πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ C School: Leadership Track

Become a Leader in Community Management

For experienced community professionals looking to level up, our 12-week cohort-based experience will take you from individual contributor to leadership-ready.
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Meet your instructor and guest speakers

Brian is the primary instructor for this C School track. As an experienced community executive who has held VP of Community roles at DataRobot and Alteryx, Brian is passionate about helping the next generation of community professionals step into and succeed in community roles.
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Because no community or community career is the same, C School students will also benefit from the perspectives of experienced guest speakers and mentors. Guest speakers will provide varied perspectives on everything from diversity, equity, and inclusion literacy for community leaders to how community leadership varies at scale.

Brian Oblinger

Strategic Consultant, prev. VPΒ 
Community at Alteryx & DataRobot

Noele Flowers

Community Education Manager @ Commsor

Stephanie Grice

Head of Global Community @ Atlassian

Erica Kuhl

Strategic Consultant, prev VP Community @ Salesforce

Alex Angel

Chief Community Officer @ Commsor

Joe Pishgar

Cheif Community Officer @
Vertical Scope

Shana Sumers

Principal Marketing Manager, Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging Community Programs @ HubSpot

Jenn Pedde

VP of Customer Advocacy
@ People Path

Learn, practice, and apply community management over a 12 week course

Growing a career in an emerging industry with no developed career path is hard β€” C School's Leadership track takes the guesswork out and helps you prepare to step into leadership roles in community, guided by the community pros at the top of their game. Learn in a small-cohort environment with industry peers, live sessions with an experienced instructor, work-applicable projects, and mock-pitch scenarios. Whether you have your sights set on Senior Community Manager, Director, VP, or even Chief Community Officer roles, you'll leave this program ready to put your expertise to work in a leadership position.
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Plus, the program includes:

Special guest presentations and Q&As with experienced community leaders

Mock-pitch and role-play scenarios with feedback, to help prepare you for leadership's toughest challenges

A small (capped at 15) cohort environment to ensure you get the 1:1 support needed to succeed

Curriculum

Community &Β Business

The Business of Community

Week 1

Vision & Goal Setting for Community Leaders

Week 2

Measurement & ROI

Week 3

Operations

Workflows in Community Leadership

Week 4

Operational Excellence

Week 5

Community at Scale

Week 6

Team &Β People

Budget & Headcount

Week 7

Hiring & Org Charting

Week 8

People Management & Coaching for Community Leaders

Week 9

Executive Communication

Cross-functional Collaboration as a Community Leader

Week 10

Presentations, Storytelling, and Thought Leadership

Week 11

Executive Communication

Week 12

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this program for?

C School's leadership course was designed for experienced community professionals preparing to grow into leadership positions. While years of experience in the field can be subjective, we believe this program is most likely suited to community professionals with between 3-8 years of experience in community management.

Students entering this course should already have a deep understanding of community's potential to create meaningful business impact, and will be ready to dig in to classes and exercises that help them prepare to lead other community professionals and express community's value and impact to executives. The best way to evaluate if this program is right for you is to review the curriculum listed above.

This track of C School was designed for experienced community pros currently working in community roles. If you are looking for a role in community or just starting out in the field, we encourage you to explore our Foundations and Coaching tracks.

This program is fully remote. If accepted into the program, you will be given the chance to review a schedule of required live events prior to confirming your enrollment.

Why choose C School?

C School is the first comprehensive community management training school on the market, offering live cohort-based courses to community professionals along the career track. We started off offering a foundational program for career-changers and early-career CMs, and now we're building on our success with those programs to offer the first ever training program geared specifically toward community leadership.

C School is built by the team that brought you The Community Club, an innovative professional network for community builders that's frequented and beloved by some of the top professionals in the field. All C School programs are small cohort-based (live and capped at 15 students) to ensure you actually achieve the outcome you're looking for, taught by experienced professionals, and full of hands-on opportunities to practice the skills you learn.

While other online courses (and even live cohort-based courses) tend to offer students lots of information to choose from and ingest on their own time, we guide our students through a specific and actionable program, so that you can reach your desired outcome without getting overwhelmed or stuck.

Joining C School is less like enrolling in another online course and more like having a team of professional Community Managers dedicated to helping you grow your career.

What is the time commitment?

C School students on our leadership track can expect to spend about five hours per week on this program, inclusive of live classes, peer group sessions, and independent study combined throughout the course of 12 weeks. We know community pros are busy, so you can expect about half of that commitment to be async.

Most live sessions take place in the range of 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST.
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You can view the entire schedule to check your availability here.

How much does the program cost, and what are my payment options?

C School tuition is $3000 USD per student. Most students within this track are able to finance the course through a learning and development budget offered by their employers β€” we're also happy to provide info sheets and templates to help you ask your employer for financing for this course.

We also offer three, six, and 12-month payment plans for students looking to finance their career development on a more flexible timeline.

Lastly, we maintain a scholarship program designed to help us ensure our cohorts include the most qualified applicants, regardless of their ability to pay β€” as such, we encourage prospective students to apply regardless of their ability to finance the program. You will be able to apply for funding options within the main application.

Why this price?

C School tuition is set at a level that allows our dedicated, full-time staff to offer the best possible training. We believe our training equips graduates to not only excel in their current roles, but be well equipped to compete in the growing job market for community leaders.

While there are many incredible educational resources available for Community Managers that sit at varying price points, C School is the only program on the market offering this level of in-depth, hands-on instruction. We cap our cohorts at 15 students, which lets us take a personalized approach to helping them succeed.

Creating a program that's this hands-on and comprehensive requires full-time staff dedicated to building and executing. We know that for many students, this program will be an investment, and we're dedicated to making that investment worthwhile. We also offer a flexible payment plan and scholarship options for students who are qualified but unable to fund the program.

Have any additional questions? Don't hesitate to contact our team at
‍cschool@community.club.