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.

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.

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.

On the Staff of the Los Altos United Methodist Church for

Data Coordinator
 Part-time, Hourly

Los Altos United Methodist Church (UMC) has an exciting opportunity for a Data Coordinator to support our membership database and church management system (ChMS). Come and work with our ministry team to understand and reach out to congregation members by organizing data structures and providing data selection and reporting services. This is an opportunity to develop advanced data management skills and play a key role in the implementation of a new ChMS. We are a large and active congregation and we are seeking a data professional with a heart for ministry and a deep commitment to Christian faith.

Job Summary:
Los Altos UMC is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Data Coordinator to be responsible for data management, data services, and report writing for the church management system platform. The individual in this role will be a resource for other support staff, ensuring that database processes and protocols are understood and correctly utilized. In addition to general staff support, the coordinator will have a special ministry focus in the areas of congregational care ministry and pastoral team support. 

Job Responsibilities:

• Data Management
    – Monitor and maintain data quality in the church membership database (i.e., identify and correct  missing, inaccurate, and expired data)
    – Document data definitions and coding structures

• Database Access
   – Provide data and database consulting to church staff and volunteers
   – Define and document database roles, processes and protocols used across the ministries
  – Manage access to membership database

• Data Services
  – Provide report writing services to support the pastoral team
  – Proactively transfer knowledge to support staff through training, job aids, and tutorials

• Congregational Care Ministry
  – Maintain and report life event information for congregants 
   – Provide special tracking for congregants who are elderly, home bound, and in care facilities.
  – Maintain care history for those receiving congregational care

• Church Management System (ChMS) Support
  – Serve as SPOC (Single Point of Contact) for ChMS software support
  – Coordinate with vendor support to resolve database issues 

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s (BA) degree or equivalent
• 2 years of professional data management experience 
• Proficiency in use of database systems
• Proficiency with Windows and internet applications
• Demonstrated success in team-based environments 

Send resumes to: hr@laumc.org

On the Staff of the Los Altos United Methodist Church for

Director of Church Operations
Full-time, Salaried


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