Job Positions

Academic & Career Advisor/Health Professions-Advantage

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Academic & Career Advising


Pacific University - Oregon

Date Posted:

May 24 2022 12:31PM

Close Date:

Jun 13 2022

Position Description

Academic and Career Advising (ACA) at Pacific University seeks to inspire students to connect their experiences inside and outside of the classroom to a meaningful future and empower them to actively engage in their academic and career development. This position will further develop and coordinate the Health Professions Advantage Scholars program, teach courses, and provide academic and career advising. Please apply online @ or by visiting, click on 'faculty/staff', and browsing for the position.


Primary responsibilities include:
Teaching – 65%
Teach and mentor undergraduate students in health care career development courses (PACU 190, 290, and 390) including grading and providing feedback on submitted assignments. Provide graduate school application support, including helping students to develop and strengthen application materials (e.g. resumes, CVs, personal statements, and cover letters), conduct mock interviews, and other career development supports. Draw upon graduate school admissions representatives, alumni, and other industry leaders to provide panels and guest lectures regarding preparation for health care careers. Lead, direct, and support teaching assistants within the Advantage Scholars Program.

Coordination of Health Professions Advantage Scholars Program – 15%
Coordinate and further develop Health Care-Advantage Scholars Program: a career and graduate school preparatory program for undergraduates providing intensive advising and experiential learning aimed at maximizing success in the college to graduate program and career transition. Collect and analyze records in support of the Advantage Scholars Program. Assist in the creation and coordination of health care career-related workshops, career fairs, group advising sessions, networking opportunities, and other programming for undergraduate students. Strive to ensure that Health Care-Advantage and its coordinated efforts support the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, and community responsibility embedded in the university mission.

Academic and Career Advising – 20%
Manage a small, specialized academic advising caseload of assigned pre-health undergraduate student advisees to provide effective academic and career advising and class registration support. Connect with resources provided by NAAHP, AAMC, and other associations to help with best practices in health care advising; share best practices with Pacific University advising community. Provide career advising, which includes educating students on job search skills, industry trends, and effective career exploration strategies. Deliver career assessments to students so that they may understand interests, aptitudes, and goals when making decisions regarding academic and career pathways. Assist the Academic & Career Advising team with new student advising, registration, and career education events. Communicate with students regarding advising policies, procedures, and deadlines. Answer academic and career advising questions from drop-in students, e-mails, and phone calls. Advise students when assigned advisors are unavailable.

The Advisor will have additional responsibilities in the operation and promotion of the unit to complement the work of other staff and continue to advance advising, career planning, and experiential learning at Pacific. In particular, the person in this position may:
Serve as ACA liaison with Pacific University College of Health Professions. Attend staff meetings, participate in professional development activities, and collaborate with co-workers as a proactive team member. Supervise student workers or interns who will assist with the Advantage Program. Update website; create and maintain print and digital materials and office systems. Provide administrative support as needed to the unit staff and team efforts. Maintain a working knowledge of local and national employment market trends and their actual and potential impact on the hiring of college students and graduates. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Application Process

Academic & Career Advising at Pacific University is dedicated to providing services to students that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. Pacific University continues to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity. We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience would be considered as related experience. Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. To apply, please provide a resume, cover letter, and answers to the three supplemental questions below. Answer each question in 250 words or less and upload them with your application. Please explain in your own words what career advising is and how it supports college students. Please describe 2-3 career advising supports you believe are important for undergraduate students and explain why. Please list 1-2 current trends or issues related to health care education and provide your explanation of a best practice connected to the issue(s) identified.

Institution Information

Pacific University - Oregon is a great workplace with a diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. We seek people committed to excellence and driven to make the world a better place. This position is located on our Forest Grove campus.

Additional Information

Please apply online @

Contact Information

Mike Shingle,


Required Qualifications

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree is required. Familiarity with pre-professional advising is required. Minimum of 2 years work experience in academic advising, career services, teaching, counseling, academic coaching, multicultural student services, student activities, or related higher education field is preferred.

Demonstrates understanding of privacy and confidentiality regarding information pertaining to all students, faculty and staff. Demonstrates ability to work in a student-centered, team-based environment. Demonstrates desire to work directly with undergraduate students, employers, and community supervisors. Demonstrated attention to detail in an environment where small mistakes may mean consequences for students, staff, faculty, and community members. Demonstrated skills in teaching or facilitating programming. Knowledge and skills in intercultural communication. Organization and project management experience. Experience working with student academic records and information systems. Demonstrates ability to develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with faculty, staff, students, and community organizations. Demonstrates ability to develop, coordinate, and assess multifaceted events and programs. Demonstrates commitment to diversity, sustainability, and social justice. Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills. Demonstrates flexibility, and ability to prioritize, use good judgment, and adjust to changing environments.

Technology Skills:
Familiar with classroom presentation technology and tools. Familiar with Student Information Systems such as Colleague, Banner, PeopleSoft, etc. Familiar with email programs and demonstrates ability to manage email effectively. Familiar with MS Office, Google Drive, and Box or other cloud based storage solutions. Knowledgeable of word processing and spreadsheet operations. Familiar with database operations. Skilled in accurate data entry and extraction of data summaries and reports. Comfortable using office equipment such as computers, printers, copiers, phone systems, and online communication tools. Familiarity with social media and its use in reaching college student audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience advising or teaching first-generation, low income, and/or BIPOC student populations is preferred. Bilingual skills preferred.