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Position Opening - Career Navigator (SMEC Districts)


Position Overview: This position coordinates career-connected learning opportunities for a consortium of small rural school districts (which include Southern Minnesota Education Consortium, Glenville-Emmons Public Schools, Grand Meadow Public Schools, Southland Public Schools, and Lyle Public Schools).  This includes supporting educators and students to identify career opportunities in industries that provide promise for future job demand, sustainable wages, and potential for industry-recognized credentials that align to their interests and passions of students including, but not limited to, career clusters like STEM and CTE.  Career-connected learning includes experiences that engage employers from multiple sectors and raise student awareness (such as career fairs and classroom presentations), work-based learning opportunities (such as site visits and job shadowing), and career pathway development (including dual credit options, and internships/apprenticeships). This position will be an important contributor to providing leadership and support to students, teachers, administrators, industry partners, and colleges in developing and maintaining experiential and/or work-based learning and career pathway programs, experiences, and exploration. Southeast Service Cooperative will host and supervise this position, and work will performed is under the guidance and expectations of participating schools.

  • Student Supports: Lead and promote the student recruitment process at the middle school and high school levels for career-connected learning experiences and pathway courses. Assist in the recruit and orientation of prospective students for opportunities and/or enrollment. Provide career counseling support to pathway participants by defining goals, monitoring progress, and creating plans for short- and long-term goal attainment. Communicate supports available for students accessing college level courses. Work with principals to communicate offerings and opportunities available to students.
  • Event Planning: Work in cooperation with colleges, employers, and school staff to coordinate events for college and career readiness, such as student/parent information nights and Career Fairs.  Facilitate dialogue to encourage inter-district collaboration around such initiatives.
  • Program Coordination: Develop or enhance existing career exploration curriculum, including integrating concepts into elementary and middle schools.  Liaison with Perkins Consortium leaders to maximize resources and align work.  Identify authentic work-based learning experiences both within the classroom and in the community.  Explore innovative inter-district collaborative opportunities, identify potential barriers, facilitate problem-solving, and recommend potential internal systemic changes to support fresh, innovative ideas. Promote career-connected learning and pathway opportunities within the district, consortium, and local communities.  Support each district, both independently and collaboratively, to align and focus efforts and activities for maximum impact. Facilitate dialogue about potential inter-district programmatic sharing opportunities and identify solutions for implementation.  As feasible, develop consistency across districts.
  • Relationship & Partnership Development: Establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships with multiple stakeholders including administration, teachers, learning teams, counselors, workforce development experts, and employers. Serve as a liaison as needed to support partners (e.g. Workforce Development, Inc.) and industry representatives to promote partnership opportunities in career-connected learning experiences and pathways.  Represent schools/districts in interactions with parents, community, staff, and students. Grow and manage a regional portal that connects education and industry. Curate and communicate opportunities within the region related to career and college readiness. Develop strong industry partnerships and cultivate opportunities to support career-connected learning initiatives.

Education and Experience Required: Combination of education and career experience equivalent to three years, directly relating to program development and partnership engagement. Valid Minnesota teaching licensure with Minnesota work-based learning coordinator endorsement preferred but not required. Experience working in a community college and or university environment is encouraged, and an understanding of high school graduation requirements and applicable state statutes is essential. Familiarity with grant writing and requests is preferred. A background check will be performed, and a valid driver's license with a clean record with the ability to transition between multiple work locations on a regular basis is required.

Qualifications and Skills Required: Capability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively prioritize demands, while maintaining attention to detail, quality, and timeliness. Ability to demonstrate initiative, proficiency, decision-making, and good judgment to optimize the time of those supported. Strengths in marketing and communication, project development, and collaborative programming. Ability to effectively work with a wide variety of personalities and situations requiring professionalism, diplomacy, advocacy, and influencing skills. Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, business partners and community leaders. Comprehensive skills using standard office equipment and related hardware and software. Preferred knowledge within the realm of work-based learning, career-connected learning, and career pathway development.

Compensation:  Salary and benefits commensurate with Southeast Service Cooperative compensation guidelines (estimated starting salary of $50,000-$55,000 plus benefits) based primarily on education and experience.

How To Apply:  Send cover letter, resume, and professional references to  Southeast Service Cooperative is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  Learn more about SSC at