Essentials for New Managers

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Level-up your performance as a manager

Essentials for New Managers is a program for new and aspiring not-for-profit managers to strengthen their management skills. 

Over three sessions, program participants gain tools and approaches to achieve success in their new management role.

Is Essentials for New Managers right for you?

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • are new to a not-for-profit management role or are looking to be promoted in the next 6-12 months
  • provide leadership or supervision in your current role
  • have a vision to take on further management responsibilities in your not-for-profit career

If you are the sole employee in your organization (e.g. the executive director), this may NOT be the best program for you. We encourage you to also consider our other programs including: Leadership Principles, ED101, and our many workshops available.

Program Details

Required Course Material: Top 5 CliftonStrengths (Not included in course fee. To be completed individually online before the start of the course).

Prework: A quick organizational assessment and self-assessment before the start of the program.

2022 Program Schedule

February 8, 2022

5:30pm – 8:30pm

February 15, 2022

5:30pm – 8:30pm

February 22, 2022

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Online / Virtual
Price: $575

Bursary Application Deadline: 1 month before course start date

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Rabeya Ropani

Rabeya Ropani (she/her) is an experienced Human Resources professional and high performance coach with 8 years of international work experience in Canada, United States and Pakistan in the areas of coaching, employee experience, full cycle recruitment, strategic talent management and customer service with large national and international organizations.

She currently works at Arc’teryx as Learning & Development Lead. Rabeya has an MBA from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth USA in Organizational Leadership. She is a certified facilitator in Strengths based approach to work and is currently training to become an ICF certified coach. She brings an intersectional view to developing people’s potential through their life experiences and identities.

Rabeya is passionate about mental health and personal development and enjoys reading, writing and being outdoors in nature.

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Amy Saini

Amy Saini is a multifaceted and energetic HR Consultant who has 15 years of experience driving organizational change in the non-profit sector. She is an enthusiastic and solutions-focused Business Partner who draws from best practices while leading with her natural abilities to build relationships, educate and inspire those around her. Amy believes that strong HR practices are essential to realizing the overall organizational strategy.
A trusted and skilled advisor, Amy has implemented innovative and diverse initiatives and programs in different organizations. She has worked in generalist and specialist roles in a large HR department and built departments from the ground-up in HR management positions.
Having worked alongside strong leaders, Amy believes that true people management is an art form. She is well-versed in setting up systems that attract and retain talent, while keeping teams engaged. She enjoys working on people development, employee relations, engagement and supporting teams and leaders through change.
Amy holds a Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, as well as a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Adult Education. Passionate about personal development, she is currently working on her Organizational Coaching Certification to be an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited coach.
Amy is a joyful yogi at heart. When she’s not on her mat, she’s hitting the roads and trails to train for run half marathon and marathon races. She lives in North Vancouver where she spends lots of time in the forests hiking with her husband, two kids and dogs.

Program Topics

Topics of each of the 3 half-day learning session.

Day 1 – Understanding Yourself and Your Role as a Manager

  • Assess your personal leadership strengths
  • Develop a vision of how you want to present yourself as a manager
  • Set priorities and objectives that align with your organization’s goals
  • Develop and resource work plans to achieve your priorities and objectives

    Day 2 – Delegation and Performance Management

    • Identify ways to motivate people by aligning their strengths to achieve the organization’s goals
    • Apply the principles of effective delegation
    • Describe the benefits of performance management
    • Identify strategies for implementing the three steps in the performance management process

      Day 3 – Supporting Your Team’s Performance

      • Apply strategies to address challenging situations
      • Describe behaviours that that foster staff/volunteer engagement, support inclusion and get the best from people

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