Career & College Pathways Coordinator Job Description

Position Summary:

This is a full-time, 11 month, 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 at least two career and college pathways for high school students across 5 school districts in Southwest Colorado, including Durango, Archuleta, Bayfield, Ignacio, and Silverton. This role will focus on the Environmental and Health Sciences career and college pathways. These pathways will encompass elements of academic advising, work based learning options, summer programming, industry relationship building, and professional development offerings to school stakeholders.

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, while piloting two new pathways in response to community need: Building Trades and the Environment.

To support this program, 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 education, work based learning, and a preference for understanding Environmental and Health Sciences career pathways.

Essential Functions

This is an 11 month position that will have a month off between the months of June and July  includes the design and implementation of  work-based learning and regional programming and includes at least two career and college pathways. These pathways 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 for Environmental and Health Sciences pathways. 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 that align with the Environmental and Health Sciences pathway include:

Identify and conduct recruitment of students in school settings for work based learning opportunities
Identify and conduct outside of school recruitment opportunities (i.e. Latino churches, Big Brother Big Sisters career fair)
Build and execute regional events for pathway participation (Industry Convening, Job Fairs, Job Shadows, Summer Camps)
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
Perform quality checks on placements to ensure safety and quality experience for both the student and business partner
Develop and revise the workplace skills curriculum continually
Develop and revise program operational plan (including scaling, transportation, workers comp, and transportation support), policy, and procedures
Conduct support events focused on course selection, concurrent enrollment, and pathways
Identify and implement evaluation tools, gather and interpret data, and create reports based on information generated from participants and supervisors
Train supplemental school staff to help case manage work-based learning experiences if necessary, and evaluate effectiveness of supplemental school-based trainers, as needed.
Update training manuals, marketing materials and other work-based learning-related documents
Create/support existing student clubs that align to pathways
Act as a liaison for students taking concurrent enrollment courses within pathways to provide resources, information, and support with courses
Other duties as assigned
Skills & Qualifications:

Desire to develop, manage and implement an innovative year-long program
Bachelor’s Degree with a preference for a focus in education
Possess high level organizational and communication skills
Experience in project-based learning models
Demonstrated ability with collaboration, flexibility, vision, and implementation skills
Experience as developing and implementing events with multiple stakeholders
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong understanding of and commitment to equity and inclusion
Ability to create, refine, and implement systems and processes to improve operations
Strong Relationship Manager
Ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders in multiple contexts
Demonstrated success with building and implementing multi-district events and programs
Attention to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education

Preferred Qualifications:

Background work in diversity, equity, and inclusion in education or other field
Experience in secondary education
Understanding of academic advising practices
Experience with event planning and implementation for youth
Background in fields related to Environment and/or Health Sciences
Experience managing personal and/or external consultants


Salary range is $50,000 for a 11 month grant funded position 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 allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.
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: info@swcoedcollaborative.org

Application materials received by Friday, June 3rd 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 Sara Butler by email sbutler@empowerschools.org 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.

To apply for this job email your details to info@swcoedcollaborative.org

About Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative

The Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative (SWCEC) strengthens diverse communities by providing pathways in career readiness and higher education for students to build 21st-century skills and economically viable futures. SWCEC serves students in San Juan, La Plata, and Archuleta Counties within Southwest Colorado.