The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising serves undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering pursuing professional education in medicine, other health professions, law, and business. Pre-Professional Advisors provide academic advising, professional school application advising, and career counseling. The mission of the office is to encourage students to pursue a holistic approach to their education, to be reflective about their learning, and to demonstrate social responsibility and a commitment to service.
The Assistant Director for Pre-Health Advising assists students as they navigate pre-medical and pre-health requirements, select a major, and pursue experiences relevant to their career goals. The Assistant Director is an experienced advisor with strong counseling skills, an ability to lead students through careful self-assessment, clarify goals and interests, and make informed decisions. The advisor must have very strong writing skills, as a central component of this position is the writing of Committee Letters for applicants to medical school and preparing letters of support for students applying to summer programs, internships, and scholarship programs. The position involves designing and implementing workshops and training seminars, serving as a liaison to key academic departments and schools, and establishing and cultivating relationships with admissions deans/directors at health professions schools. A special focus of the position is advising students interested in and pursuing health careers outside of medicine. The office serves approximately 2500 undergraduates and alumni actively involved in considering professional school and over 400 applicants to medical school annually.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Advise pre-health students on course and major selection, fulfilling pre-health requirements.
Advise students pursuing a range of health careers, including nursing, veterinary, physician assistant, etc.
Advise freshmen and sophomores including academically talented students who require coaching on time management and study skills.
Communicate advising extensively and efficiently with students by email and listserv.
Develop advising relationships with pre-health clubs and student organizations on campus.
Support students applying to master’s, post-baccalaureate, and related programs.
Support students in handling uncertainty and disappointment, and redefining goals.
Application and Committee Process
Advise students regarding their readiness and the timing of their professional school application, how to navigate the application process, write personal statements, and interview.
Write Committee letters and edit letters written by others participating in the process outside of the office.
Participate in reviewing and assessing applicants.
Organize practicum experiences sponsored by the office, both during semester and intersession.
Develop workshops focused on academic transition issues and participate in small group advising for students at various stages of their undergraduate education.
Coordinate programs to enhance awareness and knowledge of varied health professions fields.
Coordinate workshops and information sessions for applicants throughout the application process.
Participate in advising initiatives with the Office of Academic Advising and other campus advising offices.
Serve as a liaison to the School of Nursing and other programs in East Baltimore.
Represent the office in special programs planned by the office and/or in conjunction with other offices, including events directed at students from groups underrepresented in healthcare.
Manage office communications, including the eNewsletter, the Pre-Professional website, Facebook, and other social media.
Represent the office at undergraduate recruitment forums for parents and students as well as other relevant University programs.
Represent Johns Hopkins University to the admissions offices of health professions schools and professional associations, both as an advocate for the Hopkins program as well as an advocate for applicants.
Minority Program Support
Serve as staff liaison/partner to JUMP (Johns Hopkins Underrepresented in Medical Professions), a program that promotes a pathway to success for students from populations historically underrepresented in medicine and the health professions.
In collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office for Student Diversity at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, assists in facilitating a learning community for these students that provides academic support, mentoring, community building, career exploration and leadership.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Three years related experience in advising or counseling is required.
Three to five years of experience working with students in an advising/counseling capacity and master’s degree in counseling, higher education, or related field. Preference is for academic advising and/or pre-professional advising experience.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be able to relate well to a diverse student body, understand the needs of students from underrepresented backgrounds, and be committed to advancing diversity in medical education.
Ability to interact in a professional manner with students, faculty, prospective applicants, medical school admissions deans, and the public is mandatory.
Ability to multitask and work independently is essential.
Strong collaborative and problem-solving abilities.
Familiarity with health profession school advising and the medical school admissions process is helpful.
Work involves occasional evenings and weekends.
Classified Title: Academic Advisor Working Title: Assistant Director, Pre-Health Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD Starting Salary Range: $52,495 to $72,210 per year Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10001445-Pre Professional Advising Office of Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
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