Job Positions

Health Professions and Graduate School Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Career Services Center


Western Washington University

Date Posted:

Mar 19 2021 5:48PM

Close Date:

Apr 16 2021

Position Description

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Health Professions and Graduate School Advising, as the Health Professions and Graduate School Advisor you will work to support a comprehensive advising program for students and alumni who have a declared career interest in health profession fields as well as graduate school, in general. Primarily in this position you will provide direct advising support to students as well as deliver workshops, orientations, and other educational programs. Additionally, you will support events, scholarships, and assessment for Health Professions and Graduate Advising. This position is currently a part-time (80%) position with potential for flexibility in scheduling and may be up to full-time.


Advising (70%)
-Provides individual and group advising for pre-healthcare students, including career exploration, developing plans of study, major selection, and researching and applying to professional programs
 -Provides individual and group advising for students interested in pursuing graduate studies including exploring educational options and preparing application materials.
-Fosters an inclusive advising approach, participating in outreach and advising to students from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds and identities.
-Serves as staff advisor for healthcare-related student clubs, potentially including: Pre-Med, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Vet clubs.
-Helping students plan appropriate content and programming, connecting them with professionals and healthcare programs, and oversee; attends meetings as needed.
-Develops presentations for information sessions related to healthcare professions, the application process, admissions requirements, testing and resources.
-Participates in drop-in advising hours

 Outreach (15%)
-Oversees Health Professional and Law School Fairs
-Presents at workshops, advising sessions, and info fairs targeted to pre-healthcare students and families at programs such as Western Preview, new student orientations, and Fall Welcome
-Represents Health Professions Advising at orientation, family or admission events as needed, including presenting information sessions and tabling to communicate about advising to families, students, and prospective students.

Assessment and Administration (10%)
-Conducts regular assessments related to the efficacy of advising functions and programmatic events -Assists Assistant Director with updating the advising website and plans of study
-Maintains an in-depth knowledge of developments and trends in professional healthcare program admission requirements
-Provides information on programs in a variety of health professions to students, alumni, prospective students, families, faculty, and staff across campus
 -With input from the Assistant Director, publicize, review, and award annual student scholarships (currently 3) affiliated with this program
-Schedules and conducts mock interviews for students and alumni
-Fields general inquiries from students and families

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

Application Process

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Institution Information

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Additional Information

The WWU Career Services Center empowers our community to explore, to connect, and to create their future. The Health Professions Advising office provides comprehensive and inclusive mentoring and advising to students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, physician assistant, chiropractic, and veterinary medicine, as well as allied health careers. For students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or nutrition advising please contact Health & Human Development. We offer a wide range of services to help students gain admission to the professional school of their choice, including individual advising appointments, assistance with finding clinical experience, mock interviews, and more. The Career Services Center and the Health Professions Advising team support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

Contact Information

Anna Tognazzini


Required Qualifications

-Bachelor’s degree
-Minimum of one academic year professional experience providing academic and/or career advising in a higher education setting (relevant advising experience as a graduate intern may be included.)
-Demonstrated experience working with individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds and identities
-Experience with assessment and data management
-Demonstrated strong communication and presentation skills.
-Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

-Degree in a STEM related field, undergraduate or graduate.
-Knowledge of application/admissions procedures for healthcare programs.
-Experience advising students on graduate and professional school application/admissions procedures, or related experience.
-Experience in the healthcare field.
-Demonstrated ability working collaboratively with diverse audiences in a higher education setting