Details for Now Hiring Knox County Career Navigator

Title: Career Navigator 

Position Available: January 2020 (applications due by November 27, 2019; see below) 

Salary & Benefits: $38,500/year + mileage, with retirement benefits (this job does not offer major medical benefits) 

Organizational Structure: This Career Navigator, to be created within the Knox County Educational Service Center (“ESC”), will help direct traditional high school and adult students to consider high- demand occupations, perhaps requiring certificate training, available in the community (which may not require a four-year college degree). 

Daily supervision will be provided by the Superintendent of the ESC. Team-based objective-setting and performance monitoring will be conducted with the ESC and the Knox County Workforce Development Alliance (“WorkDev”), which is an organization managed and staffed by the Area Development Foundation, Inc. (Knox County’s local economic development organization). 

Job Brief: Under the general supervision of the Superintendent of the ESC, the Career Navigator provides and coordinates local career development services to high school and adult students, teachers, school guidance counselors, parents, school administrators, and job seekers to connect Knox County’s business and industry partners to increase the local pool of new workers and to decrease the proportion of workforce entrants who are not “job ready.” 

Part of the Career Navigator’s responsibility will be to identify and recruit eligible high school students and adults to apply for and receive scholarship funding to pursue certifications and obtain training in non-degreed educational programs. 

This position is driven by the belief not every graduating high school senior should be directed, largely by default, into one or two career pathways: either (a) pursue the traditional four-year college track or (b) enter military service. Both of these opportunities are important and noble. But the reality is many young adults may be better served working locally in Knox County with their hands, and (in many instances) making more money on factory floors or in healthcare settings, taking pride in their labors, and/or becoming members of the skilled trades. 

The work of the Career Navigator will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following: 

Works independently to update and maintain program offerings, organization files, interacts with stakeholders, schedules meetings and events, and responds to inquiries and requests for information. 

Develops and/or coordinates an annual activity schedule and timeline for career pathways programming to deploy within Knox County school districts and Knox Technical Center. 

Develops and coordinates with Knox County school district administrators, teachers, employers, school guidance counselors, teachers, and student representatives, to define agenda-driven goals and objectives and review performance metrics. 

Develops and maintains an active listing of available jobs in Knox County. 

Actively participates in the activities and programming held by WorkDev to include any regular career fair programs. 

Coordinates and executes K-12 and Knox Technical Center adult career development activities, including college and career readiness (“CCR”) activities, WorkDev programming, and administering best practices-based career assessment tools. 

Coordinates site-based efforts linking business and education with student mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, and on-the-job opportunities. 

Develops and executes a communications strategy for regular sharing of workforce and career readiness information among local employers, educators, job seekers and media outlets. 

Markets and recruits high school and adult participants for scholarships made available by the Knox County Foundation and other partners for trade and skill-based coursework. 

Coordinates strategic tours of Knox County school districts and Knox Technical Center by local business leaders and employers. 

Coordinates strategic tours of Knox County businesses and employers by high school and adult students, teachers, school guidance counselors, parents, school administrators and staff. 

Coordinates and directs parent and community awareness activities of local workforce and career opportunities. 

Monitors State-level workforce development trends, coordinates efforts among WorkDev partners, and stays abreast of workforce development best practices. 

Coordinates and executes programming and curriculum supported by education and business partners, and informed by best practices, to improve so-called “soft skills” required for workforce and career readiness. 

Develops and disseminates an annual report of progress to inform workforce and career readiness programming performance. 

Additional duties as required, in-line with WorkDev’s defined strategic goals and initiatives. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The Career Navigator should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: teaching, social services, public administration, business administration, the manufacturing or healthcare industries. The successful candidate will clearly demonstrate the following attributes necessary to the job: 

Commitment to the efforts of WorkDev as a referral network providing workforce advisory services within Knox County, striving alongside WorkDev to best connect available workers in Knox County, employers in Knox County needing to fill jobs, and workforce programming. 

Comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with priorities that may change daily. 

Exemplary interpersonal skills and proven ability to meaningfully connect with young adults. 

Persistent and excellent follow-through. 

Strong oral and written communication abilities. 

Ability to relate to a diverse set of students, educators, parents, employers, and the general public.  

Resourceful problem solver with attention to details. 

Ability to meet deadlines, use time efficiently, prioritize work obligations, and work independently and effectively as a team member. 

Ability to handle difficult situations and conflicts with a positive attitude and professionalism. 

Trustworthy in working with young adults and capable of professionally handling appropriate relationships with students and job seekers; will work with Knox County school districts to ensure compliance with confidentiality and age-based behavior requirements. 

Ability to maintain a professional, positive image within the community and with stakeholders, community residents, employers, elected officials, and other staff members. 

Strong computer skills – hardware and software – including Adobe, Microsoft Office and maker- related platforms. Familiarity with both Apple and PC infrastructure. 

Work Conditions: Non-traditional working hours, including possible evening and weekend hours. 

Persons interested in this position should submit a resume and cover letter no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, to the attention of: 

Attn: Hiring Committee P.O. Box 29 Mount Vernon, OH 43050 

Electronic submissions and/or questions should be directed to

The Knox County Educational Service Center is an equal opportunity employer.