Career Specialist, Senior

Durham, North Carolina
Jun 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Health Professions Advising Office at Duke advises and mentors approximately 400 prehealth students per class (a total of more than 1600 students and alums). Most students will apply to medical schools, although a small number apply to veterinary, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing and pharmacy schools. The office currently includes a full-time Director and Assistant Director, and a small team of deans and faculty who advise prehealth students on a part-time basis. The office is now expanding and will hire a full-time Associate Director and another full-time Assistant Director. These two new positions will work primarily with the 400 applicants each year as they begin and go through the application process. This is a 12 month position, with significant effort required during May, June and July, and with occasional work on evenings and weekends. Applicants should be flexible and willing to adapt to the needs of the office as they arise. The Assistant Director will report to the Director of the Health Professions Advising Office and will work closely with the other members of the Health Professions Advising team. 80%: The Assistant Director will serve as a primary advisor for students and alums who apply to medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing and other health professions schools each year. This will involve meeting with applicants, providing advice on requirements and what makes a successful applicant, the application process, how and when to take standardized exams, who to select for letters of recommendation, how to write a strong personal statement, and how to identify opportunities for a gap year or years. The ability to evaluate a student's readiness to apply and to advise and mentor applicants as they make critical decisions is an inherent part of this position. The Assistant Director will be an integral member of the committee-letter writing team and will write a proportion of the committee letters. He/she should have strong descriptive writing skills and be able to summarize an applicant's achievements and abilities with clarity and discernment. 20%: The Assistant Director will utilize social media to promote the HPA Office, serve in outreach to prehealth student groups, share data and information with the prehealth team, and collaborate with the prehealth team to plan and organize programs and information sessions related to careers in the health professions. Required Qualifications: Education/Training: Work requires communication, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program. Experience: Work requires three years of experience in undergraduate prehealth advising or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. Preferred Qualifications: Education/Training: Competitive applicants will have a bachelor's degree or comparable degree and expertise in science, social science, research, or health professions. Experience: Applicants should have at least three years of experience working with undergraduates interested in the health professions, especially medicine and dentistry. Essential skills include a fervent interest and ability to work with undergraduates, knowledge of health professions schools in the US, highly developed oral and written communication skills, and proven ability to work effectively as a member of a high-functioning team.