Job Positions

Director, Pre-Professional Advising/ 513020

Categories: South Central Region 7


The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success


Kansas State University

Date Posted:

May 17 2022 8:24PM

Close Date:

Jun 6 2022

Position Description

The Pre-Professional Advising Center at Kansas State University seeks a Director to join and lead our team of six to seven pre-professional advisors and a recruiting coordinator. Our advising team is committed to applying advising best-practices within a collaborative, diverse, inclusive and supportive environment that prepares students to become competitive professional school applicants. Housed in Student Success, this Center provides specialized advising to all students, serving prospective students, current students, and alumni on how to achieve their health and law professional-school goals. We provide guidance and programing to encourage students to explore and prepare a competitive application to professional school programs such as law, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, dental, occupational therapy, nursing, veterinary medicine, and more. Guided by an advising as teaching model, Center staff help students in any college or program of study explore and prepare for the professions. The Center embraces Student Success guiding principles of equity and inclusion, holistic support, institutional collaboration, and creative innovation.


In collaboration with the vice provost for student success and the academic colleges, design, develop, and implement activities to achieve strategic advising mission and program objectives set at university and unit levels.

Vision and Program Design
• Develop an intentional curriculum to support exploration and commitment to the professions.
• Explore partnerships with professional schools (e.g., early admission, 3+3 programs).
• Assume management responsibility for advising programs and priorities associated with student success and retention
• Make decisions and oversee quality of service delivery to include accurate and current information about university and professional school programs.
• Use knowledge of student development and student sub-populations in designing a comprehensive pre-professional advising center.
• Manage communication about timelines and deadlines for professional school applications.
• Develop opportunities for clinical experience and undergraduate research opportunities.
• Review data, as available, on professional school admission

Support Advising Excellence
• Design and deliver advisor training and professional development for Center staff and contribute to the professional development of the K-State Advising Community.
• Use the SSC-Navigate platform for tracking student engagement with the Center and advisor performance. Policy and Assessment
• Formulate, recommend, and implement policies, procedures, and controls; manage processes to increase student support and advance service levels; responsible for policy implementation, communication and assessing impact. Participate in cross-functional policy development.
• Elevate institution-wide issues, contributing to systemic rather than one-off solutions.
• Collect and analyze data on Pre-Professional Advising activities to assess student learning outcomes and program effectiveness.
• Prepare reports, disseminate/interpret data and other information. Provide advice, deliver presentations, and ensure that advising programs and services comply with university policies and state/federal regulations.

Cross-unit Collaboration
• Responsible for collaborating with administrative and academic units and act as liaison between the student, parent, college, student life and other appropriate partners; communicate and assist students, parents, business partners resolve questions and complex issues; represent the university internally and externally.
• Partner with the Career Center on alumni placement data.
• Build and maintain cross-campus relationships. Convene and engage pre-professional advisory group.

* Unit Leadership
• Provide direct supervision to advisors and coordinator.
• Develop, implement and monitor budget, as authorized; may have authority for revenue and expense planning and approving expenditure; has signature authority as "accountable officer" for programs within area of responsibility; report on budget status to higher level administrator.
• Oversee equity and inclusion efforts for the advising unit.
• Serve on university, college and departmental committees and represent the department at various state and national associations. Serve on Student Success Leadership team.
• Perform related duties based on departmental need.
• Design and implement strategic communications.

Application Process

Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Institution Information

Kansas State University is the first operational land-grant university. Located in Manhattan, KS, K-State also is home to NACADA. Kansas State University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community (

Additional Information

The position is open until filled. For priority consideration, please apply by June 6, 2022. Anticipated salary range: $59,000 – $74,000 .

Contact Information

Please contact Human Capital Services:


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree Five (5) to ten (10) years of relevant experience. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree JD, degree in a health-related discipline, or degree in student development or advising. Ten (10) years of academic advising related leadership. Two (2) to five (5) years supervision experience or demonstration of ability to supervise effectively.