Human Resources

What is the Human Resources Sub-Committee?
The Human Resource (HRSC) Sub -Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.

Why do we have an HRSC?
The HRSC was created in 1995 to do the time-consuming, in-depth church staff work in order to inform and make recommendations to the full Standing Committee. The HRSC strives to ensure that the church is a fair, legal and equitable employer.

Who is on the HRSC?
The committee is comprised of two members of the Standing Committee as well as the minister and lay members who have human resources knowledge, skills or experience. Currently the two Standing Committee members are Elizabeth Valentine and Ruth Whalen, the lay members are Carlene Merrill, Debra Grad, and Dave Kaffine along with the Reverend Ellen Spero who is an ex officio non-voting member.

What work does the HRSC do?
The HRSC works with the minister who is the day-to-day staff supervisor to write and update job descriptions; assist in employee relations; ensure corrective action policy is followed when needed; solicit input from other committees to develop the annual staff compensation recommendations for the budget; write policy for the Human Resources Manual; ensure the Human Resources Manual is updated; conduct a year-end performance evaluation process; and generally oversee equitable employment practice for First Parish.

What is it the HRSC not do?
The HRSC does not set policy and does not hire or fire staff members. The HRSC makes recommendations to the Standing Committee for a vote. The HRSC is not a search committee, which is required by the by-laws to call a minister and is formed by the SC to hire staff.

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the Church's governing board. The Standing Committee works to ensure the vitality of our community of faith. There are 10 members of the Standing Committee – nine voting members elected by the congregation and the minister, who is a non-voting member of the Committee. Standing Committee members serve a 3 year term.

The Standing Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Time is set aside at the beginning of every SC meeting as an open forum for members to bring forward any issues they would like to discuss.

The Standing Committee is responsible for the health and well being of First Parish. This includes maintaining communication among members and committees, managing Church property, and planning for the Church's short and long-term future. And of course members of the Standing Committee develop and manage the budget approved by the Congregation at the annual meeting.
The Human Resources Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.