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Sr. Academic Advisor - Health Professions Specialty

Reading Area Community College
Reading, PA
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Job Details Title:Sr. Academic Advisor - Health Professions SpecialtyAnnounce date:06/13/2022Apply by date:06/28/22Application status:Accepting ApplicationsPosition type: Full-time Salary:$42,197 per year

Working Hours:

Working hours for this position consist of a 7.5 hour period (between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:00 pm) Monday through Friday exclusive of a 1/2 or 1 hour lunch.

Note: In this position, the employee will be required to work one evening per week. This position may require additional evening and/or weekend work with the employee having the option of working this time in addition to, or in lieu of regular hours as approved by supervisor.


The Sr. Academic Advisor-Health Professions Specialist will plan, develop and deliver comprehensive advising and academic support to all students with a primary focus on students in pre-clinical health profession programs. This individual will also be responsible for overseeing and managing the health profession’s clinical application process. The Health Professions Specialist will also work closely with the Associate Dean of Health Professions, Program Directors, and other team members to establish retention goals and strategies for the division.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Contribute to the development and implementation of health profession’s program outcomes.
  2. Manage the selection process for Health Profession’s Programs. This includes collecting all necessary documentation, evaluating students using the selective criteria, generating and mailing all acceptance communications related to clinicals and referring eligible students to the Division of Health Professions for final decisions about acceptance into the clinical program.
  3. Evaluate use of transfer credit and determine whether program pre-requisite and selective admissions degree requirements are met.
  4. Assist & counsel pre-health students in determining educational plans, choosing courses, and exploring minors, majors and career options.
  5. Develop and conduct workshops, classroom presentations and coordinate events for current students interested in a Health Professions career.
  6. Educate students regarding the selection process, program requirements, course pre-requisite requirements developmental course sequence, and graduation requirements.
  7. Participate in college-wide recruitment activities.
  8. Establish timelines and develop plans for routine communication and outreach for pre-clinical health profession, and other target populations as assigned. Ensure communication plan follow-through.
  9. Develop printed and on-line resources such as check sheets; career pathways information sheets and health professions transfer guides designed to help students better understand the health professions and career pathways.
  10. Assist with advising for health profession pre-clinical students.
  11. Monitor and track student retention and other success benchmarks as needed and assigned.
  12. Create reports and provide periodic outcomes.
  13. Provide monthly report on activities and initiatives.
  14. Serve on Division and/or College Committees required by the position.
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Provide new and current student advising through walk-in times, scheduled appointments and targeted events such as New Student Orientation, Admitted Student Days and Welcome Week activities.
  2. Advise, monitor, and track special populations of students as assigned
  3. Follow placement test score standards and provide guidance on course selection based on student performance.
  4. Provide developmental advising, major exploration advising, and informational programs to meet the specific needs of pre-health students pursuing academic programs leading to health-related professional school admission.
  5. Evaluate use of transfer credit and determine whether degree requirements are met.
  6. Assist student in understanding and adjusting to the demands and culture of higher education
  7. Assist student in developing realistic academic plans.
  8. Assist with events and other learning opportunities that support career students in reaching their academic and career goals.
  9. Assist student in maintaining good academic standing, informing them of relevant policies, procedures, and campus resources.
  10. Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of RACC programs (credit and non-credit), and assist students in identifying which programs effectively meet their goals.
  11. Maintain appropriate documentation of all student contacts
  12. Assist students in identifying the most effective and efficient path to program completion.
  13. Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all program administrators, staff, and faculty to ensure students receive accurate and reliable information.
  14. Participate in retention activities and refer students to appropriate campus resources for assistance regarding disability services, academic, personal issues, and other college-related concerns.
  15. Participate in the implementation of retention strategies and reporting.
  16. Refer students to appropriate community resources.
  17. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in counseling, Education or Human Service-related field and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience working with students in an educational setting in an advising capacity.
  2. In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree listed above, a Master’s degree in another discipline may be considered with three years of full-time experience working with students in an advising capacity.
  3. Experience work with individuals with diverse academic needs.
  4. Demonstrated strong communication skills.
  5. Demonstrated experience in maintaining positive relationships with a diverse student population.
  6. Must be proficient in the use of Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.


  1. Bilingual Spanish/English.
  2. Knowledge of Health Professions curriculum and requirements.
Communication Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, faculty, staff, outside groups and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent. Ability to interpret basic statistical information.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient use of Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated effective record keeping skills.
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well with people.
  • Excellent one-on-one and group presentation skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills especially in the areas of report writing and business correspondence. Knowledge of the Community College and Higher Education system preferred.
Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Working at Reading Area Community College

Reading Area Community College (RACC) is a mid-size comprehensive community college located in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania in the City of Reading.  The College serves not only Berks County but draws students from the surrounding area.  Located less than 60 miles from Philadelphia and 50 miles from Harrisburg, Reading and its suburbs offers a quality-of-life, as well as access to major cultural, urban environments.               

The institution is committed to a philosophy of student success with an experienced, dedicated faculty and staff.  The academic portfolio includes 40-plus programs ranging from liberal arts to engineering, as well as a unique center devoted to cutting edge technologies supporting local businesses and industries.  The College has incorporated a strong commitment to technology and is adding each year to its online course offerings as well as blended, hybrid courses enabling the community year round access to quality education.  The College is also designated the only Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in Pennsylvania.

The College is looking to attract individuals who are interested in helping Reading Area Community College continue its evolution as a standard for opportunity, excellence, and hope for students. RACC is devoted to enabling students to fulfill their academic goals.   We particularly welcome applications from energetic, enthusiastic individuals who wish to be a part of a growing, thriving community college and who share this commitment.

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