Carthage College
  • 09-May-2019 to 08-Jul-2019 (CST)
  • Kenosha, WI, USA
  • Full Time Employee

Science and Pre-Health Career Specialist

This is one of several newly created full-time positions in The Aspire Center at Carthage College. The College recently received a $15 million gift to support the expansion of career development initiatives. The new career development program positions the center as a hub of activity that extends well beyond what you might expect at a traditional career center. The Aspire Program will provide all students with career advisors and mentors, as well as opportunities for students to build leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills.

Carthage's location in the Milwaukee to Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities, and its unique J-term and off-campus study program provides global access to expand students' perspectives on the world.

The Aspire Center is seeking Career Specialists with field expertise to advise students, collaborate with faculty/staff, and develop/maintain relationships with employers, alumni, and graduate/professional schools. The Science and Pre-Health Career Specialist will work particularly closely with faculty advisors in health/pre-health and advisors in the Student Success Center.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organize and execute topically relevant programming with campus and community colleagues, including site visits, mock interviews, mentoring programs, and relevant skill-building workshops. Work closely with relevant student organizations.
  • Cultivate new relationships with employers, alumni, and graduate/professional schools to provide students with access to meaningful mentoring, shadowing, internships, research, and other skill-building experiences starting in students' first year on campus.
  • Advise students and alumni who express interest in majors and careers in the sciences and health professions; help them to succeed in traditional paths and to explore alternative options in health care and science.
  • Facilitate communication between students and mentors on topics such as: exploring academic/career options, understanding intersection of culture and career, developing a professional presence, writing professional documents, and obtaining jobs/internships/admittance to graduate and professional school.
  • Develop relevant web content, social media, and other communication materials to motivate students and other key stakeholders to engage in The Aspire Program.
  • Track progress and outcomes of students and alumni to support a culture of continuous improvement and to show points of distinction for the College.
  • Contribute to community education efforts to help parents, alumni and community members to understand and apply current best practices in career development
  • Meet with prospective students to help them understand The Aspire Program, science, and pre-health options at Carthage.
  • Participate in on-going professional development activities.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.



  • Graduate/professional degree required; all areas of study are invited to apply.
  • Work or educational experiences in the sciences, research, and/or health care are highly valued; experience working in a lab or other research setting is particularly desirable.
  • Must have experience in advising, teaching, or counseling; prior pre-health advising experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, execute, and evaluate career/personal development initiatives.
  • Commitment to working with traditionally under-represented populations is expected.
  • Attentive to details; must possess strong writing and editing skills; ability to use technology required for the role, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and databases.
  • Experience collaborating effectively with others.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends; valid driver's license and willingness to travel (primarily in Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Chicagoland area).


Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a PDF file to the Resume Upload section, including a cover letter and resume. Materials can be addressed to: Lisa Hinkley, Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Any correspondence related to this search should be directed to

Institutional Information

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.


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