ORG301: Nonprofit 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 of the final project – a nonprofit manager’s employee supervision toolkit & manual.

Course Objectives

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. Evaluate an employee manual to ensure that it follows best practices and addresses key legal issues.
  7. Review a volunteer program to identify processes and best practices.
  8. Create a nonprofit manager’s employee supervision toolkit manual synthesizing practical human resources tools.


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. $9.99

McCormick, J. (2021). The First-Time Manager (7th edition). HarperCollins Leadership.$15.79
Total Cost of Course$825.78

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.