Hiring for the 2024-2025 academic year

Thank you for your interest in becoming a STEM Navigator! The application period for STEM Navigator positions for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year is now open. We anticipate filling 6 positions. Applications will be accepted and positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Applications will only be considered complete when all required materials are received. This webpage will be updated when all positions have been filled. To review the full job description and application process, please click the link to the right. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Adrienne Arguijo, Grant Director HSI STEM at aarguijo@vcccd.edu.

As a STEM Navigator, you would be working with members of the HSI STEM Student Success Team, including Daniel Gonzalez-Albor, STEM Counselor, and Paulina Salazar Perez, Student Success and Support Specialist. In collaboration with the STEM Student Success Team, your leadership would ensure your STEM peers succeed in all the ways you have. 

STEM Navigators are peer mentors that holistically support STEM students through timely referrals to campus and community-based programs, services, activities, and engage them in various STEM related academic and career events. STEM Navigators engage their peers through an integrated approach to co-curricular development, promoting educational and career pathways in STEM, peer advising students of academic and social support services, and connecting students to deeper exploration of STEM majors, internship and research activities. STEM Navigators can be found at the STEM Harbor, located in SCI 223. 

STEM Navigators: 

  • Completed a minimum of one full academic semester at Ventura College. 

  • Completed one STEM course. 

  • Currently enrolled at Ventura College full-time (a minimum of 12 semester units). If the student is an eligible participant in the Federal Work Study or CalWORKs programs, the minimum enrollment may vary. Students eligible for services under the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) program are considered in full-time status if enrolled in the minimum number of units as determined appropriate by DSP&S. 

  • Are in good academic standing with the highest GPA they can achieve. 

  • Have experience with, or come from, Latine/a/o, African American/Black, Indigenous, Asian Pacific Islander, limited economic resources, disabled, and/or LGBTQ+ (historically excluded communities), particularly in STEM. 

  • Are enthusiastic, responsible, and demonstrate leadership and teamwork. 

STEM Navigator Responsibilities: 

  • Advance the goals of Project S:AIL in STEM and the STEM Harbor. 

  • Collaborate with multiple on-campus academic and student services and programs to serve and support students. 

  • Inform and actionably engage students with academic, social, and emotional support resources as needed. Ensures students have a strong understanding of available student support resources. 

  • Provide additional referrals to student support services as needed or requested by students beyond the scope of the Navigator’s job responsibilities. 

  • Encourage, engage, advise, and collaborate with STEM students from historically marginalized backgrounds with setting academic, personal, and professional goals and hold encouraging beliefs in the abilities to achieve college success. 

  • Facilitate 1-1 and small group discussions or study sessions with various groups of STEM students. 

  • Encourage students to foster their existing cultural assets, intrinsic motivation, resilience, and leadership abilities. 

  • Co-lead and assist with the planning and execution of Project S:AIL/STEM Harbor events with the STEM Success Team. 

  • Co-lead and assist with maintaining social media presence. 

  • Maintain the STEM Harbor space including restocking instructional supplies and opening/closing responsibilities.