The Senior Pre-Health Advisor (SPHA) reports to the Director of Pre-Health Advising and is a member of the Pre-Health Committee. As such, in addition to providing one-on-one and group student advising, the SPHA serves undergraduates, alumni, transfer students, and second degree students in all phases of their graduate health professional school development and preparation. The SPHA develops and delivers content-driven presentations through skills building seminars and other events that (i) supports students in transitioning to and sustaining academic success in a STEM-intensive academic environment, and that (ii) educates students in how to be competitive applicants to the health professions.
Due to the difficulty in achieving a competitive application to graduate-level health professional schools, the SPHA must also be able to collaborate with the student’s advising team, which includes the academic and major concentration advising staff, as well as professional school administrators.
In individual advising appointments, the SPHA engages with students from their orientation through their preparation and acceptance to graduate health professions school. This entails guiding students through a cogent plan of science and math courses, evaluating the progress of students through regular meetings and helping students with academic recovery skills when necessary.
Further, the SPHA advises and supports students in participating in profession-specific activities that confirm to the student and to the admitting schools the student’s decision to pursue their professional career choice and to help the student identify gaps in their professional school application process. The SPHA must also maintain a working relationship with offices and departments across the university, including Advising, Career Development, and the Wellness Center.
The SPHA serves as a resource to students in the development and submission of their main and secondary applications, personal statements, school choice, application timing, mock interview skills, professional school selection, and financial aid evaluations. As well, in service to our students, the SPHA serves as a resource to deans, directors and administrators of graduate professional schools.
• Offers one-on-one, group, and drop-in advising sessions with current, incoming and
transfer students, as well as with alumni for the purpose of evaluating their progress in
Pre-Health-related academics, extracurricular work and activities, and advice regarding
record-enhancing special masters and post-bacc programs.
• Responds to the consistently high volume of email communication with students seeking Pre-Health assistance, as well as internal and external correspondents.
• Provides guidance and education on graduate-level health professions fields and
programs, so that students learn and develop an understanding of the various careers in healthcare and their application requirements, processes, and procedures.
• Uses the team approach to trouble-shoot and to resolve issues as they arise.
• Possesses a highly productive and strong work ethic and the highest ethical standards
• Initiates, designs, and delivers workshops and events in support of pre-professional
skills development, student success, stress management, application processes and
areas of interest to students.
• Assesses Pre-Health Program seminars and events to improve the delivery of
information and ensure student retention and reflection.
• Documents advising sessions with individual students, as needed.
• Facilitates the development of personal statements for applications to health professions schools, including creating and delivering seminars to aid in idea formation and organization; edits copy and challenges applicants to submit the most comprehensive statement and application.
• Designs and creates coaching materials and constructive feedback to assist students in preparing for health professions school interviews.
• Promotes student success and retention individually and in teams by participating on
committees that promote student guidance and development.
• Participates in staff meetings that serve the department and larger student population by expanding the knowledge base of the admissions process of programs within the healthprofessions.
• Serves as a member of the Pre-Health Committee with regard to the preparation and
review of Committee Letters and Letter Packets for application to graduate health
professions programs, as well as the representative of the office and college at
conferences and initiatives.
• Assists in additional related duties and special projects that relate to the scope of the
Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required; Master’s degree in education, higher education, or counseling strongly preferred; relevant experience may substitute for advanced degree. Availability to work evenings and/or weekends required.
The ideal candidate will also have the following:
• Prior experience advising Pre-Health undergraduate students of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
• Proven record of working effectively with students, alumni, faculty, and employers
• Proficient computer and web-based skills
• Related university or professional experience
• Experience with CUNY First, Navigate, Blackboard, and website content management
• Strong student success orientation, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative, and learn new skills, and work well both independently and in teams
• Proven ability to design and present well organized and informative programs/ workshops
• Well-developed organizational skills: ability to manage time and handle multiple projects at once
• Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs
Please follow the application link below.