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The George Mason University, Office of Academic Advising invites applications for the position of Coordinator, Health Professions Advising. 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.
About the Department:
The Office of the Provost is the primary central administrative unit for the university's academic programs. Its range of interests includes curriculum, instructional personnel, assessment, accreditation, international initiatives, and oversight of the overall academic mission. The mission of Undergraduate Education is to provide all students with a quality, engaging undergraduate education that gives them the tools to be Engaged Citizens and Well-Rounded Scholars who are Prepared to act. Undergraduate Education manages the Undergraduate and Mason Core Curriculum, Academic Advising, Fellowships, UNIV Programs, and the Mason Impact initiatives including Civic Engagement.
About the Position:
Reporting to the Senior Director of Advising, the Health Professions Advising Coordinator will utilize a holistic advising approach and knowledge about George Mason academic programs to help students explore health professions, and guide students as they navigate educational and other requirements for a health professions post-baccalaureate education. The coordinator will integrate their pre-health advising with students' academic major program advising to identify a health-related field specific to students' professional goals. In addition, the coordinator is expected to collaborate with university stakeholders (e.g., Career Services, department advisors, faculty, representatives from health professions schools) and other internal and external stakeholders to offer services to and provide resources for students interested in health professions in meeting their academic, career, and personal goals.
Serve as knowledgeable and skilled health professions advisor for students interested in fields such as medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, veterinary, pharmacy, and allied health professions such as physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, athletic training, therapeutic recreation and other health professions;
Provide scheduled individual and group advising, and walk-in advising to students interested in health professions; create model of differentiated service options based on individual student needs;
Advise students on strategies for exploring academic, career, and personal interests, academic planning and preparation with the goal of becoming a competitive applicant for health professions programs;
Advise students regarding their readiness and timing of health professions school 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 interview process;
Communicate and collaborate with colleagues and other constituents regarding health professions advising and trends;
Maintain effective relationships and partnerships with George Mason University academic departments and academic advisors, was well as University Career Service's Industry Counselors and internal and external partners and stakeholders regarding health professions advising and programming;
Coordinate a Health Professions Advisory Board;
Maintain active membership and participation in the National Association of Advisors for Health Professions (NAAHP) and other related professional organizations such as the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA);
Coordinate programming to enhance awareness and knowledge of varied health professions fields. Manage communications and event announcements;
Coordinate workshops and information sessions for health professions applicants through the application process;
Represent Undergraduate Education 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/Recruitment Offices and Deans of health professions schools;
Represent George Mason University at professional conferences and associations;
Communicate timely with students via email, phone and other communication platforms, providing thorough and accurate responses to questions and concerns;
Organize and maintain office files and student records;
Work occasional evening and weekend hours, particularly in the summer, for orientation, related activities, and other required events; and
Maintain consistent, and flexible, appointment calendar availability in Navigate (CRM) for student access to advising.
Assessment and Reporting
Use the University CRM to maintain accurate records of students' progress in meeting standards/deadlines regarding applications, admissions, and test scores, etc.;
Report application outcomes and student success files; and
Collect and maintain data pertaining to admission and acceptance rate of George Mason student to health professions programs.
Student Impact and Outreach
Support admissions and orientation events, internship coordination processes to include internship advising and related paperwork, administrative and programming responsibilities, curriculum development, and/or other duties as assigned;
Identify co-curricular opportunities, such as study abroad, undergraduate research, student activities and other campus events; and
Develop resources and materials for student advising to be distributed to students electronically and physically.
Training and Technology
Coordinator required to participate in university wide-advising onboarding training and continual professional development; and
Coordinator required to utilize the university designated CRM platform for tracking and reporting student interactions and making referrals.
Other Duties As Assigned
Attend regular meetings with key stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of programs; and
Serve on committees and other projects as assigned.
Master's degree in health professions field of study or equivalent combination of education and experience required;
Experience building partnerships with the university and external constituents associatedwith health professions careers and education required;
Experience supporting students from diverse backgrounds interested in health professions required; and
Demonstrated professional experience (typically one to three years) and leadership working in a university setting working with health professions or related field.
Higher education experience in academic advising, teaching, counseling, or a related field knowledge to guide students through their college education toward their health professions career goals;
Experience advising or teaching students interested in health professions;
Experience in website development and use of various social media platforms;
Knowledge of Mason curriculum, policies and processes;
Experience with educational database management systems and customer relationship management systems (CRM);
Prior experience in academic advising or student coaching programs; and
Demonstrated experience with leadership, communication, program development, and administrative skills in their previous experience and interview process.
Salary: $50,000 to $60,000; Commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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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
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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