Basic Needs Navigator

Posted on January 4, 2024
AFT Washington
Cascadia College
 per year
Kirkland, WA
Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled

Location: Cascadia College
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

About Us

Cascadia College is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in being part of a small yet dynamic community, with a faculty and staff that are dedicated to meeting the needs of our intersectional, diverse students. Cascadia College is committed to creating and supporting an equitable and inclusive faculty, staff, and student population centered on dismantling systemic oppression and historic marginalization. Individual differences are celebrated in a community of learners focused on social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Application Instructions

Vacancy Announcement

Basic Needs Navigator

Open Until Filled


In order to submit a complete application and receive full consideration by the Search Committee, please include the following attachments with your online application:

  1. Equity Statement (expected length 800-1,000 words) to include each of the following elements:
    1. A description of a time when you recognized an equity issue. What was the issue? What did you do to make a difference? What did you learn about equity through this experience?
    2. A detailed description of how you are seeking to learn more about equity related issues including but not limited to race, gender, LGBTQ+, disability (ableism), age (ageism), socioeconomic class, and body diversity.
    3. An explanation of how you will contribute to equity at Cascadia (i.e. closing the achievement gap and raising the retention rates amongst historically marginalized students), as well as actively work against the institutionalized norms of oppression against historically marginalized people.
  2. Cover Letter (not to exceed 1,000 words) that specifically addresses how your qualifications and experiences meet or exceed the minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and the characteristics of the position.
  3. Resume

Position Overview

Under the general direction of the Director of Accessibility and Student Support Services, the Basic Needs Navigator will actively meet and follow-up with students who are experiencing insecurity with food, housing, and other basic needs. As part of the requirements of 2SHB 1559, this position will serve as the single point of contact for students seeking access to public and institutional resources such as public benefits, emergency assistancegrants, and other related supports. This position will collaborate with on-campus and community partners in order to connect and provide referrals to at-risk students with appropriate resources. The Basic Needs Navigator will collaborate with other state organizations to support the implementation of a student survey to assess security and access to basic economic supports. This role will build partnerships with many of Cascadia’s collaborators from the University of Washington, Bothell to build wrap-up around supports for students. The Basic Needs Navigator will also serve on Cascadia’s CARE Team which is a collection of staff and faculty who work with students that are facing unique and challenging situations.

As the Basic Needs Navigator, it is expected that the following qualities will be demonstrated daily: a high degree of understanding and empathy for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, as well as the ability to encourage the inclusion of all voices in decision-making, promoting equity in all areas, and actively working against institutionalized norms of oppression against historically marginalized people.

Employee Type: Part Time (75% FTE) Exempt, Permanent contingent on available grant funds (updated 12/06/2023)

Initial Salary: $51,073.16 annually, inclusive of 5% King County Premium Pay (KCPP)

Supervising Position: Director of Accessibility and Student Support Services
Essential Duties
Student Support

  • Meet, and follow-up with students who are in danger of or currently experiencing basic needs insecurity
  • Create a safe environment for students to communicate their experiences and needs when meeting with them in a one-on-one format
  • Provide students with referrals for supportive services within the college and with community partners
  • Support all students access to Basic Food assistance and the Basic Food Employment and Training Program (BFET)
  • Serve as a member of the Cascadia CARE Team by responding to referrals for basic needs

Outreach & Partnerships

  • Conduct outreach and recruitment which targets students experiencing basic needs insecurity
  • Actively participate as a member of the statewide Benefits Navigator Cohort, including attending meetings and trainings
  • Ensure a full range of college and community resources are easily available and information on how to access resources is effectively communicated
  • Support the development of new community partnerships in order to increase resources for students

Grant Coordination

  • Track and keep most recent data on the number of students served and demographic information for grant requirements and quarterly reports purposes
  • Keep apprised of state-wide updates on new initiatives involving basic needs
  • Supervise Student Success Services administrative & fiscal support position that is responsible for supporting the ctcLink financial processes for campus partners, ctcLink requisitions, credit card statements, travel, etc.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one year of experience working in student services at a postsecondary institution or human services sector, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; strong attention to detail; demonstrated ability to interact successfully with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the ability to support a diverse workplace and educational environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work, higher education, student personnel, student development, counseling, social work or similar field
  • Experience working in a higher education environment
  • Knowledge of local and state resources to support basic needs security
  • Ability to successfully communicate (written and orally) in a language in addition to English

Physical Work Environment

Semi-Sedentary Work: Involves staying in a stationary position to a significant degree. Jobs are sedentary if moving is required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The College is currently in hybrid operations, with many assignments completed in an online environment during this time. Full-time employees are expected to be on-campus at least three (3) days per week with the option to work remotely for the remainder of their working days. Employees will need to provide their own remote workspace and internet access, noting the College will provide technical equipment and support for online work needs. During on-campus operations, this position will perform work in a standard office setting, use standard office equipment and physically attend meetings both on and off campus and requires the ability to communicate in person or through appropriate means.

Positions in this class typically require operating a computer, communicating, observing, and repetitive motions.

This position involves exerting between 10-30 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to transport, put, install, remove, or otherwise move objects, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Condition of Employment

As an institution that upholds the value of diversity, equity and inclusion of every individual, Cascadia College expects its employees to embody and promote these values. Both current and prospective employees of the College are encouraged to seek deeper understanding in these areas as part of professional growth.

Cascadia College maintains a drug-free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and state-owned vehicles.

Cascadia College offers comprehensive Benefits packages to support you and your family in a variety of ways. All eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents are offered: medical, dental, and vision plan options; life insurance; long-term disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; employee assistance programs; tuition waiver; optional credit union participation; optional home/auto insurance, and retirement planning.

To learn more about the benefits offered here, please click on the Employee Benefits tab located on our Jobs at Cascadia webpage or click here: https://www.cascadia.edu/discover/about/jobs/default.aspx#benefits

Campus Safety

In recognition of the Jeanne Clery Act, information on our campus safety can be found at www.uwb.edu/safety.

Cascadia Commitment

Cascadia College is committed to creating and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student population. Individual differences are celebrated in a community of learners focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Cascadia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, genetic information, marital or honorably discaharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, and is prohibited from discrimination in such a manner by college policy and state and federal law. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process may make request to the Human Resources Office by calling (425) 352-8880.

About the employer: Cascadia College

Cascadia College is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in being part of a small, friendly community with faculty and staff that are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students. We are the newest college in Washington State’s community and technical college system, and take great pride in our learning environment focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as our focus on environmental stewardship and global awareness.

About your union: AFT Washington

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 6,500 members including faculty from the community and technical colleges and pre-K through 12 classified employees. We also jointly represent professors at Eastern, Central, and Western Washington universities and The Evergreen College with the Washington Education Association. The mission of AFT Washington is to voice the ideals of our locals and members for workplace fairness and social justice while strengthening and focusing their collective power to attain those ideals.

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