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  • Health Prof. Advisor, Villanova University (Villanova, PA)

    Duties/Responsibilities

    • The Health Professions Advisor (HPA) will provide pre-health advising for first and second year undergraduate students across all colleges within the University regarding proper curricular decisions, community engagement, and other experiential activities that will best prepare them for success in their chosen health profession. The HPA works closely with the Director of Health Professions Advising to establish academic and extracurricular programs that foster strong interpersonal and intrapersonal growth and professionalism. The HPA will continually assess student needs and improve services based upon feedback, best practices in student advising, current innovative approaches, and national trends to fully support and expand quality pre-professional student development. Special focus on programming and initiatives to support students from populations minoritized in STEM disciplines and health care careers is essential including advising on post-baccalaureate program planning and application. The HPA will work collaboratively with other advising and student service offices on campus to achieve these initiatives, notably CASA and Admissions.
    • Advise undergraduate pre-health students; Serve as Vice-Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee that evaluates portfolios of students preparing to apply to health professional school. Assist the the HPA Director with committee letter writing.
    • Work with CASA (a resource center for underrepresented, first-generation and Pell-Eligible students) to support pre-health students in their programs, including holding designated office hours at CASA, providing information sessions to incoming first-year students and their parents, and working closely with CASA staff on programming to support student success.
    • Consult with CLAS Director of Academic Advising to ensure the needs of exploratory arts and sciences students interested in Health Professions are being met during orientation, registration, declaration of majors, etc.
    • Participate in monthly Office for Undergraduate Student (OUS) Faculty Advisor workshops to keep current on curriculum and best practices. Serve as resource to OUS Faculty Advisors and other faculty and staff around campus.
    • Serve as liaison with the Health Professions Affiliation Program partners and the Office of Admissions to manage submission and distribution of application materials and communications with accepted students.
    • Manage the revision and distribution of an HPA questionnaire sent to all incoming first-year students to ascertain pre-health interests and make recommendations to the Registrar on appropriate course placement for incoming first-year students in exploratory majors.
    • Plan and teach a minimum of one 1-credit professional development seminar course for pre-health students per academic year; as experience increases, offer more than one 1-credit course per year. The courses assist in students’ ability to make an informed decision about their career choice. Course planning/instruction includes contacting health care professionals from fields less well-known to students for in-class presentations/discussions and providing information about internships and co-op opportunities working with OUS and Career Center staff.
    • Additional professional development responsibilities include offering themed workshops: a Freshman information session each fall and a Summer Pipeline Programs information session each spring. The HPA manages a Mid-Stream Assessment program which provides feedback on pre-health students’ portfolios in advance of the committee letter process. This voluntary assessment is most often completed in spring of the students’ second or third year of pre-health preparation.
    • Act as mentor to the the Villanova Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS). Assist in helping current students in booking attendance/obtaining scholarship funding to participate in local, regional, and national conferences, with workshops for premedical students.
    • Manage selection of student members for the pre-medical honor society and run induction ceremony in collaboration with the Director. Assist in pre-health student club advising.
    • Work collaboratively with the Director on presentations for accepted students during special on-campus events and information sessions and workshops coordinated by the HPA Office for current students. Support the Director in various data-collection or data analysis projects.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Higher Education, or other academic discipline related to health professions/health sciences from an accredited College or University required.
    • Minimum of two years of experience in undergraduate academic advising, student programming, teaching or counseling students, with more experience preferred.
    • Outstanding interpersonal, technical, written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and to multitask.
    • Strong strategic planning, leadership, and organizational skills.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of student development theory (including as applied to students from populations underrepresented in STEM and health care), principles of academic advising, and ability to teach in a college setting.
    • Experience as a health professions advisor and experience in best practices for supporting students minoritized in STEM disciplines and health careers is strongly preferred.