University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 228125

Position Summary:
This dynamic role is housed within Pre-Professional Advising (PPA) at UW-Madison, which includes the Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) and the Center for Pre-Law Advising (CPLA). CPHA and CPLA are highly collaborative, independent units. The Centers serve undergraduates and alumni from all UW-Madison schools and colleges (i.e. College of Letters & Science, School of Human Ecology, etc.) who are interested in pursuing graduate-level health professions programs or law school. The units are co-located in the William S. Middleton Building on campus and currently operate remotely due to COVID-19 . More information about the units can be found at and

The role reports to the Director of Pre-Professional Advising and works with a group of highly supportive colleagues. The individual will serve as a Pre-Health Advisor and Lead for Diversity Programming Partnerships for Pre-Professional Advising. Specific duties are outlined below. While the bulk of position responsibilities will be with the Center for Pre-Health Advising, the position reflects how the units continue to strategically evolve to reach shared goals of increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in these critical professional areas. The role and the units have a solid foundation, and we look forward to working with this individual to further enhance programming and partnerships!

Pre-Professional Advising is administratively housed in the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA), along with three other highly collaborative advising units: Cross-College Advising Service, the Career Exploration Center (CEC), and the UW Online Degree Academic & Career Coaching Services.

Principal duties:
45% Direct Pre-Health Advising

Alongside other CPHA advisors, the person in this role will:

- Advise current undergraduates, transfer students, and UW-Madison alumni who are interested in pursuing graduate-level health professions programs through one-on-one appointments, drop-ins, phone, email, and other technologies (i.e. in-person and remotely as needed)
- Guide advisees on pre-health course planning, extracurricular involvement, gap/experiential year planning, test preparation, application processes, and interviewing
- Utilize advising tools such as Advising Gateway and the Student Information System (SIS) to support effective, informed advising and to document advising contacts
- Ensure high-quality, inclusive advising through:
- Building knowledge of theories and current practices in academic advising, career advising, and pre-health advising
- Understanding current and emerging issues facing very diverse student populations as they prepare for careers in health care
- Staying abreast of changes and developments in health professions and public health fields as it pertains to helping students prepare for these fields
- Partnering with departmental/major, career, and program advisors to provide holistic, student-centered advising and support exploration, inclusion, and retention

35% Diversity Programming Partnerships (25% Pre-Health, 10% PPA-wide/Pre-Law)

CPHA and CPLA are committed to enhancing access to health care professions and careers in law among students historically underrepresented and underserved in the fields. All staff are responsible for supporting efforts along these lines, with the person in this role taking a lead and liaison role. Duties in this area include:

- Build on strong existing foundations related to diversity programming partnerships, working creatively and collaboratively to further develop and implement strategic vision
- Develop strong, intentional relationships with partners in clinical healthcare environments as well as campus colleagues in the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Educational Achievement (DDEEA), Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), STEM Immersion/WISCIENCE, Multicultural Student Center (MSC), Black Cultural Center (BCC), and related initiatives
- Serve as Director of the Health Professions Shadowing Program (HPSP), which is a two-week residential summer program run in direct partnership with the School of Medicine & Public Health (SMPH) Office of MD Admissions and held in collaboration with all other UW-Madison Health professions programs
- Engage as member of HPSP leadership team with SMPH MD Admissions.
- Coordinate all non-clinical aspects of the program
- Collaborate with partners, particularly SMPH Pathways Programs Coordinator, to strategically extend the reach of HPSP-related professional development programming into the academic year and, when capacity allows, beyond HPSP participants
- In partnership with CPHA Lead for Communications and other partners, coordinate the development and revision of marketing and website content
- In partnership with CPHA's Lead for Data Management and other partners, utilize qualitative and quantitative data for evaluation and assessment, develop program summaries, and proactively report on program/participant outcomes
- Serve as lead coordinator for other Pre-Health programming and initiatives specifically focused on engaging and supporting underrepresented students, bringing a visionary and strategic approach to identifying gaps and opportunities
- Co-advise the Student Pre-Health Committee (SPHC) with the CPHA Lead for Career Exploration Partnerships. In this role, collaboratively lead the SPHC in planning and running the annual Health Equity Symposium.
- Enhance collaboration between CPHA and CPLA and support strong communication between campus diversity programs and PPA advising units, e.g.:
- Serve as primary liaison/point of contact related to diversity programming partnerships, delegating to and partnering with CPHA and CPLA colleagues as appropriate (e.g. CPHA Lead for Career Exploration Partnerships, CPLA LSAT Prep Coordinator, etc.)
- Co-facilitate joint Pre-Health/Pre-Law professional development workshops for students in partnership with campus diversity programs (e.g. intersections between the fields of health and law, what it means to pursue professional programs after college graduation, etc).
- Serve as a key consultant and provide programmatic support as capacity allows to CPLA initiatives such as the Law Experience & Advising Program (LEAP)

5% Service/Professional Development

- Participate in and support the work of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Committees, such as the Campus Pre-Health Committee (CPHC), and Law & Policy Working Group
- Build strong partnerships with campus programs that instruct and/or advise pre-health and pre-law students, including attendance at relevant campus events
- Actively engage in the broader UW-Madison advising community
- Participate in campus-wide committees surrounding advising, policy, and diversity to bring the perspective of pre-professional advisees to discussions of campus initiatives and services
- As the budget allows, engage in on- and off-campus professional development opportunities that advance the mission of the office and support effective advising practices

5% Workplace Culture & Sustainability

- Actively engage in and prepare for staff meetings
- Support initiatives led by colleagues, including attendance at events, service on planning teams as needed, etc.
- Maintain up-to-date onboarding documentation for individual job duties
- Lead/initiate improvements in area of responsibility
- Demonstrate a commitment to respect, inclusion, and collaboration
- Participate in efforts to build a positive organizational climate and culture
- Participate in position search and screens, welcoming and training new staff as needed

5% Other duties as necessary

This is an evolving role in a highly collaborative, supportive, and dynamic work environment. Duties may also include, but are not limited to, representing the units at campus events or resource fairs and periodic evening and weekend initiatives.

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