University Benefits include medical, dental, vision, reduced tuition options and generous leave
Internal Number: job requisition id R00044
Willamette University seeks a Director of its Pre-Health advising program, housed in the Career Development Office in the undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences. The position is a 12-month full-time administrative appointment and will be known as the FamilyCare Pre-Health Director. This position reports to the Executive Director of Career Initiatives.
Supported by a generous endowment from the FamilyCare Foundation, the FamilyCare Pre-Health Director will coordinate and create a comprehensive vision to provide support for various aspects of health professions at Willamette University and assist students in the College of Arts & Sciences. This includes supporting students in all phases of their exploration and career decision-making in the fields of Clinical Healthcare and Public Health, including education, co-curricular experiences, and postgraduate opportunities. Building on a thriving faculty-led program of long standing, the Director will both coordinate existing activities surrounding preparation for and application to graduate and professional schools, and also develop new opportunities to meet the needs of our growing body of students interested in the health professions. A key aspect of this role will be to leverage the existing and established relationships, communicate opportunities holistically to students, and fill in any gaps in offerings. Work will involve advising students individually and in groups; liaising with and supporting faculty; and connecting with external partners to develop internships and other enrichment opportunities. The Director will collaborate with faculty on presentations both in and out of the classroom. The Director will also be responsible for a variety of administrative functions, including creating and coordinating advising materials, maintaining accurate databases and participating in assessment of the program in order to better track and communicate the outcomes of our graduates as it relates to health professions.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Program Organization & Leadership
Coordinate and provide structure for students interested in various career health professions in collaboration with faculty, departments and programs
Collaborate with alumni / alumni offices to develop a professional network and organize speakers
Ensure complete and accurate data collection and analysis related to student and alumni interested in health-related careers, including outcomes data & current positions
Serve as the central point of communication regarding careers in health professions and design a strategic communication plan in collaboration with departments to inform students of opportunities in health-related fields
Maintain knowledge of ongoing developments in admissions exams (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, PA-CAT, GRE, etc.), timelines and processes.
Plan and implement pre-health and public health career-related programming on and off campus
Participate in the Health Professions Advisory Committee that assists student and alumni in their application process to medical and other health-related graduate programs
Operationalize a comprehensive and inclusive system to obtain letters of recommendation
Design and implement a practice interview program to assist students in their applications to health programs across various disciplines
Oversee the Heatherington Scholars distribution of Health Professions summer research/internship funds in collaboration with the Executive Director of Career Initiatives
Maintain website and printed materials for pre-health and public health programs in collaboration with faculty and student leaders
Other duties as assigned
Establish relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, business and community stakeholders to generate new opportunities for undergraduate students
Research, develop, assess, and maintain internship and research opportunities locally and regionally
Support admissions in the recruitment of prospective pre-health students, which may include participating in the Heatherington Scholars selection process and responding to student and parent inquiries
Connect with graduate and professional programs to construct curriculum maps that assist students in undergraduate course-planning for graduate success
Advise individual students and alumni throughout their career decision-making process, supporting career discovery, experiential learning, internships, research, and application processes
Develop and lead workshops, seminars, and events to support students in their career exploration and discovery
Track and maintain notes for all student appointments
Collaborate with Career Development staff to develop and design career programming for students
Present to students on various aspect of career in health-related fields
Potential to teach a partial-credit course on careers in health professions and support the internships for academic credit course
Master’s Degree in a relevant field preferred; Bachelor’s degree with experience in health-related field or pre-health advising would also be considered
Knowledge of various health professions and graduate application processes in health-related field
Two or more years of career development/academic advising or equivalent experience, preferably in a pre-health context
Strong presentation and workshop facilitation skills, for both small and large audiences
Background working with and supporting students from underrepresented and marginalized identities
Competency with learning and using software and software programs, Google Drive, and other technological platforms such as Handshake, WorkDay, LinkedIn, etc.
Proven ability to foster and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders and community partners in public interested ways
Outstanding organization and time management skills
Knowledge of modern data management practices and excellent record-keeping practices
The ability to work effectively in a team environment, as well as to initiate partnerships across operational units
The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding sensitive materials and information
Ability to reside in Oregon by the first day of employment or otherwise perform work primarily in Oregon
Salary: $60,000 - $65,000
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received; position will remain open until filled.
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