Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Management and Leadership

The Centre for Lifelong Learning at St Angela’s College, Sligo in partnership with Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) has worked for over 18 months on the design of a programme for the volunteer management sector.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Leadership and Management aims to introduce volunteer management within the context of effective volunteer resource planning, strategic operations, communications, leadership skills, governance and compliance. By meeting volunteer managers around Ireland and Northern Ireland, we identified key themes and topics that will be relevant to study for those in volunteer management roles or those involved in managing volunteers in the wider community.

Course outline
This one-year, part-time Postgraduate Certificate places volunteer management and leadership within the context of effective volunteer resource planning, strategic operations, communications, leadership skills, governance and compliance.

Who should apply?
Volunteer managers and leaders and those aspiring to such roles in community, voluntary, non-profit, public and private sector contexts.

Reasons to apply:
Unique programme on the island of Ireland
Balancing theory and practical skills-based training
Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now approved
Offers progression to Postgraduate Diploma / Master of Arts in Leadership and Management in the Community and Public Sector
Programme Accreditation: National University of Ireland, Galway (Level 9) (Level 7 Northern Ireland). Duration: Part-time.

Course modules
Introduction to Volunteer Leadership and Management (5 ECTS)
Organisational and Operational Management (10 ECTS)
Advancing the Organisation (10 ECTS)
Volunteer Governance, Management and Leadership in Practice (5 ECTS)

Progression Route to Diploma / MA
Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Management and Leadership, students can progress to the Postgraduate Diploma / Master of Arts in Leadership and Management in the Community and Public Sector. In addition to the four modules required to complete the Certificate, students only need to take the ‘Introduction to Leadership and Management for the Community, Non-Profit and Public Sector’ module (15 ECTS) that is part of the MA Leadership and Management for the Community and Public Sector course to progress to Year 2 and MA Level. In addition to taking the two VM modules in semester 1 and the two VM modules in semester 2, students may also opt to take the ‘Introduction to Leadership and Management’ module in semester 2.

Why St Angela’s College, Sligo – NUI Galway?
Since 2012, St Angela’s College, Sligo, has delivered the Postgraduate programme in Leadership and Management for the Community and Public Sector on a part-time basis for middle and aspiring managers and leaders in the civil / public service, community and voluntary sector and non-profit organisations. NUI Galway has an internationally recognised reputation in civic engagement and volunteering through the work of the Community Knowledge Initiative within the Institute of Lifecourse & Society. St Angela’s was directly involved in the successful bid for Sligo’s designation as European Volunteering Capital 2017. St Angela’s and NUI Galway draw on their academic and practical expertise and extensive resources in volunteer management for the programme design and delivery. All the modules provide specific volunteer management resources and practical assignments to build a student’s knowledge, skills and capacity to manage and lead within volunteering roles.

Fees: €2,250 to complete Certificate

Payments are processed through the Finance Department. You will be invoiced and payments can be made by direct transfer to the College Bank Account, by cheque / postal order or by credit card over the phone with finance at (071) 919 5524. All information on tuition fees and payment methods will be available on your invoice.

How do I apply?
Complete the on-line application form or print and complete the application form

Further Information
Dr. Maria Gallo
Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning
St Angela’s College, Sligo
Telephone (071) 913 5623
Email: mgallo@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Download a brochure for the Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Management and Leadership

Schedule September 2019 – May 2020
Semester 1
Module: Introduction to Volunteer Leadership and Management (5 ECTS)
Friday 20 September 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 21 September 9am – 5pm

Module: Organisational and Operational Management (10 ECTS)
Course begins early September with information posted on Moodle

3-day block in-class sessions 9am – 5pm each day
Thursday 3 October, ST2
Friday 4 October, ST2
Saturday 5 October, Éist Linn 2

Semester 2
Optional Module: Introduction to Leadership and Management for the Community, Non-Profit and Public Sector (15 ECTS)

6pm – 9pm Friday evening; 9am – 5pm Saturdays
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 January [Lecture Room 1 Friday and Éist Linn 1 Saturday]
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 February [Lecture Room 4 both days]
Friday 20 March [Lecture Room 3 both days]
Saturday 4 April (9am – 3.30pm)

Module: Advancing the Organisation (10 ECTS)

Course begins early January (exact date TBC) with information posted on Moodle

3-day block in-class session:
Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January (9am – 5pm each day) [Lecture Room 4 each day]
Saturday 21 March (9am – 3.30pm) [BM101]

Module: Volunteer Governance, Management and Leadership in Practice (5 ECTS)
Friday 8 May, 6 – 9pm
Saturday 9 May, 9 – 5pm