Scholarship Opportunity for Emerging Leaders from the Community Sector

RDA Illawarra is proud to announce a scholarship opportunity to assist emerging leaders from the community, not-for-profit or social enterprise sectors wishing to participate in the 2016-18 Leadership Illawarra Program. While the Leadership Illawarra Program is open to a wide range of participants from various sectors and organisaions, RDA Illawarra is particularly looking for applicants from the community and social enterprise sectors to take advantage of this opportunity.

The program is suitable for people who have demonstrated leadership potential based on professional achievement who would benefit from a program of activities that assists in developing effective leadership skills and encourages them to become more self-aware of their strengths, weaknesses and development goals and appreciate the value that different styles bring to building high performing teams.

To do this participants undertake a program of events over a two year period including:  Leadership Coaching and Development sessions; four one day Master Classes presented by academics from the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong;  presentations and discussions with highly experienced Australian business professionals and Federal, State and local politicians; visits to Federal and State Parliaments;  visits to organisations such as Microsoft, Telstra and local organisations, each designed to build on topics covered in the Master Classes;  an opportunity to interact with other high potential leaders; and an individual mentoring program with business leaders from the Illawarra.

In addition, participants can also gain credit points towards a degree program at the Sydney Business School, simply by being a part of the program and completing an optional assessment task.

The Leadership Illawarra Program is a two-year experiential learning program for the region’s emerging leaders.  Developed by Sydney Business School, RDA Illawarra, and The Illawarra Connection, the program aims to produce inspired and well-connected visionaries who will lead our region into the future.

Applicants should have the support of their agency or organisation. Nomination  forms and further details can be found at  Applications close 5pm Friday, 2 September 2016. For more information, contact Karen Bain Ph: 0416266302.

Leadership Illawarra Program Opportunity for Community Leaders

The Opportunity

RDA Illawarra (RDAI) invites applications from the community sector for an emerging leader to participate in the Leadership Illawarra Program. RDAI will sponsor the candidate (value $8,000) for the two year program commencing October 2014. We are particularly looking for a suitable applicant from the community, not-for-profit, NGO or social enterprise sectors.

What is the Leadership Illawarra Program?

The Leadership Illawarra Program is a two-year experiential learning program for the region’s emerging leaders; an investment in our human capital. Developed for RDAI in conjunction with Sydney Business School (University of Wollongong Faculty of Business) and The Illawarra Connection, the program aims to produce inspired and well-connected visionaries to lead our region into the future.

The program demonstrates the critical role of leadership for regional advancement, driving growth, employment and community wellbeing. Participants develop a sharper awareness of key issues, opportunities and challenges impacting our region and help build trust between regional stakeholders and governments.

Features of the Leadership Illawarra Program

  • Network with business and community leaders, academic and industry experts and peers.
  • Public and private sector participants in cohort.
  • Creation of a cross-sector network with a common set of regional values.
  • Practical leadership through collaborative team projects.
  • Themes include challenges for the Illawarra, governance and ethics, leadership and community engagement / social responsibility.
  • Residential master classes and industry visits.
  • Engagement with a personal mentor.
  • Opportunity to articulate into the Sydney Business School graduate program for a Graduate Certificate or Masters program with advanced standing in two subjects.

Criteria for Selection

  • Currently employed in a management or coordination capacity within the community services sector (including not-for-profit and non-government organisations or social enterprises).
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Illawarra region and improvement of its human services capability.
  • Commitment to development of your own capacity for leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.

How do I apply?

Discuss the opportunity with your organization, complete the confidential application form and e mail by Friday 15 August 5pm to

For more information please contact David Muscio on 02 4227 4500.