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YCAP of Middle Tennessee

Achievers Pathway Navigator Director

YCAP of Middle Tennessee


Job Summary

Consistent with the Christian mission and vision of the YMCA of Middle TN and in cooperation with other YMCA staff, under the supervision of YCAP Operations Director, the Pathway Navigator will work closely with high school program participants to assist them with planning for post-secondary options (college, workforce, other). Service delivery will include one-on-one meetings with students on a ‘roadmap’, collaboration with other high school youth outreach staff at club and group meetings, and workshops hosted by the Navigator in the community. Nurturing greater connection between the YMCA and leaders from universities, colleges, businesses, skilled trade pathways, and the military is a key purpose of the role.

Job Responsibilities

The Achievers High School Navigator:

  • Models the YMCA core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
  • Serves as an advocate/ambassador for the cause of the YMCA: Strengthening our Community through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility
  • Uses survey feedback to determine college/career pathway goals of high school students enrolled in Achievers programs and shapes individual coaching, and programming accordingly
  • Assists students with college pathway services such as college applications, financial aid, and scholarship paperwork, selection of classes/programs, balancing study-work-family, and self-advocacy
  • Assists students with career and other workforce pathways such as military, internships, trade schools, or a combination of work and school with services like skills assessment, resume development, job applications, internship applications, interview skills, and preparing for a workplace setting (soft skills)
  • Assist students one-to-one in developing individual ‘roadmaps’ for their post-secondary pathway
  • Train staff to implement the prescribed curriculum and adhere to the program model
  • Train and support staff in all aspects of program implementation including but not limited to curriculum instruction, data collection/entry, and developing program calendars and lesson plans.
  • Monitor all grant expectations including the budget, outcomes, and outputs associated with each grant.
  • Provide additional training to staff to ensure grant compliance.
  • Train staff on the data entry process using the approved system
  • Monitor data by performing the appropriate audits
  • Collaborate with other high school outreach staff to integrate navigation into club meetings and other workshops
  • Develop key relationships with scholarship providers, career specialists, internship placement sites, employer groups, and other community resource providers that can assist students with entering college and/or the workforce
  • Maintain detailed and accurate participant records and program outcomes in database, tracking tools
  • Prepare regular reports for leadership and program partners
  • Assist with workshops, college tours, and special events that help students understand the college/career pathways available to them
  • Completes other duties as assigned


  • Passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA
  • Superior supervisory skills and an enthusiastic personality with the ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, members, and participants to create a culture of service within our program sites
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Must present a professional image possess conflict resolution skills, and demonstrate sound judgment and initiative
  • Must be highly organized with the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other software programs, as well as the ability to use most office equipment, is required
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject area. A minimum of three year’s work experience and/or training
  • Experience in case management required
  • Experience working with New Americans, DACA students, immigrant and minority youth
  • Skilled in problem-solving and able to take initiative
  • Knowledge of local, regional, and national financial aid, scholarships, and grants required
  • Successful history of helping youth gain financial resources for college and/or work placements preferred
  • Must present a professional image and possess a high level of interpersonal skills
  • Must be highly organized with the ability to work under pressure, in dynamic environments, and handle multiple tasks
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Minimum 21 years of age

Certifications Required:

  • Before the start of 1st shift: New Hire Orientation training
  • Within 30 days of hire: CPR/ First Aid/ AED

**Must maintain annual training requirements**

Additional Information


  • Benefits package including generous paid time off for full-time staff
  • Participation in Y Retirement plan and 403 (b) savings account upon eligibility
  • Free membership at all 14 wellness center locations
  • Discounts on youth programs, summer camps, and sports instruction

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: February 12, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: $43,076 to $53,845 annually (depending on experience)
  • Working Hours: A flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends