases facing nonprofit organizations are integrated into course content.

Key concepts


  • Advocacy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Grant  Writing
  • Research Methods

Program Structure

This program will be offered completely online, and structured to be completed in less than 18-24 months. The courses will be structured for asynchronous delivery allowing for both multiple terms of entry and the ability of students to complete the program at different paces.

Program Objectives

At the completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Discern between, and apply, appropriate technical skills, for managing, modifying and sustaining the functions of nonprofit organizations such as grant writing, managing staff and volunteers, working with boards and planning;
  2. Describe nonprofit administration theory and practice in historical, cultural, political, economic and social contexts;
  3. Explain the unique function of the nonprofit sector and the importance of preserving this function as a space wherein individuals can come together to address shared issues and needs;
  4. Assess and respond effectively, using leadership skills and ethical decision making, to the multi-various situations encountered by nonprofit managers;
  5. Engage a broad range of individuals to define and strategize about how to meet the needs of the community;
  6. Align organizational goals and tasks to further social justice and foster civil society in coherence with the Adler School’s mission;
  7. Research organizational issues and propose action strategies, and;
  8. Identify opportunities for personal and professional development of self and others.[K1] 


Courses (Course Authors are currently needed for the courses in bold)

The Nonprofit Sector Technical Skills for the Nonprofit Manager.

Professional and Personal Development Skills for the Nonprofit Leader

Nonprofit Governance, Leadership, and Ethics

Philanthropy and Resource Development.

Capstone One

Research Methods for Social Impact Advocacy

Entrepreneurial Program Planning and

Development Social Change

Grant Writing

Human Resource and Volunteer Management

Capstone   2    


  • Prepare online lessons to   Master’s level students in advocacy, research design, grant writing, or volunteer and    human    resource management.
  • Develop, and plan assignments, online discussions, and learning on the knowledge and skills for leading nonprofit  organizations.
  •  Understand and communicate the challenges, opportunities, and common issues facing nonprofit professionals.
  •  Keep all course content current, including ongoing updating of course lectures, notes, and assignments.



A Doctoral degree in nonprofit management or relevant fields, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution, or equivalent practical experience, is preferred. Candidates with a Master’s degree and extensive experience in the field may also be considered.



  ● College-level teaching experience is required, or equivalent private sector experience
  ● Online teaching experience is preferred
  ● Current social change campaign or communications leadership is preferred
  ● Relevant research expertise in related areas of nonprofit management is preferred.


Keyword Phrases

  • nonprofit management
  • human resources management
  • advocacy
  • grant writing
  • volunteer management
  • research methods
  • civic engagement
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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