The Senior Pre-Health Advisor (SPHA) reports to the Director of Pre-Health Advising and is a
member of the Pre-Health Committee. As such, in addition to providing one-on-one and group
student advising, the SPHA serves undergraduates, alumni, transfer students, and seconddegree
students in all phases of their graduate health professional school development and
preparation. The SPHA develops and delivers content-driven presentations through skillsbuilding
seminars and other events that (i) supports students in transitioning to and sustaining
academic success in a STEM-intensive academic environment, and that (ii) educates students
in how to be competitive applicants to the health professions.
Due to the difficulty in achieving a competitive application to graduate-level health professional
schools, the SPHA must also be able to collaborate with the student???s advising team, which
includes the academic and major concentration advising staff, as well as professional school
In individual advising appointments, the SPHA engages with students from their orientation
through their preparation and acceptance to graduate health professions school. This entails
guiding students through a cogent plan of science and math courses, evaluating the progress of
students through regular meetings and helping students with academic recovery skills when
Further, the SPHA advises and supports students in participating in profession-specific activities
that confirm to the student and to the admitting schools the student???s decision to pursue their
professional career choice and to help the student identify gaps in their professional school
application process. The SPHA must also maintain a working relationship with offices and
departments across the university, including Advising, Career Development, and the Wellness
The SPHA serves as a resource to students in the development and submission of their main
and secondary applications, personal statements, school choice, application timing, mock
interview skills, professional school selection, and financial aid evaluations. As well, in service to
our students, the SPHA serves as a resource to deans, directors and administrators of graduate
??? Offers one-on-one, group, and drop-in advising sessions with current, incoming and
transfer students, as well as with alumni for the purpose of evaluating their progress in
Pre-Health-related academics, extracurricular work and activities, and advice regarding
record-enhancing special masters and post-bacc programs.
??? Responds to the consistently high volume of email communication with students seeking
Pre-Health assistance, as well as internal and external correspondents.
??? Provides guidance and education on graduate-level health professions fields and
programs, so that students learn and develop an understanding of the various careers in
healthcare and their application requirements, processes, and procedures.
??? Uses the team approach to trouble-shoot and to resolve issues as they arise.
??? Possesses a highly productive and strong work ethic and the highest ethical standards
??? Initiates, designs, and delivers workshops and events in support of pre-professional
skills development, student success, stress management, application processes and
areas of interest to students.
??? Assesses Pre-Health Program seminars and events to improve the delivery of
information and ensure student retention and reflection.
??? Documents advising sessions with individual students, as needed.
??? Facilitates the development of personal statements for applications to health professions
schools, including creating and delivering seminars to aid in idea formation and
organization; edits copy and challenges applicants to submit the most comprehensive
statement and application.
??? Designs and creates coaching materials and constructive feedback to assist students in
preparing for health professions school interviews.
??? Promotes student success and retention individually and in teams by participating on
committees that promote student guidance and development.
??? Participates in staff meetings that serve the department and larger student population by
expanding the knowledge base of the admissions process of programs within the health
??? Serves as a member of the Pre-Health Committee with regard to the preparation and
review of Committee Letters and Letter Packets for application to graduate health
professions programs, as well as the representative of the office and college at
conferences and initiatives.
??? Assists in additional related duties and special projects that relate to the scope of the
Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required; Master???s degree in education, higher education, or counseling strongly preferred; relevant experience may substitute for advanced degree. Availability to work evenings and/or weekends required.
The ideal candidate will also have the following:
??? Prior experience advising Pre-Health undergraduate students of diverse ethnic and
??? Proven record of working effectively with students, alumni, faculty, and employers
??? Proficient computer and web-based skills
??? Related university or professional experience
??? Experience with CUNY First, Navigate, Blackboard, and website content management
??? Strong student success orientation, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative, and learn new skills, and work well both independently and in teams
??? Proven ability to design and present well organized and informative programs/ workshops
??? Well-developed organizational skills: ability to manage time and handle multiple projects at once
??? Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
??? Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs
Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.
CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW
Provides expert and/or specialized academic counseling a diverse student population.
Offers comprehensive advisement to full-time and part-time students
Works with other academic affairs staff as well as enrollment and student affairs to assist students to declare majors and select appropriate courses
Monitors students' performances and takes appropriate action if necessary; resolves students' problems regarding curricular requirements
Develops academic plans and performs graduation audits
Provides information to students regarding student support services, college policies and program procedures and guidelines
Facilitates workshops; assists with other department activities such as course scheduling
Establishes and maintains student advisement files; prepares activity reports and analyses
May supervise extramural activities, such as internships and community service; may assist with accreditation efforts as needed
May provide career and transfer services and/or specialized program counseling
May supervise junior advising and/or clerical staff
Performs related duties as assigned.
Job Title Name: Senior Academic Advisor
Higher Education Assistant
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary commensurate with education and experience, within approved range for this position ($51,242 to $68,861).
CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website www.cuny.edu/employment. To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 24633
Click on the "APPLY NOW" button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account.
Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters ??? also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (??, ??, (??, ?? or ??), ??, ??, ?? , ???, _ or ??)).
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
Names and contact information of 3 references
Upload all documents as ONE single file-- PDF format preferred.
The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on July 22, 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.
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