Counselor - Pre-Health - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah 84058

United States


Detailed Job Description

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of the Academic Counseling Center (ACC), advises new, prospective, and transfer students, specifically in pre-health professions offered at UVU and/or other Universities. This includes developmental and career advising as well as helping students develop an educational plan towards application to their chosen health education and training program.
Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
1. Responds to informational requests from potential students, staff, high school counselors and others interested in Utah Valley University and create/update informational materials pertaining to the various health professions being sought by students.
2. Interprets and explains UVU's policies and procedures to advisees.
3. Provides information, assistance and referrals to student support services to assist advisees in managing their college experience, including internships and research opportunities.
4. Maintains a case load of incoming and continuing undergraduate students and student advising records using computer applications relevant for file maintenance and organization of case load.
5. Counsels students regarding the development of meaningful educational plans and academic major and emphasis selection which are compatible with their life goals.
6. Advises pre-health professional students on completing prerequisite requirements that will best prepare them for their chosen field.
7. Provides accurate program information to continuing and prospective students in person, via telephone and email and on site at UVU.
8. Assists students with the enrollment and registration process.
9. Interprets test scores and assists student in appropriate course placement.
10. Reviews post-secondary institution unofficial transcripts and prior academic history. Retains current students and aids in the transition through higher education for new students.
11. Serves as a member of the Advisement Forum and attend and participate in meetings, activities and events of the forum. Represents the department on any relevant University committees, departmental committees or professional associations/organizations as needed and/or assigned.
12. Consults with faculty and staff in order to provide accurate information concerning program changes, assessment guidelines, course and instructor information, transfer issues, scholarships and appropriate referrals. Also advocates and problem solves with faculty, administration and staff on student academic problems, issues and concerns.
13. Organizes, coordinates or assists in managing a number of undergraduate student programs or events, including conducting classes or workshops as needed related to pre-health information, coordination of shadowing program and managing letter service for premed and pre-dental students.
14. Assesses and counsels clients in the interpretation of career and vocational instruments towards selection of alternative majors and careers if necessary.
15. Helps make students aware of and assists them in meeting non-academic requirements and other factors that will increase their level of competitiveness in the eyes of professional school admission committees.
16. Maintains a database of UVU graduates' professional school admission and rejections along with MCAT, DAT, GRE and other health professions school admission test scores to provide feedback to support departments and programs for program assessment and effectiveness.
17. Assist students through the application process of health professions schools including editing personal statements, managing and writing letters of recommendation, presenting application workshops and mock interviews.  

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a master's degree in Health Sciences, Counseling and Guidance, Educational Psychology, or a closely related field AND two years full-time paid experience related to the summary of duties.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of student advising and teaching laws and techniques including content, curriculum, and graduation requirements specific to the academic major, department or school, and the ability to anticipate departmental and student needs.
2. Ability to use microcomputers, computer terminals, and academic and office software platforms (BANNER) as applied to management of student records, report preparation, & related activities.
3. Ability to creatively and independently problem solve by prioritizing and multitasking while under pressure.
4. Ability to serve individuals with diverse personalities through the use of effective interpersonal and communication skills using various communication media, including telephone, facsimile and e-mail.
5. Ability to work in a team environment.
6. Understanding of and commitment to the UVU's mission and strategic directions.
7. Knowledge of academic requirements, pre-professional activities, testing and overall preparation requirements for a broad variety of health related programs and professions.
8. Ability to apply knowledge of career development, and decision-making theory to help students define and integrate academic and career goals in order to promote student retention and academic success.
9. Ability to administer, analyze, and interpret MBTI, STRONG and other psychological tests in order to help students acquire knowledge about self and Career Market during the counseling process.  

Special Instructions to Applicants

- To be considered an applicant for employment you must apply online through the UVU.Jobs website.
- To receive full consideration for post-secondary education, please submit copies of transcripts or diploma of highest degree earned. Transcripts do not have to be official copies.
- To be considered in the first screening, the online application and required application documents (see below) must be submitted by the screening or closing date.
- Our system can only accept supplemental documents (such as cover letters or transcripts) in PDF or Word format. The file size of documents must be less than 2MB. It is strongly recommended that you take documents that are not in an electronic form and scan them into a separate black and white PDF file so you can attach them electronically to the online application. You can get help with this at a local copy center if needed.
- Application materials become the property of UVU.
- For questions contact Human Resources at  

Keyword Phrases

  • Counselor
  • Pre
  • Health
  • Academic Counseling Center
  • student centered teaching organization
  • building communities of engaged learners
  • beautiful mountain location
  • Counseling
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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