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Work-based Learning Navigator

Oakton Community College
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 25, 2022

About Oakton Community College :

For 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Coordinate the College's work-based learning programs and facilitate student opportunities with area employers. Collaborate with faculty and employers to create and expand worksite learning opportunities (e.g. internships, apprenticeships) for Oakton students. Guide students through various program opportunities and consistently work to increase program participation.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Act as the main contact for students or prospective students interested in work-based learning opportunities. Refer qualified students for consideration. Collaborate with College partners as needed to ensure a positive student experience.
  • Act as the first point of contact for business and community inquiries into hosting Oakton students as interns. Engage business, industry, government and the non-profit sectors as partners in providing work-based learning opportunities for Oakton students.
  • Create, coordinate approval, maintain, distribute, and guide students and employers through the required paperwork to participate in an Oakton work-based learning program. Assist students with general questions on navigating internal departments after being selected for the program. Refer students to academic or student services partners as needed.
  • Supporting the Workforce Compliance and Career Initiatives Manager, drive initiatives to increase student participation and program size including developing marketing strategies and materials that promote the opportunities both externally and internally, developing, organizing, and conducting workshops, informational sessions, fairs, etc. for students and area businesses, and maintain internal webpage content and other advertising of work-based learning opportunities.
  • Maintain the central repository of work-based learning records including, but not limited to, student lists, private sector, and other external partner lists, practicum credits awarded, etc. in addition to data metrics directed by Administration. Maintain modernization of records procedures.
  • Collaborate with Oakton administrators and faculty in a.) referring skill-ready student candidates for available opportunities. b.) marketing program initiatives c.) identifying occupations and industries related to academic fields that are suitable for internship development and d) guiding and tracking students through practicum (credit) opportunities.
  • Collaborate with Career Services as needed for career development, resume/cover letter writing, etc. Partner to develop workshops that promote career self-reliance and promote exposure to employment opportunities for Oakton students
  • Serve as the main point of contact for Department of Labor registered apprenticeships. Coordinate posting and filling of opportunities. Guide students through the College process.
  • Coordinate partnerships for non-registered apprenticeships. Guide students through the program acceptance process.
  • Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the internship or apprenticeship experience by both employer and intern.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the annual budget process as related to work-based learning.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals in support of work-based learning programs.
  • Implement internship procedures; develop and manage student/employer records and collect data for use in preparing reports related to the internship program.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Supervision Received:
  • Functional supervision is received from the Workforce Compliance and Career Initiatives Manager. Administrative supervision is received from the Director of Grant Strategy and Development.
Supervision Exercised:
  • None


Qualifications and Working Conditions:
  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities is required. Bachelor's degree in Business, Education or Counseling, or a related field is preferred.
  • Two years of experience in an office environment. Previous experience in an educational setting is preferred.
  • Interpersonal verbal and writing communication skills requiring the ability to persuade and/or negotiate agreements is required.
  • Ability to interact and work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and the public is required.
  • Ability to use a computer to enter, retrieve and manipulate data is required.
  • Mobility to move from building to building on-Campus and off-campus. Work is performed in a general office environment and is sedentary in nature. Little or no exposure to adverse working conditions.

Additional Information:

HOURS: Flexible (25 hours per week)

SALARY: $25.48

This is a temporary grant position and continued employment, is based on the successful renewal of the grant.

Based on the needs of the college and with Administrator approval, some positions at the college may have remote or hybrid schedule options available. Please note, that during the 65 working day probationary period, employees are required to report to campus.

Oakton Community College requires all employees to adhere to a Vaccination /Testing Mandate

Oakton is accessible by public transportation.

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.


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