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Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies cohort

This Nonprofit Tech Readiness cohort, limited to 20 people, gives participants an opportunity to ramp up their technology leadership and planning skills.

Generously funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

About the cohort

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. Jewish agencies are working with an increase in community needs and new challenges in how programs and services can operate. NTEN is privileged to offer Nonprofit Tech Readiness (NTR) cohorts for staff in these organizations as they strategically navigate digital challenges and opportunities and the opportunity to receive cash awards to those who complete the program to implement their technology projects.

NTR is a six-month cohort program for 20 staff of eligible Jewish agencies and organizations. Participating staff can be from any discipline, professional position, or organizational 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. Previous NTR participants have had a diversity of technology projects from developing their organization’s IT roadmap to securing internal systems, migrating databases to identifying new client management systems, and more.

Here’s what some of the participants from the Fall 2021 cohort said about their experience:

  • “The program allowed me to take time to focus on data and more than not, reinforced the work I was starting to do around the collecting, managing and decision making from data. I realized that I was on the right path to success.”
  • “My participation in the NTR program has absolutely resulted in an increased capacity to strategically implement the use of technology for my organization.”
  • “The program gave me the courage and vision to start a tech project, virtually on my own, to find a solution for electronic record-keeping. That project is now well underway.”
  • “NTR particularly expanded my knowledge in tech equity and inclusion and provided tangible tools to put those values into practice. Overall, I feel like I am approaching our data and tech work with more confidence and an equity lens.”

Community Call

Watch the August 15 community call for an overview of the NTR program, participant expectations, and time commitment. The video is captioned, and the slide deck is available to view.

Schedule

Plan for a six-month time commitment, with 8–10 hours per month for program work.

Orientation
October 2022
Ask questions and explore the online learning and community space.

Sessions
October 2022 – March 2023
Take part in educational and mentorship activities.

Celebration
April 2023
Celebrate achievements and hear from inspiring guest speakers.

Conference
April 11 –14, 2023
Attend the 2023 Nonprofit Technology Conference online or in person in Denver, Colorado, for free.

Sessions

You'll be supported as you move your customized technology project from the idea stage to a full-blown action plan and get the guidance you need to implement the project.

Technology projects
Advice and mentorship, including help with successful planning, culture change, and implementation.

Open office hours
Drop-in opportunities to get direct support.

Live educational series
Training sessions that cover the core competencies of technology planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation.

Self-paced educational series
Sessions that cover other competencies and best practices.

Leadership development
Facilitated process for discussing feedback and practicing and modeling experiences you can replicate at your organization.

Interactive workshops
Working sessions to build your project planning skills and develop connections with your peers.

Topics

The curriculum is tailored to the cohort's needs, and new courses are added as available. Topics include:

  • 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.

Additional benefits

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.
  • Continued access to all materials after the program is complete and continued access to the dedicated online community space.
  • Opportunities for including colleagues in workshops and coaching sessions.
  • Opportunity to receive continued coaching after the cohort concludes.
  • Opportunity to apply for a cash award to cover capitalizable expenses related to selected technology project.

Apply for the cohort

Who should apply

Applications closed on September 9, 2022.

These NTR cohorts are open to any staff person in a U.S.-based organization or agency that is

Board members and volunteers are not eligible to participate as the lead participant but can join optional workshops or coaching sessions as applicable. Organizations are only eligible to participate once. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please email us.

Applications for the 2022 Fall cohort closed on September 9, 2022. Application dates for future cohorts will be updated in 2023.

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