Pathway Navigator, Strengthening Our Community Colleges Grant

Posted: 07/07/2024

Job Summary

Have you ever thought about helping others achieve their goals and potential? Are you passionate about making an impact and empowering others with life changing opportunities? If so, Hawkeye Community College has a great opportunity for you.

The School of Applied Technologies is seeking a Pathway Navigator to join their team. This position is specially funded through a Strengthening Community Colleges grant through 2/28/2027.

As our Pathway Navigator, you work individually with students to successful completion of competency-based education (CBE) programs/courses. This is done by being a positive role model, maintaining regular contact with prospective students, current student and graduates in order to provide guidance to our students. Additionally, you assist student to overcome barriers to success in their chosen program and courses. The CBE model allows students flexibility in when they demonstrate their proficiency of specific student learning outcomes. Programs transitioning to CBE include Industrial Automation, HVAC and Welding.

Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs. Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leads recruitment efforts and the development and implementation of existing and future initiatives, with a focus on enrolling students in Career and Technical Education programs that utilize Competency Based Education (CBE).

  • Works with college and program student advisors to assist students in all aspects of academic and career planning, including program and course information, scheduling, registration, transferring, articulation and graduation requirements.

  • Collaborates with other department in the college to assist in success of all students.

  • Maintains regular contact with prospective students, students and graduates to provide, advice, guidance, and determine appropriate services to assist the individual in achieving their goals toward future education/training and/or employment.

  • Assists assigned students to overcome barriers to success in their chosen program and courses.

  • Maintains cooperative relationships with the Dean, supervisors, other faculty, the Advisory Committee, all divisions of the College, prospective employers, and the community.

  • Participates in campus committees as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Unless otherwise approved under Hawkeye’s remote work policy, regular on campus and/or onsite attendance is considered an essential function of the position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Two years of advising, recruitment, promotions, admissions or related experience in an educational setting (Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling, Academic Advising, or a related field can substitute for one year of experience).

  • Demonstrated strong organizational, time management and planning skills.

  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills to positively interact with students, faculty, and staff and to compile data and write reports as required by grant activities.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and administrative skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and maintain focus through completion of projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage grant activities in support of grant objectives with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse student population, faculty, staff, and the general public.

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications, and video conferencing technology.

  • Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal communication.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute organization and department policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion.

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through inclusive behaviors and helping contribute to a culture of inclusivity, and a vibrant, diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education teaching experience

  • Secondary Industrial Arts teaching experience

Working Conditions

Anticipated Schedule is Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm with occasional evening hours.

Requires skills for succeeding in an office, classroom and/or industrial laboratory setting, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Work is performed in an office, classroom, lab, and/or clinical setting. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours. During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computer.

Employment Status

Full-time, non-exempt, grant funded position with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement/remission; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

  • This is a specially funded position through a Strengthening Community Colleges grant through 2/28/2027 with renewal of grant funding not anticipated.

  • Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience with a salary range starting at $45,890.

Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at

    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following:

      • Explain your knowledge of competency-based education as it relates to community college programming.

      • Explain your background in advising or student services.

    • Submit/upload a resume.

    • Submit/upload 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.

  • This position is open until filled. Submitted applications that include all required materials will be reviewed upon submission.


Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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