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Director of Admissions

Alice L. Walton School of Medicine

Alice L. Walton School of Medicine

Bentonville, AR, USA
Posted on Monday, August 7, 2023

About Us!

Founded in 2021 by philanthropist Alice Walton, the School of Medicine, (formerly named Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences), will offer a four-year medical degree-granting program that integrates conventional medicine with holistic principles and self-care practices. Taught by leading medical practitioners and scientific minds, the first-of-its-kind medical school will help students rise to the health challenges of the 21st century with a focus on mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and will include an attached clinic for clinical training in these concepts. The School of Medicine seeks to be a national medical school with the goal of welcoming its inaugural class in 2025, pending programmatic and institutional accreditation. The School of Medicine filed its request for applicant status with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in July 2022.

Construction of the 154,000 square-foot building began in Spring 2023, with the goal of completing and welcoming the first class in Fall 2025, pending accreditation. AWSOM will be located east of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and connected through the trails to its sister organization, Whole Health Institute.

What We Seek

We are building a cadre of medical professionals trained in conventional medicine and in whole health, by reimagining medical education. We seek leaders and faculty who are excited by this endeavor. We are building a health care learning and delivery environment in which diversity is a strength and highly valued. Thus, we seek candidates who contribute to diversity in all its forms. Ideal candidates are committed to our goals of inclusive excellence, and to facilitating optimal health for all using a whole health approach.

Faculty and staff members will contribute to the development and rollout of the ARCHES curriculum, which is built on evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. It includes the following six core elements:

  • Art of Healing
  • Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
  • Clinical Care
  • Health Systems Sciences
  • Embracing Whole Health
  • Science of Medicine

All six areas of the curriculum will be interwoven throughout the four-year curriculum.

About The Position

The Director of Admissions is responsible for the day-to-day operations and activities related to AWSOM student admission and prospect management. This position will be essential in establishing pathway programs, policy development, admissions procedures, and overall recruitment of medical students. The Director of Admissions will also be responsible for continual evaluation of outcomes, process improvement for admission, assisting in producing annual reports for the AAMC and LCME, and representing AWSOM to external audiences interested.

We are building a workplace and learning climate in which inclusive excellence and whole health principles are inextricable parts of our culture and practices. All voices are heard and valued, and professional and personal growth are actively supported.

Major Responsibilities/Essential Functions Specific To The Position:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of admissions personnel including hiring, training, development, and evaluating performance.
  • Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Recruitment, and Whole Health Initiation, develop and deploy a data driven recruitment and marketing plan.
  • Manage prospect and applicant inquiries.
  • Assist in the design, implementation, and compliance of all phases of the admission process.
  • In partnership with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, support targeted pathway programs at various institutions.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Inclusive Excellence to implement strategies for the recruitment of AWSOM students.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and assess workflows and operating procedures to ensure equity and fairness among a diverse applicant pool.
  • Oversee the development and execution of communication plans for prospects, applicants, admitted students, and pre-health advisors, including social media related to activities that support recruitment and admissions.
  • Assist with training of all AWSOM faculty, staff, students, and community members who are involved in student admission; including admissions interviewers, committee members, and application screeners, ensuring continuity throughout the process.
  • Oversee the advisement of applicants in understanding the application, admissions, and registration requirements.
  • Provide administrative support for Admissions Committee meetings, orientation, and faculty training.
  • Represent AWSOM by effectively interacting with faculty, staff, students, and applicants with diverse backgrounds and interests at colleges, universities, fairs, and conferences.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned to support the mission of AWSOM.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, or related field.

Preferred Education

  • Master’s Degree in a related field is preferred.

Minimum Work Experiences

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the medical student admissions process at an accredited institution.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a supervisory/administrative role.

Preferred Work Experiences and Qualifications

  • Experiences with AMCAS and MD application process.
  • Experience with holistic application review and multiple mini interview process.
  • Experience with admissions processing and tracking software.

Skills Expected of All AWSOM Team Members

  • Exemplary written, verbal, and other communication skills
  • Adaptable and flexible to the needs of the position and the school
  • Collaborative Skills: Build and maintain relationships internal and external to the organization
  • Creative and Open-Minded: Enjoy exploring and supporting innovation in teaching strategies, topic areas, professional growth opportunities, and more
  • Discerning: Ability to recognize and support innovation
  • Highly self-directed, reliable, and accountable
  • Strong commitment to self-care
  • Committed to Diversity and Inclusion: Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders (e.g., co-workers, students, community members)
  • Ability to effectively mentor a diversity of individuals
  • Commitment to meet and maintain professional development requirements related to this role

How To Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Letter of interest highlighting essential qualifications and interests
  • A detailed resume
  • Diversity statement

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement, background check and verification of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.

The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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