Job Positions

Pre-Health and Law Advisor

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Career Center


University of Virginia

Date Posted:

May 12, 2019

Close Date:

Review of applications begins 5/20


Position Description

The University of Virginia Career Center (herein Career Center) engages and supports students in the discovery and pursuit of meaningful lives. We do this in a team environment while adhering to our core values and guiding principles. The Career Center places a high priority on quality individual direct service and exceptional customer service for all key constituents. As a Pre-Health and Law Advisor, this individual will primarily provide direct service to University undergraduate students and alumni who are interested in careers in clinical healthcare and law. Direct service delivery includes individual career counseling with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops. Research on clinical health and law professions, outreach, programming, and communications are also significant parts of the position. The PHLA Advisor will be supervised by and work in conjunction with the Director of Pre-Professional Advising. This individual will perform other office and University duties as assigned. Some evening and weekend work is required.


  • Provides direct and inclusive advising through individual appointments and office hours, with a specific emphasis on diverse students and alumni interested in clinical health and law career paths. Educates students and alumni about admissions processes and requirements. Individual advising involves extensive counseling, coaching, and advising for students at all stages of career development; uses student, team, and supervisor feedback to improve counseling techniques.
  • Conducts individual mock interviews and provides constructive feedback to applicants in, or preparing to enter, the application process to schools for health and law professions.
  • Researches, develops, and delivers creative and engaging workshops and presentations on exploration, preparation, and application to health and law programs to a diverse audience; collaborates with Assistant Director to manage logistical details of programs and events.
  • Contributes to Pre-Health and Law related classes or other career exploration workshops, as needed, with a particular focus on exploration, planning, and engagement.
  • Maintains up-to-date information on clinical health and law careers with special attention to underrepresented populations in each field. Attends relevant conferences and open houses; visits targeted institutions/programs to provide up-to-date and tailored advice for applicants; monitors appropriate listserves.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge about University academic programs, resources, and calendars, with special attention to the first-generation college experience. Balances academic advising with appropriate referrals to university and/or program contacts.
  • Participates in student tracking and evaluation processes designed to assess student/alumni activity, satisfaction, and the achievement of learning objectives.
  • Additional responsibilities including communications and programs – please see job description online.

Application Process

To apply: Search for job # R0005893 at

Institution Information

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment. Two centuries later, Jefferson’s vision thrives. Across Grounds - and throughout the world - UVA students, faculty, staff and alumni challenge convention, break barriers and pursue the greater good. The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools and affiliated foundations in Charlottesville plus the College at Wise in Southwest Virginia. The University of Virginia Health System is a renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders and discovering new and better ways to treat diseases. The University's Medical Center, School of Medicine and Physicians Group are recognized for their excellence in patient care, education and research. At UVA, we offer a rich collection benefits, which have long been recognized and valued for their comprehensiveness and competitiveness in the market. In addition to a robust array of traditional benefits such as health care, time off, and retirement, UVA offers a comprehensive list of benefits and services to help staff and faculty meet their personal and family needs.

Contact Information

Kim Sauerwein​


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field (May 2019 graduates will be considered)
  • Prior experience providing career counseling or advising services in a college/university setting or at least three years related professional experience
  • Strong customer service orientation; creativity, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative and work well independently and in teams
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive advising practice
  • Proven ability to design and present creative and innovative programs/workshops
  • Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; strong oral and written communication skills
  • Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with academic advising, pre-health advising, and/or pre-law advising
  • Demonstrated program development and management experience
  • Ability to work effectively with students, alumni, faculty and professional school representatives •Ability to teach and to instruct in the use of programs, services and resources in a career-related environment
  • Knowledgeable about print and on-line career resources
  • Proficient computer and web-based skills