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Director of Pre-Professional Advising Center

Apply now Department: 3670003810 Vice Provost Student Success
Job no: 513020
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Academic Advising / Support, Administrative / Professional, Executive / Director / Management, Student Affairs / Services
Pay Grade: 11A

About This Role:

Kansas State University seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Director for a new Pre-Professional Advising Center. The Director will lead our team of pre-professional advisors and an advisor/recruitment coordinator who are committed to applying recruitment and advising best-practices within a collaborative, diverse, inclusive and supportive environment that prepares students to become competitive professional school applicants.

The Pre-Professional Advising Center offers all prospective students interested in the professions a clear and coherent point of entry. We provide guidance and programing to encourage students to explore and prepare a competitive application to professional school programs such as law, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, dental, occupational therapy, nursing, veterinary medicine, and more.

Guided by an advising as teaching model, Center staff help students in any college or program of study explore and prepare for the professions. The Center embraces the guiding principles of equity and inclusion, holistic support, institutional collaboration, and creative innovation of the Office of Student Success.

The inaugural Director will contribute to K-State’s culture of advising excellence and build a successful centrally housed pre-professional program. The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Student Success.

Job Overview

Provide vision for and direct oversight of the pre-professional advising center with responsibility for recruiting, planning, policy, and achieving excellent student learning outcomes.

Essential Functions

In collaboration with the vice provost for student success, enrollment management, and the academic colleges, design, develop, and implement activities to achieve strategic recruitment goals, advising mission and program objectives set at university and unit levels.

Vision and Program Design 30%

  • In collaboration with Enrollment Management, create robust outreach and recruitment plan.
  • Develop an intentional curriculum to support exploration and commitment to the professions.
  • Explore partnerships with professional schools (e.g., early admission, 3+3 programs).
  • Assume management responsibility for advising programs and priorities associated with student success and retention
  • Make decisions and oversee quality of service delivery to include accurate and current information about university and professional school programs.
  • Use knowledge of student development and student sub-populations in designing a comprehensive pre-professional advising center.
  • Manage communication about timelines and deadlines for professional school applications.
  • Develop opportunities for clinical experience and undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Review data, as available, on professional school admission.

Unit Leadership 30%

  • Provide direct supervision to advisors and coordinator.
  • Develop, implement and monitor budget, as authorized; may have authority for revenue and expense planning and approving expenditures; has signature authority as "accountable officer" for programs within area of responsibility; report on budget status to higher level administrator.
  • Oversee equity and inclusion efforts for the advising unit.
  • Serve on university, college and departmental committees and represent the department at various state and national associations. Serve on Student Success Leadership team.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.
  • Design and implement strategic communications.

Support Advising Excellence 15%

  • Design and deliver advisor training and professional development for Center staff and contribute to the professional development of the K-State Advising Community.
  • Use the SSC-Navigate platform for tracking student engagement with the Center and advisor performance.

Policy and Assessment 10%

  • Formulate, recommend, and implement policies, procedures, and controls; manage processes to increase student support and advance service levels; responsible for policy implementation, communication and assessing impact. Participate in cross-functional policy development.
  • Elevate institution-wide issues, contributing to systemic rather than one-off solutions.
  • Collect and analyze data on Pre-Professional Advising activities to assess student learning outcomes and program effectiveness.
  • Prepare reports, disseminate/interpret data and other information. Provide advice, deliver presentations, and ensure that advising programs and services comply with university policies and state/federal regulations.

Cross-unit Collaboration 15%

  • Responsible for collaborating with administrative and academic units and act as liaison between the student, parent, college, student life and other appropriate partners; communicate and assist students, parents, business partners resolve questions and complex issues; represent the university internally and externally.
  • Partner with the Career Center on alumni placement data.
  • Build and maintain cross-campus relationships. Convene and engage pre-professional advisory group.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and at least five (5) years of relevant experience
  • A minimum of one (1) year of management, supervisory, or project team leadership experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline or a JD.
  • Five (5) years of progressive experience in higher education, student development or related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to equity, inclusion, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education
  • Knowledge of academic advising theories and understanding of undergraduate or professional school admissions processes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology (i.e., Microsoft Office including knowledge of Excel, customer relationship manager software, Navigate) and efficient use of e-mail
  • Track record of using data to support continuous improvement and to inform decision-making
  • Evidence of creative program creation and oversight, with the ability to develop and manage project and program expectations, timelines, and assessments
  • Strong organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a changing environment
  • Knowledge of competitive health profession and law school application processes
  • Positive, student-centered educational philosophy
  • Demonstrated success leading, managing, and supervising a diverse team of full-time employees, graduate assistants, and student employees
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful relationship building across units and departments
  • Experience with financial stewardship and budget management

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Name and contact information for three (3) professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately and continues until the position has been filled. For best consideration, apply by October 30, 2022.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$59,199 - $74,000  

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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