2.0 Global Leadership Covenant and Expectations [Executive Limits]: UUA Governance Manual Section Two
The President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations [UUA] shall minister to and lead the Association, in all its full and rich diversity, in order to implement the shared vision of the covenanted community as adopted by the Board of Trustees in collaboration with the President, hereinafter known as the Shared Vision (ENDS).
Furthermore, and in all instances, neither the President, nor any person acting in the President’s stead, shall cause or allow any practice, activity, decision, or operation which is in violation of the Bylaws of the Association, commonly accepted business practices, professional ethics or which is imprudent or unlawful, except where Unitarian Universalist principles, as set forth in the Bylaws, are at risk.
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2.1 Treatment of People: With respect to interactions with people, the President shall not cause or allow conditions, procedures, or decisions that are unsafe, undignified, disrespectful, unnecessarily intrusive, or oppressive.
2.2 Treatment of Congregations: With respect to member congregations or those congregations seeking membership, the President shall not cause or allow conditions, procedures, decisions or services that are untimely, disrespectful, inequitable, discriminatory or not transparent.
2.3 Treatment of Staff: With respect to the treatment of paid and volunteer staff, the President may not cause or allow conditions that are inequitable, undignified, disrespectful, disorganized, unclear, or discriminatory.
2.4 Compensation and Benefits for UUA Staff: With respect to employment, compensation, and benefits for Association staff, the President shall not cause or allow:
- An unfair or inhumane benefit structure
- Conditions which jeopardize the fiscal integrity of the Association.
2.5 Employee Benefits For UU Organizations: With respect to the operation of benefit plans for UU [Unitarian Universalist] organizations, the President shall not cause or allow conditions that are unfair or discriminatory, or that jeopardize the fiscal integrity of the plans.
2.6 Financial Planning and Budgeting: Financial planning shall not:
- Deviate materially from the Shared Vision (Ends),
- Compromise fiscal prudence or integrity, or
- Fail to reflect a multi-year plan that reflects both the financial and spiritual dimensions of our stewardship.
2.7 Financial Condition and Activities: The President shall not cause or allow situations that would jeopardize the Association’s fiscal health or alignment with the Shared Vision (ENDS).
2.8 Asset Protection: The President shall not allow the Association’s tangible, intangible or intellectual assets to be unprotected from undue risk.
2.9 External Relations: The President shall not fail to take advantage of appropriate opportunities for collaboration with other religious and/or secular organizations, guided by considerations of our UUA Principles and Purposes, our International Vision Statement, and staff practice regarding the focusing of our justice work based on grounding, fit, and opportunity.
2.10 Emergency Presidential Incapacity: In order to protect the Association from a sudden temporary loss of the President’s ministry and leadership, the President shall not have fewer than two other senior executives who are familiar with the work and structure of the Board and the President’s ministry and work.
- In the event of emergency presidential incapacitation, the UUA Board will designate an immediate Acting Executive for the purposes of UUA policies until either
a) The President sends written notice to the Board they are able to resume functions of the presidency or
b) The UUA Board designates a new President in accordance with UUA Bylaws.
2.11 Election Practices: In order to provide wide dissemination of information about UUA elections, and to make it possible for all qualified candidates to seek national office without undue financial and time burdens, the President shall not fail to establish appropriate policies, practices and communications systems to support the election process.
2.12 Communication and Support to the Board: The President shall not permit the Board to be uninformed or unsupported in its work, nor perform tasks or take responsibility for areas that are the Board's responsibility.
2.13 Implementation of the Business Resolutions of General Assembly. The President shall not fail to implement in a timely manner those Business Resolutions of the General Assembly that direct the work of the staff.