Thursday, October 8, 2009

Welcome, Jennifer!

This week I have had the opportunity to welcome Jennifer Huehns as Chain of Lakes’ new Administrative Assistant. Jennifer’s first day was this past Tuesday. She will be averaging 15 hours of week.

I believe that Jennifer has a call to this position. She shared with me that when she saw an ad in the newspaper advertising this position, she said that we had written out the perfect job for her. At that moment she was transitioning from her work of interior design and looking for something else. And that something else turned out to be us at Chain of Lakes!

The process for hiring an Administrative Assistant turned out a bit longer than I had anticipated. We had an excellent Hiring Committee who was appointed in June by our Steering Committee. That committee (made up of Mary Ann Archer, John Ivers, and me) first met in late July to finalize the job description. In late August we advertised the position in the classified section of some local newspapers. We received over 50 applications. I read every word of every application. Our Hiring Committee winnowed the number of people we were considering to ten in early September. I then conducted then ten phone interviews on the week of September 6th. I then selected three candidates for our Hiring Committee to interview on Saturday, September 19. We ended up interviewing two excellent candidates. Our Hiring Committee was unanimous in our selection of Jennifer.

Jennifer grew up Presbyterian in a small church in Illinois. She has lived in Lino Lakes for the past five years and before that lived seven years in Brooklyn Park. She is married and has a daughter in 9th grade and another daughter in upper elementary. She most recently was the owner and co-founder (with her twin sister who lives in Lino Lakes) of Jennifer Rebecca Designs, an interior decorating company. Jennifer received an Associate Degree with high honors in Business Administration at Rock Valley College in Illinois. She is the team manager for the Centennial Soccer Club and volunteers twice a week at the dance studio in which one of her daughters participates.

Our Hiring Committee found Jennifer to be very personable. We believe that the people in Chain of Lakes and people in the wider community will enjoy getting to know Jennifer and working with her. Her administrative experience will be a big plus to our new church and her design skills are something we need. She is comfortable in all Microsoft programs. She is gifted in coordinating and managing projects.

She started her business from scratch and shared with the Hiring Committee that she enjoys the challenges of starting a new organization

Jennifer and I are still coming up with her schedule. But if people from Chain of Lakes call our office and hear a different voice on the phone, it will be hers.

When I called Jennifer to offer her the job, I shared with her that I hoped that she would work for Chain of Lakes for years to come.

Praise God for the call to work positions!! Welcome, Jennifer to this staff position at Chain of Lakes Church!

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