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Organizational Position of Human Resources Office

Started Nov 12, 2013 0 Replies

One philosophy regarding to whom the HR department reports is that the director should report to the CEO (or, in our case, bishop), the ultimate decisionmaker in setting the vision and direction for…Continue

Tags: reporting, structure, organizational

Postion/Job Descriptions--why bother?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marcy Meldahl, SPHR May 6, 2013. 2 Replies

This might be a little bit of a stretch, but bear with me. A job description is like a birth certificate. It's the foundational document of your life as an employee. catch me to ask me about position…Continue

Tags: interviewing, position descriptions,, employees

Congratulations on your first assignment as pastor!

Started Jan 11, 2013 0 Replies

Dear Father:Congratulations on becoming a pastor for the first time! Did you know that you are now also an employer? Have you considered that what we refer to as “Gospel values” also apply in an…Continue

Tags: employees, pastor

Health Care Reform Upheld by the Supreme Court

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Dill Aug 10, 2012. 2 Replies

In my email today was an email from one of the professional sources to which I subscribe. The final paragraph was:The bottom line for employers-and everyone else-is that the ACA is valid and will…Continue

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Marcy Meldahl, SPHR posted a discussion

Organizational Position of Human Resources Office

One philosophy regarding to whom the HR department reports is that the director should report to the CEO (or, in our case, bishop), the ultimate decisionmaker in setting the vision and direction for employee management.  Another philosophy is that the HR department is more transactional and should report to the finance or pastoral services office, for example.What does your diocese do in terms of how the HR department fits organizationally and to whom the HR director reports, and what is your…See More
Nov 12, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR replied to Peter Denio's discussion Internal Controls and the Role of the Parish Finance Council
"I would be interested in hearing the experience of others who have implemented (or attempted to implement) internal controls--how did you present the concept to the pastor and the parish staff responsible for finances? Also, if it has…"
Sep 19, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR left a comment for Jen Errthum
"Hi Jen, I see you are in the Diocese of Gary, where I grew up. I am from Whiting, although I've been gone from The Region since I graduated from IU and got married in 1973. Welcome to the Forum!"
Jun 14, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR replied to Marcy Meldahl, SPHR's discussion Postion/Job Descriptions--why bother?
"I agree it is preferable to put the major responsibilities in order of emphasis. Sorry I didn't say that specifically.  "Other duties" should appear at the end because it is a catchall for other tasks that may be…"
May 6, 2013
Bonita Lay replied to Marcy Meldahl, SPHR's discussion Postion/Job Descriptions--why bother?
"I suggest that the parish RANK ORDERS the priorities of the job. There is a catch all phrase "and other dutues as needed by ...mgt., pastor etc.) that  is usually on the bottom of the list. It is not fair to the employee or employer to…"
May 3, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR posted a discussion

Postion/Job Descriptions--why bother?

This might be a little bit of a stretch, but bear with me. A job description is like a birth certificate. It's the foundational document of your life as an employee. catch me to ask me about position descriptions before we went to our separate gates. He had been advised to write them for his staff and hand them out. I told him to save himself the work.I believe it makes more sense to have an employee write his or her own job description for several reasons. First, it gives the new supervisor or…See More
Apr 25, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR replied to Michael Brough's discussion Catholic priests face increasing stress
"I am answering from the point of view a Catholic who has is lucky enough to have some wonderful priest frirends. I bet all priests everywhere are told the same things: eat right, exercise regularly, take your alloted time and day off, etc. For the…"
Mar 5, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR replied to Peter Denio's discussion Faith Statements as a part of employee agreements and contracts
"In our diocese this statement appears at the beginning of teacher contracts: "The mission of Christ and His Church is to bring about the Kingdom of God.  Through Catholic education, the Church makes every effort to prepare its people to…"
Mar 5, 2013
Katie McKenna liked Marcy Meldahl, SPHR's discussion Congratulations on your first assignment as pastor!
Feb 27, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR left a comment for Fr. Pete Iorio
"Now that you're here, let's hear what you have to add!   Marcy"
Jan 11, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR posted a discussion

Congratulations on your first assignment as pastor!

Dear Father:Congratulations on becoming a pastor for the first time! Did you know that you are now also an employer? Have you considered that what we refer to as “Gospel values” also apply in an employment relationship? Canon law, social justice teachings and even USCCB publications like Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord address employment.Your pastoral skills will serve you well as an employer, but there are some other things you should know as well. Your parish is covered by most federal…See More
Jan 11, 2013
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR commented on Marisa Ruggier-Andrews's blog post Recruitment and Selection Process – Why is the process important?
"Marisa makes good points. In the last few months I have had occasions to persuade hiring managers to slow down and follow our process. Later both came back to me and thanked me! There is a reason we HR people make the recommendations on process that…"
Dec 12, 2012
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR replied to Peter Denio's discussion The most important thing I have learned about running an effective meeting is...
"Have a (realistic) agenda and stick to it. Be respectful of people's time. Don't let one or two people take over the meeting; have a firm but friendly leader who keeps things moving. Better yet--and this is my…"
Nov 9, 2012
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR replied to Bill Pickett's discussion We are getting a new bishop: How does that work?
"Hi Bill, Wow! There's a lot of stuff in your post. We got our new bishop in 2009, after waiting about 18 months or so. (We're experienced at getting new bishops--we seem to be the training ground for new bishops and then they go on to…"
Nov 9, 2012
Marcy Meldahl, SPHR replied to Marcy Meldahl, SPHR's discussion Performance Management
"Marisa is right. When a perplexed employee arrives at Human Resources and we are unable to enlighten the employee much, if at all, it's very difficult. But more importantly, what are we as Christians saying to the individual who has not…"
Nov 1, 2012
Marisa Ruggier-Andrews replied to Marcy Meldahl, SPHR's discussion Performance Management
"Performance feedback is not only a necessity but a responsibility of the manager. Employees need to know what they are doing well and where they can improve. Generally speaking, most employees have a genuine desire to do a good job, however if they…"
Oct 31, 2012

Profile Information

What is your vocational state:
Layperson
What is the type of Catholic entity you affiliate with in this forum:
(Arch)diocese
Name of your affiliated Catholic entity(e.g. St. Ann's Church, Diocese of Gary, Franciscan Friars Northeast region, etc.)
Diocese of Knoxville
What (Arch)diocese is your Catholic entity located in?
Diocese of Knoxville
City of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Knoxville
State of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Tennessee
Why would you like to participate in this forum?
I look forward to the exchange of ideas.

I am the Director of Employment Services & Benefits for the Diocese of Knoxville, TN, responsible for starting up the function. In addition to traditional human resources and benefits matters, I coordinate immigration-related matters for foreign priests and sisters serving in the diocese and for our foreign seminarians. I also coordinate the diocese's Safe Environment program. I have been here for almost eight years.

Prior to this, I worked as a human resources consultant. I have also worked in the high-tech industry, nonprofit sector and government.

I have a bachelor's degree in English and French from Indiana University, a master's degree in management from Tusculum College and senior certification in human resources from the Human Resources Certification Insititute, affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Resource Management. I am a trained mediator and a member of the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators.

I am married with two grown children and one grandchild. I belong to St. Albert the Great parish in Knoxville, where I am on the Finance Council.  I am thankful to my pastor for tapping my talents to serve the parish years ago and helped me see how I could use my professional skills to serve the church.

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At 3:16pm on December 15, 2011, Michael Brough said…

Hi Marcy, welcome to the online forum.  Great to have you contributing your expertise.

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