DavisConnects Advisor for Health Professions, Colby College

Posted: 03/27/18 | SHARE:


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of: 

DAVISCONNECTS ADVISOR FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Complementing its focus on a classical, broad-based liberal education that requires deep inquiry, hones critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and encourages curiosity and lifelong learning, Colby now integrates a set of universally available experiences into the academic program. Several opportunities will allow students to connect their education to the world and the great challenges of the 21st century while preparing them for future success in graduate schools and careers. DavisConnects guarantees a global experience for all students, making Colby the first leading liberal arts college to provide funding for every student to spend time abroad. Ultimately, Colby will connect every student to a facilitated and funded set of internships and research experiences, establishing Colby as a leader in global education and offering all Colby students an exceptional and unique set of opportunities that will deepen their education and improve their life outcomes.

Colby College is seeking a new advisor for health professions to join the DavisConnects team, participating in a comprehensive student advising model, primarily driven by the goal of integrating universal experiences (research, internships and global) into the student experience. The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic and visionary culture to advise students and graduates who express interest in exploring, preparing for, and pursuing higher education and careers in medical, dental, veterinary, public health, biotechnology, pharmaceutical/health technology, and related professions.


  • Primary advisor to students and alumni interested in areas of health professions, helping them assess interests, explore opportunities, and refine a plan leading to post-graduate success
  • Advise first-year students as a member of the DavisConnects advising team
  • Facilitate workshops and manage programs for target populations to include industry focused alumni panels, off-campus treks (off-campus opportunities to explore career industries across the US) and topical workshops
  • Advise and critique on related health professions resumes and cover letters, as well as facilitate mock interviewing and networking opportunities
  • Advocate for underrepresented groups and diversity in health professions
  • Assist students preparing for graduate school and fellowship applications
  • Collaborate with the employer engagement team to cultivate national and international student research and internship opportunities
  • Build and nurture relationships with academic departments, student groups, and other campus entities
  • Work with College Advancement colleagues to leverage contacts for the purpose of enhancing student programming and experiential opportunities
  • Build advantageous relationships with health institutions leading to opportunities and programs to the benefit of pre-health students
  • Research, visit, and advise on leading graduate healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad
  • Maintain current knowledge of key industry trends and identify areas of opportunity growth for students and young alumni
  • Serve as a representative for DavisConnects at various campus events including Admissions and Alumni events
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice



  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; advanced coursework a plus
  • Minimum of 3 years in the health professions advising and/or progressive responsibility in student advising in a liberal arts college setting; experience in the healthcare field and/or medically related research preferred
  • Working knowledge of the requirements of health professions programs, application systems and procedures, and the selection criteria employed particularly by medical schools or experience in the health care field preferred
  • Ability to interact effectively with multiple constituents including students, faculty, alumni, parents, and employers
  • Experience organizing, marketing, and executing events preferred
  • Commitment to working with a diverse student population at a top liberal arts college
  • Experience working with or advising diverse groups or students appreciated
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills combined with a professional demeanor
  • Highly organized with extreme attentiveness to detail related to managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Proficiency in database systems as well as Google/Microsoft suites
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements

Additional Information

This position has significant interaction with all DavisConnects staff and academic department faculty. Working with the director for DavisConnects advising, this position will engage a variety of campus constituents, as well as the Colby Network to provide a best-in-class advising experience and student growth opportunities.

General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Weekend and evening hours required. Some travel is required.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

DavisConnects Advisor for Health Professions - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

If you experience difficulty uploading your documents, you may submit any .doc or .pdf materials to hr@colby.edu. Please do not submit duplicate materials.

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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