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GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PH: (413) 775-1313
FAX: (413) 775-1338
Posting #MCCC 14-36
POSITION: College and Career Navigator (Career Development
Counselor) - Full-time, grant-funded, non-tenure-track, benefited
MCCC/MTA unit position
ANNUAL SALARY: $50,000
START DATE: February 1, 2015
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
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
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
" 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
" 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
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
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