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PV STEMNet Announcement: Career Development Counselor Position at GCC

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 Greenfield, Massachusetts
 PH: (413) 775-1313
 FAX: (413) 775-1338
 Email: humanresources@gcc.mass.edu
 Website: http://www.gcc.mass.edu  
 Posting #MCCC 14-36
 POSITION:	College and Career Navigator (Career Development
 Counselor) - Full-time, grant-funded, non-tenure-track, benefited
 MCCC/MTA unit position
 START DATE:	February 1, 2015
 The College and Career Navigator position was created to assist
 eligible Massachusetts one-stop career center customers who are
 pursuing and/or engaged in post-secondary certificates and degrees. The
 College and Career Navigator position played an important role in the
 Massachusetts Community College and Workforce Development
 Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA), an initiative supported by a grant
 received by a consortium of Massachusetts' community colleges from the
 Department of Labor. The community colleges, in partnership with local
 one-stop career centers and Workforce Investment Boards, will again be
 able to use statewide resources from the GPSTEM (Guided Pathways
 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant to fund a navigator
 position on each campus. The navigators will continue fulfilling the
 transformative, three-fold role that benefits one-stop career center
 customers and builds a solid formal foundation for partnerships between
 the colleges and one-stop career centers, sustaining the partnerships
 that were expanded among community college and workforce development
 system stakeholders during the MCCWDTA grant. The Navigator is
 supervised directly by the Director of Workforce Development at GCC and
 indirectly by the FHCC Program Director.
 Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic
 Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the
 Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River
 watershed. GCC is a public community college serving approximately
 6,000 credit and credit-free students. Known for the caring and
 supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support
 it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully
 accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In
 addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide
 variety of innovative and successful programs including Gender and
 Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Nursing, Renewable Energy, and Outdoor
 Leadership, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional
 classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one
 faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning
 communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty
 percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year
 colleges, and it is Smith College's largest source of community college
 transfer students. Much of the College has recently undergone a
 multi-million dollar renovation that sets the stage for future
 developments in learning. Greenfield Community College actively
 encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional
 "	Act as a system liaison between the one-stop career center and
 community college partners, and provide direct services to career
 center customers. The College and Career Navigator will provide
 academic and career coaching, college transition services, and referral
 services to each one-stop career center customer pursuing
 post-secondary education at the community college, in order to support
 them in attaining post-secondary credentials.  
 "	Maintain a presence at both locations (FHCC and GCC) with
 access to both data systems. 
 "	Ensure cross-communications are occurring at each step between
 the college(s) and the Career Center(s). The Navigator will develop a
 detailed understanding of the systems for funding and enrolling FHCC
 customers in training programs and the systems for funding and
 enrolling GCC students, and will identify barriers and recommended
 solutions for streamlining these processes. This will include
 presentations and training of FHCC and GCC staff to familiarize both
 with each other's systems;
 "	Attend regular meetings (quarterly at minimum) to collaborate
 with the referring local partners engaged in the GPSTEM grant
 (community college, one-stop career centers, employers, etc.). Meetings
 will include periodic regional meetings with multiple college partners
 and other Career centers, as well as more frequent meetings with GCC
 project staff and team members.  
 "	Work with partners to identify and support career center
 customers during the college application process (to attend full- or
 part-time) and to assist in their college acclimation during the first
 several weeks of their coursework.
 "	Act as the in-house (FHCC/FHREB) specialist on relevant college
 education/training programs and enrollment, financial aid, and support
 services, and work to embed this information in FHCC departments and
 "	Help the partners in the grant better understand the current
 types and supply of student support services to determine if they match
 the needs of the student population being served
 "	Support regional, synchronized outreach to TAA- (Trade
 Adjustment Act) eligible and other un- and underemployed workers. The
 Navigator will work with project and institutional staff  to develop
 marketing materials and presentations to customers on existing
 community college training opportunities and will research new training
 opportunities that may draw more TAA and other eligible FHCC customers
 to pursue training at GCC and other community colleges;
 "	Develop relationships with staff at community colleges, WIB,
 and the one-stop career center to develop knowledge of each other's
 mutual resources to meet student needs. Eligible program areas include
 Advanced Manufacturing, Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency, Healthcare,
 Medical Office Management, Computer Technology and others.
 "	Maintain on-campus office hours for individual student
 check-ins and regular meetings with groups or cohorts of students. 
 "	Assess students' academic and personal needs and barriers in
 order to determine appropriate support services.
 "	Develop resources for students, including tutoring and other
 services that increase their success in education and training.
 "	Refer students to on- and off-campus services and resources as
 "	Contribute to development of Accelerated College Preparedness
 options with schedule and formats suitable for workforce trainees
 "	Working with the GCC Project team, facilitate the incorporation
 of Accuplacer Diagnostics and other appropriate assessments into the
 FHCC assessment process. 
 "	Work day-to-day with campus staff and regional partners to
 identify resources in the community to support students and learn from
 existing post-secondary coaching models.  
 "	Coordinate with the community college advising team within
 specific departments (e.g., Allied Health) and participate in meetings
 as appropriate (e.g., select departmental and staff meetings, etc.).
 "	Identify labor market/job trends in each area and entry
 level/career pathway opportunities within those companies and
 industries. Share information in small groups with prospective
 participants to help them explore/develop written career plans with
 their assigned counselors. 
 "	In coordination with WDT staff, explore the role of paid and
 unpaid internships in supporting participant training and increasing
 placement success. Provide TAA participants and professors at GCC in
 particular with industry information, contacts, job pathways, leading
 to potential work-based learning experiences or job placement.
 "	Track and report participation and progress of each student
 receiving services utilizing the designated data reporting system for
 the grant. Work with the WDT Project Manager in overseeing data
 collection and contribute to grant reporting.
 "	Communicate regularly with grant-funded partnerships and with
 grant staff; a regular check-in schedule will be determined by mutual
 "	Perform related duties as required.
 "	Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, and/or training
 that includes career counseling, testing/assessment, referrals,
 employment services, or career development/transition;
 "	Experience with databases and good office computer skills.  
 "	Good presentation and teaching skills.  
 "	Ability to work on multiple projects with multiple departments
 in a team environment.  
 "	Experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
 "	Ability to travel throughout the western Mass. Region and to
 work a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends, evenings
 and/or early mornings. Available to work a flexible including
 occasional weekends and/or mornings.
 "	Master's degree, preferably in counseling or related field, 
 "	Strong knowledge of the community college system, (theirs)
 "	Experience with academic advising or career counseling in a
 college setting; 
 "	Prior experience in workforce development employment; 
 "	Successful track record of job placement.  
 "	Skills in facilitating collaboration and positive working
 "	Proficiency in a second language; Spanish preferred. 
 Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are
 encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and
 experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this
 The College and Career Navigator is a 2.5-year, grant-funded position,
 with no guarantee of reappointment at termination of grant.
 Greenfield Community College requires that all cover letters, resumes,
 and contact information for 5 professional references be submitted
 online at http://www.gcc.mass.edu/hr/. Official copies of all academic
 transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
 When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the
 minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an
 equivalency statement. 
 Applications must be submitted via our online application system by
 December 19, 2014
 Additional applications MAY be considered until the position is filled.
 ***Greenfield Community College is proud to value diversity in our
 *** community of faculty, 
 staff and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
 employer. ***

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