About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five College Consortium (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The Office of PreMed/PreHealth Advising at UMass Amherst provides professional guidance and support to current UMass students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. The Director of Premed/Prehealth Advising will provide leadership and long-term strategic planning for the UMass Premed/Prehealth office, plan yearly ongoing activities to advance the competitiveness of UMass students and alumni in pursuing postgraduate careers in the health sciences and assess their effectiveness, and cultivate meaningful relationships with students through comprehensive, individualized or group academic and career advising. In addition, the Director will liaise with admissions offices of health professional schools, student leaders in various health professions societies on campus, and premed/prehealth offices of other undergraduate institutions. The Director will also supervise and support the Premed/Prehealth Advising staff and participate in undergraduate recruitment efforts and activities.
- Initiate, design, implement, and advance programs in the college to promote the competitiveness of UMass students and alumni applying for premed/prehealth careers in Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical School Programs, Dental Schools, Physician’s Assistant Programs, Podiatry Schools, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Technology and Optometry Programs.
- Develop, design, execute and manage assessment activities that monitor the office’s effectiveness in meeting the needs of prehealth students.
- Contribute to and present an annual report of relevant data on applicants and outcomes.
- Supervise the Associate Director of Premed/Prehealth Advising.
- Write letters of support for student applicants to medical and dental school during the application cycle. The office as a whole, supports approximately 175 applicants each summer.
- Write letters of support for students applying to other programs throughout the academic year (SHPEP, Early Admission programs, UMass Amherst scholarship and award programs, graduate programs, etc).
- Provide academic and career advising to student and alumni interested in applying to health professions schools and work closely with other undergraduate advisors, deans and advising staff at UMass Amherst.
- Identify access and barrier issues limiting the participation and success of students from underrepresented backgrounds in premed/prehealth careers and design and implement steps to advance participation and eliminate existing disparities in admission metrics.
- Collaborate with UMass Worcester to support the Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program by recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds, writing letters of recommendation, attending yearly events at UMass Medical for underrepresented students, and maintaining a connection with admissions professionals at UMass Medical School.
- Select awardees annually for the Locher-Baker Community Scholarship and the Bacon Scholarship award.
- Serve as primary liaison with admissions offices of health professional schools and premed/prehealth offices of other undergraduate institutions through regional, national, and local meetings.
- Provide support and serve as a resource for various student-based health professions societies on campus (e.g., UMass Amherst Pre-Medical Society; Student National Medical Association – Minority Association of Premedical Students, PreDental Society, PrePA Club).
- Identify and promote programs within and outside the university that are beneficial to students interested in prehealth careers.
- Provide editorial direction for newsletter and create content.
- Participate in new and transfer student recruitment activities and prepare and present workshops for prospective students and their parents.
- Guide the scheduling and organization of premed/prehealth events (e.g., Prehealth Sciences Networking Dinner).
- Develop and maintain a good working relationship with various offices on campus (e.g., Undergraduate Registrar, New Student Orientation, Disability Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Learning Resource Center, Campus Career Services, CNS Office of Student Success and Diversity, Ombudsperson, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, International Programs Office, Domestic Exchange, Five College Interchange, Residential Academic Programs, Student Athlete Academic Services, CNS Development Office) in order to establish collaborations that will advance the success of students seeking prehealth careers.
- Attend regional and national meetings for health professional advisors to stay current on best practices and seek opportunities to participate (moderating sessions, presenting workshops) thereby promoting the visibility of UMass Amherst.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Master’s level education.
- At least five (5) years of experience in academic advising.
- Experience working with students with a range of academic abilities (including honors level and academically at-risk students)
- Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, in a fast-paced office environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a large, culturally diverse faculty and undergraduate population.
- Supervisory experience of college students and staff.
- Strong team orientation and ability to collaborate with internal and external constituents.
- Strong organizational and planning skills.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Strong group presentation skills to a range of constituencies (students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators)
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Two (2) or more years of experience in prehealth career advising.
- Familiarity with student information management systems (e.g., Spire, Navigate).
- Familiarity with prehealth applicant information portals (e.g., AMCAS AIS, ADEA/AADSAS, CASPA, AACOMAS, VE Collect).
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Normal office conditions.
12 month calendar appointment. Required to work some nights and weekends.
PSU Level 29
PSU Salary Ranges
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your application, please submit the following:
- Curriculum vitae/resume
- Statement of advising philosophy
- Cover letter describing qualifications for this position
- Contact information for three professional references
- Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, we seek an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)
Position may remain open until filled
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.