Health Professions Adviser

Princeton, NJ
Mar 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7238
Department Dean of College
Category Student Affairs and Services
Date Posted 3/8/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Part-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Health Professions Advising Office at Princeton supports a diverse student population preparing for careers in health care, public health, and non-medical fields that relate to healthcare (e.g., health care consulting, public policy, international health system development). We are currently seeking a Health Professions Adviser to fulfill a full time, nine month position during the academic year.

Through individual and group advising, the Adviser will guide students in their academic and co-curricular choices, with special emphasis on first-years and sophomores; monitor students' progress through the pre-health experience; help students understand the diverse opportunities within health professions; and refer students to other resources on campus, as appropriate. The Health Professions Adviser will be expected to collaborate with a broader advising team within the Office of the Dean of the College, including faculty advisers and professional staff in the residential colleges.

The Adviser will provide resources and education around issues in global health and public health and support the Global Health and Health Policy (GHP) certificate program. Student interest in global health and public health has significantly increased in recent years—the undergraduate GHP certificate program attracts about 60-70 students per year, many of whom pursue careers in medicine, public health, and other realms within the health sector. The Adviser will also create and maintain a database of GHP alumni, including their career paths and contact details, and will serve as a resource for connecting students with GHP alumni who share their career interests in the health sector.

The Adviser will report to both the director of Health Professions Advising within the Office of the Dean of the College and the director of Global Health Programs within the Center for Health and Wellbeing / Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and will serve as a liaison between the two offices.

This is a full-time, nine-month position, early September through early June. The position is suitable for an entry level professional with an interest in student advising, health professions advising, or higher education administration. The successful applicant must be available in early September; a May start date is also possible. For full consideration, please apply by April 15.


  • Academic and Career Advising (65%)
    • Performs academic advising duties including: counseling students on course selections, on the timing of courses and their MCAT, DAT, or GRE exam, and on balancing the pre-health requirements with their other academic and extracurricular goals.
    • Is aware of the diversity of opportunities in health-related professions and works with students to consider which paths may be most aligned with their values, abilities and interests, including health-related careers outside of medicine and public health.
    • Provides workshops and facilitates programming on pre-health topics for first-year and sophomore students.
    • Assists with supporting 120-150 Princeton applicants to health professional school (primarily medical school) annually.

  • Global Health and Health Policy Alumni Management (25%)
    • Creates and maintains a database of GHP alumni contact details and career paths.
    • Reaches out to GHP alumni to assess willingness to mentor or counsel students considering health-related careers. Connects students with willing alumni as appropriate.
    • Assists in organizing virtual and on-campus events involving GHP alumni, including class guest speakers, public talks, and other events.

  • Online Communication Manager (10%). Facilitates communication for HPA and GHP via department websites and on social media platforms.

  • Serve as a liaison between Health Professions Advising and the GHP certificate program.

  • Work as part of a team to achieve established goals in collaboration with campus and community partners, as appropriate.

  • Perform additional responsibilities based on strengths and interests of GHP and HPA offices.


Essential Qualifications:
  • Master's degree
  • Excellent counseling skills and the ability to work with a diverse student population in a supportive manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently but willingness and ability to take direction
  • High personal and professional standards representative of Princeton's commitment to excellence.
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule, as needed; this may include occasional work on evenings and weekends

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with academic advising or career development in a liberal arts setting
  • Familiarity with health professions fields, especially public health
  • Familiarity with the use of social media in academic advising and support
  • Knowledge of Excel, Access, and Powerpoint

Please submit a cover letter and resume when applying for this position.

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 040

Standard Weekly Hours


Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours

36.25 hours /week, 9 months per year (September through June)

Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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