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Pre-Nursing Navigator

Highline College
Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 27, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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General Summary

Updated CLOSING DATE: 11/07/21 9:00 P.M. PST

The Pre-Nursing Navigator for Working Students supports working students in pre-nursing pathway. The navigator provides holistic academic advising and navigation of college systems to community college students who are also current healthcare workers. The navigator supports new students in their transition to college by teaching students to explore and connect interests, values, skills and goals with academic program offerings and future transfer or career opportunities. The navigator remains current on nursing and other health, wellness and fitness programs, transfer options and careers. The navigator develops proactive strategies to engage students in career exploration, educational planning and remaining on track to completion of requirements. The navigator provides services on worker-friendly schedules and understands and supports the unique needs of students balancing full time work, school and family responsibilities.
The position is funded by a grant from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges’ Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) funds. These funds are designed to: enhance access to college education for hospital workers; lead to increased capacity of the college system in nursing and other high demand health care fields; bring greater diversity to the healthcare workforce; Build a stronger labor/management/college partnerships to meet these goals.

This is a full-time exempt, at will position. This position will require you to work some evenings and weekends.

The position is grant-funded for one year, with extension for two more years possible.

Essential Tasks

Reporting to the Program Manager for Healthcare Workforce Transitions, this position will:

Advising (50%):

  • Contact eligible full-time healthcare worker-students through Highline’s Intake Survey
  • Work with Training Fund navigators to identify and welcome eligible students to Highline College’s pre-nursing pathway
  • Develop proactive strategies to engage students in early career exploration, educational planning and remaining on track to completion. Advising may be conducted in groups, on an individual basis, via email/phone or video conference/Zoom, Canvas courses, and through programming/outreach.
  • Provide holistic academic advising to prospective and current working college students. Teach students to explore academic degree options, identify appropriate courses, navigate college processes and prepare for their next steps.
  • Teach students about nursing program options, how to prepare for TEAS and apply to nursing programs.
  • Establish ongoing and regular communication channels with faculty advisors in Health Wellness and Fitness Pathway, and act as liaison between professional advisors in Student Services and Academic Affairs regarding changes to degrees, classes, transfer requirements, etc.
  • Teach students to access and use online student services and other online academic resources.
  • Facilitate engaging, effective group advising sessions targeted at students interested in the Health Wellness and Fitness pathway.
  • Develop relationships with faculty to support faculty advising initiatives and facilitate student advising connections with faculty, including further development of pre-nursing pathways map.
  • Maintain documentation of progress of students eligible to participate in HEET programming.
  • Maintain electronic student records, documenting and summarizing advising sessions; Adhere to institutional, state and federal policies related to confidentiality, and required reporting.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities, remaining current on issues and trends in academic advising, career exploration, and college success, particularly for the working student; Develop collaborative relationships internally and externally in order to effectively connect students with current information, services and resources.
  • Participate in advising events including new student orientations, prospective nursing student information sessions, quarterly group advising sessions, transfer workshops and fairs, etc.

40% Navigation
  • Support access to and application for funding, both for tuition and living expenses. Ensure full utilization of Training Fund benefits for eligible students.
  • Collaborate with Training Fund Navigators to ensure all support resources are accessed: work with students to address challenges and barriers originating from work-life balance, such as childcare, housing, mental and physical wellness.
  • Connect student-workers to campus and off-campus supports, such as tutoring, counseling, paying for college, emergency financial grants, food access, housing security, access to public benefits, free tax prep, healthcare, social and COVID-related supports.
  • Meet and check in regularly with individual students, maintaining hours convenient to full time workers, including evening and weekend hours as appropriate. (Set schedule with some flexibility.)
  • Develop working relationships with pre-requisite instructors to ensure they are aware of and accommodating to the challenges facing full time workers
  • Study culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogy to support retention of diverse student workers.
  • Observe a College 101 course to learn college systems and student success strategies. Attend cohort College 101 spring quarter to provide extra instructional support. A cohort-based College Success course can add to the student’s sense of identity, belonging, and community, elements demonstrated to improve outcomes for minoritized groups such as BIPOC and API students.
  • Participate in professional development on equity, justice and inclusion. Serve individuals according to their specific needs, recognizing cultural, socioeconomic and ability differences.
  • Assist students in the borrowing of laptops from Highline’s IT Helpdesk.
  • Learn Highline College systems: academic systems and supports (ctcLink, advising, technology, Canvas, etc. as well as funding and social supports).
  • Understand Pre-Nursing pathways and maps of prerequisites in order to guide students.
  • Develop modified pre-nursing program maps specific to part time students.
  • Create a matrix of all Puget Sound area Nursing programs (LPN, RN, BSN) with: pre-requisites (with expiration dates if any), GPA requirements, application acceptance cycles. With Program Manager, determine the best venue for this information and check with Allied Health Leadership on accuracy, anticipated changes.
  • Understand primary equity and access barriers to minoritized student populations, full time workers and part time students, and participate in the dismantling of these barriers.
  • There will be an opportunity for the Navigator to attend Financial Coach Training October 18-20 and October 25-27, 2021.

10% Labor/Management/Education Partnership Development
  • Attend regular meetings of project partners to report on progress and contribute to recruitment
  • Assist Training Fund Navigators in outreach
  • Maintain strong communication and working relationships with union representatives, healthcare employers and Training Fund staff.
  • Develop understanding of the history and purpose of HEET funding
  • Meet regularly with on-campus core team to ensure goals of project are on track


  • Four (4) years experience working in higher education in capacity directly serving students
  • Associates Degree AND two (2) years working in higher education in a capacity directly serving students.
  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Education, Student Development, Social Work/Psychology, or closely-related disciplines (pending degrees must be verified by a letter from the granting institution).

Experience in career counseling, or university transfer admission/recruitment; Experience working in higher education
Post-baccalaureate education or Master’s Degree
Experience serving a diverse population in a multicultural environment
Experience navigating higher education
Training or experience in navigation, case management or financial coaching
Experience with PeopleSoft

Supplemental Information

THE COLLEGE Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15 minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students –– a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional-Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.

MISSION AND VISION As an essential part of our mission and vision , diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Your online application must include the following attachments to be considered complete:

  1. A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position;
  2. A letter of application/cover letter (two-page maximum, recommended) that addresses your ability to meet the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, and DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS as applicable.
  3. A response to the EQUITY QUESTION.


NEED APPLICATION HELP? Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524-5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

HIGHLINE COLLEGE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service. TITLE IX POLICY Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website
The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

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