Biotechnology Pathway Navigator

Biotechnology Pathway Navigator


Alamance Community College
1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham, NC 27253
Phone: 336-506-4222

Job Location

Main Campus, Graham, NC


Depends on Qualifications


Full-Time Benefits

Job Category

  • Technical/Paraprofessional

Application Period

Opens: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Closes: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Target Start Date

Thursday, August 1, 2024

Expected Work Hours


Reports to

Department Head

Employment Type

Full-Time Non-Exempt

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Experience

  • An associate degree or higher
  • Two years experience in recruiting, hiring, training, human resources, or career coaching/counseling
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 
  • Experience advising college students

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred: Degree in the life sciences and/or experience in life science industry 

Position Description

The position will provide career awareness, outreach and recruitment, student support and career counseling, and job search awareness/assistance to students in Biotechnology / Life Sciences pathways. This includes but is not limited to continuous communication with our established industry partners and four-year universities, as well as building new partnerships that do not currently exist that will help build our programs and increase student opportunities. This person will also be responsible for directing ACC's BioBetter participation and progress toward meeting the BioBetter goals as part of the grant project, through tracking, reporting and meeting deliverables.  This individual will be integral in increasing enrollment within our continuing education certification programs, working integrally with personnel in the continuing education division to ensure students are recruited, registered and tracked throughout the program. They will also assist in recruitment to our curriculum programs, while providing registration support and continuous support throughout the program enrollment. This position will require normal daytime hours, occasional nights and weekends depending on coordinated events and outreach activities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Serve as Pathway Navigator for BioWork and Biotechnology programs with a focus on employability skills and connections between students and employers to secure employment. 
  • Manage the operations of the BioBetter grant project, including grant expenses and reimbursement, student data tracking and reporting, submit required documentation for grant metrics etc. 
  • Support a diverse group of students, including adult learners, women, and underrepresented minorities in STEM by connecting students to programs/systems aimed at reducing barriers to credential acquisition. 
  • Coordinate resume development/approvals, career fairs, students navigating the job search process, and interview preparation. 
  • Visit curriculum and/or continuing education programs to support a pathway to employment and transition to the next credential. 
  • Raise awareness of bio-sector educational pathways and related local career opportunities, including community presentations and creating strong relationships with local school systems and programs for individuals seeking to enter/re-enter the workforce. 
  • Prepare for and meet class sessions as assigned, schedule one on one sessions with students as needed.
  • Demonstrate concern for student retention by employing best practice strategies. 
  • Assist in student data collection for BioBetter reporting and ACC as a whole. 
  • Participate in scheduled and called departmental, faculty, staff meetings, and other College activities. 
  • Serve on College committees as assigned. 
  • Collaborate with regional efforts to create a regional pool of bio-sector candidates entering the local workforce.
  • Create connections between candidates and job openings, and ensure the best possible match between employer need and candidate skill level. 
  • Submit records, reports and forms in a timely fashion as required in the policy and procedures manual. 
  • Encourage and support College activities, policies, procedures, and philosophies. 
  • Assume other duties as requested by the supervisor and the College. 

Supervisory Responsibilities 
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data.

Continuous Learning - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback to improve performance; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Use of Technology - Demonstrates required skills; adapts to new technologies; troubleshoots technological problems; uses technology to increase productivity; keeps technical skills up to date.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Cooperation - Establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve conflicts.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Written Communication - Able to read and interpret written information.

Business Acumen - Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; conserves organizational resources.

Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for diversity and cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Personal Appearance - Dresses appropriately for position.

Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Initiative - Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation - Meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

Quantity - Completes work in timely manner.

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Skills 
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills 
Ability to calculate and apply concepts of basic Mathematics.  

Reasoning Ability 
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

Computer Skills 
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have general knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Walking _X____
  • Running _____
  • Squatting _______
  • Jumping ______
  • Sitting __X_____
  • Standing _X_____
  • Lifting (10 lbs. maximum)  ________
  • Speaking _X____
  • Hearing __X____

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.

  • Classroom Setting  __X____
    1. Inside ___X_____
    2. Outside ________


  • Office Setting ____X____
  • Loading Dock ________

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

How to Apply

An ACC on-line application MUST be fully completed for consideration, which includes a required letter of interest, transcript attachment. Resume attachments are welcome but will not be accepted in lieu of complete application.  

For faculty positions, all relevant full- and part-time teaching experience, including start and end dates of employment, should be included on the application. Also, all relevant full- and part-time work experience related to the teaching discipline should be included on the application, including start and end dates.

For non-faculty positions, all relevant full- and part-time work experience related to the position should be included on the application, including start and end dates 


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Job Post Contact

Nicole Rone

HR Specialist

Alamance Community College