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Health Professions Career Advisor

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 23, 2023

Job Description

The Career Advisor for Health Professions Advising (HPA) at Virginia Tech serves on the Health Professions Advising team in Career and Professional Development. Under the direction of the Director of Health Professions Advising, the person in this role contributes to developing and providing a broad range of services to support over 2,500 undergraduates and alumni preparing for careers in the health professions and pursuing professional school admission in fields such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science and veterinary medicine. The career advisor provides advising, programs, presentations, teaching, resources and events to assist students towards meeting their goals; and participates in Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) interviews. Some evening and weekend work required.

Key Responsibilities:
-Provide one-on-one advising (in person and virtually) to students and recent alumni on topics such as choosing a health career direction, selecting an academic major, developing a plan to become a competitive applicant for a graduate health profession program, developing effective interviewing skills, writing effective application materials, and researching graduate health profession schools/programs.
-Develop and deliver presentations, workshops, and programs on topics listed above.
-Lead and/or assist with planning of student programs/events throughout the academic year.
-Participate as a member of the Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) in interviewing students which results in their committee letter.
-Lead and/or serve on task groups and assist with other initiatives as appropriate.

Required Qualifications

-Master’s degree in biological sciences, life sciences, health sciences, higher education, counseling, or related field.
-Previous advising/educating/mentoring experience.
-Demonstrated excellent advising/educating/mentoring and organizational skills as well as analytical skills.
-Demonstrated effective interpersonal communication and ability to work effectively with diverse populations and/or professionals from a wide variety of disciplines, and related external organizations.
-Demonstrated understanding of professional skills necessary to succeed in the health professions school admissions interview process.
-Demonstrated excellent written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications

-Demonstrated experience with academic and/or career advising/coaching.
-Familiarity with health-related fields as well as knowledge of trends in medical/health professional school admissions.
-Knowledge of and experience applying appropriate developmental and advising theories and approaches.
-Previous experience advising/educating/mentoring adolescents and/or young adults.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

44,000 - 47,000

Review Date

November 1, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact (Sue Ellen Crocker) at ( during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: October 23, 2023
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