Strategic HR Leadership

Human resources management has evolved in schools to entail much more than compliance with personnel laws. From strategic planning and change management to organizational development, HR professionals are engaging school leadership in strategic conversations around the recruitment, retention, allocation and success of the school's personnel. This four-week course provides a strong understanding of organizational design, leadership and motivation theory and strategic planning tools. Participants will learn how to perform a strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis, discuss succession planning strategy, and learn about the benefits of human resources inventories. Each week includes practice exercises intended to support HR professionals in the strategic analysis of their department's work and to bring forward-thinking human resource management to their school. Participants will benefit from discussions with peers and the facilitator about the larger, strategic role of HR and how HR professionals can position their personnel management acumen to drive the school's mission forward.

This course is being offered in partnership between NBOA and One Schoolhouse.

Course Schedule

Week 1

Workforce Management

Learn about different leadership models and the effect of leadership style on workforce development. Explore motivation theory and learn job analysis techniques while developing equity-sensitive job design skills.

Week 2

Organizational Development

Learn the life cycle of an organization and the strengths and weaknesses of schools in different phases of the life cycle. This week will include a discussion of ways to intentionally shift an organization’s design and will specifically address succession planning, executive compensation and measuring the success of development initiatives.

Week 3

Change Management

Discuss change management strategies and learn to steward workforce stability through proactive initiatives like the development of a skills inventory. Learn about restructuring and acquisitions and mergers, and reflect on the changes which independent schools are facing today.

Week 4

Strategic Planning & Reporting

Learn about forecasting models and how to perform a strategic analysis for your human resources department. Discuss the elements of a strategic plan and the importance of integrating workforce planning into strategic initiatives. The lessons learned in this course will inform the work this week as participants evaluate goal setting techniques grounded in data from an environmental scan and develop an HR dashboard to communicate important findings to leadership.


SHRM Information

Credit Hours: 12.0
Category: HR Expertise (HR Strategy)

NBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


HRCI Information

Credit Hours: 12.0
Category: HR (General)

NBOA is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for credits towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.

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Group discount available

Time Commitment

3-5 hours per week for 4 weeks

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Class Size

Up to 25 participants

Recommended Audience

  • Business officers
  • HR professionals

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