Strategies for Nonprofit Human Capital Design

Best Practices For the Contemporary Nonprofit

Each nonprofit leader must think about how, why and who they intake as part of their workforce. Hiring right is the first and most crucial step in implementing strategic human resources management practices in nonprofit organizations.

Guided by world-class faculty through a series of sessions, you will find yourself thinking of strategic ways to design the right job, hire smart and increase your cross-generational and cross-sector agility in order to better understand the current and future workforce. You will also actively learn about volunteer engagement; and how to sustain engagement at every level of your organization.

Center for Nonprofit Management

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Who Should Attend

  • Nonprofit managers tasked with recruiting and hiring functions within their nonprofits
  • Senior nonprofit leaders who supervise human resources staff
  • Cross-functional leaders poised for a nonprofit ‘VP of Recruiting & Talent Development’ and similar roles
  • Public sector and government leaders who are responsible for recruiting functions
  • Career switchers or for-profit leaders who intend on joining a nonprofit team or Board

Key Benefits

  • Think strategically about who and why you hire
  • Design a plan for motivating volunteers to carry out the mission
  • Understand cross-generational and cross-sector hiring and management
  • Learn how to craft jobs that establish a hiring strategy for the organization
  • Maximize organizational performance by increasing staff engagement

Program Content

Talent Acquisition - Hire Right

  • Discuss how to achieve organizational goals and maximize organizational performance by hiring talent that will support the organization's mission
  • Learn to hire the right talent which has not only the necessary technical skills, but also competencies, knowledge and skills that are aligned with your organization’s culture and values
  • Participate in an open discussion on real-life learning with a leader responsible for hiring

Maximizing Engagement By Rethinking "Job Design"

  • What incentives can nonprofits use to motivate people and engage them in their work?
  • Explore the concept of job crafting - a flexible, customized and bottom-up approach to design tasks and work
  • Explore different types of job crafting
  • Learn about the benefits of job crafting through applied learning, including a Burt’s Bees® case study

Effective Volunteer Management

  • Volunteers are the lifeblood of a nonprofit organization
  • Understand how to engage volunteers and provide them with significant direction to make an impact within the organization and the communities served
  • Address key tactics for identifying roles and responsibilities for volunteers, managing volunteers effectively as well as provide an overview of how to move volunteers into different roles

Together: 3 Essentials for Effective Collaboration

  • A key challenge facing leaders today is how to effectively discover and integrate diverse individuals’ skills, talents and resources into collaborative teams that accomplish the organization’s mission
    • Participate in an interactive session, highlighted by a competitive team challenge
    • Explore three critical challenges that inhibit effective teamwork and provide leaders with proven strategies for leading high-performing teams


Naini Serohi - Academic Director; Program Administrator Senior, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Gail Berger Darlow - Assistant Professor of Instruction, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering; Assistant Professor of Executive Education

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Michelle Shumate - Associate Professor, Communication Studies; Associate Faculty, Institute for Policy Research; Director of Graduate Studies, Master’s in Communication Studies; Founding Director, Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact

Fees & Accommodations


Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.

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Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Learn More

Please email or call us if you would like additional information about Nonprofit Programs

Upcoming Sessions

May 16-17, 2018

Start: May 16 at 8:30 AM

End: May 17 at 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Chicago campus


* Prices will increase January 8, 2018.

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Scholarships Available

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208