ISGA Administrative Assistant

Goshen, IN
Oct 11, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Goshen College seeks a .25 FTE, Administrative Assistant for the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (ISGA).

Job Summary:

The ISGA Administrative Assistant /Communication Coordinator provides a wide range of services related to the work of the ISGA and, secondarily, to the Mennonite Historical Library. Duties include support for ongoing projects related to the ISGA, writing assignments, coordinating symposia and conferences, web site development and maintenance, as well as other office services. The person filling this position reports to and is supervised by the ISGA Director. This is a part-time position, averaging 8-12 hours/week, with possible blocks of time off in December and summer.

Essential Functions:
  1. Support ongoing projects related to the ISGA
  • maintain and develop the Bearing Witness website (edit stories, convene steering committee, etc.)
  • coordinate and carry out symposia and conferences
  • develop and add digital content to the Global Anabaptist Wiki
  • serve as the main liaison with Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
  • assist with the evaluation and editing of manuscripts for the “Text in Translation” project
  • help with logistical details of travel/lodging related to ISGA projects
  • Promotion of projects related to the ISGA
    • oversee the production and distribution (both mail and email) of the ISGA newsletter
    • update & maintain the ISGA web-site to reflect current status of work
    • create, promote & maintain a blog on the ISGA or “Bearing Witness” web-site
    • draft and distribute press releases regarding ISGA-related projects
  • Assist as needed with general office tasks related to the Mennonite Historical Library
    • scan periodicals; international correspondence; maintain MHL website; cover receptionist desk on occasion; perform general office duties
    • contact with Mennonite World Conference member groups to solicit resources for the MHL
  • Supervisory Responsibility:


    Education and Experience:

    Bachelor’s Degree preferred, some college required. Library experience and proficiency in Spanish helpful.

    Computer word processing and web development experience required.

    Skills Required:
    1. Organizational ability and attention to
    2. A good communicator, capable of writing clearly for a variety of
    3. Comfortable working with a range of computer applications (including MSWord; mailing lists; newsletter design; developing/updating web-sites; social media, )
    4. Some international experience in cross-cultural, church-related work (fluency in at least one foreign language preferred)
    5. Familiarity with Anabaptist-Mennonites and the global Mennonite church.
    6. General research

    Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

    Work Environment/Environmental Condition :

    All of the essential job functions are subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

    Individuals may be required to perform other job-related instructions as requested by the supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all­ inclusive and may change at the option of the (supervisor or department head). Any major change will result in the position being reviewed for reclassification.

    About Goshen College:

    Goshen College is an affordable, nationally-ranked Christian liberal arts college in Northern Indiana known for leadership in intercultural and international education, sustainability and social justice. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 65 areas of study, as well as select graduate degrees. Goshen enrolls approximately 950 students from 35 states and 23 countries and is recognized for its innovative, life-changing study abroad program (Study-Service Term) and exceptional educational value. The 135-acre tree-filled campus features a world-class Music Center and a Rec-Fitness Center for 14 intercollegiate athletic teams. The extended campus includes a 1,189-acre natural sanctuary (the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center near Wolf Lake, Ind.) and a marine biology lab in the Florida Keys. Rooted in the historically peaceful Mennonite church and established in 1894, the college’s Christ-centered mission produces passionate learners, compassionate peacemakers, global citizens and servant leaders. The college’s doors are open to all, with students from 40 different Christian denominations and several world religions. Experiential learning, faculty mentors and strong friendships are significant community strengths for students.

    The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County in Northern Indiana, just a couple of hours from Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit. Goshen was named the 2017 Indiana Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for its amazing arts and entertainment, food scene, recreational opportunities, outstanding schools, affordable living, cultural diversity and entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at

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    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.

    Human Resources
    Goshen College
    1700 S. Main Street
    Goshen, IN 46526-4795

    E-mail: [email protected]
    Telephone: (574) 535-7111

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