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I love the community here at Bethel. We are a 500-member support group. I am going to miss that more than anything.
Elizabeth Shelly ’12

Current Position Openings

Thresher Shop Manager

Bethel College seeks an organized and out-going individual to be Thresher Shop Manager. This individual will maintain all inventory in the Thresher Shop, including office supplies, art supplies, Bethel College apparel, cards, stationary and gifts. They will be responsible for the cleanliness and organization of the store. This function includes marketing of merchandise, window displays, ticket sales of campus events, making copies, answering incoming calls to the college, and promoting online sales.

This position will supervise 2-8 students, and provide leadership in customer service, telephone and people skills.

Qualifications: A college degree in business is preferred and 1-2 years supervisory position in retail would be helpful.

Please submit a Bethel College Employment Application to Allen Wedel, Vice President for Business Affairs. EOE/AA

Director of Development

Bethel College seeks a full-time Director of Development. This position is instrumental in building and maintaining positive relationships across multiple institutional constituent groups that translate to financial support of College initiatives. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: restricted and unrestricted giving avenues, project campaigning, estate designation execution and endowment/scholarship creation/growth.

Bachelor’s degree required with three to five years of experience in a funds solicitation role or a combination of transferable experience.

Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Eric Schrag, vice president for advancement. See full job description. Bethel College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Institute Director for the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)

 Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, invites applications for the position of Institute Director for The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), an institute at the college. KIPCOR, which was established in 1985 and is one of the oldest peace and conflict resolution institutes in the United States, focuses primarily on the process of developing and implementing constructive responses to conflict.

This is a full-time position with benefits. The starting time for this position will be negotiated with the successful applicant, with a target date of July 1, 2017.

Position Summary: The KIPCOR Director is responsible for the overall administration of the Institute, reporting to the Bethel College Vice President for Academic Affairs and the KIPCOR advisory board of directors. This includes managing a small KIPCOR staff and staff relations with Bethel College, participating in KIPCOR training and interventions, interpreting KIPCOR work to donors and the general public, and managing/raising KIPCOR operating funds. KIPCOR is a part of Bethel College, and the Director should be willing to support the mission and values of the college.

The successful applicant must be comfortable working with and advocating for an organization that focuses on peace, social justice, and conflict resolution within a higher education setting. Additional information about KIPCOR may be found at www.kipcor.org.

Essential Functions: Specific responsibilities for the KIPCOR Director include:

  • Serve as the primary liaison with Bethel College administration and the KIPCOR advisory board of directors.
  • Implement strategic planning and other directives of the KIPCOR advisory board of directors.
  • Manage and work collaboratively with KIPCOR staff in the assignment of institute work.
  • Serve as the primary interpreter of KIPCOR work to the general public and supporters.
  • Be primarily responsible for raising operating and endowment funds, both from grants and from individual/corporate donors.
  • Manage KIPCOR’s budget.
  • Participate regularly in KIPCOR training and conflict intervention work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in conflict transformation or a related field, or a law degree.
  • Significant specialized training in conflict resolution, conflict transformation, or other alternative dispute resolution processes.
  • Experience as a mediator and/or as a group facilitator (may be partially substituted by other experience or education).
  • In-depth understanding how various uses of electronic and social media can be used to communicate with constituents and supporters and also used to interpret and market services and programs that can be implemented in a small non-profit.
  • Direct, successful experience in grant writing and fundraising.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct experience working as a third-party intervener in conflict management/ resolution/transformation situations, or as a process designer/facilitator in large group or public conflict or dialogue situations.
  • Experience teaching at the secondary, collegiate, or adult education level.
  • Have in place an existing network with other mediators and facilitators, church and organizational leadership, and business and governmental personnel.
  • Familiarity with the academic and practice field of conflict transformation and policy dialogue.
  • Experience and comfort in working with persons from a wide range of educational, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting.
  • Meet Bethel College qualifications for teaching graduate courses.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent “people skills” within the office that both generate collaboration with staff and encourage mutual respect with staff and with volunteers.
  • Excellent public presentation skills – both oral and written.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work under pressure and juggle multiple – and sometimes competing – tasks.
  • Cultural competency with a commitment to diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression.
  • Excellent listener, with the ability to incorporate other ideas into planning and programming.
  • Ability to interpret KIPCOR work effectively to raise funds, both from grants and from other donors.
  • Basic budget planning and management.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an office environment.
  • Efficient use of Microsoft Office software.

Work Environment and Conditions:

  • Minimal lifting, reaching and carrying.
  • Frequent trips up and down stairs.
  • Ability to function in a standard office setting in which offices are close, and in which there is significant interaction with others in the office.

To Apply: Submit an application letter (with email and phone contact information) stating why you are interested in this position and why you think you may be a good fit for KIPCOR. Include with the application letter:

  • Your resume (including work history).
  • The name, position, e-mail address, and phone number for three references who have direct knowledge of your experience, expertise, work style, and habits, and/or character.
  • A writing sample.
  • If you have evaluations of any workshops you have presented or courses you have taught, please include a summary of those.

Applications should be sent electronically to Dr. Robert Milliman at rmilliman@bethelks.edu. If you cannot send the application material electronically, it can be mailed to Dr. Robert Milliman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bethel College, 300 East 27th Street, North Newton, KS 67117.

Review of applicants will begin April 24, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

KIPCOR is part of Bethel College, a four-year, private, primarily residential, liberal arts college located 25 miles north of Wichita, Kansas. It is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. More information about Bethel College may be found at www.bethelks.edu. Bethel is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Executive Director, Academy of Performing Arts

Position: Full-time Executive Director

Location: North Newton, KS

School Description: The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) is a non-profit collaborative school affiliated with Bethel College. The school serves the South Central Kansas community. Founded in 1996, BCAPA’s dance and music programs have grown to serve 250+ students of all ages and skill levels.

Required Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree. Experience in traditional and non-traditional fundraising as well as administration.  Strong writing and verbal skills.

Desired Qualifications:  Master’s degree. Experience in education, non-profit, grant writing.

Start date: Duties begin July 1, 2017

Contact: Please e-mail letter of interest, resume and three references with contact information to:

Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts


Deadline: Open until filled


Bethel College seeks candidates for President.

The oldest Mennonite institution of higher learning in North America, Bethel is a residential liberal arts college located in North Newton, Kansas, emphasizing academic excellence and an ethic of service and peace-making grounded in the Anabaptist faith tradition. Our next president should bring rich experience in academia and institutional leadership, together with a strong personal faith, a passion for undergraduate education and a clear vision for how Bethel can adapt and thrive in the coming decades.

Requirements for the position include:

  • Terminal degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Institutional leadership experience
  • Familiarity with Mennonite/Anabaptist faith and culture

Strong candidates will also bring experience and skills in many of the following areas:

  • Classroom teaching
  • Academic research
  • Institutional finance
  • Fund-raising
  • Promoting diversity and equal opportunity
  • Student recruitment
  • Mennonite church ties
  • Intercultural life experience
  • Public presentation

Nominations and letters of application with CV or resume may be submitted to the Bethel College Presidential Search Committee at pressearch@bethelks.edu or through postal mail to Presidential Search Committee Bethel College 300 E. 27th St. North Newton, Kansas 67117. Candidates from a diversity of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Bethel College is an equal opportunity employer.