Employment

Employment Policies & Information

Equal Opportunity
LAUMC is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want the best available person in every job. Church policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.

Qualifications
All Los Altos United Methodist Church staff members must:

  • be sympathetic with the Christian faith and purposes of the United Methodist Church;
  • possess the special aptitudes, skills and capacities that are required in their respective fields of work;
  • win and hold the cooperation and good will of the people they serve, as well as their associates;
  • maintain and keep confidences;
  • demonstrate the capacity to learn and to improve their abilities.

Benefits
LAUMC offers a medical and dental insurance plan for employees scheduled to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Eligibility for this coverage begins on the first day of employment. Premiums are paid in full for full-time employees (40 hours per week) and 75% for part-time staff (30-39 hours per week). All covered employees contribute a small monthly fee to defray the cost of insurance. Vacation and sick leave are accrued for all employees. A generous holiday schedule is posted each year.  As a non-profit, religious organization, we do not participate in the California Unemployment Insurance Program or the State Disability Program (SDI).

At Will Employment
Employment at LAUMC is “at will,” which means that employment may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time by an employee or by the Church. No supervisor or employee of the Church has any authority to enter into any agreement for employment for any specified period of time or to make any agreement for employment other than at-will.

Suggestions for improving LAUMC are always welcome. We maintain an “open door” policy and provide steps to follow to express an employee’s issues of concern without fear of retaliation. We hope each LAUMC employee finds their work here rewarding and challenging. We select our new employees carefully because we believe that every member of the staff plays a key role in the success of the Church.


OPEN POSITION
On the Staff of the Los Altos United Methodist Church for

Interim Children’s Ministries Program Coordinator
Full-time, Salaried

Temporary Assignment through July 1, 2017
Will also consider a job-share with two part-time coordinators

 

Goal:
Los Altos United Methodist Church is at a point of transition in its vibrant children’s ministry program with the retirement in January of our beloved Children’s Ministry Director, Lisa Conway.   We are seeking an interim program coordinator to guide this vital faith development program on temporary assignment until July 1, 2017 as we work with families, volunteers, and pastoral staff to prayerfully consider opportunities for innovation of our overall ministry for children and families.

Job Summary:

The Interim Children’s Ministries Program Coordinator will be responsible for directing the children’s Sunday morning faith curriculum and leading the annual Vacation Bible School program. Responsibilities encompass:

  • management of volunteer recruiting, assignment, scheduling, training, and preparation
  • selection and implementation of age-appropriate curricula consistent with the values and beliefs of the United Methodist Church
  • nurturing of relationships with children, parents and families throughout the congregation and community

This is a salaried position with a 40 hour work week, including Sundays. The church is also willing to consider staffing this position with two part-time hourly employees, one as coordinator for the Sunday School and the other as coordinator for the Vacation Bible School. The coordinator/s will have a direct reporting relationship to the Minister of Community Engagement. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develop, organize and direct Sunday School programs for 2 year olds through 5th grade:
    • Oversight of 2-4 volunteer Sunday School superintendents, 60 volunteer Sunday School teachers, and 90-120 children.
    • Research, create and implement age-appropriate Sunday School curriculum to meet the faith development needs of our children in a manner consistent with the values and beliefs of the United Methodist Church.
    • Recruit, train, equip and support Sunday School volunteers to serve in ministry
    • Provide guidance and oversight for the Special Needs Ministry Coordinator 
  • Develop, organize and direct a week-long Vacation Bible School program for 3 1/2 year olds through 5th grade:
    • Guidance and direction of the volunteer core planning team
    • Curriculum research and selection to create and implement age level program content to meet the faith development needs of our children.
    • Scheduling and tracking VBS activities, including publicity, facilities use, volunteer recruitment, craft schedules, snack schedules, drama team development, music team development and training, stage and classroom decorations, snacks, photography etc.
    • Hiring, training, assignment and supervision of college interns and volunteers
    • Implementation and oversight of online VBS publicity and registration process, including assignment of children and teachers to age level classes.
    • Management of VBS income and expenses against budget.
    • Developing connections with the parents and families of children enrolled in VBS, including registration confirmation letters, and updates before and after VBS through newsletters and direct mail/email.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience serving in Children’s Ministries
  • Experience in leading VBS or children’s camp programming
  • Professes principles of faith and vision held by LAUMC and the United Methodist Church
  • Demonstrated administrative, organizational management and leadership skills;
  • Proven effectiveness in building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage sensitive information and interactions with professionalism and integrity;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Effectiveness working in a team environment;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to commute reliably to the LAUMC campus

Send resumes to: hr@laumc.org


OPEN POSITION
On the Staff of the Los Altos United Methodist Church for

Director of Church Operations
Full-time, Salaried
 

Goal:

Los Altos United Methodist Church (LAUMC) has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Director of Operations to join the leadership team and guide our administrative functions in supporting the ministries of the church. We are a large and active congregation “Touching heaven and changing earth with head, heart, and hands” and we are seeking an experienced, mature management professional with a heart for ministry and a deep commitment to Christian faith.  The church employs 80 full-time and part-time employees, including the staff of an on-site preschool.

Job Summary:

This position calls for broad administrative and organizational leadership, as well as specific functional expertise in the areas of human resources and information systems planning /support. The Director of Operations has supervisory responsibility for a staff of operations directors and coordinators that encompasses Facilities, Communications, IT, Office Management and Food Services. In addition, responsibilities include organizational HR planning (e.g., staffing, compensation, employee development, and organizational design) and strategic software systems planning and support. Significant opportunities exist in the near term to lead the replacement of the Church Management System (ChMS) platform and to develop a roadmap for renewing systems solutions for a variety of ministries. This position is integral to the management of overall church affairs with a direct reporting relationship to the Senior Pastor.

Essential Functions:

Strategic Leadership
Lead the strategic management and development of church administrative functions through long and short term planning, goal alignment with clergy and staff leadership, and attention to efficient and effective daily operations.
People Management
Fulfill supervisory responsibilities for the directors and coordinators responsible for administrative functions (e.g., Facilities, Communications, Human Resources, Food Services, Office Management, Reception and IT).
Business Systems Strategy
Identify opportunities for business process improvement. Implement and maintain an integrated set of business information systems that meet the needs of the church organization and enhance productivity and effectiveness.
Human Resource Management
Oversee the management of the Human Resource function for all church and preschool staff. Work in cooperation with the Staff Parish Relations Committee on staffing issues and concerns.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
• Minimum ten years experience in a senior management role
• Business process design experience
• Experience in the selection, implementation and support of office software systems and technologies.
• Knowledge of HR principles and practices; organizational design experience
• Demonstrated organization management and leadership skills;
• Effectiveness working in a team environment;
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage sensitive information and interactions with professionalism and integrity;
• Deep Christian commitment; affiliation with the United Methodist Church preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to commute reliably to the LAUMC campus

Send resumes to: hr@laumc.org