CVC305: Nonprofit Human Resources

Course Description

This course provides training in the principles of Human Resources management.  In it, students will learn about staff development, the proper use of written job descriptions and performance standards, and professional practices regarding proper interviewing, hiring, evaluation and dismissal procedures.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Gain a general orientation to human resources needs and issues.
  2. Understand how volunteers may be used at an organization to meet human resources needs.
  3. Understand and apply best practices for  hiring and interviewing staff members and volunteers
  4. Develop a plan for compliance with  the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in hiring and employment practices.
  5. Understand and apply best practices for keeping and motivating staff members, preventing burnout.
  6. Understand how to create accurate job descriptions.
  7. Understand how to conduct employee performance appraisal.
  8. Understand relevant legal and reporting requirements for employment, particular at nonprofit organizations.
  9. To help the student understand some of the principles of the role of training and staff development.
  10. Understand best practices for human resources management of difficult staff members.
  11. Understand the process of terminating an employee in an appropriate and legal manner.
  12. Synthesize understanding from the course through the development or revision of an organization’s Staff Policy Manual.


Course Materials & Tuition

Armstrong, S., & Mitchell, B. (2019). The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional (Revised edition). Weiser. ISBN: 1632651394. 256 pages.
Total Cost of Course$759.99

Project Requirements

In the final project, you will take a sample staff policy handbook and adapt it to be used in practice by the organization for which you work or another organization with which you are familiar.