The Assistant Director of Health Professions Advising (HPA) at Virginia Tech serves on the Health Professions Advising team in Career and Professional Development. Under the direction of the Director of Health Professions Advising, the person in this role contributes to developing and providing a broad range of services to support over 2,500 undergraduates and alumni preparing for careers in the health profession and pursuing professional school admission in fields such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science and veterinary medicine. The assistant director provides advising, programs, presentations, teaching, resources and events to assist students towards meeting their goals; and participates as a lead interviewer in Evaluation Committee interviews and writes committee letters. Some evening and weekend work required.
-Master’s degree in biological, life, health sciences, higher education, counseling, or related field -Previous advising/educating/mentoring experience -Demonstrated excellent advising/educating/mentoring and organizational skills as well as analytical skills -Demonstrated effective interpersonal communication and ability to work cogently with diverse populations and/or professionals from a wide variety of disciplines, and related external organizations -Demonstrated understanding of professional skills necessary to succeed in the health professions school admissions interview process -Demonstrated excellent written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment
-Demonstrated experience with academic and/or career advising -Familiarity with health-related fields as well as knowledge of trends in medical/health professional school admissions -Knowledge of and experience applying appropriate developmental and advising theories and approaches -Previous experience advising/educating/mentoring adolescents and/or young adults
About Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
Career and Professional Development is a centralized office of 28 staff dedicated to educating and supporting students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success, and launch post-graduation career plans, including graduate/professional school and employment.
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