Veterans Affairs Compliance Officer



The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Be a part of a dynamic community dedicated to providing the resources, guidance and inspiration needed to create the ultimate student experience: from registration and financial aid applications to the first time they arrive at one of our Centers of Excellence or log in to their first class, from academic success planning to providing a safe environment, and from connecting them with community networks to launching them into the career of their dreams. Make their student experience exceptional.

We are currently seeking a Veterans Affairs Compliance Officer who will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.

The Opportunity
You: You thrive on helping students achieve their educational and career aspirations, and you're looking for an opportunity where you can continue to learn and grow in your career.

Your mission: In this role, you'll ensure that HCC's District Office of Veterans Affairs is in regulatory compliance with the U.S. of Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office and the Texas Veterans Commission. You'll maintain VA-ONCE, present reports and serve as the custodian of records for compliance audits and reviews for HCC and the federal and state agencies.

Your work: Highlights
You'll serve as a resource for students, faculty, staff and the public regarding veteran-related educational functions, standards, requirements, practices, policies and procedures.
You'll assist with VA audit preparations; analyze data and monitor payments to students; follow up with and resolve tuition payment and discrepancy issues; investigate delays and clarification of payments with the VA; and determine qualification for tuition assistance for qualified veterans.
In order to ensure receipt of benefits for applicable course work as well as compliance with applicable policies, you'll validate students' certified educational plans for accuracy. In addition, you'll manage the process for tuition disbursements and postings on students' accounts, and supervise the Certifying Officials regarding the processing of payments to students and/or the VA.
Professional Development Opportunities
At HCC, we support job-related professional growth that will enable you to advance your career goals, increase institutional effectiveness and improve the quality of our programs and services. You'll discuss with your supervisor the training programs, conferences, courses and/or other relevant professional development activities you could participate in throughout the year.

Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you're a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!

Location

Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:

  • Third-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.
  • 145 languages are spoken here.
  • Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
  • Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
  • The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
  • World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.
  • With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.
  • Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

    If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

    It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.
    HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.

    EDUCATION
    Bachelor's Degree in business or accounting or related field from an accredited institution is required.
    EXPERIENCE
    Three (3) years of supervisory/management experience required, with at least two (2) years in higher education (Veteran Affairs/STU area preferred).

    One (1) year of experience utilizing VA-Once and PeopleSoft software programs is required.

    One (1) year of experience in accounting and auditing/compliance processes and procedures is required.

    Veteran/Military status is preferred.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
    Knowledge and understanding of the operations of an educational institution relative to tuition, registration, and admissions.
    Familiar with appropriate forms and applications needed for applying for various types of educational benefits for VA.
    Ability to interpret, monitor, apply and explain educational benefit related to Veterans Affairs and regulatory compliance with the United States of Department of Veterans Affairs, United States of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office and Texas Veterans Commission.
    Ability to work with students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
    Ability to work a flexible work schedule (some evening and weekend hours may be required).
    Working knowledge in Windows, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access), and an electronic management system.
    Able to maintain confidentiality of work related information and materials.
    Effective use of organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through.

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