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Director, Veterans Support Center (PRN28741B)

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University of Utah
Location
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salary
Salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $68,000-$77,000.

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The VSC is an integral department within the Division of Student Affairs. The Director of the VSC will serve as a resource and thought leader on campus. The Director provides expertise related to military veterans as a sub-population necessary for institutional diversity. Given the diverse populations within the military, the Director will possess demonstrated experience and strategies for supporting and working with individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The Director provides the framework that guides the services to veterans, service members, and their family members who are contemplating entering the University of Utah or are currently enrolled in order to help with the transition to campus life and retention of these students to graduation and employment. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the office, including defining the co-curricular learning outcomes for student success emerging through researching and implementing, and improving initiatives that will assist in meeting the needs of military-connected students. The Director of the VSC serves as the primary liaison for the Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense (DOD), and other external organizations that support military-connected students. The Director oversees the coordination, planning, and execution of events related to Veterans Day. As a colleague and leader, the Director will collaboratively work with colleagues within and outside the University of Utah to support military-connected students through their transitions, including but not limited to enrollment, financial aid, student development, and career success.

About the Center

The Veterans Support Center’s (VSC) mission is to support the individual and academic success of veterans, service members, and their family members who attend the University; to help them receive the benefits they earned; to support their goals for a successful future; and to serve as a liaison between the student veteran community and the University.    

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs is comprised of over 20 departments and encourages University of Utah students to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners to ensure all members of our community not only feel welcomed but are fully incorporated into university life. As a division, our mission is to support student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. Student Affairs is committed to the grounding of our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of students and employees.

University of Utah Job ID# PRN28741B 01481 - Veteran Support Center

COMPENSATION:             Salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $68,000-$77,000.

WORK SCHEDULE:           This is a full-time, twelve-month Professional Exempt position reporting directly to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Development and Inclusion within Student Affairs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The Director is responsible for the hiring, onboarding, training, and supervision of all staff related to the center. 
  • Provide oversight of departmental budgets, including creating necessary reports 
  • Coordinate services with the Registrar’s Office of Veterans Services and School Certifying Officers.
  • Develop and maintain resources on issues related to all military-connected students (such as graduate and undergraduate student veterans, service members, and their family members)   
  • Co-chair the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, which will draw on essential partners across campus and in the community
  • Serve as the advisor and capstone course instructor for the Veterans Studies certificate program under the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Provide direction to the coordinator who will assist in the leading of military and cultural competency training for faculty and staff
  • Advise on concerns, legislative issues, and university policy issues that impact the lives and academic success of veterans on campus
  • When applicable, serve as a resource to the University’s Vice President for Government Relations, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Associate Vice President for Student Development and Inclusion on requests by government officials, Utah System of Higher Education, and other entities regarding student veteran issues 
  • Work collaboratively on fundraising and grant writing for new and existing funds that support scholarships, programs, and services for military-connected students. 
  • Represent the University at the National Council on Military Transition to Education and professional organizations such as NASPA and ACPA.
  • Chair of the University of Utah Veterans Day Committee
  • Work collaboratively with Enrollment Management to communicate with prospective and matriculated students including, partnering with the Office of Admission on recruitment events 
  • Conduct needs assessments to determine current issues facing military-connected individuals that inform services, utilization, climate surveys, and develop respective reports for Utah System of Higher Education and Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs (DVMA). 
  • Serve as the designated Campus Veterans Support Coordinator for the UT DVMA
  • Participate in the DVMA Education & Training Partnership 
  • Collaborate with the Veteran Affairs Regional Benefits Office and Salt Lake City VA Health Care System to provide veterans services, including coordinating and monitoring the Veteran Affairs Vet Success on Campus and Veterans Integration into Academic Leadership (VITAL) programs on campus.
  • Oversee a comprehensive website, in addition to social media sites, with information for current, future, and alumni MCSs (Includes maintaining a list-serve of appropriate individuals).
  • Maintain and disseminate knowledge on changes in policies and processes that may impact military-connected students
  • The Director is the appointed Campus Veterans Support Coordinator for the Utah DVMA. 

DISCLAIMER This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking. 

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in a related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience (1 year of college education is equivalent to 2 years of related work experience, though education cannot be a substitute for military experience); and demonstrated leadership, human relations, and effective communications skills required.
Department-specific qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience (1 year of college education is equivalent to 2 years of related work experience, though education cannot be a substitute for military experience); and demonstrated leadership, human relations, and effective communications skills required. A Master’s Degree is preferred.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
NOTE: 1 year of education can be used in lieu of 2 years of work experience (not military experience or honorable service).

PREFERENCES:

  • Four or more years of honorable service in the U.S. Armed Forces is very strongly preferred.
  • Substantial knowledge about the organizations devoted to veteran’s issues to include the federal government, the state government and various associations.
  • Strongly student-centered leadership philosophy.
  • Demonstrated leadership in development of new programs; strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated commitment to diversity initiatives.
  • Experience in higher education operations is preferred.

TO APPLY, VISIT:               https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/127015

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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