This project was completed on May 7, 2020
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Linda J.

Employee Handbook

Help Marin Shakespeare Company improve transparency and accountability with clarified rights, policies, and other expectations in a new or revised employee handbook.
Marin Shakespeare Company
San Rafael, CA, USA
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San Rafael, CA, USA


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What We Need
  • Audit of existing Employee Handbook, or internal communications regarding employment policies
  • Edit or creation of a new Employee Handbook, which may include any of the following: Standards of Conduct, Work Schedules, Leave Policies, Termination Policies, Safety and Security, Anti-Discrimination policies, Compensation and Benefits policies, any Non-Disclosure Agreements or Conflict of Interest statements that may apply, and any other pertinent information
Additional Details

We have created what I would call a strong rough draft of our employee policy manual. I would love to get a review of what we have currently put together, as well as some advice on how to make the information succinct as it may relate to employees of one department but not another.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a strong rough draft policy, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a Business Manager who is generally quick to respond, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $2,430 , allowing us to provide 13 additional full tuition waivers to low-income students for our after-school theatre programs.

Our organization has grown exponentially over the last 2-3 years. Whereas we previously primarily had seasonal employees, we now have a year-round staff in 3 different programmatic departments. We do our best to apply policies in a streamlined and consistent fashion, but without a written policy it becomes easy to deviate as people ask for exceptions to rules that have never been fully clarified or communicated. This project will allow us to be both more compliant and transparent.

Project Plan

Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with existing Employee Handbook (if applicable), internal communications regarding employment policies and any other employment policies in place that may not be clearly communicated
Milestone 1: Audit of Existing Policies
  • Professional reviews existing materials, and asks any clarifying questions
  • Professional identifies any existing policies that should be modified
  • Professional identifies any new policies or areas that should be addressed and included
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback
Milestone 2: Outline of Handbook
  • Professional drafts a detailed outline
  • Professional incorporates Volunteer Manager’s feedback
Milestone 3: Writing & Delivery of Handbook
  • Professional drafts the Employee Handbook
  • Volunteer Manager provides any additional feedback
  • Volunteer Manager delivers final draft
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About The Org

Marin Shakespeare Company
Posted by
Tina R.

Business Manager

Our Mission

With Shakespeare as our endless inspiration, our mission is to serve as a vibrant catalyst for cultural engagement, education, and social justice to benefit the people of Marin County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond.

What We Do

The programs we provide are:

Professional mainstage productions and performances by the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe

Shakespeare and theatre education, with a focus on schools serving low-income families

Working in 13 California state prisons as the leading provider of Shakespeare in Prison programs in the world

In Progress: We are in the middle of a capital campaign to renovate our outdoor amphitheatre and build a year-round indoor Performing Arts & Education Center in downtown San Rafael.


Entering into this project, my biggest concern was that the final product would be either legally compliant but totally stodgy, or user-friendly but still leave a lot of questions. Linda did so much fine-tuned detail work - engaging in her professional networks as well as asking crucial questions of me - that our Employee Manual is one that I feel truly represents the best of our organization: caring, perhaps even sometimes folksy, while still focused on running a well-structured business. I'm so thankful to her that, after years of this project getting back-burnered as we hoped to find someone to help us clean up our working manual, we have a final product that I'll be proud to show employees as part of their welcome to the organization.
Tina Rutsch
Tina R.

Business Manager

Employee Handbook Project

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