About our Instructors
Interested in Becoming a NLP Instructor?
First, thank you for considering joining Nonprofit Learning Point as a new instructor. The success of our courses depends on the expertise of our knowledgeable faculty. We appreciate your willingness to share your talent with our students.
The NLP Curriculum Committee has called for a moratorium on new instructors beginning 2012 until further notice.
We have designed an application process to ensure our hiring decisions are fair and consistent. The application process consists of three steps.
Step 1: Information Sharing
The NLP Program Director will conduct an initial conversation with the instructor candidate, usually by phone. The Program Director will discuss the goals of the program, a description of the seven focal areas, and an explanation of the process for selecting new instructors.
Step 2: Candidate Application
The candidate will submit a completed Instructor Application [DOC] as well as a resume. The NLP Curriculum Committee will then conduct a brief review of applications to determine basic qualifications. The Committee retains the option to screen out a candidate at this point in the process. In that case, the Program Director sends a letter to the candidate explaining reasons why s/he is not considered to be an appropriate instructor candidate at this time. Selected candidates will be scheduled for an interview.
Step 3: Candidate Assessment and Selection
The Instructor Selection Panel meets twice a year, in April and November, to consider applications from potential new instructors. The Panel is comprised of:
- One representative from the Curriculum Committee
- One long-time instructor who is not on any other NLP committee
- One recent graduate of the program
- NLP Program Director (non-voting)
The Panel will review each candidate’s application materials and conduct brief in-person interviews. Panel members will evaluate each candidate based on subject matter expertise, presentation skills, nonprofit sector experience, and specific focal strength areas.
After the Panel makes its decisions, a letter is sent to each candidate notifying him/her of the decision and next steps. Note: acceptance as an instructor does not automatically mean acceptance of a course that instructor designs. The process to approve a new course with a new syllabus is separate and distinct.
Selected new instructors will be required to attend an orientation prior to teaching their first NLP class. At the conclusion of the orientation, instructors will be required to sign a statement acknowledging their understanding of and commitment to the program’s policies.