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0. EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK: Introduction


This Employee Handbook applies to all employees of the Foothills Unitarian Church, except for called ministers with separate employment agreements.  The contents of this Handbook supersede all prior guidelines, policies or practices with respect to the subject matter covered by this Employee Handbook.

Neither this Employee Handbook nor any other guidelines, policies or practices create an employment contract or an offer of an employment contract.  This Employee Handbook is not a promise of employment for any length of time or under any particular conditions.  Foothills Unitarian Church has the right at any time, with or without notice, to change any of its guidelines, policies, practices, working conditions or benefits (in an individual case or generally), and to amend or abolish this Employee Handbook.

All employees of Foothills Unitarian Church (other than clergy with separate employment agreements) are employed at-will, and as per Colorado employment law, employment may be terminated at any time, with or without cause.


Welcome to Foothills Unitarian Church.  We are delighted that you have decided to join our staff team and look forward to your partnership in serving the mission of this congregation to unleash courageous love in Northern Colorado and beyond.

This Handbook is intended to provide an introduction to our congregation, and to answer your employment questions.  Your supervisor or the Administrator can address any of your questions or concerns not adequately addressed in this handbook.

In addition to this Handbook, you will also receive a letter of employment outlining the specifics of your position including:

  • Job Description, noting specifically the essential functions of the position
  • Position supervisor
  • Normal working hours
  • Start date
  • Wages and other compensation particular to the position
  • Staff covenant  (also included in the appendix)

We ask that you and our Senior Minister sign the offer, and we’ll give you a copy, and place a copy in your personnel file.  You can expect to receive an updated letter whenever we change your position description, supervisor, hours or compensation (which usually occurs annually at the time of the annual budget approval on July 1).

In the appendix of this handbook, you will find an organizational chart.  Please review and if you have any questions, talk with your supervisor.

Our work is grounded in our shared values and inspired by our commitment to our religious mission.  As a result, our goal is to create a work environment that aligns with these values – one that embodies mutual respect, fairness, equality and justice.

Additionally, although we hope that you come to this work by way of your own commitment to our religious mission and shared values, we want to underscore that as a staff member, you are here as a professional, and to do your part in facilitating and enabling the success of our institution and the spiritual journeys of others.  Accordingly, you will be expected to achieve specific outcomes, and you will be held accountable to individual and team goals to further the vision of ministry and our shared goals.

With your partnership, we know we will be even more capable of unleashing courageous love within our congregation and our wider community.  We look forward to all we will be and do together.

In partnership and with gratitude,

Rev. Gretchen Haley, Senior Minister

Updated on September 12, 2018

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