(1) Research, create, implement programming, policies and procedures to improve student acceptance rates to professional programs • Provide early and on-going support and advising to students to increase students’ understanding of application process, timelines, and professional program expectations. • Ensure that the process for applying to medical and professional schools run efficiently and effectively for student applicants. • Provide recommendations on support/programming needed to improve students’ scores on MCAT/DAT, etc. • Plan informational programming, including appropriate speakers, panels, etc., early and often to provide students information and guidance. • Provide students guidance in developing their “personal brand” and their ability to articulate a consistent, reflective commitment to this career choice starting freshmen year. (Move students away from “check-boxing”) • Assist students with developing a quality personal statement based on competencies in alignment with the university mission.
(2) Engage faculty and staff to continuously improve the quality of pre-health support and advising • Stay informed of requirements and best practices for pre-health professional advising. Network with contacts from professional health programs and admissions counselors. • Create and maintain effective communications and cooperation with faculty, staff, various departments, offices, and areas of the university to ensure a high quality of student support and engagement. • Organize faculty workshops on advising, culturally sensitive mentoring, unconscious bias, and best practices for letters of recommendations • Provide students with information about career options including additional options such as research careers and post baccalaureate programs • Create improved structure for Committee Recommendation Letter process • Coordinate early assurance programs and expand number of programs • Coordinate/leverage efforts with new Office of Undergraduate Research in STEM and Graduate Opportunities (OURS+GO)
(3) Research, create, implement programming, policies and procedures to improve recruiting and retention of pre-health career intending students • Work with MarCom and Admissions to create marketing/recruiting materials • Work with MarCom to develop pre-health webpage • Assist with on and off-campus visits for recruiting • Work with E&S Pre-College to develop camps and dual-enrollment options • Identify grant opportunities and other funding sources to provide additional support for students
(4) Provide/Identify data for success and improvement • Identify data to improve marketing and recruitment of students interested in professional health careers • Improve student understanding of expectations and options of professional and graduate opportunities • Assist in developing mechanisms/standards for identifying students who will be identified as “prehealth” and included in reporting statistics • Provide faculty information and data to assist with advising and mentoring • Provide data to assist in improving retention of at-risk groups • Assist in creating strong cover letter for Committee Recommendation Letter template with pertinent data • Create website for delivering information/data to students and faculty.
(5) Others duties as assigned.
A college degree required
Master’s degree preferred
Experience (Minimum/Preferred): Six months to two years
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to take initiative, be self-directed, and see projects to completion. • Effective interpersonal and communication skills • Knowledge of best practices for supporting under-represented groups of best practices for academic advising in STEM disciplines. • Interest, empathy, and ability in helping students develop intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually • Sense of humor, flexibility, patience, creativity • Attention to details • Ability to use technology to keep accurate records • Ability to analyze, interpret and utilize data for recruiting and program improvement • Ability to problem solve, think critically
Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.
Open Date: 07/18/2019
Salary/Pay Information: Commensurate with experience
Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private university, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's urban mission, commitment to diversity, and tradition of scholarly excellence. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.
Internal Number: AF9509-PC001-0301-1155
About University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Detroit Mercy has one goal - to help our students realize their dreams and ambitions. We fulfill that goal by offering challenging academic programs taught by talented, committed professors and supplemented by hands-on research, co-op, and internship opportunities.
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