Peninsula College is seeking a creative, innovative, and collaborative Student Success Navigator to join our work in Guided Pathways development and student success. The Student Success Navigator will focus on Multicultural and Inclusion Services that seek to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of advising services that contribute to increased student persistence and completion of diverse student populations.
Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. It is arguably the most beautiful community college setting in the United States. The region is also home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula.
As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The College serves more than 4670 students (1400 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings. The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.
The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which values respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place.
- Develop a proactive relationship with students and work with them to mitigate or remove barriers that impede academic success and refer students to on and off campus resources and staff as needed.
- Collaborate with Student Services and the greater campus community to develop programs and services to retain under-represented student populations on campus.
- Provide leadership and guidance as advisor to student organizations focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and pluralism.
- Assist Instruction and The Evergreen State College with the coordination of Reservation Based Community Determined Bachelor of Arts and the Associate in Arts Degree Bridge programs at Peninsula College.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with faculty and staff to create and maintain a campus climate that respects and values diversity, welcomes and fosters inclusion of all students, promotes a pluralistic worldview, and ensures that all students have an equal opportunity for academic success.
- Assist students with course selection and the development of academic plans.
- Advise new/prospective students of requirements for academic transfer and professional/technical programs and/or degrees.
- Assist students in clarifying educational, career, and life goals through career exploration in EAB Navigate.
- Assist Students in determining a program of study within two quarters of enrollment.
- Assist with monitoring student progress towards completion using campus tools (Degree Audit, EAB Navigate, FA Portal etc.)
- Initiate supportive interventions for students and refer them to a counselor or other college or external resources as appropriate.
- Participate as key team member in development and implementation of the campus-wide Guided Pathways strategic priority.
- Participate in new student orientation efforts.
- Serve on various campus committees and represent Peninsula College at local, state, regional, and national events related to advising.
- Support supervisor with the implementation and use of EAB Navigate and other tools.
- Other duties as assigned.
Duties of the position require knowledge and experience
- Demonstrated experience with advising.
- Experience working with students on a wide variety of academic, personal, and social issues.
- Experience in working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and the public from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and pluralism.
- Evidence of strong organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills; demonstrated ability to take initiative. Ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced office environment is essential.
- Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service and student success.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are essential. Includes the ability to speak clearly and fully comprehend written and spoken English and to communicate clearly with native and non-native English speakers.
Duties of the position require the ability to
- Use Outlook, Excel, Word, databases, Form Stack, web page editing, and other office tools.
- Ability to successfully collaborate with faculty, staff, community members and students as part of an effective student development team.
- Proven ability to network and develop successful collaborative partnerships.
Required physical abilities
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
- Ability to read or scribe exams.
Required work schedule and work environment
- Follow building schedule, typically 8-5.
Required education or certificates
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Masters’ degree in student development, education, higher education, social sciences, or closely related field.
- Higher Education experience.
- Experience with transfer advising.
- Fluent in Spanish.
- Annual full time, exempt position.
- Starting salary: $47,000
- Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College contributes $916.00 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional development.
- Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
- Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Peninsula College Employee Tuition Program.
- In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
A complete application file will include:
- a college employment application,
- a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
- a current resume,
- unofficial transcript, and
- three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.
Please upload the additional application documents on the last page of your application form prior to submission.
Application materials may be submitted by mail or email to:
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: (360) 417-6298
Applications submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.
Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.
The successful applicant must be able to document United States employment eligibility. Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer. Peninsula College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender identity, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities. Peninsula College embraces a shared philosophy in our Guiding Principles, please visit www.pencol.edu/aboutpc/mission-vision-and-guiding-principles. Coordination of compliance is the responsibility of the Human Resources Officer, PC HR Office, (360) 417-6212.