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Personal and Professional Development Coach, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Winston Salem, NC, United States
Job ID: 122248
Job Family: Education, Training & Development
Status: Full Time
Shift: Day
Job Type: Regular
Department Name: 55811085045612-Health Care Education



The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) provides holistic, strengths-based support to all Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSOM) students through coaching and programming. CPPD supports students in a team-based approach that is dedicated to explicitly developing the whole person.  Our longitudinal model emphasizes the value of personal and professional development, collaboration and social connection. Our focus is to provide support and resources related to well-being, professional identity formation, character, and leadership development for all students at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSOM). We are committed to providing exemplary service to all learners with identities from a variety of cultures, races and backgrounds and contributing to an inclusive and equitable learning environment. In addition to our individualized coaching services, we provide programming tied to our pillars (academic success, well-being, culture and community, career exploration) and dispositional learning outcomes, DLOs (intellectual humility, curiosity, respect for diversity, compassion, teamwork/collaboration.

The Personal and Professional Coach will provide a full range of student support and coaching services to individuals across all health sciences programs (MD, PA, Biomedical Graduate, and Academic Nursing). This position will provide direct student support services related to academic, as well as personal and Professional development, in an individualized format.  The Coach will also work with key stakeholders across the institution to develop and support proactive programming in areas of recognized need for individual learners as well as groups. Our work is generously supported by a 2022-2025 grant from the Kern Family Foundation.


Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Counseling, or related field and four (4) years’ experience in a higher education setting.  Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Student Affairs, or related field preferred.

The Personal and Professional Development Coach must have experience working with adult students. Demonstrate skills in advising, coaching, developing or coordinating programs or services, independent and creative problem solving; advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite; excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience developing programs for diverse populations preferred. 


  1. Provide personal and professional development coaching and support for students on an ongoing basis with an emphasis on character development and professional identity formation.
  2. Create an individualized enhancement plan for all students—with emphasis on supporting those in need of additional support, monitor progress of students, and maintain records of all individual contacts. Act as liaison with departments for holistic approach to student needs.
  3. Develop and facilitate proactive character, personal and professional development workshops throughout the academic year for all students.
  4. Work with all program staff and faculty to be familiar with course content and structure in order to provide optimal support to students.
  5. Stay updated on literature and best practices related to teaching and coaching leadership and character development in medical education. 
  6. Serve as part of academic/student affairs support teams, other relevant committees and perform other duties as needed and requested by the director. 
  7. Ensure that learning environment is welcoming and that all students have a sense of belonging. 


  • Experience in advising and/or coaching adult students
  • Experience in leading student-focused programs
  • Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to develop original ideas 
  • Ability to identity problems and solve problems independently 


  • Contact with persons in a wide variety of community settings.
  • Clean, comfortable office setting.
  • Some travel required