Essentials for New Managers

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Elevate your management skills through Essentials for New Managers. Spend three sessions building key skills to manage your team effectively.

Become an effective manager with the tools to lead your team to success.

Essentials for New Managers is a program for new and aspiring not-for-profit managers to strengthen their management skills. 

Over three sessions, program participants gain tools and approaches to achieve success in their new management role.

Is Essentials for New Managers Right for You?

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • are new to a not-for-profit management role or are looking to be promoted in the next 6-12 months
  • provide leadership or supervision in your current role
  • have a vision to take on further management responsibilities in your not-for-profit career

If you are the sole employee in your organization (e.g. the executive director), this may NOT be the best program for you. We encourage you to also consider our other programs including: Leadership Principles, Executive Lab, and our many workshops available.


Come away with tangible tools, ideas, and practices to apply in your management role.

  • Leave this program equipped with leadership and communication skills to effectively manage work flow, individuals, and teams.
  • Identify priorities for succeeding in your first management role.
  • Develop a strong understanding of your role and responsibilities as a first-time manager, and how to navigate the common challenges as a new manager.


Day 1: Your Role as a Manager within Your Organizational Context

  • Gain a strong understanding of your role and responsibilities as a manager
  • Build a strong foundation in topics including: leading vs. managing, performance support, managing a budget, and reporting on outcomes
  • Learn how to make time for your team and how to transition from an individual contributor to a manager
  • Gain skills to pro-actively deliver results while managing stress and time constraints

Day 2: Effectively Manage Team Work Flows

  • Practice setting clear, mutually understood expectations with your direct reports and learn the common communication pitfalls that can cause misunderstandings
  • Learn tools and techniques for effective planning, prioritization, and decision making
  • Build your comfort with delegation and learn when and how to delegate
  • Practice effective delegation conversations

Day 3: Support Your Team’s Performance

  • Learn how to build successful teams, including recruiting, hiring, and training new team members
  • Facilitate effective goal setting through understanding team members’ priorities and motivations
  • Build trust and confidence with staff by providing ongoing feedback and performance evaluations
  • Practice difficult conversations

Required Course Material

Gallup StrengthFinder - Top 5 Strengths (to be completed individually before the start of the course). Cost of StrengthsFinder is covered by a grant from the RBC Foundation. Successful applicants will receive a link to this tool before the start of the program.


Jodi Rai, Strategic HR Lead, Oceans and Fisheries Canada

Elevate your career and strengthen your impact as a new not-for-profit manager. 

The applications for Essentials for New Managers are now closed. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to apply this year.


This lab is available at a significantly reduced cost to a generous grant from the RBC Foundation’s Future Launch initiative. Course is valued at $500.

Questions about Essentials for New Managers? Get in touch with us:

Lisa Torreggiani
Capacity Development Lead
(604) 637-8297

City of Vancouver Grantee Organizations can apply for a Essentials for New Managers bursary via the program's application form. Candidates will be selected by a panel according to specific criteria.


Level-up your performance as a manager.

The applications for Essentials for New Managers are now closed. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to apply this year.

Application Deadline: May 21, 2018

Spring Schedule

June 11 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
June 18 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
June 25 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Prework: conduct a quick organizational assessment and take a self assessment before the start of the program

Vantage Point Office, Downtown Vancouver
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5 

Cost: $100

This lab is available at a significantly reduced cost because of a generous grant from The RBC Foundation. Course is valued at $500.



Jodi Rai

Jodi Rai is the facilitator of Essentials for New Managers.

Jodi is a Senior Labour Relations Advisor with Fisheries & Oceans Canada, a role she has been in since 2014. She has a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and Bachelor's of Commerce in Industrial Relations from UBC. Her area of expertise are labour relations, leadership, conflict resolution, training and development, recruitment, HR Planning and providing strategic advice to executive directors and managers.

Jodi’s learning journey has allowed her to obtain her CPHR designation via HRMA, to complete two certificates (Instructional Design and Advanced Facilitation) at the Justice Institute as well as her anticipated completion in Mediation in 2017. Born and raised in British Columbia she has a genuine vested interest her community. Her years of HR experience have taught her that personal and organizational development can result in not only insightful committed managers and employees, but also informed and conscientious citizens.

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