Employee Handbook

Help New England Foundation for the Arts improve transparency and accountability with clarified rights, policies, and other expectations in a new or revised employee handbook.
New England Foundation for the Arts
Boston, MA, USA
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Posted November 12th

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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

Scan for racial and gender bias and identify potential tension points/inequities; Update policy language with an eye toward inclusion, especially with regard to gender identity and disability status; Update with information on recent MA law changes including MA Pay Equity and MA PFML; Advise on integrating NEFA vision and values throughout handbook (and policies); Suggest innovative structures that will make handbook more accessible (literally and figuratively), legible, and flexible

What We Have In Place
  • NEFA has grown tremendously as a business and an organization since our last employee handbook update (2015). Our handbook is now critically out of date due to internal policy changes and changes in MA and federal law. We know a lot about what needs to change in the current handbook, but want an outside/professional eye for further guidance. In addition to the handbook, we will share a number of communications/updates to staff about new or updated policies from the last few years
How This Will Help
This project will save us $2,430 , allowing us to invest critical unrestricted operating dollars back into our staff

We hope our revised handbook is a more useful document to staff, which empowers them to be educated about the rights and resources available to them through NEFA. We want our handbook to meet our current standards and to reinforce our vision and values. This work will also be an important benchmark in our progress toward completing our organizational culture and capacity goal of our current strategic plan.

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

New England Foundation for the Arts
Posted by
Steven F.

Human Resources & Operations Director

Our Mission

NEFA invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.

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