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Federal Work-Study Position Application Form

Job Title

 Assistant for Electronic Communication
Reports To  Enten Eller
Department  Electronic Communication, aka eComm (which is currently situated under IA)
Days of Week  Varies according to requests
Time of Day  Varies according to need
Hours per Week  up to 12
Start Date  7/01/2014 or thereafter
End Date  6/30/2015 (negotiable)
Pay Rate  $9.75
General Description/
Brief Summary

This position is multi-faceted.  Not all duties need be done by any one person.  Interested persons may apply for just one or more of these responsibilities, although priority will be given to more comprehensive applicants.  Multiple persons are desired to cover all tasks, and all assistants are expected to function as a team to address responsibilities.

  •      Assist the Director of Electronic Communication in providing broadcast support (Skype, webcasting with Adobe Connect, webcasting with Livestream, miscellaneous videography or other recordings) for Bethany meetings, events and classes as requested and acheduled.
  •      Assist the Director of Electronic Communication as webmaster with maintenance of Bethany's websites, and the monitoring of Bethany's total web presence (including other web sites, social media, and the like).
  •      Provide regular weekly virtual meeting services for mixed-mode courses (currently the MA Research Seminar in the Fall and/or Ministry Formation in the Spring) as needed and scheduled.  In this responsibility, the student worker will be assigned to a specific class to set up equipment, facilitate the technical broadcast aspects of the course, and then tear down each week.  This commitment may be for just one term, or could include both terms as needed.
Duties/
Responsibilities

Essential duties related to broadcasting include such things as equipment and software setups and facilitation of Skype conference calls, Skype multi-point video conferencing, webcasting of weekly meetings and special events (including Chapel, Peace Forum, meetings of such groups as ISGTU, special lectures, and the like), broadcast communications for courses during weather emergencies, and virtual classrooms for scheduled classes, negotiated absences, and other meetings. Included are broadcasting equipment setup and teardown, and routine maintenance of, care for, and proper storage of equipment.

Website aspects of the job may include evaluating Bethany's entire website, reviewing changes to Bethany's website as proposed, implementing web edits, assisting in posting updated content to the website, reviewing the website for technical and content concerns, and the like. Providing any minor corrections, cleanups, and updates to the site as needed, and bringing significant issues to the attention of the webmaster, is also included.  Many of these web-related responsibilities may be fulfilled from any location where the internet is accessible.

Other related duties as assigned.

Skills/
Qualifications

Depending on which components of the position a person fulfills, various of the following skills will be required as follows:

Computer Skills: Ability to thoroughly learn various communication programs. Ability to troubleshoot technical issues. Ability to work with others and provide technical support. Ability to learn basics of HTML, and to navigate web sites and editing.

Broadcast Skills: Ability to run a camera, accurately compose images and video feeds for broadcasting, simultaneous monitoring of participant interactions as well as technical broadcast status.

Writing Skills: Ability to use language effectively, and to proofread accurately.  Ability to communicate well.

Personal Skills: Ability to serve others professionally, with decorum and confidentiality. Ability to serve with confidence and non-anxious presence.

Team Skills: Ability to function efficiently and harmoniously as part of a team.

Physical Demands

Depending upon assigned responsibilities, the following demands may be included. Carrying and setting up computer, video and AV equipment, cables and cords in various (at times physically awkward) locations, and at times with short notice. Visual acuity, including video composition, reading small text without assistance, and color discrimination. Dexterity to manipulate camera and audio controls and computer interfaces in a timely manner.

 

Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.