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University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate Director of PreMed/PreHealth Advising - CNS Advising Center (Hybrid Opportunity) in Amherst, Massachusetts

Associate Director of PreMed/PreHealth Advising - CNS Advising Center (Hybrid Opportunity)

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:CNS Advising Center


Categories: Academic Advising & Learning Resources, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.  The College of Natural Sciences is the largest academic unit on the UMass Amherst campus, includes 14 departments and two schools, serves over 7,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, and has a presence in 18 buildings on Campus.

Job Summary

Under the guidance of the Director of the PreMed/PreHealth Advising Office, the Associate Director of PreMed/PreHealth Advising makes long-term strategic plans based on student success metrics, plans and facilitates yearly ongoing activities and programming, organizes visits by health professions schools and supervise junior staff in the PreMed/PreHealth Advising Office while maintaining a full advising caseload, working closely with student leaders in various health professions societies on campus, and assessing effectiveness of the programs and advising systems to support the mission of preparing students for success in postgraduate programs in the health professions.

Essential Functions

  • Trains, directly supervises, and mentors the junior PreMed/PreHealth Advisor(s).

  • Works with the Director to develop long-term strategic plans for the advising office using predictive software and student success data.

  • Utilizes data analytics and assess student success initiatives.

  • Provides comprehensive group and individualized advising to students pursuing careers in the health professions with special emphasis on academic requirements, community engagement and clinical experience.

  • Manages the activities and services of the PreMed/PreHealth Advising Office, including, but not limited to, providing guidance to Peer Advisors, preparing relevant workshops, preparing and editing monthly newsletters, maintaining accurate student records, and arranging admissions visits for pre-health students.

  • Works with applicants each cycle to help them prepare for application to pre-health graduate/professional school programs. This includes maintaining access to relevant advisor portals, collecting student self-assessments, assisting in writing advisor letters, assisting students with personal statements, organizing workshops for applicants, and facilitating interview preparation using online platforms and other resources.

  • Collaborates in the development and on-going assessment of programming to support students who are typically under-represented in medicine (URIM). Facilitates outreach efforts to URIM students who may be interested in applying for pipeline programs in the health professions. 

  • Chairs planning committee for annual Pre-Health Networking Dinner.

  • Prepares and presents workshops for prospective students and their parents at new student orientation, fall and spring recruiting events and freshman advising.

  • Communicates regularly with students through the department email list.

  • Attends local, regional, and national meetings for health professions advisors and seek opportunities to participate (moderating sessions, presenting workshops) thereby promoting the University brand.

  • Develops and maintains a good working relationship with a range of support offices on campus including but not limited to: International Programs Office, Undergraduate Registrar, Registered Student Organizations (RSO), Disability Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Career and Professional Development Center and Residential Academic Programs.

  • Teaches and/or contributes to current and future course offerings in the PreMed/PreHealth Office.

  • Collaborates with other advisors and professional staff within and outside of CNS to achieve shared goals.

  • Creates content for and edits the PreMed/PreHealth webpages.

  • Attends monthly Chief Undergraduate Advisors meetings.

  • Participates in University-wide professional development opportunities for advisors.

    Other Functions

  • Works collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 

  • Works in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Performs other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences. 

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's Degree.

  • At least three (3) years in academic advising.

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Experience advising students from a range of educational, social and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Ability to forge meaningful collaborations in an effort to identify and achieve shared goals.

  • Possess the ability to work within a large, culturally diverse workforce of faculty, staff, students and other important constituents.

  • Experience working with students from a range of academic abilities. Must have knowledge of the needs of students coming from under-resourced high schools.

  • Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheets and database management programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities in a fast-paced office catering to a high volume of undergraduate students and alumni.

  • Ability to remain up to date with a high volume of diverse and complex curricular requirements, academic policies, procedures, and admissions criteria.

  • Provides career development advising for the health professions, and programming on preparation for careers in the health sciences.

    Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience in advising and supporting students interested in pursuing careers in health professions. 

  • Able to successfully interact with a student body representing a range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Familiarity with University student advising data platforms.

  • Background in University academic policies.

    Work Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 37.5 hours per week.

  • May be required to work some weekends.

  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.

    Salary Information

    Level 27

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, Diversity Statement (see below) and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. ( )

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Feb 9 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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