Job Closing Date Initial applicant review will begin on or around January 3rd, 2023. Posting will remain open until filled
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
To set the course of UC Merced's evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.
About the Job
The Director of Pre-Health Advising is a full-time career position reporting directly to the Dean of Natural Sciences and indirectly to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. UC Merced is embarking on an ambitious collaboration with the UCSF School of Medicine to establish medical education through a BS/MD pathway. This highly visible effort reflects UC Merced's long-standing commitment to bringing healthcare to the region and presents the opportunity to refresh and intensify advising in support of all health-related professions.
The Director of Pre-Health Advising will develop and lead a team of professionals in expanding and delivering effective programming to and advising our diverse study body from a holistic and asset-based perspective. The office of Pre-Health Advising delivers academic advising to BS/MD students and works closely with the offices of Assessment and Undergraduate Medical Education to monitor their progress through their BS degrees. The office of Pre-Health Advising, in collaboration with School and freshman advising units, also supports all students from across the campus as they explore career options, make plans, complete pre-requisite coursework, access mentoring and coaching, gain community and clinical observation experience, and study for standardized exams required by most professional health programs (e.g., MCAT, DAT, PCAT, PA-CAT, etc.). In all cases, the PreHealth Advising office guides students from their initial exploration of healthcare careers through the professional school application process.
The Director of Pre-Health Advising will be a partner in identifying the current and future needs of pre-health students, stay abreast of peer-reviewed literature documenting positive developments in pre-health advising, develop new approaches to planning and administration of Pre-health Advising services, and help to define and implement institutional goals in the pre-health and medical fields.
Oversight and leadership of staff enabling them to effectively:
Advise and track the academic progress of pre-health students from across the campus.
Deliver integrated academic and career advising.
Deliver scalable, data-informed resources and programming to support pre-health students and collect metrics that document their efficacy.
Create and present educational workshops and programs sponsored by either the Office of Pre-Health Advising or campus partners.
Collaborate with campus partners in special events, outreach, and career education activities that support the success of pre-health students. Partners may include faculty, Department Chairs, School Deans, Undergraduate Medical Education, Divisions of Undergraduate and Graduate Education, School and Freshman advising units, Student Affairs, student clubs and organizations, the Center for Career and Professional Advancement, and Alumni Relations.
Monitor changes in standardized test (e.g., MCAT, DAT, PCAT, PA-CAT, etc.) policies and/or procedures and their effects on pre-health applicants.
Keep pace with best practices by attending regional and national meetings for health professional advisors and seek opportunities to participate (moderating sessions, presenting workshops, or platform presentations), thereby promoting the visibility of UC Merced.
Create and maintain a vibrant and up-to-date pre-health advising website and metrics to document its efficacy.
Collaborate with campus partners to develop scalable, data-informed resources and programming (e.g., leadership training, clinical observation experiences, community engagement, research experiences, MCAT, and other pre-professional exam preparation) to support pre-health students and create metrics to document their efficacy.
Serve as the primary liaison between Pre-Health Advising and all entities on campus with an interest in the success of pre-health students.
Stay abreast of peer-reviewed publications and the national conversation around best practices for preparing pre-health students for success, especially those who have not experienced privilege.
Collaborate with appropriate entities to devise and deliver an effective strategy for communicating clearly-defined pathways and milestones for pre-health preparation to current students, prospective students, and their families.
Identify access and barrier issues limiting the participation and success of students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds in health-related careers and design and implement steps to advance participation and eliminate existing disparities.
Develop, measure, and sustain key retention and outcome metrics related to student success.
Identify and implement relevant technology tools to support and enhance BS/MD and pre-health advising and management processes. Support integration of BS/MD and pre-health advising practices into the University's student success platforms.
Advise and track the academic progress of BS/MD and pre-health students.
Collaborate with the Offices of Undergraduate Medical Education and Assessment to develop mechanisms for tracking the progress of BS/MD students.
Develop and maintain relationships and serve as primary liaison with admission officers at professional schools by attending professional meetings, gathering current information of program admission requirements, and representing the university at national and regional conferences.
Alert the Dean to opportunities to establish non-medical pipeline relationships with other institutions.
Other duties as required.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and three years of experience with pre-health advising in an academic setting and experience with application policies and procedures for medical, osteopathic, allied health, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, nursing and veterinary programs. (Required)
Advanced degree from an accredited university. (Required)
CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Knowledge of application policies and procedures for medical, osteopathic, allied health, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, nursing and veterinary programs, and interest in learning about other health related programs.
Familiarity with and commitment to integrated academic and career advising.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills that translate to a broad range of constituencies (students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators).
Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, physicians, medical personnel and students regarding curricular design, medical volunteer and shadowing programs, and academic policies and procedures.
Working with students with a range of academic abilities (including honors level and academically at-risk students).
Supervising staff and students in a university setting.
Collaborative leadership style and the capacity to organize multiple tasks, set priorities and produce deliverables in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds to provide an equitable, welcoming environment that embraces inclusive excellence.
Robust history of participation in medical and academic professional organizations. (Preferred)
Background check and fingerprinting will be required.
How to Apply: An online application is required for each position to apply.The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.
Vaccination Program Policy:
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
E-Verify: All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.