CAREER DEVELOPMENT COUNSELOR
University of Washington - Seattle, WA

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Health Services prepares future health practitioners, managers, and researchers to conduct the unfinished work of improving the well-being of communities in the United States and throughout the world. One of our key goals it to advance knowledge and practice in the fields of health services and public health through collaborative, interdisciplinary research that seeks answers to contemporary issues in population health, health promotion, and health care in support of policy and practice.

The Department of Health Services has an outstanding opportunity for a Career Development Counselor to join the Master of Health Administration Programs team.

This position will design and implement the student professional development activities and administer the student advising program for the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program. Through extensive student engagement, the Career Development Counselor will place approximately 80 EMHA students in successful mentor relationships, internships, and capstone projects.

The UW Master of Health Administration (MHA) Programs (including the traditional and the Executive MHA degrees) are among the nation’s top 10 programs for health services administration. Increasingly, our competitive advantage for obtaining high caliber students depends on successfully preparing our graduates for entry into mid- and top-level management and leadership roles. The Career Development Counselor plays a critical role in producing this outcome in the Executive program by administering our student advising and career development programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISING
  • Advise current Executive MHA students on a wide range of professional development areas: Researching fellowships, securing internships, preparing for case competitions, arranging mentoring agreements, skill building, career-change strategy, etc.
  • Act as program “point-person” for MHA Student Association

    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
  • Act as liaison between the Executive MHA students, the program, and regional and national health services organizations, health systems, and professional associations
  • Research and solicit potential internships and mentors from within local and regional health services community
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with program alumni

    EVENT PLANNING AND FACILITATION
  • Plan and facilitate annual capstone presentations
  • Develop and facilitate professional development workshops (i.e. building mentor relationships, resume writing, interviewing skills, etc.)
  • Develop and implement the guest lecture series
  • Plan and facilitate annual mentor/student mixer, annual appreciation luncheon

    PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
  • Track/reconcile budget activity; report to program manager
  • Develop quarterly and/or annual reports (i.e. mentor program, capstone projects, professional development workshops, internships, etc.)
  • Provide additional support for alumni relations and alumni database
  • Review and monitor evaluations and petitions (capstone, mentor program, internships, etc.)

    OTHER CAREER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
  • Research and distribute fellowship information, potential capstone projects
  • Create career development resources (regional/national health systems,
    networking, jobs listings, skill development opportunities, conferences, etc.)
  • Travel to health care administration conferences, as needed
  • Additional duties, as assigned

    REQUIREMENTS:

    -Bachelor’s Degree in business, life sciences, social sciences, communications, or related fields and a minimum three years’ experience advising students in a higher education setting
    -Ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment
    -Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask over a variety of projects
    -Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
    -Strong attention to detail
    -Strong adaptable writing skills: ability to communicate in diverse written formats and mediums, as well as to tune messages for a wide variety of audiences
    -Ability to work well in teams and as a team facilitator
    -Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, electronic calendaring systems

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    DESIRED:

    -Master’s degree in business, life sciences, social sciences, communications, or related fields
    -Professional experience working with a graduate program at the University of Washington or another top-tier institution of higher education
    -Professional experience interacting with health care organizations in the Puget Sound region
    -Event planning experience

    Condition of Employment:

    A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

    -This position may require occasional evening and weekend work. Some regional and/or national travel may also be required.

    Application Process:
    Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu .

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