Helpful Hiring Reminders

As our organization continues to grow, we’d like to take a moment remind you of the hiring resources we have available. Here are a few helpful hints to our hiring managers:Reminder

  1. When hiring hourly or temporary workers, our electronic PEN form is one of the best tools for hiring managers and continues to move us towards greater compliance with the Paper Reduction Act. We highly encourage using the electronic form because it auto-populates most of the information you need (no need to look things up!). Even better, it can save you the worry of correcting written errors. The electronic PEN form is a living document and we do our best to keep the latest form available. The best way to be sure you’re using the most current version is to download the PEN form from the Gatornet (https://www.gatornet.greenriver.edu/hr/Forms/index.shtm#p). This ensures that any changes we’ve made will be available to you. You can verify how current your form is by checking the date listed at the top of the form. If you are using a form that is earlier than February 8, 2018, please check the Gatornet for the latest version!
  2. For other kinds of hiring/recruiting (admin/exempt, faculty, classified, etc), be sure to take advantage of the resources offered on our Recruitment and Staffing page (https://www.gatornet.greenriver.edu/hr/Recruitment_Staffing/index.shtm). The links within will point you in the direction you need to go or offer you a place to request more information from our recruitment team.

 

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New Employee Spotlight – Jennifer Branstad

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Branstad, Jennifer

Jennifer Branstad

My title is Institutional Research Analyst and I work in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. I recently earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from UW Seattle where I studied the transition to adulthood for young adults coming of age in the 1980s and today. I also worked a Research Assistant for a center that conducted program evaluation for NSF (Nat’l Science Foundation) funded projects focusing on increasing diversity in STEM education.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

After deciding that I did not want to pursue an academic position, I knew that I wanted to find a way to support institutions of higher education using my research and methodological skills and training.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

Podcasts. I love everything from NPR’s Embedded to and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me to WNYC’s Two Dope Queens.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Camp Counselor at an all-girls sleep-away camp in California.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

Earning my Ph.D. and buying my first house—within the same six months.

 

New Employee Spotlight – Zachary Williams

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

International Student Advisor.

Williams, Zachary

Zachary Williams

I worked in the International Programs office as a drop-in advisor for a little more than a year before moving to my current position.  Previous to GRC, I lived and worked in Japan for eight years.  First, I spent 3 years as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) Program in Shiga, Japan. Following that, I spent 5 years as the Director of International Education at Chuo University private high school in Yokohama, Japan.

Needless to say, I love Japan, and I love education!

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was an exchange student myself when I was in high school and college.  When I saw the opportunity to give back to this community as an advisor, I knew it was my calling!  It has been a long road, but I’m so excited where it has taken me.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

I actually have only driven to work 2 times in the last year and a half.  Normally I ride my bike, or I bring my bike on the bus and ride home.  Regardless, I listen to a variety of Japanese bands (Jam Project, AKB48, Linked Horizon) and also enjoy listening to movie sound tracks (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, pretty much anything Hans Zimmer).

What was the very first job you ever had?

My very first job was as a paper boy.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The opportunity to have an impact on the lives of my students is the most exciting.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

I would love to learn as much as I can about the entire process of recruiting, educating, and ultimately transferring our great students, and how I can improve that process for all parties.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

I’ve learned to speak and write Japanese at a high level, although I still have a long ways to go.  I’ve educated myself about personal finance to a high degree, so I know how money works.  Finally, I’ve developed a philosophy where I don’t really let life get me down even when things aren’t going my way.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

I can’t even imagine. J

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I’m pretty good at Rocket League. J

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Great Respect Eventually Earns Notice

 

New Employee Spotlight – Elizabeth Rangel

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Rangel, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Rangel

  • Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion-Retention & Community Relations.
  • I worked almost 5 years at Highline College in Outreach and Admissions
  • Before Highline, I worked in various ways in education from Kindergarten to the University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I have always been an advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. My dream is to one day be a Director of a Diversity or Multicultural Center. I was drawn by the position, but the day I walked on campus I felt like I was home.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

K-Love. My car is one of my sanctuaries and I spend a lot of time praying there.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My very first job I had was picking raspberries in the fields when I was 14 years old.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I love people! So the most exciting part is the ability to work alongside others that are just as passionate about loving others and being able to use my strengths in helping others.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Meet others across campus and be foundationally strong in my department in order to be able to stretch, grow and develop my responsibilities in new ways.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

My stronger relationship with God.

My Daughter

The blessing of seeing those that I have worked with thrive and succeed more than they thought possible.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

I have been called Passion, Hope, and Light. I imagine it is because I love and encourage.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I would paint.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Greatness Requires Eternal Elevation Needed

 

 

EAP Update

In December, we let you know about the new services our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) offers, including legal and financial services. We’d like to take a moment to remind you of those services as well as bring you a few updates!

  • Now there’s a new website shortcut for the EAP: bit.ly/eapweb. Once you enter (or copy and paste) you’ll enter our organization code GRC to get access.
  • In addition to the great resources you already know about, did you know that our EAP also offers free e-learning and online seminars? These valuable professional development trainings are available in the orange boxes just on the main page. Trainings are about 15-20 mins long and offer you the option to print your certificate of completion!

See the flyer below for more options from our Employee Assistance Program!

EAP

Classified Staff In-Service Wrap-up

This past Tuesday, the Classified Staff Training and Development Committee (CSTDC) hosted an in-service day workshop on diversity and equity. Dr. Debra Jenkins of Share the Flame, LLC led activities and discussion surrounding power, privilege and equity status in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Many of the 90 attending staff members had very positive thoughts, post-workshop.

Special thanks to the CSTDC and to VP Marshall Sampson for a fantastic day of learning and engaging! Have a look at the pictures below, including Dr. Jenkins along with the workshop participants:

CSTDC IS morning

Morning Session

CSTDC IS afternoon

Afternoon session

 

New Employee Spotlight – Staci Whitehouse

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Whitehouse, Staci

Staci Whitehouse

My new title is Human Resources Consultant 3/Classification and Compensation.  I came from working in the Kent School District, both in the classroom and for the administration. I have helped run our family construction and rental property business for the last twenty years and am a contributor to the Kent, Auburn and Renton Reporters.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Green River is a great school with a beautiful campus that is ten minutes from my house—it doesn’t get any better than that!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

Country or rap or rock … okay, mostly country—I’m on a Sam Hunt kick right now.

What was the very first job you ever had?

In Cowiche — the little town where I grew up — students got a week off every fall to help the orchardists pick apples during harvest time; our paychecks coincided perfectly with the Yakima Valley Fair.  We made our money and blew it on corn dogs and haunted houses!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I can organize the fun out of any activity, and that is what this position needs:  organization.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Just making it through the first year will be an accomplishment in itself, full stop.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

The way my son and daughter love each other (they are 16 and 19), the longevity of my marriage (22 years) and the relationships I have in my life with friends and family.  Life is good.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

The “Questioner” because I never stop asking questions!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I can still do a death drop on the bars…

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Go

Reach

Each

Expectation

Now