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Position Overview

The basic job responsibility of a Welcome Week Staff Member is to ensure the successful transition of students into Bethel University at both the beginning of fall and spring semester. This is accomplished through the participation of various orientation related trainings and events starting in mid-February and ending in early September. The WW Staff Member will be supervised by the Welcome Week Coordinators, their individual Committee Head, as well as the Associate Dean for Leadership and Community Development, and the Assistant Director of Student Activities and New Student Orientation.

Essential Job Functions

Participate on one of 7 committees

  • Each WW Member will be assigned to a committee and asked to carry out various tasks specific to that committee.
  • View a detailed description of each committee’s responsibilities

Lead a Core Group

  • Every WW Staff Member will lead a small group of 15 – 20 new incoming students

Participate in Move-In

  • Every WW Staff Member will help with the move-in process (unless health reasons prevent them)

Participate in the Welcome Week “Show”

  • Every WW Staff Member will have an opportunity to be in “The Show”.

Participate in Mandatory Staff Training

  • All WW Retreat March 7
  • Work Day April 11
  • Core group training (2 times during spring semester and during the week of Welcome Week)
  • Spring welcomes (must attend on EITHER April 26 or 28)
  • Training during the week of WW (August 21 - September 1).

Other Duties as assigned

Minimum Job Requirements


  • Must be a current Bethel student (not studying abroad spring semester) who is also enrolled for the following Fall.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Necessary Character Traits

  • Must be actively seeking to follow Christ in a personal way.
  • Servant attitude for incoming students, parents and the Bethel community.
  • Must strive to develop high integrity.
  • Must be striving to develop strong character.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Must be willing to do behind-the scenes work.

Necessary Skills

  • Must be organized!
  • Must manage time efficiently.
  • Must follow through on all assigned tasks with little direction.

Time Expectations

  • You will meet with your committee on a bi-weekly basis (minimum).
  • All WW Retreat March 7, Work Day April 11, one spring welcome (April 26 or 28), and prayer night (TBD)
  • It is necessary that you are able to report back to campus on Friday, August 21, 2015
  • You can anticipate working 150 – 160 hours from August 21 – September 1.
  • There will be occasional weekly assignments that will take from 1-3 hours

This adds up to an average of 1-2 hours a week during spring semester. Knowing this before you apply is important!

Staff Pact - Read the Following Commitment

Because we take seriously the mission of "transitioning students into Bethel with the love of Jesus Christ", we insist that all members of the Welcome Week team be of one mind on a few foundational elements. Before submitting your application, make sure you've read the following, "Staff Pact" and understand Who We Are and what is expected of you as a staff member.

Christ Followers - First and foremost, everything we do and all that we are flows out of Christ’s love for us (1 John 4:7-12). This is why we desire to be people who are actively seeking a conversational relationship with Christ, remembering that “in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).” We don’t pretend to have it all figured out, but together we strive to follow and know Him better. This is why we expect that you set aside regular time to pray with and for one another as well as the incoming students and our campus.

Prayer - We have no hope of success without bathing everything we do in prayer. Attendance at the WW spring prayer event is expected. We also expect that you meet regularly with your prayer partner. We won’t check up on this, it’s just expected!

Academic Accountability - Because we view academics as a privilege and approach our studies as a form of honoring God, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Additionally, if you are selected to be part of the WW staff, we require that your GPA stay at or above 2.5. Talk to us if this is a concern.

Team builders - Because we each have unique skills, talents and strengths (Romans 12:3-8,Colossians 3:12-17), we celebrate those differences and understand that the only way we are able to do what we do, is through the collective strengths of all of us. In the South African concept of Ubuntu, “I am because we are and we are because I am. The individual is a harmonious part of the society and there finds safety, strength and identity. But the society is nothing without the individual.”

Servant leaders - Our desire is that when new students arrive on campus, the first form of leadership they see is that of servant hood. Modeled after Jesus’ example in John 13 and other places, we seek to serve with full hearts our fellow teammates as well as the incoming students, their parents and our community. This is at the heart of what it means to transition students into Bethel with the love of Jesus Christ.

Bethel Covenant - It is imperative that you understand that if you are accepted onto the WW team, you are looked up to as a leader on campus. The decisions you make reflect not only on your personal integrity, but the integrity of Welcome Week. Members of the WW staff are expected to adhere to the Bethel “Covenant for Life Together” and encourage its development in other students. Grace is a very beautiful thing however, and because we believe in second chances, please be open and honest with us should an issue of this nature come up.