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OHIO Ready Staff program welcomes new cohort


OHIO Ready Staff welcomed four new employees in March. Becky Arnold, Kathleen Riggs, Elisabeth Shaner, and Kate Wilkinson are the newest members of the program, run by the Finance and Administration Business Service Center, which provides temporary office and accounting staffing assistance to departments across campus.

In December 2016, Ohio University launched the OHIO Ready Staff program to help fill staffing gaps. Staffing assignments vary in duration and may be part-time, or full-time. The program is open to all departments on the Athens campus.

All OHIO Ready staff are trained full-time Ohio University employees. Those employees receive training in software and systems including BobCatBUY, Peoplesoft, Cashnet, Concur, Microsoft Office, Oracle and more. OHIO Ready Staff employees will be equipped to perform duties around travel itineraries, calendar management, customer service, clerical support, journal entries, procurement, business and accounting, and more.

OHIO Ready Staff has placed 14 employees in part-time or full-time short-term assignments across campus since the program kicked off nearly three years ago. OHIO Ready Staff currently employs six full-time staff members.

Becky Arnold comes to OHIO from the private sector and brings experience in account management and customer service. Kathleen Riggs has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a background in higher education administration. Elisabeth Shaner has previously worked in the private sector and has a background in office and account management including customer service, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll. Kate Wilkinson studied accounting and business management and brings experience in account management and customer service.

OHIO Ready Staff has placed employees in nearly 30 academic and administrative departments including Culinary Services, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Division of Student Affairs, Legal Affairs, and the Office of the President.

Staff will be available for campus assignments starting in mid-March. Departments wishing to utilize the OHIO Ready Staff program may contact Mindy Colburn, at colburnm@ohio.edu or 740-597-3269. Departments are billed at an hourly rate for the staff service.