Foster Care Student Navigator

Foster Care Student Navigator

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Colorado Department of Higher Education seeks applications for a Foster Care Student Navigator.

Job Description

This position will assist students in completing an institution’s application for admission, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, and, if eligible, the application for a Chafee ETV (Educational and Training Voucher) grant. Coordinate with CDHS contracted vendors and use a system to identify, contact and meet with students receiving Educational Training Voucher (ETV) at least once per semester, but as often as necessary to provide individualized academic advisement, support services, and referrals to local supports and resources. Assist recipient in building an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and monitor progress on this educational plan for designated youth. Help the student make periodic adjustments to the plan based on progress towards the goals identified by the youth. Develop relationships with on- and off-campus professionals who serve Educational Training Voucher (ETV) students, including conducting training and webinar opportunities. Research, maintain, and provide students with up-to-date information on campus-based student support services, including specialized student support programs for foster care or unaccompanied students, refer students and coordinate with those programs to best meet the specific needs of each. Provide guidance on navigating the academic world including accessing supportive services and developing soft skills (e.g., time management, finances, etc.). Provide additional training and support to youth and professionals on the use of websites and related career, postsecondary and financial aid planning system on My Colorado Journey, and Enrich or successor websites as related to their individual plan. Serve as point of contact for CDHE in interagency meetings and otherwise on issues related to foster youth; similarly, serve as spokesperson for Educational Training Voucher (ETV) students and programs with appropriate state partner agencies

Application Instructions

To be considered for this position, candidates must possess the minimum qualifications listed above and submit the following: Cover letter and resume. Submit your completed application materials to: Or: Colorado Department of Higher Education Attention: Human Resources 1600 Broadway, Suite 2200 Denver, Colorado 80202 This position is not governed by the selection process of the classified personnel system and is not part of the classified state personnel system. Consistent with the State’s Universal Policy on Flexible Work Arrangements, CDHE permits Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) and this role qualifies for FWA participation. However, FWA is evaluated and granted by the appointing authority at their discretion based on business need, the nature and function of the work performed, and employee performance. Employees of the State of Colorado must be authorized to work in the United States and be residents of Colorado. The Department of Higher Education does not assist with relocation expenses Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled. Application review begins immediately and position start is immediate. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a criminal background check. The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Colorado Department of Higher Education is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any preemployment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Human Resource Director, Cindy Langan, at or call 720.264.8575.