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Landing a Job That Makes a Difference: Careers in the Nonprofit Sector

Summer Session 2013 May 20 – June 14 Prof. Jane A. Van Buren Email: jvanbure@uvm.edu Course Objectives: This one-credit course offers an overview of how students can apply their skills and knowledge in the professional nonprofit world. In addition to learning about different nonprofit careers, we will explore the composition of the sector and how it differs from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Students will complete regular assignments focusing on the application of their undergraduate academic experience in a range of job settings, including developing a resume that highlights job skills gained from undergraduate studies – with some focus on your particular major. This class will be of most use to any student who is interested in exploring possibilities in the nonprofit world regardless of the courses you have taken. Course Requirements: Reading: The text for this class is: Cryer, Shelly (2008) The Nonprofit Career Guide, How to Land a Job that Makes a Difference. Fieldstone Alliance, An imprint of Turner Publishing Company. It is very important that you have the text before the class starts. Coursework: There are two kinds of work required for this course: discussion postings, and writing assignments. Discussion postings: You will be required to post answers to discussion questions throughout the course. Discussion postings are due as indicated in this syllabus. Postings will be in Blackboard. You are required to respond to other students' postings as part of your participation.


Writing assignments: You will be asked to do four short online or self-evaluative exercises, such as searching for information on a particular kind of job or listing the skills you gained in one of your classes. You will be given instructions on how to write up these exercises and post them to the course discussion board. Responding to other students' posted work is also part of these assignments. You are advised to look ahead at all the assignments and do not wait till the last minute to get started. Grading: 40% of your grade will be based on your participation in class discussions, and responses to discussion postings by your fellow students. Included in this 40% is "attendance," which means logging on to the class every day except weekends. The course is accessible on Saturday and Sunday and you may post work then, but you are not required to log on or post during the weekends. The remaining 60% of your grade will be based on the four written assignments you complete in Modules 2-5. Some of these assignments require you to post reactions to or give comments on posted work by other students in the course. These comments count towards your assignment grade. Your discussion and participation will be graded on a 1-10 scale for each module (Modules 1 and 2 are combined). Each writing assignment will be graded on a 1-15 scale. You can find your current discussion and assignment grades by clicking on "My Grades" in the Course Menu at left. If you do not see the course menu, click on the small "arrow" symbol at the left edge of the page and the menu will appear. Policy on deadlines : Deadlines for the discussion postings and writing assignments are clearly described in the syllabus, in the course modules themselves, and in the downloadable assignment schedule. I will accept late work, but take off points for each day it is late. Late work will not be accepted after the end of the course on June 14th. Keep in mind it is always worth it to do the work late rather than not do it at all: some points are better than none.


Accessibility: Any student who needs academic accommodations for completing any aspect of the coursework should contact the ACCESS office at 656-7753 or access@uvm.edu to obtain an accommodation letter to send to the instructor. Statement on Academic Integrity: Plagiarism, defined by the UVM Code of Academic Integrity as "all ideas, arguments, and phrases, submitted without attribution to other sources… all text passages taken from the works of other authors …[including] paraphrased text, opinions, data, examples, illustrations, and all other creative work," ( UVM Code of Academic Integrity, p. 1) and any other violations of UVM's code will be referred to the Center for Student Ethics and Standards. Determination that you have violated the code will result in an XF in the course, and will enter into the student's university record as a violation of the code.

Course Schedule: (you will need to read each Module for further information on how
to complete the assignments. And, as I mentioned above do not wait till the day before it is due to start the assignment)

May 20: familiarize yourself with the class, the assignments and the modules. Look over the text and get started! May 21 Module 1: Introduction Reading: Chapter 1: Understanding the Nonprofit Sector Module 1 Discussion: Due before 11:59 pm on May 21. Introduce yourself on our discussion board and discuss one thing about the nonprofit sector from the reading that was new to you, or particularly interesting. May 22 - 24 Module 2: Nonprofit Sub Sectors Reading: Chapter 2: Spotlight on Key Nonprofit Subsectors Module 2 Discussion: Due before midnight on May 23 Post to the discussion board: What sub sector is the most attractive to you? Why? Writing Assignment 1: Due before midnight May 23 (post in the designated area on the discussion board)


Research a graduate program in your selected sub sector and write a page describing it. See module for complete assignment description May 27: No Class Memorial Day May 28 - 31 Module 3: Jobs in the Nonprofit Sector Reading: Chapter 3: Jobs in the Nonprofit Sector Module 3 Discussion: Due by midnight on May 29th Did any of the careers discussed in the reading particularly interest you? If so, why? Are the careers and people you read about directly or indirectly related to your background? How can your undergraduate background be an asset in the careers that you or others researched for the writing assignment described below? Writing Assignment 2: Due by midnight May 30th Using resources from the UVM Career Services webpage, as well as the Profiles in the text choose a career or job title and research requirements for this job. Details on how to complete the assignment are at the end of Module 3. June 3-7, Module 4 : Preparing for a Career Reading: Chapter 4: Preparing for a Career in the Nonprofit Sector Module 4 Discussion: Due by midnight June 4th What are the issues you care about? What type of work have you enjoyed and why? What are your short- and long-term professional goals? Writing Assignment 3: Due by midnight June 6th See Module 4 for a complete description of the assignment – you will build a list of your general and specific skills and describe a job or internship for which you are suited. June 10 -14, Module 5 : Landing a Great Job in the Nonprofit Sector Reading: Chapter 5: Landing a Great Job in the Nonprofit Sector Module 5 Discussion: Due by midnight June 11th Where do you think you will start networking? What do you need to do to get started? What are your next steps? 4

Writing Assignment 4: Resume due June 12 by noon; feedback to resume partner due January 14th by noon Using the guidelines in this module, draft a resume for yourself that emphasizes the skills you have gained from your courses/ experiences.


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