Assistant Director of Health Professions

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$54,000 -$56,000
24 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Organizational Structure
The Collaborative for Student Achievement reports to both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and is made up of the following student service units: Advising for Undeclared Students, Community for Excellence Scholar Programs, Key Communities, Orientation and Transition Programs, Outreach and Support Programs, and Health Professions Advising. In all its activities, the Center emphasizes and enhances students’ abilities and assets, and supports the campus priority for a diverse and supportive learning environment. Along with student service units, Collaborative for Student Achievement has four support areas, which include the Welcome Center, budget, human resources, and technology; along with oversight of the Scholastic Standards process and undeclared student computer labs.
There are 47 full time staff, 187 student staff, and one graduate assistant; providing services to a large volume of students (6,400 incoming students, all second year students, 500 students involved in Key Communities, over 11,000 student appointments, 23,000 phone calls, 1,200 appeals and 5,000 Scholastic Standard Letters). The Collaborative for Student Achievement is a complex enterprise overseeing a 4.7-million-dollar operational budget, including student fees, state appropriated, and auxiliary funds; along with stewardship of 1.7 million-dollars for scholarships, scholar programming, and endowments.
Mission of Unit/Dept, Who does this position report to?
Collaborative for Student Achievement Mission and Goals
The Collaborative for Student Achievement’s mission is empowering students to create and achieve their personal and educational goals. It is a dynamic organization that integrates the curricular and co-curricular experiences for students and creates inclusive communities that have positively impacted the academic success, retention and graduation of CSU students. Our goals are to:
1. Positively impact retention and graduation by providing innovative and intentional programs and services.
2. Enhance learning by engaging students in curricular and co-curricular experiences.
3. Support successful student transitions to and through the university.
4. Provide opportunities for students and staff to create meaningful connections.
5. Foster a thriving, healthy, inclusive work environment that encourages growth.
6. Promote a welcoming and diverse environment in which students learn about others with backgrounds and experiences different from their own.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director for Health Professions oversees the Health Profession Advising Unit. Health Profession (HP) advisors help prospective students, current students, and alumni prepare for health professional programs. More specifically, advisors assist students in exploring their interests in clinical human or animal health professions, understanding the curricular and extra-curricular requirements needed to become competitive candidates for admission to professional schools which is complementary to a student’s departmental academic advising, and evaluating their progress toward meeting these requirements. Additionally, HP advisors guide students in gaining appropriate and relevant experiences, prepare for entrance exams, choose an appropriate list of potential clinical programs, and complete the application processes. For more information about Academic Advising for Health Professions Students at CSU, please visit
Reporting Structure
The Health Professions Advising Assistant Director is a full-time 12-month Administrative Professional position which reports to the Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Achievement.

Required Job Qualifications

Master’s degree in student affairs, social sciences, science, or related fields

Minimum of three years’ professional experience providing academic and/or health professions advising in a higher education setting

Demonstrated ability to supervise a staff that are responsible for expertise about a diversity of health professions and professional school admission requirement with schools across the country

Preferred Job Qualifications

Demonstrated cultural competency with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, and the ability to do active outreach to underrepresented students interested in health professions. Work with highly motivated goal oriented students.

Demonstrated ability to collaborate with campus departments and individual staff in providing services for students interested in health professions and in working with faculty and department chairs that offer health related curriculums across the university.

Demonstrated ability to work with students at a variety of levels ranging from prospective students, continuing students, and alumni who are all at different stages of pursuing a health profession. Expertise in working with students taking science courses, exploring various health professions, and at times determining alternative career paths.

Experience developing, facilitating, and evaluating programs and teaching courses for students interested in health professions.

Experience with co-curricular opportunities such as advising student organizations and collaborating with learning communities.

Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative assessment of measure program impact, including developing and accessing student learning and program outcomes.

Capacity to be a self-motivated, independent, and creative team player with the ability to multi-task within a fast paced and ever changing work environment.

Strong communication skills, including interpersonal communications skills, presentation skills, and writing skills.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Administrative Oversight Duty/Responsibility

Provide leadership, vision, and managerial oversight for the operation and enhancement of the Health Profession Advising Unit.

Hire, train, supervise, evaluate and determine salary and/or merit increases for three professional advising staff. Work with health professions advisors to formulate individual work plans and discuss their progress.

Develop and manage the unit’s budgets (~ $1,302,730)(university allocation and fee-funded MCAT Class) including projections for future needs and programs.

Oversee the marketing efforts for the unit including websites, brochures, and university communication ensuring that the campus is aware of Health Profession Advising services.

Determine five year Strategic Plans with program learning outcomes, implement assessment and evaluation processes, compile year end unit reports, share data to campus stakeholders, and adjust services based on assessment data. Track, to the extent possible, the number of Colorado State students pursuing a health career and those who enroll in health profession schools.

Collaborate with other units in the Collaborative for Student Achievement focusing on Orientation and Transition Programs, Key Communities and Undeclared Advising.

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Campus and Health Profession School Collaboration Duty/Responsibility

Develop strategic collaborations with health profession schools, academic department chairs, Associate Deans, Student Affairs, and Admissions to providing optimal services to health profession students. Serve as a liaison between health profession schools and campus stakeholders.

Work with advisors across campus to identify and refer current students and alumni who are applying to professional programs (e.g., application workshops, information on entrance exams, letters of recommendation, etc.) to the support services of the Health Professions Unit.

Coordinate the unit’s participation in recruitment, diversity and retention efforts with various campus programs such as Visit Days, Ram Orientation, and Ram Welcome.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Health Profession Advising and Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Provide pre-professional advising, in-person, phone or by e-mail, to prospective students, current students, and alumni including initial exploration of health careers, gaining appropriate experiences, and preparing for and determining the timeline to apply to professional schools.

Be knowledgeable of the university and departmental curricular requirements and assist students and advisors to integrate the professional school requirements into a student’s academic program, focusing on schools that Colorado State students commonly apply.

Work holistically with highly motivated goal oriented students
to understand and plan for the academic and experiential requirements to be a competitive applicant to a professional school including required and recommended courses, health care experiences, and letters of evaluation. Occasionally, work with students to develop alternative career plans.

Service as the “campus expert” for students, faculty and staff regarding questions about the admissions requirements (courses, experiences and testing) and process to apply to the professional schools within the assigned area of expertise and for health professions in general.

Lead health profession activity efforts such as teaching health profession seminars as part of the Key Health Profession Learning Community, advising health profession student organizations, and implementing health profession career fairs.

Promote the exposure of health careers to students from medically underserved populations or with an interest in working with individuals from underserved populations.

Percentage Of Time 25

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Jordan Ervin,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.