Employee Handbook

Help Arts on the Block improve transparency and accountability with clarified rights, policies, and other expectations in a new or revised employee handbook.
Arts on the Block
Silver Spring, MD, USA
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Silver Spring, MD, USA


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Posted September 17th

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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

Arts on the Block (AOB) has been in a continuous growth pattern (both personnel and programs) for the last 3+ years. Our Personnel Handbook has been under revision since 2015 and doesn't fully reflect the evolving philosophy and voices of AOB leadership. We would also like to modulate our handbook for our full time employees, and part time young adults and teen apprentices. We'd appreciate assistance in helping us revise our existing handbook.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a Personnel Handbook, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have job descriptions and performance assessment tools, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $2,430 , allowing us to divert those resources towards employing youth and young adults, as well as supplying them with tools and supplies they need to better accomplish our public art projects.

AOB is committed towards sound workforce development practices. Having a flexible, clear and effective Personnel Handbook is critical towards the success of our practices and responsible modeling to our young employees.

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

Arts on the Block
Our Mission

Arts on the Block (AOB) empowers creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures, join the creative workforce, and contribute to the quality of life in their communities. We achieve our mission by providing real-world experiences, entrepreneurial training, and new pathways to learning and achievement in a working art studio designed for social inclusion.

What We Do

AOB apprentices join one of our existing studio crews led by master teaching artists and supported by a team of management professionals. AOB crew members work their way up through summer intensives and year-round projects to produce large-scale public art. Along the way, they receive customized professional skills training, connect with our creative network, and pursue individualized plans for success in creative careers.

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