Under the direction of the Assistant Provost for Student Success, and serving as a member of the Center for Student Academic Success (CSAS) team, the Director of Pre-Health Programs, CSAS is responsible for supporting students interested in pursuing a professional or graduate degree in the health professions including, but not limited to, medicine, dentistry, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, behavioral health, and other areas of health care, through academic advising and career planning. Serving as an advisor for pre-health students, the Director of Pre-Health Programs works in conjunction with faculty members, academic Deans, and academic and student support staff, on pre-health curriculum, and to provide academic and career advising on pathways, including the graduate school application process. The Director of Pre-Health Programs is responsible for the creation of learning and engagement opportunities for students to explore a variety of pre-health professions, and providing support and strategies to enhance student learning and promote student success, while working closely with the School of Social and Natural Sciences, colleagues across campus, and outside constituents. In conjunction with other members of the Center for Student Academic Success staff, Enrollment Management, the Registrar's Office, and Student Life, the Director collaborates on a variety of student success and retention initiatives to support University goals, as well as representing CSAS on University committees and at University events, such as orientations, enrollment events, and in communications with prospective students.
Essential Functions / Characteristics
• Work one on one with students from a variety of majors who are interested in pursuing a pre-health degree.
• Serve as a resource for students and faculty about pre-health programs and opportunities.
• Work collaboratively with the Faculty Advisor to the Health Professions Program.
• Assist students in developing an academic plan that meets University requirements and prepares them for graduate study in their desired field.
• Build relationships with academic departments to create pathways and opportunities for pre-health students.
• Educate students about course planning and registration processes, communicate regularly with advisees, make referrals to campus resources, and serve are the primary contact to meet individual needs.
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge about the University's programs and requirements by consulting with schools, Deans, and pre-health graduate programs at other institutions.
• Provide information regarding specialized programs and health professional preparation to interested students.
• Guide students through the application process for graduate school, including timelines, requirements, and recommendations.
• Educate students on options for graduate work, including programs, research opportunities, internships, and assistantships.
• Serve as the primary contact, and academic management coach, to support the needs of pre-health students including academic support and referrals to campus resources.
• Collaborate with academic departments to ensure necessary courses are being delivered.
• Create and advise a pre-health club for students providing other opportunities outside the normal terms.
• Deliver workshops and pre-heath related events in collaboration with academic departments, CCPD, and others.
• Work collaboratively with the Assistant Provost and others to gather, analyze, and interpret data as it relates to pre-health students.
• Complete the CSAS matriculation processes, including withdrawals and reinstatements as well as Academic Petitions.
• Serve as a member of the student success team, with a particular focus on providing front-line services to students who need academic support.
• Work collaboratively with faculty advisors to improve the quality of student advising and ensure a successful academic plan.
• Participate in CSAS outreach and retention efforts.
• Serve on University committees as directed by the Assistant Provost.
• Represent the Office and University at Enrollment and other events.
***When you join Roger Williams University, you will have access to our outstanding benefit package including: Time off (paid vacation days, paid holidays, and paid sick days), Tuition Benefits, Generous 403(b) match, Professional Development Opportunities, Medical/Dental/Vision insurance offered, Wellness Incentive Program, access to Roger Williams athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and much more!***
• Master's degree in a field related to academic advising (such as higher education administration, college student personnel, or education), or pre-health.
• Minimum two years of higher education experience with direct responsibility in student advising (pre-health preferred), academic planning, or pre-health programs.
• Comprehensive knowledge about the pre-health field as well as student academic advising and associated resources.
• Demonstrated ability with technology, including Microsoft Office applications, student management systems, and ability to learn platforms specific to the University.
• Experience working with diverse student populations and commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access initiatives.
• Successful record of working in a fast paced, student focused, team-based work environment.
• Comfortable handling sensitive, complex, and time critical information.
• Excellent communication skills, including presentation skills.
• Ability to appropriately represent the University at recruitment and student events.
• Ability to be flexible as the needs of the population continuously change.
• Able to work independently, prioritize work, and meet goals in a timely manner.
At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.