Career Pathways Advisor (Program Coordinator II)
Montana State University 43 reviews - Bozeman, MT

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The charge of Gallatin College Montana State University is to deliver the comprehensive two-year education mission to the local community. This mission includes courses and programs in: developmental education, transfer education, dual enrollment and workforce programs. The workforce programs include Certificates of Applied Science which generally are one-year in length and Associate of Applied Science Degrees which are two-year programs. Transfer education degrees include the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science.
Gallatin College’s Career Pathways Advisor will work with area high school counselors, teachers and students to assist in developing individual and school based “Big Sky” career pathways. The goal of this work is to build and strengthen the pathway from area high schools to Gallatin College. All responsibilities are carried out in compliance with state law, federal law and college policy and procedure.

Duties and

Duties include, but are not limited to: learn and implement the Strengthening Big Sky Pathways grant requirements as directed by Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education for our local area; develop institutional Pathways for Gallatin College, as well as career pathways for individual students in current and new partner high schools; understand, implement and track outcomes of the Strengthening Pathways grant; increase the number of dual enrollment courses offered in area high schools;
market, implement and maintain dual enrollment activities across Gallatin, Park, Madison, and Meagher county high schools for Gallatin College; establish working partnerships with counselors and administrators at area high schools through weekly visits;
work closely with Gallatin College Academic Advisor; plan programs and offer resources about college opportunities to counselors, teachers, students, and parents. These resources must include Big Sky Pathways, Dual Enrollment, Montana Career Information System, and Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and MT Digital Academy; increase the number of students attending Gallatin College; work with high school students, high school teachers, and counselors on integrating the use of Montana Career Information System and the Big Sky Pathways for career planning; assist High School students and their families with Free Application for Federal Student Aid; collect data and define a system that will track all Strengthening Pathways activities and movement of high school students into post-secondary education. System will also demonstrate whether activities have increased college going rate of area students; attend required trainings offered by Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education; will participate in Gallatin college staff meetings; other duties as assigned.


1. Two years of post-secondary education plus full-time (or part-time equivalent) progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience .
2. Experience working with students ages 16-21 in an educational or workforce training setting.
3. Experience partnering and developing working relationships with multiple institutions, agencies and varied audiences. Such as school administrators, teachers, parents, and low income families for example.
4. Strong public speaking and writing skills.


1. Work experience in a community college or high school.
2. Experience working with students, faculty and staff on career paths and career training education.

The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will also have the following abilities :
Be committed to two-year education.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and students;
  • Have strong written, oral and communication skills.
  • Understand the different cultural dynamics in diverse high schools and respect their mission and goals;
  • An ability to work positively with teams and individuals with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and interests.
  • work productively in a team-oriented environment;
  • display an aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the work of others;
  • take initiative and work well independently;
  • be confident and competent in oral presentation and excel in public speaking;
  • to exercise good judgment and self-motivation;
  • maintain confidentiality of records and information.
and represent the department to others in a professional and courteous manner.


1. In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2. Must possess or have the ability to obtain a Montana Driver's License immediately upon hire.


This position requires extensive regional travel and some evening work.

**This is an approximate three-year appointment, contingent on grant funding.


Screening will begin February 1, 2013, and will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.


To apply, please submit the following application materials:
The MSU Application Cover Sheet. Download the MSU Application Cover Sheet and pertinent application information by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application .
Written responses to the Required and Preferred qualifications listed above.
Employment History or Resume
At least three (3) supervisory/professional references with contact information (most recent/current supervisor preferred.

Electronic submissions in Word or PDF are highly preferred but hard copies will be accepted. An original signature on the MSU Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to: Stephanie Gray, Program Development Manager Montana State University Gallatin College P.O. Box 170515 Bozeman, MT 59717-0515

Please e-mail or call Search Committee Contact at 406-994-5256 with any questions. Fax: 406-994-5577

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