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Pre-Health Career Coach

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
Closing date
Jul 2, 2021

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This is a two-year part-time (50% of full time) position that will assist the Director in the delivery of services of a comprehensive career services program for pre-health students and alumni. The Pre-Health Career Coach provides career and academic advising in conjunction with the Academic Advising office to both degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students especially around experiential education coaching, academic requirements/pre-requisites for health programs, and pre-health graduate school preparation via direct individual coaching and group workshops and classroom visits and perform employer relations and outreach to organizations in healthcare. Lastly, Pre-health coaching facilitates the university’s academic mission by providing essential services in the health profession and maintain relationships with campus academic and career advisors and faculty who serve the pre-health student population.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties:

  • Career Coaching to Pre-Health Students
  • Provide individual and small group career advising and coaching for students and alumni who express interest in pursuing health careers which include but are not limited to pre-nursing, pre-med, pre-physician assistant, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary students.
  • Advise current and prospective non-degree students interested in health professions
  • Work with students to understand academic requirements/pre-requisites for health programs at UCCS and for graduate degrees.
  • Help students prepare for the application process, including practice interviews, and stay current with admission criteria, policies and procedures for graduate and professional school in health-related fields.
  • Oversee and present a set of workshops on how best to prepare and submit applications to health professional fields. These may include topics such as an introduction to specific health fields, how to find clinical positions and internships, application preparation, interview strategies, MCAT preparation, etc.
  • Plan, facilitate, and evaluate topically relevant programming and workshops (e.g., guest speakers, alumni panels, career-focused symposia) in collaboration with the Career Center, Academic Advising, Health Science Student Club, Student Nurses Association, and faculty in health-related fields.
  • Distribute messaging/marketing about pre-health advising and programming opportunities.
  • Employer and Alumni Relations
  • Establish relationships with and engage alumni and friends of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs who work in the health professions; collaborate with Alumni Relations and Career Center on these efforts.
  • Promote opportunities to engage with recruiters from health-related professions and professional schools.
  • Collaborate across campus on cultivating opportunities for students to explore avenues for internships and volunteer experience in health-related fields.
  • Campus Partnerships
  • Establish relationships with and engage faculty and other campus community stakeholders in development of programming, resources, and advising support for pre-health students.
  • Maintain relationships with campus advisors and faculty who serve the pre-health student population.
  • Refer students to appropriate student support services, such as career advising, financial aid, disability services, tutoring, psychological counseling, the Office of Admissions, etc.
  • Misc.
  • Lead office committee (potential committees include marketing, assessment, and diversity) based off selected candidate interest and need within the department.
  • Perform similar or related duties as assigned or required.
  • Job Competencies:

  • Understanding of career development and advising theory required.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff employers, and alumni and work collaboratively with other departments.
  • Must be self-motivated with the ability to work without close supervision.
  • Possess excellent customer service, organizational and motivational skills.
  • Demonstrate outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and consistently meet established goals and deadlines.
  • Maintain professional appearance and manner and uphold the highest levels of professionalism and ethical conduct.
  • Exhibit comfort working with technology based services and social media platforms.
  • Possess high level of counseling and interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Establish strong research skills as they relate to job market knowledge.
  • Ability to adhere to all institutional policies and procedures and operates within state and federal statutes and regulations and within standards of professional career services organizations at all times.
  • Understand need for some flexible working hours due to career events.
  • This position has been determined to be eligible for overtime (non-exempt) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    What We Offer:

    Salary Range: Generally starting at $18,386 - $23,724

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

    The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

    Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 5/10/2021.
  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of 5/31/2021.
  • The potential employee start date is 7/1/2021.
  • The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 1 year of experience of advising, teaching, and/or coaching students.
  • 1 year of experience in event and program planning.Preferred Qualifications

    Master’s degree in career counseling, counseling, higher education, or related degree.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in career services, academic advising, or similar function.
  • 1-3 years’ experience advising or coaching pre-health students.
  • 1-3 years’ experience working in the healthcare industry.
  • Coursework or knowledge of career development theory.
  • 1 year of experience working with one or more of the following populations: student veteran or military affiliated students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, minority students.Physical Requirements

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit.  Employee is occasionally required to move. Tasks may involve using a computer screen continuously for long periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. 

    Job Category: Student Services
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Part-time
    Posting Date: Apr 12, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing
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