Pathway Navigator – KPACE

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Salary: $45,500.00 Annually

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Type: Full-Time Board-Approved

Division: Continuing Ed/Training Svcs

Job Number: 01469


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

Coming to college can be full of academic and personal challenges for new students. The KPACE Pathway Navigator will support students by assisting them with advising, mentoring, and guidance with a focus on earning a degree or credential. This position serves as the point of contact for students from admission to completion, supporting them in the creation of an academic and career plan and responsible for monitoring progress on their goals. The KPACE Pathway Navigator is active in recruitment and outreach to provide and coordinate resources, referrals, and support to facilitate student retention and completion. Coordination with and communicating needs with Kirkwood’s Skills to Employment and with Student Services staff is integral to the position and to students’ success. The role is critical in supporting students’ transitions from non-credit to credit training programs, and in cultivating an environment of belonging and inclusion for all students and colleagues.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Creates a welcoming and trusting environment that engages students; placing the student’s unique experiences at the center of the work. 
  • Applies a strengths-based perspective that focuses on the student’s assets, mapping strengths and understanding areas for growth. 
  • Facilitates intake, referrals, and coordinates follow-up action that requires concise case notes, and documenting student interactions. 
  • Fosters agency through developmental advising practices that encourages self-efficacy, self-determination, self-advocacy and accountability; along with keeping diversity and equity in the forefront of work. 
  • Collaborates with students in regular and ongoing assessment of goals, plan, and strategies. 
  • Provide retention and holistic supports that will help guide students to their personal goals of success. 
  • Serves as a student mentor, ally, advocate, and primary on-campus support person. 
  • Collaborates with faculty, administrators, Skills to Employment staff, and other professionals to identify strategies to support students’ academic progress. 
  • Be a resource as you connect with other special population programs such as TRIO, Equity in Student Success Coaches, and community programs. 
  • Prepare and submit regular progress reports on behalf of the college.  


  • You will provide outstanding customer services and serve as a positive representative of the Skills to Employment and Student Services departments with the goal of improving student learning and success.
  • You will demonstrate a solid working knowledge of college student development theory, including the needs of diverse populations and student services in general.
  • You will demonstrate a knowledge of community college philosophy, Kirkwood programs, policies and procedures, community agencies, resources and referral procedures, and issues of food and housing insecurity and other related issues. 
  • You will possess a knowledge of credit and non-credit academic programs by participating in trainings in both credit programming and non-credit programing with Skills to Employment. 
  • You will communicate effectively through written and oral and electronic means; possess functional knowledge of the Colleague student database, Kirkwood CPD system, Word, Excel, Power Point, and other commonly used computer programs. 
  • You will manage a diverse variety of work duties efficiently, effectively and independently in an environment with regular interruption. 
  • You will welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences. 

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Bachelor’s degree in higher education, social work, sociology, human services, or related fields.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with state and/or federal grant programs. 
  • A demonstrated ability to work as a member of a diverse team.
  • A demonstrated ability to work with students with diverse needs and backgrounds


  • Experience working in career pathway programs or academic advising in a college or university is preferred.
  • At least two years’ experience in higher education setting is preferred.

Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:


Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here!