Adjunct professor, Nonprofit Management

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2021

Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.


The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) unit of the Krieger School seeks an Adjunct Professor to refresh and teach the online course of 470.728 –Fundamentals of Nonprofits & Nonprofit Management for the Master of Arts degree in Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Management and the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management .

The MA in NGO Management is the first of its kind to be international in scope, but domestic in practice. Students acquire the leadership and organizational skills needed to succeed in the nonprofit sector, both domestically and abroad. The MA in NGO Management is made up of ten asynchronous online courses (6 core courses, 3 electives, 1 capstone). Courses focus on leadership, fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation, communications, and resource development. Students complete their studies with a capstone project that focuses on a real-world issue which is relevant to present or future employers. This course is one of the core course requirements of the degree, and the first recommended course for all MA and Certificate students.

We invite applications to fill an adjunct teaching position (10-15 hours/week), non-tenure track, semester-by-semester hire, for the Spring 2022 semester (possibility of contract renewal by semester) to teach for the nonprofit management program. The degree and certificate programs are fully online asynchronous classes). The adjunct professor will report to the Program Director of the NGO and Nonprofit Management program.

As the nation's oldest and one of the most prestigious research universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master's degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students located in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regions and throughout the United States and abroad.

Course description:

470.728 –Fundamentals of Nonprofits & Nonprofit Management : The goal of this course is to convey the history, size and impact of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector while providing the fundamentals of nonprofit management. In the United States, the flourishing of nonprofit initiative is intertwined with our country's legal and tax systems, the needs of the nation in wartime, interest groups addressing social and economic inequities, the federal role in social service delivery and foreign aid, rising wealth, and perceived threats to internal security. Successful nonprofits today must have strong management systems in place to assure quality programs for service and impact. These systems include management of finances, human resources, information technology, marketing, performance measures and other aspects of operations. The course will help the student understand the current thinking regarding "best practices" in managing and improving nonprofit organizations and appreciate the interplay of environmental and organizational factors that influence managerial decision-making. Throughout the course, there will be a comparative perspective that looks at the scope and status of nongovernmental organizations in other countries and the influences on those organizations by their own governments, foreign aid, and international philanthropy. Many of the principles recommended as "best practice" can be applied to nongovernmental organizations in other countries as well. This course uses a simulation pedagogy centered around one core assignment where students actively conceptualize and build their own nonprofit. This is the first course for the MA in Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Management and Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Instructional and administrative responsibilities of the position include:
  • Attend adjunct faculty kick-off and other professional development meetings;
  • Teach one online graduate course (unless there is a demand for more than one section) using Blackboard (or Canvas) per year;
  • Personalize the graduate course by identifying relevant academic materials, resources, digital media, recording original content for introductory videos, and revise any lectures that need revision, frequently lead in-class discussions;
  • Use online tools such as Voicethread, Panopto or others;
  • Grade assignments and provide regular feedback to students on the online discussion threads and in the grade center;
  • Answer student inquiries via email within 24 - 48 hours;
  • Be aware of, and in compliance with, all JHU AAP policies as an adjunct and instructor;
  • Complete other administrative duties associated with teaching as assigned;
  • Participate in the signature assessment assignment activities (on a case by case basis);
  • Report to and be in regular touch with the Program Director on policy updates, faculty summits, advisory committees, curriculum development, student needs, etc.
Salary: Gross salary is $7000/per course at full capacity (10+ students) for one full semester of teaching.


Desired qualifications:
  • PhD or academic equivalent is highly preferred but not mandatory, must possess a master's degree at an accredited college or university in nonprofit management, philanthropy, business administration, finance, or a related field with at least ten years of related experience;
  • Preferably strong familiarity with nonprofit management/past professional experience directing or leading a nonprofit or NGO, such as in an Executive Director or CEO position;
  • Demonstrative experience with nonprofits and nonprofit management either in position of executive leadership, or on a board or advisory committee;
  • Familiarity with overseeing/working with a diverse Board of Directors in ongoing development and implementation of strategic plans and finance.
  • Strong familiarity on the general responsibilities of an executive leader, such as operations, program development, external communications and partnerships, strategic planning, new business, fundraising, finance and administration, team management, and ethics, among others.
  • Familiarity with teaching onsite or online courses at a graduate level, and working with online or digital media or relevant software, Outlook, Blackboard, Microsoft Office Suite and any nonprofit accounting software/databases (such as Quickbooks, Razors Edge, others);
  • Graduate-level teaching experience is highly desirable with a proven record of effective online teaching and familiarity with adult learning techniques, and various learning management systems.
Application Instructions

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a description of scholarly and teaching activity, and any student evaluations available. All application material should be submitted online via Interfolio. For consideration, please apply by November 15, 2021, hiring will occur for the Spring 2022 semester. Contact: Program Director, Karin Orr,

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