Title: Director, Careers in Health & Medicine / Executive Director, Heyl Scholarship Fund/Kalamazoo Promise Partner

Department: Provost Office

Immediate supervisor: Provost

General Responsibilities:

Pre-Health Professional Advising

Work with faculty to insure coordination of courses and requirements for an effective pre-professional program that meets the College standards and external requirements and standards.

Serve as the principal resource for students and faculty with regard to advising pre-health professional students.

  • Advise students interested in the full array of post-graduate work and careers in medicine and health (including research and the practice of community and global health, health policy, medical anthropology, the allied health professions, etc.).
  • With a commitment to illuminate pathways for all students, offer career counseling, guidance with career development opportunities, and the application process.
  • Collaborate with Center for Career and Professional Development staff as appropriate on workshops, programs and networking opportunities.
  • Chair the faculty Health Sciences Advisory Committee and organize its activities, including applicant interviews, delegation and completion of Committee letters, compilation of applicant files and sending requested materials for applicants.
  • Work with the Admission Office on programs for prospective students, their families and high school counselors. Meet with and counsel prospective students and their families interested in health professions.
  • Maintain the Health Sciences website and social media as a resource for faculty and pre-health professional students.
  • With Community and Global Health and the Center for Civic Engagement, imaginatively foster the preferred partnership with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, and deepen relationships with the local health and health care community, especially around health equity initiatives.
  • Engage in professional development activities in the field to remain abreast of current trends and developments in health professions advising.

Heyl Scholarship Fund Executive Director

Oversee the administration of Heyl Scholarships to Kalamazoo College, the WMU Bronson School of Nursing and Heyl Fellowships to Yale University.

Call meetings of the Heyl Scholarship Fund Board of Directors; prepare and distribute meeting materials and record minutes.

Oversee the promotion of Heyl Scholarships to eligible students and supervise the Heyl Representatives at Kalamazoo Central HS, Loy Norrix HS and the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center.

Oversee the application process and conduct interviews of applicants for the Kalamazoo College Scholarships. Convene the Scholarship Selection Committee and report their recommendations to the Heyl Board of Directors. Prepare and send all decision letters.

Organize the annual spring dinner for new scholarship recipients and their parents.

Review grades of current Scholars for purposes of renewing their scholarships.

Promote and support a sense of community among currently enrolled Heyl scholars; foster a network and ongoing engagement of Heyl scholar alumni.

Kalamazoo Promise Partner

Serve as a liaison among Promise, the Office of Admission, and the Office of Financial Aid

Be a point person for Promise related academic, study abroad, or funding questions

Coordinate with Institutional Research to ensure collection of data on graduation rates and GPAs of Promise Scholars

Maintain records of interactions with Promise students in appropriate systems

Organize an annual event with the President to foster community among Promise Scholars

Assist College Marketing and Communications when a Promise Scholar needs to be identified for media purposes


Bachelor’s degree or higher with a preference for a degree or professional experience in a health-related field or the natural sciences. Ability to work collaboratively with students, staff, faculty and external community members. Excellent organizational, presentation, and writing skills with strong attention to accuracy and detail; self-motivation and ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Sound interpersonal skills for working with diverse students, parents and alumni – including supportive and realistic academic counseling. Demonstrated commitment to social justice. Appreciation of the value of the liberal arts to careers in health and medicine.

Proficiency with standard office software like Word and Excel, and experience with or ability to learn web-editing software.

Kalamazoo College desires applicants who are committed to promoting access and success for all students, and strongly encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to identify themselves if they wish.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin June 10th and continue until the position is filled.

Start date: July 1, 2020

Kalamazoo College is a selective, nationally known liberal arts college offering students a personalized, integrated undergraduate experience known as the K-Plan that interweaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with individualized research and experiential educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of 40 dynamic Colleges That Change Lives, a group of 40 colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports four college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

An equal opportunity employer, Kalamazoo College is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law. Please be invited to review our full EEO statement.