Even before COVID-19, technology was changing the way that every nonprofit pursued its mission. For many, the global pandemic has forced an acceleration of those changes. The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is working with an increase in community needs and new challenges in how programs and services can operate. To support agency staff strategically navigating these challenges and opportunities, the NJHSA IT Affinity Group is hosting a Network-wide Nonprofit Tech Readiness (NTR) cohort to provide support for Network member organizations looking to increase the internal technology management capacity of staff and provide direct support to those leading efforts to reimagine services online. Special appreciation is extended to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their generous funding support of this cohort learning experience.
NTR is a six-month cohort program for 20 professional staff representatives of NJHSA member agencies in good standing. Participating staff can be from any discipline, professional position, or department who want to gain new skills, build capacity for their agency, and receive dedicated coaching on the most urgent technology needs. Our goal is to elevate technology capacity significantly by strengthening participants’ knowledge of best practices for technology planning, budgeting, decision-making, and more while supporting each participant in advancing a technology project specific to their organization. The NTR cohort for the Network will focus specifically on organizations that are integrating virtual service delivery as a permanent service offering of their agency.
Nonprofit staff from Network member agencies interested in practical and tangible technology training are encouraged to apply for this learning cohort. Participants can be from any team or job position within a Network member agency, but they should be responsible for the advancement and implementation of a technology project in their team or organization. Agency board members or volunteers are not included in the cohort.
Applications for the Spring 2021 cohort are open from January 20 to February 10, 2021.
How It Works
NTR combines online educational sessions and leadership development. Participants learn from nonprofit technology experts and receive guidance and training to support technology projects at their organizations. The educational sessions reflect the major departmental areas across an organization. This comprehensive training provides every participant, regardless of their current job, a full view of best practices, strategic decision-making processes, and knowledge for managing technologies in all areas of an organization.
NTR Orientation — March
Program orientation via web conference to answer questions, check everyone’s online access and account settings, and provide detailed information about the 6-month calendar.
Nonprofit Technology Conference — March
All cohort participants are provided with a free full registration to NTEN’s 21NTC virtual conference. There are no required sessions, but participants find the NTC’s energy and the many opportunities for jump-starting their learning to be of high value.
Cohort Sessions — April–September
During the six-month cohort, participants engage in a variety of learning and coaching activities. NTR includes:
- Live Event Educational Series (months 1–5): a series of training sessions that cover the core competencies of technology planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation across an organization.
- Self-Paced Training Series (months 3–6): a series of self-paced sessions that cover additional competencies related to the topical focus of the cohort and best-practices.
- Workshops (months 4–6): dedicated working sessions to provide skill-building and networking while helping you advance your technology project planning.
- Leadership Development(months 3–6): facilitated process to coach you in providing project feedback, practicing, and modeling experiences you can replicate in your organizations.
- Technology Projects (months 1–6): coaching and support for your unique project that will make a critical and lasting impact on your programs, including direct support on project planning, culture change, and a successful path for implementation.
- Open Office Hours (months 1–6): Drop-in opportunities to get direct support.
Culmination Celebration — September
Participants are invited to celebrate all that they have learned and worked on during the cohort, along with colleagues, board members, NJHSA staff, program contributors and coaches, and more. This virtual celebration includes inspiring guest speakers as well as time for participants to share their achievements.
The following are general topics covered during NTR. The final list varies as it’s tailored to each cohort’s needs. Additionally, new courses will be woven into the curriculum as they become available.
- IT Planning and Assessment.
- Using Tech to Streamline Operations.
- Digital Success for Nonprofits.
- Design Tools for Non-designers.
- Racial Equity and Tech Planning.
- Foundations for Successful Remote and Distributed Teams.
- IT Security Fundamentals.
- Leading with Technology Road Maps.
NTR is a six-month program. Participants should anticipate 8–10 hours per month of program-related work.
NTR is provided to participants free of charge. The largest investment comes from participants of their time and by their organizations supporting staff with the time to participate fully.
In addition to the coaching, training, and support provided as part of the NTR cohort, participants receive access to all courses required to earn NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate for free if they choose to pursue a certificate. Participants also receive continued access to all materials after the program is complete and continued access to the dedicated online community space.
If you want to preview the application questions or prepare responses before beginning the online form, you can download the PDF of the application.
Currently, there are no cohorts open for application. Please check back for updates as new cohorts are being finalized and details will be shared when available.