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Health Sciences Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Borra College of Health Sciences


Dominican University

Date Posted:

Feb 22 2021 9:33AM

Close Date:

Apr 22 2021

Position Description

The Health Sciences Academic Advisor will advise undergraduate and post-baccalaureate premedical students in the Borra College of Health Sciences (BCHS). Focus will be on retaining students within the college and supporting completion of their academic degrees. The Health Sciences Academic Advisor will also work closely with Student Success and Engagement to retain students in the college as well as transition current students to other majors as necessary. The Health Sciences Academic Advisor will give educational and career guidance by providing information about and access to appropriate resources, engaging with other faculty advisors and program directors to address barriers toward degree completion, and providing individual and/or group advising to students at every stage of the educational path and career planning. The Health Sciences Academic Advisor will also track alums and maintain a database of contact information.

To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.


The Health Sciences Academic Advisor will work with entering degree seeking students (freshman, transfer, or post-baccalaureate) who are in interested in health science majors including: pre-nursing, health and wellness, medical sciences, and nutrition sciences. The Health Sciences Academic Advisor will serve as the initial advisor. Once a program is selected, advising will be primarily contained to the individual program; however, the Health Sciences Academic Advisor will be available for continued support for students in all programs. Provides one-on-one and/or group advising and career counseling to BCHS degree majors including newly declared and those changing majors to monitor progress toward degree and continued retention in the university. Provides resources and support to BCHS students including program information, opportunities, academic advising, assistance with registration, career planning, and student activities. Implements a communication plan that connects student success initiatives on campus with the campus community. Assists the Associate Dean, in conjunction with other university offices, with the development, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive student support system based on relevant data analysis from admission to degree completion by facilitating workshops and participating in college events and initiatives. Works collaboratively with other university student services departments including: Wellness (Mental Health support), Disability Support Services and Career Development Services. Interacts with students and campus visitors to provide information about college programs and services. Maintains student files in accordance with university and college requirements. Evaluates, assesses, and provides regular reports of student progress highlighting successful strategies and activities which increase student persistence and retention rates. Serves on college and institutional committees as assigned. Utilizes available technology to monitor academic progress of students toward degree and/or certificate completion. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Application Process

Applications are accepted at Please provide cover letter and resume, including a list of at least three professional references.

Institution Information

The programs within the Borra College of Health Sciences (BCHS) at Dominican University work to address the academic and professional needs of students in health-related fields by expanding educational and professional opportunities for a new generation of students. We are committed to reflecting the university’s mission of preparing students to pursue truth and give compassionate service. BCHS is home to the Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing, the departments of Nutrition Science, Physician Assistant Studies, and the Department of Health, Wellness and Medical Studies. One of the top priorities of the college is to provide strong support services to our students in academic advising and retention of our undergraduate students. Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of over 3,100 students. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving?Institution, with 50% of undergraduates first generation in college, 67% female, 51% Hispanic of Any Race, and 7% Black/African American. Dominican University’s mission, in part, is to prepare students to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. Toward that end, the university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. For more information about Dominican University, see Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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Required Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in a health-related, STEM, education, counseling, or related field At least 2 years of experience with academic advising, career counseling, and/or student support services Fluency in Spanish is preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work effectively across academic disciplines and as part of a team. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including both oral and written skills. Strong organizational skills. Significant intercultural acumen and ability to work with diverse populations. Creativity and commitment to program initiatives. Knowledge of retention strategies and technologies to support and improve student success. A background screening is required.

Preferred Qualifications