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Laura L Pierce
PB AF 598
Seattle Campus

Administrative and Policy Skills Workshop

Teaches practical administrative, leadership, and analytic skills commonly required of managers and analysts in the public and nonprofit sectors. The workshops emphasize hands-on problem resolution, simulations, and actual practice. Credit/no-credit only.

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Facilitating Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is vital to nonprofit and public agencies. A quality plan clarifies the strategic direction of the organization, the outcomes the team is working toward, and the strategies that will be used to achieve the desired outcomes.

Students will learn: • Why strategic planning is valuable, and how it supports good management • How to design a planning process that is appropriate for an organization’s size, resources, culture, and stage of development • How to secure buy-in for planning from key organizational leaders • Stakeholder mapping • Innovative ways to engage community members in the planning process • Key concepts and terminology of strategic planning and business planning • Characteristics of effective vision and mission statements • How to craft outcome statements, and develop measurable objectives to monitor progress • When to seek outside facilitation and how to choose a strategic planning consultant

This is a practical course where students will learn the basic components of strategic planning and be challenged to develop a mission statement, outcome statements, and measurable objectives relevant to their personal or professional lives. Students will come out of the course with enhanced understanding of the value of planning and increased confidence to lead a strategic planning effort for their organization. In addition, some attention will be given to implementation issues. The instructor will draw primarily from nonprofit sector examples. Instructional methods include limited lecture, case studies, guest speakers, and short written assignments.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 01/31/2008