The George Mason University Center for Academic Advising, Retention and Transitions (CAART) is seeking a Health Professions Advising Coordinator who can provide undergraduate students aspiring to be health professionals with information, advising, and application support necessary to prepare for admission to health professions schools.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Health Professions Advising Coordinator will help students explore health professions and guide students as they navigate requirements for the health professions. The person in this role is expected to collaborate with University Career Services, department advisors, faculty, representatives from health profession schools and other stakeholders to offer services and provide resources for pre-health students in meeting their career goals.
Advising and Coordinating Responsibilities:
Serve as knowledgeable and skilled health professions advisor for students interested in fields such as medicine, podiatry, optometry, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, allied health programs such as physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, athletic training, therapeutic recreation as well as other health professions schools.
Provide individual, walk-in and group advising to the pre-health students; create model of differentiated service options based on student needs.
Advise students on strategies for exploring academic and career interests, academic planning and preparing with the goal of becoming a competitive applicant for the health professions programs.
Advise students regarding their readiness and timing of their pre-health application and how to navigate the application process.
Support students during application process including application materials, timelines, admissions tests, personal statements, letters of recommendation, school selection, and interviews.
Communicate and collaborate with CAART team colleagues regarding health professions advising, activities and trends.
Maintain strong relationships and partnerships with George Mason University academic departments and undergraduate advisors as well as the University Career Service's industry counselors regarding health professions advising and programming. Establish Health Professions Advisory Board.
Maintain active membership in the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).
Coordinate programs to enhance awareness and knowledge of varied health professions fields. Manage communications and event announcements.
Coordinate workshops and information sessions for health profession applicants through the application process.
Represent CAART at events hosted by Admissions, Orientation, University Career Services, and Academic Departments.
Develop and maintain publications, website, listserv and social media.
Support health professions student organizations and their faculty/staff advisors.
Develop relationships with Admissions Offices and Deans of health professions schools.
Represent George Mason University at professional conferences and associations.
Assessment and Reporting
Maintain accurate records of students' progress in meeting standards/deadlines regarding applications, admissions and test scores, etc.
Report application outcomes and student success profiles.
Collect and maintain data pertaining to admission and acceptance rate of George Mason students to health professions programs.
Required Education and Experience:
Master's degree required;
Higher education experience in academic advising, teaching, or counseling required;
Experience building partnerships with university colleagues and external constituents required.
Experience supporting students from a diversity of backgrounds required.
Education in a science or health-related field preferred.
Experience advising or teaching students interested in health professions preferred.
Experience in website development and use of social media preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills;
Ability to collect, analyze, and present data;
Attention to detail and administrative workflows;
Ability to use technology to gather information and communicate effectively;
Ability to coordinate functions, including guidance/support of staff involved in accomplishing those functions;
Ability to build effective relationships among multiple stakeholders including students, advisors, health professions programs, and admissions representatives;
Ability to design programs and initiatives that meet the needs of multiple stakeholders;
Ability to create and conduct effective presentations for group settings;
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team that shares responsibility for achieving advising excellence, supporting student success, and implementing strategies to achieve organizational goals;
Ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of diversity and inclusion. Apply understanding of holistic admissions and the ways health professions schools are addressing concerns related to access, diversity, and inclusion.
Salary: $50-55K; Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA547Z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Review of applications will begin after November 16, 2018.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 44174
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.