Career & College Coordinator

Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative   Durango, CO   Full-time     Other
Posted on June 4, 2024
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Position Summary:

This is a full-time grant-funded Career & College Pathways Coordinator position for the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative (“the Collaborative”). This position includes the design and implementation of work-based learning and regional programming for career and college pathways for high school students across 4 school districts in Southwest Colorado, including Bayfield, Ignacio, Durango, and Silverton. This role will focus on supporting district staff to implement new regional career and college pathways together, building relationships with students, developing teacher professional learning communities, overseeing the implementation of multiple career and college pathways, and being a spokesperson for the Collaborative in local communities.

Program & Position Overview:

In November 2020, the Collaborative received a RISE Grant through the Office of the Governor of Colorado. Comprised of five school districts in southwest Colorado (Archuleta, Bayfield, Durango, Ignacio, and Silverton), and two institutions of higher education (Pueblo Community College and Fort Lewis College), the Collaborative was formed to address areas of common need for students in the region, allowing them to access additional opportunities for post-secondary success. In partnership with the five school districts, two higher education partners, and local community partners, the Collaborative plans to reimagine college and career pathways by partnering in a more deliberate and coherent way to ensure high quality programming is available to all students in the region.

In July 2022, four additional school districts (Dove Creek, Dolores, Mancos, and Montezuma Cortez) won a Rural CoAction grant through the Colorado Department of Education to partner with the Collaborative and build a Hospitality and Tourism regional student pathway together.

The Collaborative is seeking a candidate who is both prepared and excited to serve as a Career & College Pathways Coordinator. Ideally, we are seeking candidates who possess a background in non profit, event planning, education, work based learning, and have a preference for working in a start-up environment.

Work Environment:

SWCEC is a hybrid work environment that requires team members to have standing in-person weekly meetings while also having the flexibility to work from home and other venues. The organization provides a laptop, headset, and hotspot for remote work and a shared workspace location for in-person meetings and events. Therefore, it is a requirement for this person to live in one of the communities we serve.

This position specifically will require travel via your own personal vehicle to specific school districts you are assigned. SWCEC provides mileage reimbursement for this travel. It is an expectation that this role will be in school districts multiple times a week supporting recruitment and building relationships with students and educators. SWCEC supports a flexible work schedule to accommodate life schedules when needed. This position will operate during normal business hours unless there are night, weekend, or overnight events that are a part of this position’s job role and responsibilities.

Essential Functions

This is a 12 month position that will design and implement work-based learning and regional programming. This programming will encompass elements of academic advising, work based learning options, summer programming, industry relationship building, and professional development offerings to school stakeholders.

Key functions include developing, implementing, monitoring, and continually improving our work-based learning, summer programming, and regional events. Additionally this role will work closely with the other Career and College Pathways Coordinator to continue to build out the framework and structure for successful pathway implementation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruitment of students into WBL events, shared courses, and other regional programming

  • Organize and facilitate professional learning community for pathway educators

  • Present about the Collaborative at local community convenings to increase mission understanding and brand awareness

  • Build relationships with district and school staff, local community organizations/nonprofits, industry and business partners, and institutions of higher education

  • Ensure high quality implementation of regional career and college pathways

  • Identify and conduct recruitment of students in school settings and outside of school settings (i.e. Latino churches, Big Brother Big Sisters career fair) for work based learning opportunities

  • Build and execute regional events for pathway participation (Industry Convening, Job Fairs, Job Shadows, Summer Institutes)

  • Develop new employer partners and maintain existing partnerships with local businesses and organizations

  • Support the development and execution of a workplace skills “boot camp” for high school students as preparation for work-based learning experiences

  • Oversee resume prep, interview prep, and interview process to ensure strong match with employer partners and the greatest opportunity for success

  • Identify and implement evaluation tools, gather and interpret data, and create reports based on information generated from participants and supervisors

  • Update training manuals, marketing materials and other work-based learning-related documents

  • Act as a liaison for students taking concurrent enrollment courses within pathways to provide resources, information, and support with courses

  • Be the point of contact for students and educators with Career Launch Southwest in designated school districts

  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Desire to develop, manage and implement an innovative year-long program

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree

  • Possess high level organizational and communication skills

  • Experience with recruitment, relationship building, and event planning

  • Experience with project-based learning models

  • Demonstrated ability with collaboration, flexibility, vision, and implementation skills

  • Experience developing and implementing events with multiple stakeholders

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to equity and inclusion

  • Ability to create, refine, and implement systems and processes to improve operations

  • Strong relationship manager

  • Self-starter with a growth mindset and ability to adapt to change and continuously improve

  • Attention to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success with building and implementing multi-district events and programs

  • Experience in start-up nonprofit organizations

  • Understanding of pathways included in Career & Technical Education

  • Desire and knowledge of student advisement for future career goals

  • Demonstrated success in marketing and recruitment strategies


Salary range is $55,000-$60,000 for full time grant funded positions with a comprehensive benefits package including: a health care stipend, worker's compensation, short-term disability, and up to a 3% match for retirement.

Application Process:

A complete application packet will include:

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position. Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences align to this position.

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume

  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references one of them being a direct supervisor

Please submit all materials as one PDF via email to:

Application materials received by Friday, June 28th will receive full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.

Equal Opportunity

Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education shall be extended to all persons. The Collaborative shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The Collaborative is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment; applications from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Jessica Morrison by email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.