Assistant Director, Health Professions Advising

Job description


The Office of Health Professions Advising (HPA) at Princeton University is a unit within the Office of the Dean of the College. HPA supports a diverse student and alumni population preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, public health, and other health professions.


The Assistant Director works in a highly collaborative and supportive team with the HPA Director, Health Professions Adviser, and Administrative Assistant to support approximately 1,200 undergraduates and alumni who are considering health professions careers. Working with some of Princeton’s most motivated undergraduates and alums through individual and group advising, the Assistant Director will guide students in their academic and co-curricular choices; monitor students' progress through the premed/prehealth experience; help students develop their own personal narratives in preparation for their future careers; raise students’ awareness of the diverse opportunities within health professions; and refer students to other resources on campus, as appropriate. When the application season arrives, the Assistant Director interviews applicants and drafts a portion of the University’s composite letters of recommendation, and supports a cohort of applicants through the application cycle.


The Assistant Director is responsible for event programming, supporting several health-related student groups, and coordinating the Health Professions Advising Peer Adviser program and peer leaders in the Jock Docs student-athlete network. The Assistant Director 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 and Programs for Access and inclusion. 


The Assistant Director supports the Director in most all functions and leads the office when the Director is absent.

  • Academic and career advising (55%)
    • Assist prospective and current students in formulating academic plans based on exploration and development of their interests, skills, and values in conjunction with the academic curriculum, cocurricular opportunities, and career interests.
    • Provide guidance on course selection; timing of courses and professional school entrance exams; identification and selection of co-curricular activities.
    • Utilize multiple methods to reach students including individual appointments, group advising, educational programming, and social media campaigns.
    • Work with students experiencing academic difficulty in a proactive and supportive manner.
    • Maintain communication with other academic and student support resources in order to make appropriate referrals as necessary.
  • Applicant Support (30%)
    • Assist with supporting 100-130 Princeton students and alumni applying to health professions schools annually.
    • Guide applicants in crafting their application to health professions schools, which may include reviewing drafts of essays; providing guidance about letters of recommendation and school selection; and preparing applicants for interviews through individual advising and group programming.
    • Write approximately half of the composite letters of recommendation for students and alumni applying to medical or other health professions schools.
  • Prehealth Student Organization Support (10%)
    • Maintain communication with and provide guidance for health-related student organizations.
    • Oversee Health Professions Advising Peer Adviser (HPA PA) program, which includes recruitment, selection, training and supervision of a cohort of 12-18 peer advisers affiliated with their residential colleges.
    • Recruit, select, train, and maintain communication with prehealth student-athlete network.
  • Event Management (5%)
    • Serve as the primary coordinator of HPA events during the Academic Expo (orientation advising fair) and Princeton Previews (admitted student open house days).Assist with HPA planning and participate in Princeton Reunions events.
    • Collaborate with campus and community partners as appropriate
    • Participate in campus-wide initiatives and professional development activities for advisers.
    • Perform additional responsibilities based on strengths and interests of health professions advising team as a whole.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and three or more years of relevant advising experience.
  • Demonstrated ability and passion for advising, encouraging, and inspiring a diverse population of students.
  • A deep commitment to student success.
  • Excellent counseling skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently, along with willingness and ability to take direction and work as part of a team
  • Willingness to work on a schedule that may include occasional evening and weekend commitments.
  • High personal and professional standards representative of Princeton's commitment to excellence. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with academic advising or career development in a liberal arts setting.
  • Experience in health professions advising.
  • Work with social media communication and marketing as a means to engage students.
  • Knowledge of Excel, Access, and Powerpoint.


To apply: 

Please provide a cover letter, resume/CV. A writing sample may be requested upon interview. 


Review of applications will begin immediately. Full consideration application deadline is October 15, 2020. Interviews will take place via Zoom. Start date will be early January 2021.



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 GradeADM, 050Standard Weekly Hours36.25Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver’s License RequiredNo




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Posted: 9/19/2020
Application Due: 12/18/2020
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