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Navigator, Workforce Solutions (MiLEAP) [2 positions]

Kellogg Community College
Job Location:
Battle Creek, Michigan
Career Development and Services

External Posting Number: 20130331P

Position Number: 1493

Position Type: Administration

Classification: Professional 1 - Administration

Department: Workforce Solutions

Division: Instruction


Workforce Solutions

Work Schedule

These are full-time, grant-funded administrative positions. Work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend hours may be required for job-related meetings and events, as needed by the program and the College.

Work for one of the positions will primarily take place in the Hastings, Michigan service area (Fehsenfeld Center), with the possibility of travel between KCC's other regional centers. 

The other available position will serve both the Albion area (Eastern Academic Center) and Coldwater area (Grahl Center), also with the possibility of travel between KCC's other regional centers. 

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following

  • Provide intensive and intrusive intake, advising, coaching, counseling, and job placement services for students who are incumbent workers, those underemployed and unemployed, low-skilled incumbent workers, veterans, and other vulnerable members of the community who are most difficult to reach and serve (those living in poverty/homeless, minorities, parolees, and individuals with mental health and substance abuse/addiction issues).
  • Work one-on-one with students to develop individualized learning and employment plans including goal setting, career and education progression/advancement, academic and interest assessments and strategies in mitigating barriers to personal, academic, and employment success.
  • Counsel students on social, personal, and life issues related to family, mental health, substance abuse and addiction, and any other relevant issue that is a barrier to success.
  • Participate in student activities and recognition events, respond to student questions and concerns, and address barriers to success.
  • Monitor student progress through job-training classes to ensure success or refer students to external supports and professional services when deemed appropriate and applicable.
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of internal and external referral sources for students at risk.
  • Assist in providing feedback to create robust resumes, cover letters, letters of reference, and holding mock interviews to practice their interviewing skills.
  • Input and maintains data entry requirements by following data program techniques and procedures for participant information and progress on a daily basis.
  • Engage and recruit employers for placement opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional students completing job-training programs.
  • Collaborate with employers to identify and address student learning outcomes, supervision issues, mentoring opportunities, liability, and pre-access requirements.
  • Work with employer HR staff and provide assistance to employee on-boarding, and provide on-going advocacy and support that is needed so employee is retained in employment, as well as, making sure all pre-access requirements are complete (i.e. criminal background check, drug screen, employer specific safety training, etc.).
  • Work with students who lost their jobs to update resumes, cover letters and applications to secure new employment.
  • Support and coach students into various types of work-based learning opportunities including job shadowing, employer mentoring, earn and learn models and apprenticeships.
  • Support and reinforce classroom work-based learning content like guest lecturers, company tours, mock interviews, and job and career fairs.
  • Serve as an advocate for both traditional and non-traditional students in work-based learning engagements. 
  • Perform extensive outreach and recruitment efforts for job-training program(s) for in-demand sectors like advanced manufacturing and healthcare.
  • Recruit students from non-traditional community college populations, such as those underemployed and unemployed, low-skilled incumbent workers, veterans, , economically disadvantaged, COVID-19 Entry-Level Essential Workers, individuals living in distressed communities and opportunity zones, and other vulnerable members of the community who are most difficult to reach and serve (those living in poverty/homeless, minorities, parolees, and individuals with mental health and substance abuse/addiction issues).
  • Advise in the creation of informational materials for both traditional and electronic distribution that are inclusive of and encourage a diverse student population. 

  • Represent the College by maintaining a presence in the community through volunteering with community initiatives related to workforce development.
  • Engage with existing and potential local partners to advance the mission of the College, most specifically related to the work of the department.
  • Meet regularly with members of community outreach and partner development teams to match participants with opportunities.
  • Develop and deliver public-speaking presentations to articulate information about job-training programs to external stakeholders.
  • Engage with college administrators, faculty, and other internal and external stakeholders on project teams related to educational partnerships, student outreach, success, completion, and employment.
  • Work closely with area outreach, partner development and service delivery teams to identify and match participants with opportunities that result in student achievements and measurable outcomes for the long-term success of both the program and its participants.
  • Assist department with scheduling, observing instructors' delivery methods and effectiveness, and responding to immediate needs with professionalism and integrity.
  • Identify industry professionals to participate in industry specific interview panels, workshops, and job fairs to promote students' career opportunities. 
  • Assist the department and college in activities related to institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Provide data and input on the preparation of progress and outcome reports for grant funders Ensure student privacy rights are protected under FERPA.
  • Communicate operational and fiscal needs to the Program Coordinator.
  • Prepare and submit purchasing and travel reimbursement requests with supporting applicable documentation per college and any other applicable grant funder policies. 
  • Share feedback from employers and students as it is related to recent job openings, hiring projections, and required current skills and knowledge.
  • Support the department's ongoing efforts to assess program effectiveness in program curriculum review and revisions efforts.
  • Adapt curriculum, with faculty assistance, to meet current student needs.
  • Field staff questions and concerns and provide solutions, or relay to Program Coordinator or department Executive Director for appropriate resolution.
  • Provide input to Program Coordinator and Executive Director on classroom performance of college faculty and contracted providers of instructional services.
  • Work with faculty and instructional staff on resolving student behavior and attendance issues before they become a barrier to completion. 

Position Summary


The Navigator provides intensive and intrusive outreach, intake, advising, coaching, counseling, and job placement and retention services to students and participants enrolled in the college's Michigan Learning & Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) grant funded project. This position is critically important in serving members of the community that are underemployed and unemployed, low-skilled incumbent workers, veterans, and other vulnerable members of the community who are most difficult to reach and serve (those living in poverty/homeless, minorities, parolees, and individuals with mental health and substance abuse/addiction issues) and connecting them to job-training programs in in-demand industries. The Navigator helps students navigate the academic and employment landscape, while providing wrap-around coaching and supportive services that leads to academic success and completion, job placement, and on-going job retention. This position serves a very important delivery role in the College's MiLEAP Program, which expands job-training programs into other in-demand sectors.  

One of the positions will serve the Fehsenfeld Center (Hastings) while the second position will serve both the Eastern Academic Center (Albion) and Grahl Center (Coldwater).
Please note that this is a temporary grant-funded position through June 30, 2023, with the possibility of extension at the conclusion of the grant-funded project.


At Kellogg Community College, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where we foster respect for others and our differences, support cultural understanding, demonstrate ethical behavior and champion social justice. We will accomplish this by:

  • Deepening our understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion through learning, engagement with others and personal reflection;
  • Valuing the lived experiences and perspectives of others while nurturing and understanding the differences between us;
  • Rejecting all forms of prejudice, discrimination and racism; and
  • Advancing integrity, justice and civility among and between us.


Physical Demands

The job responsibilities are performed in an office setting, presentation, and/or classroom venues. Travel by car is required. The job has intermittent periods during which continuous physical exertion is required, such as walking, standing, sitting, stooping, bending, climbing, lifting material or equipment, some of which may be heavy or awkward (8 - 45 pounds). The job requires regular use of one or more physical senses of medium intensity and long duration. Must meet reasonable deadlines, standards for accuracy, and, may be involved in some mildly unpleasant situations.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree in Education, Social Work, Counseling or related area plus at least three (3) years' related experience, such as education/teaching, social work, counseling, adult development, or workforce development OR Associate degree in Education, Human Services, Psychology or related area plus at least five (5) years of related experience, such as education/teaching, social work, counseling, adult development, or workforce development. (Education must be achieved through an accredited college or university and unofficial transcripts showing degree conferred must be attached at time of application.)
  2. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or similar level applications at an intermediate level

Preferred but not Required

  1. Master's degree in Education, Social Work, Counseling, or related area from an accredited college or university 
  2. Experience working within grant-funded activities and/or programs 
  3. Experience collaborating with employers and community partners 
  4. Experience with and entering data into database systems

Proposed Salary

According to the Kellogg Community College Hay Administrative Compensation Program. Administrative, Professional 1, 2021-2022 salary range $45,101 to $53,058.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is open to internal and external candidates at this time. To be considered, all required materials must be submitted no later than Monday, December 13, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. EST, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required materials are submitted by the closing date and time. Only online applications will be accepted - any paper applications will be rejected and returned to the applicant. If you have questions regarding our online application process, please call 269 565-2074 or email

External Closing Date: 12/13/2021

External Closing Time: 9:00 a.m. EST

Internal Closing Date: 12/13/2021

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