Statewide Corrections Education Navigator | Kirkwood Community College - Military Veterans

at HERC - Central Midwest

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

JOB GOAL: To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions. GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, the Statewide Corrections Education Navigator will provide intensive community outreach to increase enrollment in post-secondary training and education, and other work-based learning opportunities for eligible incarcerated or individuals. The Navigator will work in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Corrections on the recruitment, assessment, and development of an education pathway for incarcerated individuals from intake to re-entry which will integrate skills assessments, basic skills remediation, technical training, and other education programming that could include Second Chance Pell. The Statewide Corrections Education Navigator will be assigned to a regional area of the state and will operate out of specific correctional institutions but must have the ability and mobility to regularly visit other areas throughout the state. Must be able to work on a fixed schedule, which may include evenings and weekends. UNIVERSAL CORE COMPETENCIES: 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 accountability for our actions. Champion Service- anticipating needs and creating a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. Perseverance- the commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence. DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Implement marketing, recruitment, eligibility, intake, assessment, case management, evaluation methods, tools, and other documents needed to support the corrections education in prison initiatives. Documents shall support customized service delivery plans for program participants. Coordinate post-secondary programs and recruitment efforts in consultation with the Iowa Department of Corrections staff and partner education providers. Coordination with the Adult Education & Literacy staff to identify pathways for students in those programs to post-secondary programs. Assist students and staff with programing related to incarcerated individuals' entry to educational services, course of study selection, career planning, and transitioning to further educational opportunities. Work in collaboration with continuing education, secondary programs, academic affairs, and other college programs and committees on the development and implementation of existing and future corrections education initiatives, with a focus on the creation of career pathways and articulation of programs between credit and non-credit programming. Develop pathways to ensure instruction and learning of work readiness skills that are aligned with industry-recognized standards needed in the community college region. Develop partnerships with representatives from industry sectors, government, education, local workforce boards, economic development organizations, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders; to determine pathways to address the workforce skills gap and occupational shortages from entry-level to advanced employment to support the ICHEP and post-secondary education programs in prison. Develop Community-Based Organizations to create a referral system, as well as partner agreements linking post-secondary education participants to support services needed to successfully enroll and complete education and training plans. Serve as a coach/advisor to students in Corrections Education programming, linking students with appropriate college and partner resources. Provide appropriate assessment and guidance through a case-management approach to students who are experiencing challenges/barriers within and or outside their educational experience. PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve. Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions. Establish and maintain good working relationships with internal and external constituents. Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written communications. Possess strong human relation skills, get along with diverse personalities. Be a creative, energetic, and self-motivated individual with demonstrated leadership and organizational skills. Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences. Be able to assume responsibility and deal effectively with problems and exercise good judgment when making decisions. Willing to occasionally work evening and/or weekend hours to coordinate student support services and activities. 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. PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH/WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: 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. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: * Bachelor's degree preferred. Area of emphasis: Marketing, Business, Communication, Counseling or Human Relations preferred. o Relevant work/lived experience related to the nature of this position will be considered. * Self-motivated, energetic and creative individual with a minimum of two (2) years program management experience required. Program management experience includes: planning, budgeting, organizing, monitoring, observation, evaluating and reporting of program or business functions. * Experience in preparing and presenting to groups of individuals. o Ability to use technology and computer software applications to perform work duties: Able to use Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) o Ability to learn and develop competency in student data management administrative software and other reporting software. * Understanding and commitment to the comprehensive community college philosophy. * Strong presentation, facilitation, written, verbal, listening, and interpersonal communication skills. * Ability to provide quality customer service both internally and externally. * Strong human relations and interpersonal skills to interact positively and cooperatively with the Iowa Department of Corrections and other internal/external constituents. * Ability to read, comprehend and abide by government forms/regulations and complete required reports related to grant activities. * Honesty, strong work ethic, character and personal integrity, with commitment to providing the utmost professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality are required. * Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion and perform with a high level of personal and professional integrity and ethics. * Demonstrated strong organizational skills, ability to plan, perceive priorities, implement and manage multiple projects. Follow through on projects/commitments is essential. * Must be detail-oriented with strong analytical, evaluative and organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and manage multiple tasks. * Must possess valid driver's license. * Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to get along with almost everyone and quickly establish rapport. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS : Preference given to candidates who have obtained the NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate). Experience with the budget process and successfully managing budgets is preferred. EEO AA/STATEMENT: 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: .

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