Assistant Director for Health Professions, Community Engagement - The Career Center (118362)

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Assistant Director for Health Professions, Community Engagement - The Career Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

The Career Center (TCC), a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, provides all Illinois students collaborative and innovative programs, services, and resources focused on career and professional development that educates and empowers them to become thriving professionals in the global community. The Career Center staff is committed to supporting students from all backgrounds and promoting inclusiveness on campus.

Primary Position Function/Summary:

The Assistant Director is a member of the Health Professions and Graduate School team, and specifically focuses on building relationships with healthcare-related community agencies, developing information on short-term training programs in the health care field, and coordinating the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair and visits by admissions representatives. The Assistant Director also carries a heavy pre-health advising appointment schedule; conducts individual and group career coaching appointments; plans and presents programs and workshops; and has direct contact with students on a daily basis in a variety of settings.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct Service to Students (50%)

  • Advise and coach pre-health students as they explore, prepare for, and apply to health professions/programs, such as medical/dental/pharmacy school
  • Develop and deliver workshops and programming for pre-health and graduate school-bound students
  • Coach students one-on-one and in groups regarding career exploration and decision-making, preparation for professional/graduate school, and finding jobs and internships
  • Outreach to diverse student populations and offices that serve unrepresented students
  • Facilitate opportunities for pre-health students and student organizations to interact and engage with admissions representatives

Community Engagement and Professional/Graduate School (30%)

  • Develop, maintain, and actively cultivate relationships with local and regional organizations to develop opportunities for health-related experiential learning
  • Oversee the planning and execution of the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Serve as resource for information on short-term health training programs offered at community colleges, hospitals, and health care agencies
  • Organize and coordinate informational events and activities to connect students to representatives from health and graduate schools

Supervision and Contribution to Unit Mission and Values (20%)

  • Assess services and programs to determine student learning outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement
  • Contribute to the design, creation, and maintenance of print and online resources
  • Serve as a liaison to designated departments and offices, in order to maintain relationships with campus partners and better meet the needs of the students they serve
  • Create and deliver presentations for a variety of audiences, including students, parents, campus partners and external colleagues
  • Serve on The Career Center, Student Affairs and/or campus committees, task forces, work groups, and advisory committees
  • Participate in professional development activities and associations

Position Requirements and Qualifications

Education Required: Master’s degree

Education Preferred: Master’s degree in counseling, education, student affairs, human resources or related field

Required Experience:

  • 1 year of work experience, which may include time as a graduate assistant
  • Experience that demonstrates understanding of diverse populations and knowledge of cultural differences
  • Experience creating and facilitating educational workshops and/or delivering public presentations

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in higher education, career coaching/advising, and/or working with college students
  • Knowledge of admissions requirements and preparation strategies for graduate and professional programs
  • Experience that demonstrates understanding of career and student development theory and practice
  • Experience developing and maintaining professional relationships

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal, public speaking, writing, and listening skills
  • Strong multi-cultural competence with sensitivity to differences and ability to engage diverse students, staff and stakeholders
  • Highly motivated to listen and respond to student needs
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, seek guidance, and receive feedback
  • Ability to work independently and use sound judgement
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to handle multiple work priorities
  • Ability to effectively use information technology, online resources, and information management tools and comfortable learning new technologies
  • Creative problem-solving skills and ability to contribute to innovation and change management
  • Confirmed collegial style of leadership and ability to build consensus and collaboration
  • Ability to interpret data to inform strategic decisions

SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with experience

APPOINTMENT STATUS: Regular twelve month, 100% academic professional appointment

PROPOSED STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the closing date

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references by August 25, 2019. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Beth Sheehan, [email protected] . You may visit for more information about The Career Center.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Student Affairs Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:Assistant Director for Health Professions, Community Engagement - The Career Center (118362) Open Date:07/29/2019 Close Date:08/25/2019 Organization Name:The Career Center




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Posted: 7/30/2019
Application Due: 8/25/2019
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