The Aspire Program is a comprehensive 4-year career development
program that integrates entrepreneurship, creativity, and
leadership to prepare students for the careers of today and of the
future. The Aspire Center is the hub of activity for The Aspire
Program with a scope of work that extends well beyond the work of a
traditional career center. Carthage's location in the Milwaukee to
Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of
experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities, and its
unique J-term and off-campus study programs provide global options
to expand students' perspectives on the world.
Each Career Specialist in The Aspire Center is an integrated
member of the campus holistic advising team/model, working with
faculty, student success advisors, and other colleagues, to provide
added support to students in order to support their success during
and after Carthage. This specialist will serve as a liaison to a
set of academic departments, including the following: Athletic
Training, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Exercise and Sport
Science, Neuroscience, Nursing, Physics and Astronomy; collaborate,
as needed, with other related departments.
Every student is assigned to a Career Specialist based upon a
combination of career interests and areas of study, so there are
opportunities to support students more effectively for their
specific interests, which might not perfectly align with their
Last year, the College began implementing a revised model for
supporting health/pre-health students as a custom path within The
Aspire Program, which positions a faculty member and Aspire Career
Specialist as co-chairs and facilitators of a broader network of
faculty/staff, students, and other partners committed to providing
holistic support to students through their journey toward
admittance into graduate/professional school and success in science
and health care careers in alignment with the Aspire 4-year
Beyond health/pre-health, faculty actively guide and mentor
students across the sciences, so the Career Specialist will work
closely with many science faculty to develop initiatives that
extend the support for students and align existing and new efforts
more closely with The Aspire Program and students' My Aspire Plans
(MAPs). MAP, powered by technology provided by Suitable, is
Carthage's primary tool for helping students to engage in
micro-learning experiences and to develop a developmental
ePortfolio containing their personal and professional development
The Science and Health Career Specialist/Co-Chair for Pre-Health
Advising needs to be a proactive collaborator and consensus-focused
leader, who is skilled at leading and listening to stakeholders to
develop experiences that support students' engagement in The Aspire
Program and students' successful preparation for life after
In order to successfully satisfy the goals of the role, the
Science and Health Career Specialist will engage in activities like
- Organize contributors, gather feedback, and co-lead the
pre-health advising team, establishing and reinforcing the
structures, programs, and on-going professional development for
students and contributors to provide a unified, satisfying
experience for students and contributors.
- Collaborate with partners/contributors (ex. faculty, alumni,
employers, graduate/professional school representatives) to plan
formal and informal learning opportunities aligned with The Aspire
Program competencies to help students design and fulfill
expectations for their My Aspire Plans (MAPs). Contribute to
relationship development and donor stewardship activities; support
and promote individual and group experiences to help students build
necessary skills/networks for success, which may include assisting
with job shadowing, networking/mentoring events, site visits, and
professional skill-building workshops.
- Advise students (individually and in small groups) on the full
range of career development tasks such as recognizing personal
capabilities; defining career plans; understanding expectations for
their field(s) of interest; networking with mentors,
graduate/professional school representatives, and employers;
obtaining experiential learning, and securing post-graduate
opportunities consistent with their personal and professional
- Identify, use, and develop resources to support students'
competency development; utilize internal and external resources and
Carthage subscription services (such as Jobscan, PathwayU,
Handshake, and others).
- Promote The Aspire Program and Carthage College to prospective
and current students, as well as other key audiences.
- Participate in data collection and assessment efforts in
alignment with departmental- and campus-wide goals and measures.
Coordinate and contribute to data collection and assessment
specific to understanding progress and outcomes for science and
- Career Specialists often teach as part of their normal
responsibilities; the most common courses are a College Success
Seminar for new students or an Aspire-related course.
- Complete other duties as assigned or as opportunities
- Graduate degree preferred; bachelor's degree required.
- All areas of study are invited to apply.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Strong appreciation for science and/or healthcare.
- Enjoy creating new programs/initiatives by working both
independently and with others as part of a team; ability to build
consensus with experienced colleagues.
- Ability to work effectively within a culturally diverse
community of students/alumni, faculty, and staff along with
external stakeholders from a variety of industries.
- Experience in advising, teaching, or counseling; experience
with high school or college-aged students or other related
- Skilled with using technology required for the role, such as
Google Workspace/GSuite, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, social
media (such as LinkedIn and Instagram), and similar productivity,
reporting and communication tools.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills across
mediums with attentiveness to detail, tone, audience, etc.
- Candidate must be able to work with some interruptions and be
able to prioritize immediate and longer term work; experience
planning multiple events or initiatives at the same time.
- Available to work some evenings and weekends; valid driver's
license and willingness to travel (primarily in Kenosha, Racine,
Milwaukee, and Chicagoland area).
REQUIRED MINDSETS FOR SUCCESS:
- Commitment to improving equity and inclusion.
- Optimistic and team-oriented; able to keep team goals in mind,
even when working independently.
- Works well with ambiguity and is able to make decisions without
always having all of the information.
- Thinks strategically and is able to prioritize.
- Adaptable and able to handle unforeseen events/requests with
ease and cheerfulness.
Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV online. Materials can
be addressed to:
Ms. Lisa Hinkley
Associate Vice President for Career & Professional
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
All candidate applications for the Science and Health Career
Specialist/Pre-Health Advising Co-Chair must be submitted through
the official application portal for Carthage College. Review of
applications will continue until a successful candidate is found.
Applications from traditionally under-represented groups are
actively encouraged. Any correspondence related to this search
should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of
reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation,
so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a
four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran
tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and
intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin,
midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the
opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful
campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home
to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time
students. Our rich academic experience equips students with
foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be
lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.
Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE)
dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community.
We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including
members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with
disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation,
national origin, protected veteran status or status as an
individual with a disability.