Singapore University of Social Sciences

Leadership and Volunteer Management

Applications Open: 01 April 2019

Applications Close: 31 May 2019

Next Available Intake: July 2019

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Management


NPM502 Leadership and Volunteer Management provides an overview of key concepts and skills that are relevant to non-profit leadership and volunteer management in global and local contexts. The course will explore the ethos of leadership in terms of non-profit organisational development and strategy. Students will also be introduced to effective leadership and management practices in the non-profit sector, by exploring crucial frameworks and values. This includes managing team dynamics, personal values and organisational goals. The course will further assess various practices for recruiting, managing and engaging volunteers, and explore how volunteer programmes can be made more effective for positive social change.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Defining Social Leadership – A Global Overview
  • Theories of Leadership
  • Non-Profit Set-ups: A Critical Perspective
  • Values-based Non-Profit Leadership
  • Society, Community & Leadership
  • Talent Development in Non-Profit Leadership
  • Concepts and Theories of Volunteerism
  • Universalistic, Contingent and Configurational Approaches to Volunteer Management (VM)
  • Policy Development for Volunteer Involvement
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Volunteer Retention
  • Management of Volunteer Programmes

Learning Outcome

  • Explain key concepts and practices in non-profit leadership and volunteer management.
  • Assess the values, principles, philosophies and ethics of leadership in a non-profit organisation.
  • Evaluate strategies for strengthening volunteer programmes.
  • Apply concepts and principles of leadership and organisational behaviour in the non-profit sector.
  • Relate leadership models and volunteer management methods to practical work situations.
  • Manage effective practices in the recruitment, management and engagement of volunteers.
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