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Tools for the Field: Competency Models

July 13, 2021 @ 2:00 pm3:15 pm EDT

Tools for the Field: Competency Models

We’re online! This session will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email before the event.

Align your mission-area expertise with role-specific excellence.

In March, we shared our Program Officer Competency Model© with you. In May, the Competency Models for Nonprofit Inclusive Leadership (with parallel tracks for organization staff and nonprofit board members) was released to the public.

On July 13, we’ll offer a guided tour of the Johnson Center’s three competency models for the field of philanthropy — led by the in-house team who spearheaded their development — followed by a Q&A session.

Join Leslie Staroneck, Kevin Peterson, and Emily Brenner to discover the many ways to use, adapt, and share the models in your own professional journey and in supporting smart, adaptive, and effective philanthropy.


Price: Free!
Deadline to Register: July 9

About Our Competency Models
Competency models delineate the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) that are required for effective performance in a particular job or profession. Because of this focus, they have the potential to minimize bias in hiring and prioritize proficiency in the most important responsibilities of a role.

We offer these models as contributions to the field of philanthropy, aiming to elevate the importance of demonstrating proficiency in KSAOs over the holding of traditional credentials and utilization of formal networks.

The Johnson Center is using these models to inform the content and design of all our professional development offerings. We’re also using them to guide the development of a badging program that will go live this fall.

Photo: Emily Brenner
Emily Brenner is a program associate at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She assists the learning services team in providing professional development opportunities through The Grantmaking School, other workshops and webinars for the field, and LearnPhilanthropy Academy. Learn more about Emily.

Photo: Kevin Peterson
Kevin Peterson joined the Johnson Center in 2015 and currently serves as a program associate, helping manage and deliver nonprofit and grantmaker capacity-building efforts. Kevin is a board member of the national Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and also serves as board co-chair for the Grand Rapids chapter of YNPN. Learn more about Kevin.

Photo: Leslie Starsoneck
Leslie Starsoneck, M.S.W., is the director of learning services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She oversees the center’s educational and professional development offerings for foundation and nonprofit practitioners. Previously, Leslie provided consulting services to a wide variety of nonprofits, foundations, and for government agencies focusing on the assessment and enhancement of organizational and system strengths. Learn more about Leslie.


July 13, 2021
2:00 pm–3:15 pm EDT
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