Director of Health Careers Advising @ Cornell University

April 5, 2022

Health Careers Advising offers professional guidance and support to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on the Ithaca campus, as well as recent alumni interested in pursuing careers broadly in the health professions, including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, nursing, veterinary medicine, etc. We are looking for a Director of Health Careers Advising to oversee the administrative and academic mission of Health Careers advising, guiding students on their individual journeys toward a career in the health professions, from initial healthcare career exploration through the professional school application process. Our goal is to help our students find their unique niche as part of the health-related workforce that increasingly reflects the needs and diversity of our society.


What You Will Do:

The Director of Health Careers Advising will lead the transition of the current Health Careers advising structure out of the university’s Office of Career Services into the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. This transition is intended to embed the Office of Health Careers Advising in the heart of the academic enterprise to facilitate strong connections with the academic and career advising community across the colleges, schools, and units. Further, the Director will work to enhance the external presence of the Office of Health Careers Advising within the broader health careers community.


The Director will be responsible for: reimagining the multifaceted student advising experience; creating innovative programs, resources, and services to support students’ exploration of possible pathways in human clinical or animal health professions; understanding the curricular and co-curricular requirements needed for students to be competitive candidates for admission to post-baccalaureate programs and professional schools; and evaluating student progress toward meeting these requirements. The Director will build upon existing partnerships across the colleges, schools and units on the Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC, and the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program with Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), The Rockefeller University (RU), and the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research (SKI).


A full description of the position is available for review.


This position is located in Ithaca, New York and the successful applicant will work on the Cornell campus.


What You Will Need:

  • Master’s degree in a science/health-related discipline, counseling/higher education, or related discipline, and 5-7 years of experience in student services advising.
  • Three (3) or more years of Health Careers advising or previous experience leading pre-health or pre-medical admissions programs.
  • Awareness of the spectrum of health careers options as well as an understanding of programs offered at various institutions of higher education.
  • Possess a strong vision for health careers advising, and the ability to articulate that mission to others.
  • Proven leadership and supervisory skills; ability to foster professional growth and excellence among staff.
  • Ability to successfully build relationships with a variety of stakeholders and effectively foster a collaborative team environment.


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If you have any of the following, it’s a great bonus:

  • Doctoral degree in a science, health, education, or other related discipline.
  • Familiarity with pre-health applicant information portals (e.g., AMCAS/AIS, ADEA/AADSAS, CASPA, AACOMAS).


What We Offer:

Cornell University offers competitive compensation and outstanding benefits. We are ranked #2 in Forbes 2021 Best Places to Work in New York State and have been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, wellness programs, employee discounts
  • Generous retirement contributions.
  • Our paid leave time include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: including an end-of-year, paid time off winter break from December 25th through January 1st.
  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.


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How To Apply:

All applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • Cover letter and Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation describing the candidate’s philosophy on Health Careers advising, experience leading change across an organization, and aptitude for this position. 
  • A Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. More information about this statement is available here.


Applications will be evaluated starting March 15, 2022 and will remain open until the position is filled.


When applying through our system, please attach your application materials (resume and cover letter). You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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