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Director of Preprofessional Advising

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Academic Advising Center


University of Utah

Date Posted:

Apr 12 2021 2:42PM

Close Date:

June 12 2021

Position Description

The Director of Preprofessional Advising sets the vision for the delivery of advising and related services to the University of Utah’s preprofessional students. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of working collaboratively across academic units, of developing and assessing inclusive academic advising initiatives, an understanding of technologies used in the academic advising environment, and well developed written & spoken skills for large group presentations. This individual is part of the Advisory Board of the Academic Advising Center and is responsible for supervising a team of advisors. We are seeking a manager that can collaborate with advising staff within the Academic Advising Center as well as on- and off-campus partners to best serve our student populations. In addition to programming and coordination, this individual will advise students from diverse backgrounds seeking admission to graduate programs in the health professions and in law. While the current work of the Academic Advising Center’s staff is being done remotely, all staff — including the candidate selected for hire — will resume their duties on-campus when normal operations begin again.


• Set the vision and direction of the Preprofessional Advising Program at the University of Utah
• Provide culturally competent training to Academic Advising Center and the campus advising community regarding the learning objectives and assessment of Preprofessional Advising
• Supervise three full-time advising staff
• Assess program effectiveness to inform program changes and enhancements
• Together with AAC’s Director of Curriculum set priorities for PPA courses and teach courses as needed
• Maintain positive working relationships with admissions officers of U of U health profession schools, U of U law school, and professional schools nationwide
• Serve on the AAC Advisory Board, providing insights and feedback to Leadership on the direction of AAC
• Prepare and manage budget to reach program goals
• Advise undergraduate and postbac students from diverse backgrounds seeking admission to graduate programs in the health professions and in law
• Other duties as assigned which may include advising special populations, recruiting, tabling, class presentations, teaching courses, internal and external committees This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job. Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required Nearly Continuously: Office environment. Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking. Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking. Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Application Process Cover letter, resume, application

Institution Information

The University of Utah is a public flagship four-year research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1933. The U organizes its 150 academic departments and programs into 17 colleges and schools.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

Contact Information

Beth Howard


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area plus three years of experience in budget, grant and program management or equivalency required. Develops and implements program ideas into successful academic and research programs; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferred Qualifications

Three years’ experience in academic advising; master’s degree; preprofessional advising experience; supervisory experience; program management experience; experience with event planning; demonstrated experience as effective team player and collaborator; demonstrated awareness of the needs of diverse student populations