Reader Question: What about MOUs with Employers?

Ellie McDermott

Ellie McDermott, Employment Manager with World Relief – Seattle, has worked in refugee employment since 2010.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an employment partner could be a great opportunity to establish expectations up front for both partners. Sometimes issues arise with employers and, in retrospect, stronger clarification of roles and processes could have helped.

World Relief – Seattle (WRS) is working to establish an exciting new employment partnership with the Kent School District (KSD). KSD has initiated the idea of an MOU. At the same time, WRS has worked through a bit of confusion with another employment partner where an MOU might have been helpful.

What should an MOU look like? What kinds of services or commitments have worked well to include?  What processes have worked best for others when developing the agreement? Anyone have an example they’d be willing to share?  Please post a comment or get in touch by email.

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