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Staffing Practices
Staffing Practices
Staffing & Supervision

Hire, support, and transition your staff confidently with the assistance of this evolving collection of resources and templates.

Hiring and Supporting Staff

  • From Starting to Parting (PDF) helps congregations hire, support, and transition their staff. Written specifically with religious education and music staff in mind, most of the information is more broadly applicable.
  • Responsible Staffing, including background and reference checks
  • Our customizable Welcoming and Onboarding Checklist (Excel) can help you ensure that new staff are properly welcomed and that essential paperwork is properly handled. This is a “beta version,” intended to be improved based on user (that’s you!) experience. Tell us what you think by filling out this feedback survey.
  • Staffing for Diversity articles recommend sound practices for supporting diversity on your staff.

Leading Staff

Personnel Guidance and Templates

Job Descriptions and Performance Management

This generic Position Description Template includes guidance and examples for each section.

Our Performance Evaluations page lists tips, traps, and trends for performance reviews to help you create a useful, meaningful process for your staff.

Model Employment Agreement

In the future, we plan to provide a model employment agreement for non-clergy staff.

General Assembly Resources

  • General Assembly 2019 Track: How to Be a Good Employer and Supervisor
  • General Assembly 2017 workshop slides:
  • Got New Staff? Set Them Up for Success! is a General Assembly 2016 workshop that covers formal administrative onboarding, proven practices for welcoming and orienting staff, and preliminary steps for establishing strong ongoing staff support through professional development, performance management, and team-building. Presented by Jan Gartner and Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley. Here's the video:
  • For General Assembly (GA) 2010, Office of Church Staff Finances (OCSF) teamed with the UUA Human Resources Department to present a workshop titled "Living Our Vision (PDF, 38 pages): Congregation as a Responsible Employer."

About the Author

  • Jan is passionate about helping congregations live out their values within their walls! Her work is inspired by the mission of the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances: Guided by the values of our faith, we equip congregations for excellence as employers and their staff for financial competence and...

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