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Position Announcement for Conflict Resolution: Director of Education and Training

The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), an institute at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, invites applications for the position of Director of Education and Training. 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 the summer of 2020.

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Job Summary

This position is focused on the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all education and training courses, workshops, and educational programs offered by KIPCOR. However, it also includes some widely varied tasks that will incorporate third-party intervention work in interpersonal conflict, group/organizational conflict, and public policy consensus building. As with most small non-profit organizations, additional tasks related to social media management, scheduling logistics, networking, and miscellaneous office responsibilities will also be expected. Specific assignments will be made primarily from the Work Responsibilities section below, based on the education and expertise of the person holding this position. This position will report to the director of KIPCOR, who will make specific job assignments. The successful applicant must be comfortable working with and advocating for an organization that focuses on peace, social justice, and conflict resolution. Additional information about KIPCOR may be found at www.kipcor.org.

Work Responsibilities

Specific tasks assigned to this position will be determined in part by the
education and expertise of the person selected for this job. Following are areas of work/specialty from which primary job assignments would be made.

  • Provide primary leadership in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all education and training courses, workshops, and programs offered by KIPCOR through Bethel College and also offered under the KIPCOR umbrella for state agencies, schools, faith communities, health care organizations, and other groups.
  • Serve as the primary liaison on academic content between KIPCOR and Bethel College.
  • Serve as the primary liaison on education and training issues between KIPCOR and the Kansas Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration.
  • Serve as the primary liaison on restorative discipline issues between KIPCOR and the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Be the primary responder to inquiries about training and educational options, both to Bethel students and others.
  • Be the primary interpreter for educational and training opportunities available at KIPCOR.
  • Provide direct intervention services in various KIPCOR programs as schedules allow and budgets require.
  • Assist in other aspects of KIPCOR programs and responsibilities as needed.

Required Education and/or Experience

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in conflict resolution or a related field, or a law degree, is required.
  • Significant specialized training in conflict resolution is required.
  • Experience as a mediator and/or as a group facilitator (may be partially substituted by other experience or education) is required.

Preferred Education and/or Experience

  • Some experience as the primary designer/developer of conflict resolution workshops or training courses.
  • Minimum of three years’ direct experience working as a third-party intervener in conflict management/ resolution/ transformation situations.
  • Experience teaching at the secondary, collegiate, or adult education level.
  • Expertise in using electronic and social media to communicate with constituents and supporters and to interpret and market services and programs.
  • Have in place an existing network with other mediators and facilitators, church and organizational leadership, and business and governmental personnel.
  • Cultural competence in facilitation and a commitment to anti-oppression educational frameworks and techniques.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations

  • Secure and maintain Kansas State Supreme Court approval as a mediator, mentor mediator, and mediation trainer, and fulfill all other state requirements necessary to permit KIPCOR to provide Kansas Supreme Court-approved trainings, workshops and practicums.
  • Maintain active membership in appropriate professional mediation associations.

Skills Required

  • Excellent public presentation skills to be used in either presentations to groups or in leading workshops or courses.
  • Effective mediation of interpersonal conflicts.
  • Effective facilitation of group, organizational, and public conflicts.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work under pressure and juggle multiple – and sometimes competing – tasks.
  • Excellent written communication and editing skills, especially as these may be used in the development of highly-organized training materials.
  • Expertise and comfort in working with persons from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent interviewing techniques and skills.
  • Basic budget management.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an office environment.
  • Efficient use of Microsoft Office software, especially Word and PowerPoint.

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

Please complete a Bethel College application and upload:

  • a cover letter
  • resume or curriculum vita
  • transcripts
  • name, position, email address, and phone number for three references
  • a statement of diversity
  • a statement of teaching philosophy

Review of applicants will begin in Spring 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to Human Resources at humanresources@bethelks.edu.

KIPCOR is an affiliate of Bethel College, a four-year, private, primarily residential liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Applicants should be in sympathy with an academic community that values the pursuit of authentic faith, critical inquiry, peace-making, social justice, cross-cultural learning, and service.

Bethel College does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates. Harassment, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination.