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Kirkwood Community College Pathway Navigator in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Pathway Navigator



Pathway Navigator


$44,100.00 Annually


Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Type

Full-Time Board-Approved


Student Services

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


The Pathways Navigator assists students completing Kirkwood credit-based academic programs with the focus on coordinating Program efforts for Project Start. The Navigator assists students in accessing student services and community resources that remove barriers while building pathways to successful completion of their programs. Provides academic advising to individual students; assists students in identifying educational goals and appropriate courses; provides accurate information to students about college programs, policies, and the transfer process; some evening and weekend hours may be required.


  • 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.


  • Assists students in selecting academic career and employment programs through personalized support and referral to appropriate student services, academic support, and community resources.

  • Foster and develop positive relationships with on and off campus resources and stake holders.

  • Provides ongoing follow up with individual students using a case management approach focused on identifying strengths and resolving obstacles to students’ successful completion of academic and career programs.

  • Assists program participants in applying for and receiving financial aid, scholarships, and other forms of tuition and public assistance.

  • Corresponds with advisees, other students, and others individuals regarding advising, transfer questions, and student success strategies.

  • Develops a working knowledge of Kirkwood courses, programs, policies and transfer issues, including the transfer of courses, and articulation and partnership agreements with four year institutions.

  • Records and tracks the progress of individual students participating in department programs.

  • Assists in the development and implementation of assessment plans to measure program effectiveness and student success.

  • Prepares and submits regular progress reports on behalf of the college.

  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.


  • Provide outstanding customer services and serve as a positive representative of the department and the student services division with the goal of improving student learning and success.

  • Demonstrate a solid working knowledge of college student development theory, including the needs of diverse populations and student services in general.

  • 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.

  • Possess a knowledge of credit and non-credit academic programs.

  • Communicate effectively through written and oral and electronic means; possess functional knowledge of the Colleague student database, Titanium calendar, Word, Excel, Power Point, and other commonly used computer programs.

  • Manage a diverse variety of work duties efficiently, effectively and independently in an environment with regular interruption.

  • 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, counseling, or related fields.

  • At least two years’ experience in higher education setting.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated experience managing 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 also 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, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email:

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


Do you have at least a Bachelor's degree in higher education, social work, counseling, or a related field WITH two years of experience?

  • Yes

  • No


What are three examples of the differences in support needed for students who are the first in their families to go to college compared to peers with traditions of college attendance?

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Kirkwood Community College


6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52404