Jennifer Rinella

Jenny Rinella headshot
Associate Professor of Management & Nonprofit Leadership
Associate Dean
College of Business and Technology
Conway 334

Additional Positions 

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives and Innovation


Ed.D. Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration, Baker University
Post-Graduate Certificate Applied Positive Psychology, Buckinghamshire New University
Graduate Coursework Instructional Design, University of St. Francis
M.I.H.E. Integrated Humanities and Education, Rockhurst University
Graduate Certificate Public Administration- Nonprofit Fundraising, University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A. Sociology with Health Care Concentration and Human Service Agency Administration Minor, Rockhurst University
M.S. Applied Positive Psychology, Buckinghamshire New University

Professional Licensures and Certifications 

CliftonStrengths Discovery Certified Course Leader, Gallup - 2019
Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, Gallup - 2018
Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), CFRE International - 1999
Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP), Nonprofit Leadership Alliance - 1993


Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., is a tenured associate professor of management and nonprofit leadership in the Helzberg School of Management. She also serves as campus executive director for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program.

Rinella brings both academic and nonprofit management experience to the classroom. She has held leadership and consulting positions with Providence St. John Foundation, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, the LIGHT House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House Charities, as well as the Mechanical Contractors Association. Rinella formerly served as director of the Center for Service Learning at Rockhurst University.

She has received the National Campus Program Excellence award from Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, the Rockhurst University Excellence in Outcomes Assessment Award, the American Humanics Community Service and Volunteerism Benchmark Award, the Presidential Grant for Faculty Development and Jerome and Jeannette Cohen grants for research and program innovation. Rinella currently serves on the boards of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, and is a trustee for the Cooney Family Foundation.