Director of Health Professions Advising
Franklin & Marshall College invites qualified candidates to apply for the Director of Health Professions Advising opportunity, a highly-visible, collaborative and impactful role at the College. Housed within Franklin & Marshall’s nationally-recognized Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD), which engaged over 80% of Franklin & Marshall students and 1500+ alumni this past year. The Director is a critical part of the broader student and alumni advising team which also includes legal and engineering professions advising. The Director will lead Franklin & Marshall’s robust health professions advising program, and may also have an opportunity to serve as an adjunct faculty member for a science or other course in an appropriate academic department.
The Director’s primary responsibilities include:
- Advising students and alumni contemplating medical and other health professions (e.g. physician assistant, dentistry, veterinary, nursing and beyond) on the academic and experiential requirements to succeed in the pursuit of the same;
- Partnering with OSPGD’s Director of Employer and Community Partnerships to develop and promote clinical, research and other experiential learning opportunities which will make advisees better informed, more competitive candidates for the health professions;
- Guiding students and alumni through the professional school application process, including, without limitation, application materials, entrance examinations (e.g. MCAT, DAT, or GRE), personal statements and interviews, as well as general guidance on professional school financing;
- Chairing the Health Professions Advisory & Review Committee, overseeing the annual meeting to review applicants, and writing committee letters for applicants to medical, dental, and optometry schools;
- Cultivating relationships with admissions deans and staff at health professions schools both regionally and nationally;
- Educating faculty, College House deans, and administrators who are advising students on course selection and major declaration, about the unique academic requirements for the broad range of health professions Franklin & Marshall students are pursuing;
- Partnering with Franklin & Marshall’s Office of Admission and College Advancement to maintain and enhance the strong reputation for Franklin & Marshall’s pre-health program among prospective students and alumni looking to support the program;
- Designing and delivering programs and resources which support the Director’s advising efforts, including on-campus workshops and online, on-demand resources;
- Mentoring the leaders of Franklin & Marshall’s pre-health student clubs and organizations, including the Benjamin Rush Pre-Health Honor Society, Dip Dental, and Pre-Vet Club;
- Collecting and maintaining data pertaining to the admission of students and alumni to health profession schools.
Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, generous retirement savings plan contributions, education benefits for employees, spouses and dependent children, and enjoy access to all College facilities including dining venues to suit all tastes, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
- A graduate degree in a relevant field plus experience teaching, coaching, advising and/or mentoring individuals interested in health professions;
- Exceptional interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills;
- Ability to recognize strengths and clarify the interests and values of students while assisting them in making informed decisions about their life after college;
- Excellent strategic planning, leadership, and organizational skills;
- Commitment to developing innovative approaches to delivering excellent service;
- Experience in creating partnerships with and working creatively and effectively with broad constituencies;
- Team-orientation with an interest in collaborating with other members of OSPGD in preparing students and graduates for success beyond college;
- Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule as needed to accommodate evening and occasional weekend programs;
- Familiarity and experience using Microsoft Office and social media;
The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, Pennsylvania ACT 153 background clearances, and verification of credentials. The College will coordinate these verifications.