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Director of Health Professions

Susquehanna University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Nov 27, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Full Time

Director of Health Professions

About Susquehanna:
Susquehanna University is the future-ready institution for today, invested in cultivating intellectual grounding, active learning and global citizenship for all students. Renowned as one of the finest U.S. national liberal arts colleges, Susquehanna inspires and challenges 2,200 enterprising, bright-minded students studying the arts, business, humanities and sciences. Our students seize opportunities through exceptional worldwide internships, expert-guided research and an acclaimed study-abroad program, leading to a transformative education that empowers each graduate to realize their unique potential and lead a successful and meaningful life.

The Susquehanna River Valley with its fresh air and overall pleasant year-round climate, provides four distinct seasons amidst a backdrop of vibrant autumn foliage, occasional winter snowfalls, flower-filled springs and warm summer evenings illuminated by fireflies. Nearby outdoor recreational areas for hiking, kayaking, fishing and skiing — and the bustling cultural and commerce hubs of New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia within a three-hour drive — present abundant opportunities for learning and discovery.

Position Summary:
Job SummaryThe 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 Responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain the professional network and expertise needed to advise students interested in the health professions.
  • 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 professions.
  • 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).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Effective interpersonal communication and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations and/or professionals from a wide variety of disciplines, and related external organizations.
  • 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 requirements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Required Qualifications:
EducationA Master’s Degree in the life sciences or a health-related field is required.ExperienceRequired:
  • Minimum of five years related work experience in either the health professions or undergraduate advising.
  • Experience advising undergraduate students.
  • Experience teaching at any level.

Additional RequirementsWillingness 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 requirements.Physical DemandTypical office environment:
  • 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 instruction.
  • Position requires manual dexterity and the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience advising undergraduate students in the health professions.
  • Experience teaching human anatomy and/or physiology.
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate-level.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Number of Months: 12 months
Other Number of Months:
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time
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Posting Date:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: No
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Posting Number: AH01090

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