Executive Director, Veterans Service and Community Engagement
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement, the Executive Director, Veterans Service and Community Engagement (EDVSCE) will serve as a visionary leader, creating new, innovative and ground-breaking initiatives and the leading UHCL campus authority for Veterans Services initiatives throughout the UHCL campus and throughout the Clear Lake/Houston community, and will work with multiple internal, and community agencies, and programs to provide outreach and services to student veterans, military connected families, and UHCL faculty, staff and students.
The EDVSCE will be a visionary that seeks out community partners for growth opportunities connecting Veterans and their families with professional development prospects, services, and resources in the Clear Lake area and beyond. The Executive Director will oversee campus initiatives that assist Veterans and their families fulfill their career and professional aspirations, transition to a post-military service career and promote mental and physical well-being.
The EDVSCE will serve, and advocate for, veteran students and veteran connected families and have duties across and throughout all divisions on the UHCL campus to create and provide resources, training, and leadership initiatives.
The EDVSCE will work directly with University Advancement to create and leverage opportunities and resources to implement work force initiatives to create civilian opportunities for veterans and their connected families.
The EDVSCE will develop and maintain community relationships with corporations and corporate partners, non-profit business organizations including Chamber of Commerce, NASA, Ellington Field, local and state government offices, local and regional law enforcement and local and regional military bases and facilities.
This leadership position will draw on an extensive knowledge of available resources pertaining to veteran’s benefits and educational applications in addition to assisting student veterans and dependents in applying for available programs and benefits.
The Executive Director will demonstrate a knowledge of current federal and state legislation relating to benefits for military service veterans and their dependents in addition to developing programs and activities with other agencies rendering services to veterans; establish and maintain satisfactory relationships with veterans, veteran groups and government agencies.
Actively seek out resources and work with community partners to identify growth opportunities connecting Veterans and their families with professional development prospects, work force development, services, and resources in the Clear Lake area, Houston region and beyond. Oversee campus initiatives that assist Veterans and their families fulfill their career and professional aspirations, transition to a post-military service career and promote mental and physical well-being. Leads and collaboratively partners with external resources and services including county and regional Veteran Services Offices, Wounded Warrior Project and other veteran-related programs. Serves as representative of the University at state, regional and national organizations, boards, councils, and committees.
Lead collaboratively with UHCL campus divisional leaders, University Advancement, partners with Enrollment Management, Counseling Services including VSOC and other units on campus to ensure the needs of student veterans, military connected families, and UHCL faculty, staff and students are addressed while promoting a veteran friendly campus in becoming a national leader in veteran’s services while aligning all staff duties with University and Divisional level Strategic Objectives and Initiatives.
Advises veterans, student veterans and their dependents of their rights under military service benefits acts and other relevant legislation. Serves as lead School Certifying Official (SCO); maintains compliance with state and federal regulations governing the application of military-connected education benefits. Processes, coordinates and certifies veteran applications in accordance with policies that facilitate the accomplishment of University level and Divisional Strategic Objectives and Initiatives.
Direct measures to improve office efficiency and effectiveness through collaboration with staff in Enrollment Management and other campus offices to ensure student veteran problems are resolved and process changes are implemented that will advance the services of the office as well as develop reporting methodologies for all relevant metrics associated with the Divisional and University Strategic Plan.
Plan, direct and oversee the development and evaluation of veterans programs including tailored recreation, wellness and social programming and ensures compliance with policies and procedures of the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration. Leads the development and implementation of recruitment strategies targeting active and ex-military personnel.
Direct, evaluates, and reviews staff, student workers, and interns on a daily basis while promoting and overseeing their professional development and training. Oversees campus Student Veterans Association.
Prepare reports and presents information to campus administration, external organizations, current donors, prospective donors, local veteran service organizations, and other key external stakeholders as requested.
1. Master’s degree.
2. Progressive experience, leadership and supervision working with collegiate students in secondary or post-secondary education and/or of that demographic.
3. Current on annual School Certifying Official (SCO) training requirements.
4. Must be able to seek out, create relationships with existing and new community partners that will benefit campus Veterans and/or connected families
5. Must have an understanding of current state and federal Veterans' benefits
6. Must be able to communicate professionally and effectively with students, faculty and staff, as well as external constituents.
7. Must be proactive and team oriented with the ability to collaborate effectively.
8. Must be a self-starter with a start-up mentality with the ability to handle interruptions, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality.
9. Must be able to manage all services and programs for veteran students with minimal direction from assigned supervisor.
1. Doctoral degree.
2. Commissioned Officer, Non-Commissioned officer or retired commissioned, non-commissioned officer.
University of Houston-Clear Lake is proud to be recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a member of the Minority Serving Institutions Program. UHCL is an HSI: Hispanic Serving Institution and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer supporting workplace diversity.
Priority consideration will be given to those who apply before January 4th, 2021: