Fall 2009 Course Description
Advanced Topics in Management
||Mobilizing the Community & Managing Volunteers
||P A 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
(previously Seminar on Topics in Public Management)
|Day & Time:
||Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
|Waitlist Information:||For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information|
||Cross List with SW
This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):
- Social and Economic Policy
Description: Planning for, facilitating and creating an organizational culture conducive to community engagement and volunteer participation requires managers capable of working collaboratively to build projects that engage citizens in meaningful, goal directed work that addresses the organizational mission and meets identified need. Designed to examine the issue of community participation and the management of volunteers this course draws on material from the field of volunteer, nonprofit and public sector administration, and will be supplemented with presentations by experienced practitioners, videos, and case studies.
Specifically, students will complete this course with:
- Knowledge about who is volunteering, what motivates people to serve and the benefits of service to the provider and to the community.
- An awareness of trends facing the field including working with skilled volunteers, retirees and the implications of social networking and technology for the changing face of service.
- Knowledge of project planning and administration, assessing risk, creating policy documents, and techniques for project assessment.
- The ability to carve-out and create meaningful pieces of work including the development of job descriptions, interviewing, orientation, training, supervision and management of volunteer personnel.
- An understanding of and appreciation for the intra-organizational dynamics inherent in the relationships between salaried and nonsalaried staff.
- An introduction to the role of boards of directors.An awareness of basic policy issues facing the field of volunteerism.
- The course qualifies as a required class for students enrolled in the Nonprofit Portfolio program.
- The class will involve a group internship experience in one of several area nonprofit organizations to be selected by the professor.
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