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1 May 2020

Full-Time Pathway Advisor (Program Specialist 2) – Posted by Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Are you excited to support students to achieve their goals? Do you want to be part of a dynamic team working to serve students learning English and completing high school diplomas? If these questions resonate with you, please apply for this opportunity!
Clark College Transitional Studies prepares students for college and careers. We offer English as a Second Language and High School Completion course options. Our English as a Second Language courses are offered at all levels and High School Completion courses provide credit toward the High School+ diploma and prepare students for the GED®. All courses are contextualized and competency-based.

The Pathway Advisor works closely with Transitional Studies faculty and staff to guide students along the pathway through Transitional Studies and into college-level programs and employment. Serving as a primary program contact for a caseload of students; developing academic, career, and financial wellness plans; along with connections with campus and community services are some of the core functions of the position. A team of three Pathway Advisors provide educational navigation and support services for all students in Transitional Studies. The Pathway Advisor reports to the Transitional Studies Program Manager.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, core themes, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Advise and coach a caseload of Transitional Studies students.
• Coach students through the process of developing academic, career, and financial wellness plans.
• Serve as an expert in Transitional Studies courses including Career and Academic Preparation (CAP), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) in order to advise students to appropriate courses.
• Advise students on the process of transitioning into college level courses.
• Collaborate with Advising Services to provide guided transitions for students.
• Collaborate with Workforce Education Services and Financial Aid to explore funding eligibility opportunities for students.
• Provide intervention when students are struggling with academics and personal issues; provide referrals to campus services and community agencies.
• Monitor and support progress for a consistent group of students, serving as their point of contact.
• Mentor students in clarifying education, career, and life goals.
• Document student progress in college systems and use college systems to serve students.
• Proctor CASAS testing and interpret results to students.
• Supervise a Transitions Peer Mentor.
• Mentor, coach, and provide feedback to Transitions Peer Mentor.
• Facilitate Transitional Studies information sessions, orientations, and student registration events.
• Provide excellent customer service to perspective students, current students, and campus and community partners.
• Provide perspective students with accurate information regarding ESL and high school completion options, admissions, and enrollment processes, placement, and services for students.
• Coordinate schedule for drop-in advising and appointments with other Pathway Advisors and Program Manager.
• Collaborate with Transitional Studies faculty and staff to design services and events to promote student success.
• Serve on college committees that support Transitional Studies students, college priorities, and professional development.

Position Requirements and Competencies:
Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree OR two years’ experience in education, community service organizations or supporting systemically non-dominant populations.
• Desire to promote social equity and mentor students.

Job Readiness/Working Conditions:
• Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
• The initial appointment will include a 6-month probationary period and the employee will earn permanent status after successfully completing probation.
• This position is represented by Washington Public Employees Association.
• 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.

Starting Salary: $3,198/month Range: 42 Code: 107I
Benefits package includes insurance, retirement, annual and sick leave, disability, flexible spending account, and tuition waiver.

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., May 19, 2020.


• Clark College online application
• Current resume
• Cover letter addressing minimum qualifications and experience related to job duties
• Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.

Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360) 992-2105 or by video phone at (360) 991-0901.

The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on the campus, and crime statistics for the most recent 4-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133. The most recent Annual Security Report can be viewed here:

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College Human Resources
April 28, 2020

How to Apply

Please apply online at

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Higher Education, Pathway Advisor, program, and Transitional Studies.

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