Health Professions Advisor

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Collaborative for Student Achievement empowers students to explore and engage in their educational and personal purpose, within an inclusive community that supports learning and graduation. The Collaborative for Student Achievement is made up of five units which include Orientation and Transition Programs, Academic Advising for Undeclared Students, Key Communities, Outreach and Support Programs, and Health Professions Advising. In all its activities, the Collaborative for Student Achievement emphasizes and enhances students’ abilities and assets, and supports the campus priority for a diverse and supportive learning environment.
Through academic, community and professional engagement health professions advisors assist students in exploring and preparing for careers in human and animal health.

Position Summary

The Health Professions (HP) advising unit of the Collaborative for Student Achievement consists of a full-time assistant director and three full-time advisors who work with students interested in pursuing professional animal or human health careers. HP advisors serve as complementary advisors to a student’s departmental academic advisor. All pre-health students have academic majors within one of the colleges or are undeclared students who are advised through the Collaborative for Student Achievement. The Health Professions Advisor works within a team of the Collaborative for Student Achievement advisors and reports to the Assistant Director of Health Professions Advising. For more information about Health Professions Advising at CSU, please visit

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, completed by June 1, 2018
  • One year of professional experience in a higher education setting

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience providing academic and/or career advising to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Demonstrated ability to work with highly motivated, goal oriented students
  • Demonstrated experience working with students in science based programs and/or pursuing health related careers
  • Experience coordinating and communicating with campus organizations and departments from both academic and student affairs
  • Demonstrated understanding of student development and awareness of the transition issues of students entering and progressing through higher education, particularly those pursuing health profession careers
  • Demonstrated ability to assist students to achieve their educational and professional goals
  • Strong communication skills, including interpersonal, presentation, writing and technical/computer skills
  • Experience teaching first year seminars or similar courses
  • Experience developing, facilitating and evaluating programs for students
  • Self-motivated team player with demonstrated ability to multi-task within a fast paced work environment
  • Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling, psychology, or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations

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 HEALTH PROFESSIONS ADVISING Duty/Responsibility

  • Serve as the primary Health Professions Advisor for 600-800 students pursuing health careers.
  • Work holistically with students to understand the academic and experiential requirements to be a competitive applicant to a professional school including required and recommended courses, volunteer and health care experiences and letters of recommendation. Help students to identify areas they need to improve upon and strategies to best address their areas of weakness
  • Serve as a “campus expert” for students, faculty and staff regarding questions about the admissions requirements (courses, experiences and testing) and processes to apply to health professional schools. Track and communicate to students and relevant campus advisors/faculty changes in the requirements for admission to professional schools as they occur
  • Design and implement programs and workshops to assist students in preparing for and applying to health profession programs. Explain to students the common and secondary applications for professional programs and assist them in completing those applications including evaluating and editing their applications
  • Assist students who decide not to pursue a professional program or who are not competitive applicants to explore and prepare to enter alternative health related or other careers
  • Design and Conduct Workshops and seminars for students on topics such as: applications and personal statements, writing personal statements, exploring health careers, and shadowing/volunteer opportunities
  • Be knowledgeable of the university and departmental requirements and assist students and advisors to integrate the professional school requirements into a student’s academic program. Health profession students at CSU can major in any discipline and participate in a number of special academic communities such as honors or learning communities
  • Maintain accurate and detailed advising notes through the online system
  • Track contacts of advising appointments, phone calls and e-mails monthly
  • Serve as the advisor for one or more health professions clubs

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category OUTREACH Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain and update the content of the Health Professions website and work with the office IT staff to develop the design and functionality of the site
  • Maintain and update materials for students, faculty, staff and prospective students regarding preparation for the health professions in general, and specifically at Colorado State
  • Assist in maintaining and distributing the electronic Health Professions Happenings Newsletter
  • Identify and reach out to students from populations historically underrepresented in healthcare to provide them information and encourage them to explore a professional health career
  • Identify and intentionally conduct advising outreach to underrepresented students who identified themselves as interested in a health career
  • Identify existing summer research and health care experience programs across Colorado and the country and provide that information to appropriate students and assist them in applying to these programs – many of these programs are of low-cost or no-cost
  • Provide workshops and information about fee assistance programs for national admission tests and common application services
  • Intentionally help students connect and become exposed to health care professionals who themselves are from diverse backgrounds and/or first generation students
  • Work with the cultural center and advocacy offices and colleges to better coordinate outreach efforts to underrepresented students interested in health professions
  • Conduct presentations for prospective students and their parents on Health Professions Programs at Admission Visit Days
  • Conduct presentations on Health Professions Programs at Ram Orientation Programs
  • Teach Freshman Seminars within the Key Health Professions Community as requested

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category LIAISON Duty/Responsibility

  • Be aware of and advertise health related volunteer, research and summer programs for pre-health students
  • Serve as a contact for the Colorado and other regional schools offering health profession programs
  • Answer e-mails from prospective students and alums regarding health professions programs
  • Be aware of and maintain contact with appropriate Professional Associations (NACADA, NAAHP) and the professional associations of medical schools (AAMC, AACOM, ADA, AAVMC, APTA, etc) and their application/testing services

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain knowledge of Colorado State University majors, campus resources, information systems, and University and college department policies and procedures
  • Maintain relationships with advisors and faculty in the departments in which health profession students major and/or take prerequisite classes. Communicate to departments the course requirements for various professional programs
  • Develop familiarity with student development theories/developmental advising and incorporate them into advising techniques
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with student diversity programs, academic departments, student affairs departments, student groups, and University resources
  • In cooperation with supervisor, design and implement a plan for professional development

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Contribute to the Collaborative for Student Achievement Staff Team Duty/Responsibility

  • Be a positive contributor and member of the Health Professions unit
  • Practice open communication, be supportive of the efforts and activities of other staff members
  • Act as a positive representative of the Collaborative and the Health Professions unit, and a be positive role model for students
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of overall Collaborative goals and priorities

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

If you have questions, please contact Jordan Ervin.

Conditions of Employment

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

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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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.