Position Overview: The Career Advisor for Health Sciences is a member of the O’Brien Center for Career Development’s professional staff. S/he is responsible for establishing and nurturing long-term relationships with Health Sciences undergraduate and graduate students beginning in their first semester on campus. The Advisor will support students’ career development through comprehensive career advising including assessment of unique skills, values, and interests; exploration of life choices and career paths; matching students with best fit internships, in collaboration with the Experiential Education Program Manager; and guiding students through full-time job searches. The Advisor will primarily work one-on-one with students through advising appointments, but may also spend time collaborating on team programs. S/he will work closely with faculty, the Experiential Education Program Manager, Academic Program Manager, the Corporate and Employer Engagement teams, and serve as a conduit for the flow of communication to identify student needs and communicate opportunities. The Career Advisor reports directly to the Assistant Director of Career Advising, O’Brien Center for Career Development.


Advising & Assessments:

Using the best practices within career advising, serve undergraduate and graduate students by:

  • Advising students with self-exploration (administering assessments of values, interests, personality, skills, and strengths), career exploration and discernment, and guiding students through the results
  • Advising students individually and in small groups on other career development topics such as selection of major, resume, cover letter development, internship/co-op/full-time job searches, networking, interviewing, job offers, salary negotiation, professionalism, and emotional intelligence
  • Helping students create their personalized Career Action Plan
  • Advising and helping prepare students who are applying to graduate/professional schools and/or service opportunities
  • Facilitating initial discussions with students regarding academic advising, course registration, wellness, student life, financial aid, etc. and triaging to campus resources when appropriate
  • Leveraging technology in the career advising process and generating outside-the-box ideas for meeting students where they are at and delivering innovative programming

Facilitate classroom presentations such as:

  • General announcements of upcoming events and career development services offered by The O’Brien Center
  • Workshops on various career development topics
  • First Year Experience program sessions and corresponding small group sessions
  • Assisting with professional development portion of HSC4850: Health Sciences Internship

Experiential Education:

  • Work closely with the Experiential Education Program Manager to provide students’ with comprehensive support throughout the required internship experience
  • Maintain a strong understanding of career development professional standards, competencies and outcomes; current workforce trends, and employer needs/professional development expectations

Cross-Campus Collaboration:

  • Engage in regular meetings and initiate frequent communication with the Academic Dean and other faculty and staff within Health Sciences
  • Assist other offices in their programming/signature events such as Admissions Events, Homecoming, Commencement, and Reunion

Special Programs & Events:

  • Assist in planning, implementation, and evaluation of all departmental services and signature initiatives, including career fairs and employer/alumni events, walk-in advising hours, incoming student orientation sessions, and off-site Professional Development Retreats
  • Partner with the Corporate and Employer Engagement teams to leverage industry, alumni and community relationships when planning additional student networking events desired by the School of Health Sciences.


  • Master’s degree required
  • 3-5 years of career development and/or counseling experience required, preferably in higher education
  • Strategy development and team management experience preferred
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial atmosphere, has a high degree of personal responsibility, is committed to continuous improvement to ensure the best outcomes, and has unwavering focus on the students we serve
  • Ability to identify and use selected assessments to engage student self-awareness, and administer, score, interpret, report, and record findings from assessment instruments appropriately
  • High level ability to collaborate with faculty, students, administrators, and departments campus wide
  • Collaborative and team focused working style with the ability to multi-task and thrive in a changing, dynamic environment
  • Knowledge of best practices in student career advising; ability to identify, select, and implement career advising/coaching/counseling interventions and techniques appropriate to student goals and needs
  • Deep understanding of the ever-changing workforce and industry trends
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong and visible leadership skills; successful cross-institutional programming and initiatives; and creation of new programs

To Apply: Please apply online with cover letter and resume.

Merrimack college is committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community, based on the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We  strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. Candidates are encouraged to describe in their application previous activities or interests related to equity, diversity,and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that values diversity and inclusive excellence at Merrimack College. 

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/9/2020

Updated: 9/9/20

Position Code: 0346