Human Resources for the Non-Profit Sector

Non-profit organizations recognize that their staff and volunteers are critical to their ongoing success and acknowledge the challenge of finding and keeping those people.

This course will provide you with a strong framework for understanding the functional areas of strategic human resources management and how those areas relate to the non-profit workplace.

Topic areas will include: human resources planning; recruitment, recognition and engagement; discipline and termination practices; the value of exit interviews; and employee and labour relations. We will also discuss global issues in human resources management.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Shagun Bhanot $855.00 31 Register
Online - TBA $855.00 35 -

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Define and explain various human resources management plans and processes used to achieve an organization’s strategic objective
  • Explain how employment-related issues are governed in Canada and how legislation impacts the workplace
  • Describe the components of compensation and analyze your organization’s compensation approach
  • Explain the strategic importance of total reward strategies
  • Create a job description and understand the connection to both staff and volunteer recruitment and selection processes
  • Describe effective recruiting and retention strategies and the factors that influence their use
  • Understand the strategic value and importance of performance management
  • Understand the training process and its relevance to building organizational capacity
  • Explain the five steps in the labour relations process
  • Describe effective health and safety practices in the workplace
  • Understand risk management, restructuring and contingency planning

How will I learn?

  • You will work within scheduled start and end dates, as well as assignment timelines.
  • Your study schedule will be entirely up to you. In some cases, we may ask you to meet online with your class and your instructor or a guest at a specific time, but these sessions will be recorded for future viewing if you are unable to attend.
  • Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on reading, online discussions, course work and supplementary activities, such as viewing assigned videos.

How will I be evaluated?

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. You will be evaluated based on a variety of methods, such as online participation, individual assignments, journals, project-based work and course papers. Assignments build upon the significant level of real-world experience that most participants bring to the course. You must successfully complete all Non-Profit Management courses to receive a full program certificate.

Textbooks and learning materials

You will access all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

English language requirements

To meet course demands, you should have an advanced level of English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

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