Vanderbilt University Health Professions Advisor in Nashville, Tennessee

Health Professions Advisor (Job Number: 1802228)


Position Summary

The Health Professions Advisor provides comprehensive advising to undergraduate students across the four colleges and schools in one-on-one and group settings, and prepares and delivers workshops and programs across campus. This position works as part of the Health Professions Advisory Office team to assist students in developing a path forward in their pursuit of advanced training and a career in the health professions including, but not limited to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant training, and physical & occupational therapy.

About the Work Unit

The Health Professions Advisory Office (HPAO) provides coaching assistance and guidance to Vanderbilt undergraduate students (and others with a Vanderbilt affiliation) interested in attending health professions graduate schools. The staff meets with students interested in medicine (both allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric, and other health professions (except for nursing).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide information and support to students regardinghealthcare careers and program admission requirements, standardized testpreparation, admission essays, reviewing and selecting programs, etc.

  • Provide strategic individual and group coaching as well ashost programs and workshops around pre-health options, career/majordecision-making, and professional development utilizing core competenciesexpected of incoming medical students.

  • Create and maintain online course materials for the purposeof pre-health student advising.

  • Plan and execute events, special programming, andadmissions information sessions.

  • Enhance HPAO relationships with current students acrosscampus as well as hosting information sessions for prospective students.

  • Maintain accurate statistical reporting of activitiesthrough reporting systems.Work withteam to assess outcome and value of programming and services.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution ofhigher education is necessary.

  • Candidates with a Master’s degree in counseling, higher education, orrelated field from an accredited institution of higher education are strongly preferred.

  • At least three (3) years’ experience in health professionsadvising or a health professions admissions office, including counseling,educational programming, working with faculty and admissions representatives,and administrative responsibilities is necessary.

  • At least one (1) year of experience in pre-health advisingor admissions, or an equivalent setting providing career placement activitiesis strongly preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of applicationpreparation and decision-making related to medical school or other healthprofessions admissions process which may also include dentistry, veterinarymedicine, physician assistant training, and physical & occupational therapyis necessary.

  • Ability to conduct individual and small group coachingsessions is necessary.

  • Demonstrated success in program and/or project managementfor at least one year. Experience with or knowledge of near peer and peeradvising systems is necessary.

  • Knowledge of a broad range of health professions careersand opportunities for students to enhance their professional development andcompetencies important in the health professions is necessary.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; stronginterpersonal and presentation skills are necessary.

  • Highly creativity, innovative, and open-minded isnecessary.

  • Strong initiative, with the ability to work independentlyand as part of a team is necessary.

  • Responsible and independent nature: ability to set goalsand achieve them is necessary.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records andinformation is necessary.

  • Ability to work evening hours and a flexible schedule asneeded is necessary.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VUBenefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 25300 - Career Center

Job: Institutional Affairs Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action