Director of Health Professions
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The primary role of the Director of
Health Professions is to develop and provide a range of advising
support services to Susquehanna University students and recent
alumni preparing for careers in the health professions such as
medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant,
nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical
laboratory science and veterinary medicine. The position is a
12-month administrative appointment housed in the Department of
Biology, with teaching responsibilities in the Biomedical Sciences
major and Health Care Studies minor. This position reports to the
department head of Biology. This position is defined as an exempt
position under FLSA regulations.Specific
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Develop and maintain the professional network and expertise
needed to advise students interested in the health
- Recruit students interested in the health professions and
develop innovative new avenues to increase enrollment.
- Oversee all aspects of health professions advising, including
one-to-one advising of students and recent alumni, helping them to
understand how to best prepare for their chosen career (e.g.,
necessary pre-requisites, volunteer hours, etc.
- Develop and provide group programming such as presentations and
workshops relevant to those pursuing a career in the health
professions, and advise the pre-health student club.
- Assist with placements and oversee administrative
responsibilities required for student internships in the health
- Assist students throughout the application process (e.g.,
providing information on testing dates, financial support
available, personal statements, etc.).
- Solicit input from faculty and staff and write committee
letters for students applying to medical school, dental school,
optometry, veterinary medicine, and related programs.
- Maintain a comprehensive database to track student outcomes in
the health professions (e.g. applications, acceptances, etc.).
- Teach 6 contact hours each semester; courses may include
anatomy, physiology, human health and disease, and business of
health care (or similar topical courses).
- Effective interpersonal communication and the ability to work
effectively with diverse populations and/or professionals from a
wide variety of disciplines, and related external
- An understanding of the professional skills and academic
background necessary to be accepted to and to succeed in the
various health professions schools.
- Familiarity with specific requirements for various health
professions and with the professional school admissions
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
A Master’s Degree in the life sciences or
a health-related field is
- Minimum of five years related work experience in either the
health professions or undergraduate advising.
- Experience advising undergraduate students.
- Experience teaching at any level.
Willingness to travel to
annual professional conferences in the field and attend weekend and
summer recruiting events is required.This role is identified as one
that includes significant interaction with students and/or campus
activities, and/or has oversight for disciplinary procedures.
Therefore, this staff member is considered a Campus Security
Authority (CSA) and is required to report any disclosed Clery Act
crime and remain compliant with annual CSA training
- Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended
periods and the ability to move about the campus.
- Position requires the ability to talk and to hear
- Position requires manual dexterity and the ability to
occasionally lift up to 10 pounds.
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
- Experience advising undergraduate students in the health
- Experience teaching human anatomy and/or physiology.
- Experience teaching at the undergraduate-level.
Number of Months:
Other Number of Months:
Work Schedule/Hours per Week:
Open Until Filled:
Anticipated Start Date:
To apply, visit https://jobs.susqu.edu/postings/3711