Human Resource Management for Small and Mid-sized Nonprofits

Tue Nov 10, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Cary Library Meeting Room

Gordon Gottlieb


Human Resources for Small- and Medium-Sized Nonprofits

Even in the absence of a staff person with dedicated HR responsibilities, any nonprofit organization—regardless of size—needs to make sure the bare essentials are covered.  Failure to do so may generate lawsuits (worst case scenario) or staff dissatisfaction (much more likely).

Using participants’ questions as a jumping off point, we will take a quick look at the must-do’s and should do’s as they relate to nonprofit human resource management.

Topics include:

  • Who should handle HR when there’s no HR administrator?
  • What personnel policies need to be in place even if the organization lacks a comprehensive set of policies?
  • The challenges when your organization doubles in size (i.e. it goes from 5 to 10).
  • What HR infrastructure can even a small nonprofit use?
  • How do we avoid breaking employment laws?

Gordon Gottlieb is a human resources consultant at TDC, a nonprofit consulting and training firm in Boston that serves nonprofit clients throughout New England.  He has been with TDC since December 1996, serving both as a human resource/organizational development consultant and from 1997-2012 as program director of TDC Training, a highly regarded, public training program designed to serve the needs of nonprofit staff, boards and volunteers.

His consulting work at TDC focuses on the human resource and board development needs of diverse community-based nonprofit organizations, encompassing:

  • HR assessments and audits;
  • HR technical assistance (personnel policy and job description drafting; development of evaluation procedures; handling sensitive employee relations issues; guiding executive directors and senior staff on how to handle supervision issues; planning for restructuring and reorganization);
  • Coaching; and
  • Staff and board training.

Gordon is a frequent presenter at conferences and events, including Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance conference, the National Partnership for Educational Access,  and the Rhode Island Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence.

Previously he held human resource manager positions with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and Northeastern University.   He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master’s in Management (Human Resources concentration) from Lesley College.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the Hyde Square Task Force, a youth empowerment organization in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.  For ten years, he was a member of the board of directors of the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime shelter for poor and homeless women in Boston. For years, he has participated in mock job interviews for current and aspiring college students through The Bottom Line, a college access program.

His professional affiliations include the Nonprofits Consultants Network (NCN) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).  For five years, he was Guest Lecturer at Northeastern University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies in their Nonprofit Management Program.

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