Position Description / Details
The Navigator, located at Clallam Bay Corrections Center is responsible for creating pathways for incarcerated students in vocational programs, ABE and AAS degree programs as well as supporting those who are seeking employment/education services upon release into the community. The Navigator will assist correctional education program incarcerated students in identifying a clear educational pathway and support the student through completion of their educational credential. Support services might include assisting students in furthering their education upon release from prison; assisting prison education program completers in job search and job referral to employment opportunities related to their training and qualifications; developing job opportunities for offenders with living wage jobs skills by working directly with employers who are interested in hiring former incarcerated individuals.
Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. It is arguably the most beautiful community college setting in the United States. The region is also home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula.
As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The College serves more than 4670 students (1400 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings. The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.
The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which values respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place. Click here for a video about Peninsula College.
- Meet with students to discuss and identify clear pathways to desired education credential completion in and out of incarceration including completion of college application requirements, FAFSA and selective service requirements.
- Assist students with appropriate course selection and the development of individualized educational plans. Complete program referrals and coordinates with DOC and college staff to enroll students in appropriate programs.
- Serve as academic/employment advisor to incarcerated individuals.
- Advise new/prospective students of requirements for academic transfer and professional/technical programs and/or degrees. Provide community program information to students.
- Coordinate and promote special events, i.e.; orientations, workshops, etc.
- Serve as liaison with student and college navigators providing assistance with transition from prison to college/employment. Network with other community college navigators and connect students with community resources.
- Track and monitor student contacts and progress.
- Perform other duties and special projects as required.
Duties of the position require the ability to
- Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrating professionalism, tact, diplomacy, discretion and integrity with diverse internal and external constituencies.
- Ability to build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect.
- Extract, organize and analyze data; prepare reports using information processing technology and software.
- Set and adapt to changing priorities, solve problems, handle interruptions, meet deadlines, exercise independent judgment, analyze systems, data and situations and recommend changes.
- Design and produce professional documents demonstrating excellent grammar and ability to interpret report data.
Required physical abilities
- Work is typically performed in an office setting in a correctional environment and requires the ability to sit or stand and perform computer data entry for extended periods of time; must be able to operate a computer and a variety of office equipment.
Required work schedule and work environment
- Must be willing to work in a corrections center environment where the potential for violence is a working condition and work in offices without exterior windows.
- Normal work schedule is Monday through Friday; must be able to work flexible hours and have the ability to travel for training to alternate work sites.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Evidence of working positively and effectively with a diverse population.
- Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and data base systems.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential. Includes the ability to speak clearly and fully comprehend written and spoken English and to communicate clearly with native and non-native English speakers.
- Ability to successfully collaborate with faculty, staff, community members and students as part of an effective student development team.
- Evidence of strong organizational, interpersonal, problem solving skills; demonstrated ability to take initiative.
- Annual full time, exempt position.
- Starting salary: $45,000
- Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College contributes $916.00 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional development.
- Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
- Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Peninsula College Employee Tuition Program.
- In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
A complete application file will include:
- a college employment application,
- a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
- a current resume,
- unofficial transcript,
- three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.
Link to: Online Application
Please upload the additional application documents on the last page of your application form prior to submission.
Application materials may be submitted by mail or email to:
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)
Application forms submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.
Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.