ORG607: Human Resources

Course Description

The goal of this course is to prepare a nonprofit manager with effective human resources tools, policies and processes. The course is focused around the student developing human resources tools at each stage of an employee’s life cycle: hiring, onboarding, training, employee evaluations, corrective action and employee separation. The course centers around building components for two major projects: 1) developing a nonprofit manager’s employee supervision toolkit & manual and 2) evaluating an organization’s employee manual and policies to ensure they follow best practices.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Outline an organization’s hiring process.
  2. Develop key documents needed in hiring including job postings, job descriptions and interview script and scoring.
  3. Develop a plan to onboard and train new employees.
  4. Write a sample performance evaluation of an employee using best practices.
  5. Apply best practices of managing difficult staff members and develop a corrective action plan and separation plan for a sample employee.
  6. Create a nonprofit manager’s employee supervision toolkit manual synthesizing practical human resources tools.
  7. Review a volunteer program to identify processes and best practices.
  8. Evaluate an employee manual and policies to ensure that it follows best practices and addresses key legal issues.


Course Materials & Tuition

Steingold, F. S. (2021). Employer’s Legal Handbook, The: How to Manage Your Employees & Workplace 16th Edition, NOLO. ISBN: 1413328822.
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. $9.99
Lopus, A., Hartman, C., & Greer, P. (2022). Road to Flourishing: Eight Keys to Boost Employee Engagement and Well-Being. IVP. (ISBN: 1514002469)$20.90
Total Cost of Course$873.88