The Science and Health Career Specialist/Co-Chair for Pre-Health Advising needs to be a proactive collaborator and consensus-focused leader, who is skilled at leading and listening to stakeholders to develop experiences that support students’ engagement in The Aspire Program and students’ successful preparation for life after graduation.
In order to successfully satisfy the goals of the role, the Science and Health Career Specialist will engage in activities like the following:
• Organize contributors, gather feedback, and co-lead the pre-health advising team, establishing and reinforcing the structures, programs, and on-going professional development for students and contributors to provide a unified, satisfying experience for students and contributors.
• Collaborate with partners/contributors (ex. faculty, alumni, employers, graduate/professional school representatives) to plan formal and informal learning opportunities aligned with The Aspire Program competencies to help students design and fulfill expectations for their My Aspire Plans (MAPs). Contribute to relationship development and donor stewardship activities; support and promote individual and group experiences to help students build necessary skills/networks for success, which may include assisting with job shadowing, networking/mentoring events, site visits, and professional skill-building workshops.
• Advise students (individually and in small groups) on the full range of career development tasks such as recognizing personal capabilities; defining career plans; understanding expectations for their field(s) of interest; networking with mentors, graduate/professional school representatives, and employers; obtaining experiential learning, and securing post-graduate opportunities consistent with their personal and professional development goals.
• Identify, use, and develop resources to support students’ competency development; utilize internal and external resources and Carthage subscription services (such as Jobscan, PathwayU, Handshake, and others).
• Promote The Aspire Program and Carthage College to prospective and current students, as well as other key audiences.
• Participate in data collection and assessment efforts in alignment with departmental- and campus-wide goals and measures. Coordinate and contribute to data collection and assessment specific to understanding progress and outcomes for science and health/pre-health students.
• Career Specialists often teach as part of their normal responsibilities; the most common courses are a College Success Seminar for new students or an Aspire-related course.
• Complete other duties as assigned or as opportunities emerge.
• Graduate degree preferred; bachelor’s degree required.
• All areas of study are invited to apply.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• Strong appreciation for science and/or healthcare.
• Enjoy creating new programs/initiatives by working both independently and with others as part of a team; ability to build consensus with experienced colleagues.
• Ability to work effectively within a culturally diverse community of students/alumni, faculty, and staff along with external stakeholders from a variety of industries.
• Experience in advising, teaching, or counseling; experience with high school or college-aged students or other related experience preferred.
• Skilled with using technology required for the role, such as Google Workspace/GSuite, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, social media (such as LinkedIn and Instagram), and similar productivity, reporting and communication tools.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills across mediums with attentiveness to detail, tone, audience, etc.
• Candidate must be able to work with some interruptions and be able to prioritize immediate and longer term work; experience planning multiple events or initiatives at the same time.
• Available to work some evenings and weekends; valid driver’s license and willingness to travel (primarily in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, and Chicagoland area).
REQUIRED MINDSETS FOR SUCCESS:
• Commitment to improving equity and inclusion.
• Optimistic and team-oriented; able to keep team goals in mind, even when working independently.
• Works well with ambiguity and is able to make decisions without always having all of the information.
• Thinks strategically and is able to prioritize.
• Adaptable and able to handle unforeseen events/requests with ease and cheerfulness.