In this section I want to give you a short understanding who I am and how I got to the point of applying for the Tech Director position.
I was born and raised in a small town in central Minnesota. Raised by my mother who was a single parent. I was brought up understanding that everyone had worth no matter what position they hold in life. We were taught that we needed to work hard and our abilities to there best.
I held a job from the time I was 14. Most of my high school years I worked in the local nursing home. After high school I joined the US ARMY and spent four years working with nuclear weapons. Post military I started college, worked at a hospital in Fargo and met my wife Susan there at the hospital.
Sue and I were married in Fargo ND and shortly after Sue graduated from college. We moved due to a job Sue took. Our first move was to Virginia Minnesota, then Springfield MO, Sioux City IA and eventually to Grand Forks ND in 1996. We have three children each born in a different state. Our last move was to a house outside of Thompson ND in 1997.
I have worked in several different jobs. I have worked in auto body repair, mechanic, framing, concrete, paramedic and registered nurse. I have worked in many different sectors of the work force and learned many different skill sets.
The reason I am currently not working in nursing is one that nursing caused. I have been struggling with constant back pain to severe back pain for several years. The cause of the pain is a deterioration of three disc that are now compressing nerves due to repetitive type of injury caused by lifting and moving patients. About every 6 months I have theses nerves cut with a needle ablation, however the nerves grow back and the pain starts again. I have enjoyed the ability to work here at Hope as it gives me the ability to rearrange work that may cause pain till i can do it at a later time. Some things must be done and I will do them even if the pain is great.
As I have said to people who ask if I was going to apply for this opening," I have nothing to put on this application that states I can do this job". The only thing I can say is this is an area that has interested me since junior and high school. From that age I was buying and figuring out how to use audio video equipment. I grew up in the age when the personal computer evolved and was always reading and reviewing specifications on the new technology as it came to market. I have played in several bands that had to do their own set up with equipment with what we could afford at the time. This makes you resourceful at times to provide a show at a cost that was affordable. The only evidence that I can do this job is the fact I have been doing it since the previous tech director moved to a different job and for years that I was in a band.
This opportunity is far more than just a job to me. I am a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, an organization that is about spreading the word of God. I may have a job description but my real job is the one God has tasked me with. We have no greater job than efficiently and effectively deliver the word of God. I see this as a great opportunity to merge technology and a mission.
I see technology here at Hope in that works well and other things that could be done better. I don't believe that everything must change. As Hope changes in size and mission so must the technology. This doesn't mean just spend money on the newest and greatest but use what we have to the best of our ability.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my application.
Nathan C. Carter