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  • FamilyCare Pre-Health Dir, Willamette University (Salem, OR)

    Job Description:
    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 Director of Career Development.

    • Supported by a generous endowment from the FamilyCare Foundation, the Pre-Health Director will assist students in the College of Arts & Sciences 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.
    • 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 be responsible for some independent teaching as well as collaborating with faculty on other presentations in and out of the classroom.
    • The Director will also be responsible for a variety of administrative functions, from creating advising materials through maintaining accurate databases and participating in assessment of the program.

    Job Responsibilities Include:
    • Advise individual students and alumni throughout their career decision-making process, supporting career discovery, experiential learning, internships, research, and application processes
    • In partnership with a faculty advisory committee, this individual will chair the committee and assist students and alumni in their application process for medical school and other health-related graduate programs. This will include advising and coaching students, operationalizing and coordinating a process to write letters of recommendation, and running a practice interview program
    • Support admissions in the recruitment of prospective pre-health students, which may include participating in a scholarship selection process and responding to student and parent inquiries
    • Plan and implement pre-health and public health career-related programming on and off campus
    • Oversee the distribution of summer research/internship fund distribution in collaboration with the Director of Career Development
    • Provide academic advising to supplement faculty advising, and develop and lead workshops to enhance advising initiatives
    • Establish relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, business and community stakeholders to generate new opportunities for undergraduate students
    • Ensure complete and accurate data collection and analysis related to student and alumni interested in health-related careers, including outcomes data
    • Maintain knowledge of ongoing developments in admissions exams (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, PA-CAT, GRE, etc.), timelines and processes.
    • Connect with graduate and professional programs to construct curriculum maps and assisting students in course-planning
    • Research, develop, assess, and maintain internship and research opportunities locally and regionally
    • Maintain website and printed materials for pre-health and public health programs in collaboration with faculty and student leaders
    • Other duties as assigned


    The successful candidate will possess:
    • Master’s Degree in a relevant field; PhDs are welcome to apply
    • 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.
    • Personal initiative and an ability to manage projects simultaneously, to set priorities and follow through
    • Evidence of experience in successful outreach towards, and in cultivating and working with, community partners and relevant institutional associations
    • 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
    • A strong commitment to Willamette’s mission and to the importance of Willamette’s relationships with its constituencies.
    • The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding sensitive materials and information.