Director of Student Veterans Resource Center

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Director of Student Veterans Resource Center


Student Aff Dean of Students

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

UGA Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that inspire students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character so they will create thriving communities. For more information, see

Founded in April 2013, the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) serves as a central location for information about the university’s services for student veterans. Located in Tate Student Center, the hub of the campus, the SVRC provides a convenient point of contact for student veterans – offering support, advocacy, and community. An evolving network of partnerships working to improve services and programs and a range of diverse opportunities enables student veterans to meaningfully engage with the University and the surrounding community.

The center’s strength lies in its established relationships with offices across the academic, administrative and support services at the University. The center is also strategically networked with similar student-veteran focused organizations and/or initiatives across the state, region and the country. With one Assistant Director and several student employees, the SVRC contributes to student veteran engagement, sense of belonging, and overall success on campus.

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Benefits Eligible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by
January 29. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated in the posting request; a current resume/CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant). All applicants must apply online at

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Assoc/Asst Dept Chair/Director/Head AC

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Administrative Faculty

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Fiscal (12 mo.)

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Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in a disciplinary area appropriate for the position (as defined in the job posting)

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) identifies and coordinates the needs of student veterans. To effectively contribute to the success of UGA student veterans, the Director must demonstrate: excellent support to students veterans and students in general; effective supervision of full-time staff and student assistants; innovative management of programs and resources; excellent communication skills in preparing accurate, thorough, and timely reports; awareness of appropriate policies and procedures relating to student veteran services, and; networking and collaboration with faculty, staff, community/corporate leaders, and alumni to advance the respective missions and strategic plans of the SVRC, Division of Student Affairs and the University of Georgia. The position may require work on weeknights and weekends.

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Master’s Degree from the arts and sciences, business administration, education, international and public affairs, law, medical, or related.

Three or more years of full-time experience in supervision and program development.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Three or more years experience working in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.

Prior military service strongly preferred.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Candidates should have an ability to navigate a large, complex public land-grant university and work with diverse campus constituencies to achieve shared outcomes for students. Candidates should also operate with the highest degree of integrity, have exceptional written and oral communication skills, strong internal management aptitude, strong interpersonal skills, be politically savvy, have an ability to build successful teams, and engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders to build consensus. Candidates should have considerable knowledge regarding the challenges and opportunities associated with Post-9/11 student veterans and strong skills in the areas of advocacy, team building, and mentoring.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Oversee day-to-day operations for identifying and addressing the needs of student veterans.
•Forecast, lead, manage, and evaluate the unit while providing student veterans with a variety of resources within the campus community, student organizations, and across the local community. Current programming includes, but is not limited to:
oStudent Veteran Orientation
oTransition Coaching
oReadiness Coaching
oVETConnect Programming
oCorporate Quick Look Series
oPeer2Peer Opportunities
oAwards and Scholarships
oReferral Network
oRecurring Newsletters
oStudent Veteran Oral History Programming
oHost Veterans Week Reception in November
oHost Honor Cord Reception in April
•Create and/or modify programs to ensure they are current, reflective of UGA student needs, and emerging best practices in higher education.
•Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff, GAs, and student worker(s) who together help to develop, manage, and/or improve student veteran services. Manage all personnel according to University and VA Policy. Ensure student workers are informed of UGA/VA policies governing their work including but not limited to the NDAH, purchasing, van driver, inventory, etc.

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Communicate and collaborate with student services staff, faculty, and administrators to envision, implement, and/or promote efforts aimed toward the retention and success of student veterans.
•Build, sustain, and improve relationships with campus personnel relevant to student veterans and/or the programs that support them.
•Integrate Student Affairs Strategic Planning initiatives within SVRC programming.
•Provide referral services for students needing assistance from other entities either on or off campus.
•Explore new initiatives that positively shape the UGA veterans’ experience.

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Support University-wide programs and initiatives geared toward veterans.
•Initiate, sustain, and/or improve connections with local, regional, and national employers interested in hiring student veterans. Leverage relationships to develop and/or expand employment and philanthropic pipelines.
•Teach the Got Your Six Awareness classes provided to students, faculty, staff, and community leaders. Maintain presence in two formal certification programs (e.g. Diversity Inclusion and Academic Advisors).
•Represent the Office of the Dean of Students at a variety of student veteran-related meetings hosted by UGA, the USG, the DoD, and/or other higher education institutions and/or stakeholders.
•Conduct benchmarking studies with aspirational and peer institutions to identify emerging practices. Where applicable, present UGA best practices at regional and national conferences.

•Annually apply for recognition while assessing UGA’s progress against accepted criteria:
oPrinciples of Excellence
oEight Keys to Veteran Success
oBest for Veterans
oMilitary Friendly
oUS News and World Best Colleges

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Continuously seek alternative funding sources for the SVRC.
•Work in conjunction with the Dean of Students, and the Director of Development to enhance relationships with prospective donors, alumni, and corporate sponsors.
•Leverage relationships to raise funds for improved programming, facilities, and services.

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Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students.

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Posted: 12/26/2020
Application Due: 2/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time