Skills & Leadership

A much-needed portrait of learning and development in Canada’s noprofit sector is beginning to take shape. While there are some sub-sectoral initiatives that are developing and implementing multi-organizational strategies for training and professional development, the portrait is not comprehensive and the nonprofit sector lacks a coherent approach to skills development.

Current State Report Current State of Skills Development: The Canadian Nonprofit Sector
A sector-wide leadership and skills development strategy is critical if the sector is to continue to grow and play a vital role not only as major sources of employment but also as agencies responsible for a growing role in the delivery of services.

 

The following findings from research and stakeholder inquiry provide evidence-based information about the competencies of newly hired leaders and the competencies boards recruit for.

Driving Change: A National Study of Canadian Nonprofit Executive Leaders
The HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector is asking an important question: Is there a leadership deficit?
Driving Change Survey—Headline Findings
Driving Change: A National Study of Canadian Nonprofit Executive Leaders: Supplemental Analysis Report
This report presented nine key findings of the Driving Change research, highlighting the perspectives of nonprofit Executive Directors in Canada, along with the views of board members. Of the nine key findings, two areas – Executive Director retention and Board support – leant themselves to further analysis. This report details the outcomes of this additional analysis.

 

The coordination and administration of volunteers is an important area of nonprofit work. In 2011-2012, the HR Council partnered with the Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources (CAVR), the national umbrella organization for practitioners, to develop and validate an occupational standard for Managers of Volunteer Resources.

NOS National Occupational Standards for Managers of Volunteer Resources
This report focuses on developing and validating a National Occupational Standard (NOS) for the Manager of Volunteer Resources occupation. The NOS provides the foundation for further development of key human resource and career planning tools.
National Occupational Standards for Managers of Volunteer Resources: How-to Guide
To maximize the value of the Occupational Standards, guidance must be provided to end-users by demonstrating practical uses for the standards in their organization in the products of the How-to Guide. With this document, the Occupational Standards become an integral part of the Human Resources processes within the sector.

National Occupational Standards for Managers of Volunteer Resources: Task Chart
This chart quickly references nine major categories of tasks that are meant to help support the work of Managers of Volunteer Resources. For more details, please see the National Occupational Standards for Managers of Volunteer Resources document.