Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program. Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body. The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Veteran Services Coordinator The Dean of Students Office at Whittier College seeks a Veteran Services Coordinator. The Veterans Services Coordinator is responsible providing and coordinating the necessary support services for the successful operation of the Veterans Success Office. The incumbent will perform a variety of administrative functions and will work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and students to promote student academic and personal achievement with a student centered environment. Additionally, this individual must coordinate a comprehensive and collaborative campus-wide effort to maximize the recruitment, retention, and graduation of veterans.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 30 hours per week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Full Time/Part Time status: Part Time, 11 months Salary Range: $23.50-$25.50 per hour; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.
Reports to: Associate Dean for Student Life Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Dean of Students Office
Responsibilities: Strategic Leadership:
Provides direct leadership for all aspects of the Veterans Service Office, comprised of selecting, training, and supervising student employees.
Developmentally advise students in academic, career, and success goal-setting and achievement via scheduled and walk-in appointments.
Provides leadership and direction related to programming for veteran students and advising the student veteran club on campus. In addition, work with faculty and staff to create programming to assist in the transition, persistence, graduation, and post-graduation placement of veteran students.
Serve as a professional resource to the college community regarding strategies for working with student veterans.
Develops partnerships with national organizations, community colleges, local service bases and community-based organizations with the intention of meeting local veterans' educational needs, establish best practices and increase the veteran population;
Collaborate with other Student Life departments to create programming to enhance the wellbeing of student veterans.
Develop engagement and community among Whittier's veterans in order to create a 'military-friendly' college.
Respond empathetically and accurately to student inquiries in a timely manner
Administration/Management: - Hire, train and supervise Whittier, Federal and VA work study students to assist in the support of veteran students - Provide outreach and support of veteran students at Whittier College - Maintain and update student records and data, including documentation of student interactions, accurately and in a timely manner, including providing regular reports and accurate data regarding activities. - Works closely with institutional certifying officer and assists to certify Veterans.
Participate and plan Veteran specific orientation, academic and career services events, student life and engagement initiatives.
Assist admissions in the outreach and recruitment of U.S. Military veterans
Serve as an effective liaison between VA certifying official, Student Life, Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Business Office, and other departments of the College.
Refer veteran students to appropriate offices to assist them in their student success and preparation for post-graduate career opportunities
Additional Functions of the Job:
Represent the College as appropriate in its relationship with the community, government agencies, professional organizations, and other groups.
Attend Division of Student Life, Campus Life and all staff meetings.
Serve on institutional committees as requested.
Non-essential Functions of the Job: 1. None identified at this time.
Position Specifications and Requirements: Previous Experience:
A minimum of one year working with US military veteran populations.
One to two years of professional experience in student affairs and a commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts education.
Demonstrated knowledge of veteran affairs/services.
Knowledge of issues relevant to the veteran/service member population and direct experience with this population
Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills, including sensitivity to cultural differences
Knowledge and Education:
Bachelor's degree required. A Master's degree in Higher Education, Higher Education Administration, Counseling or a field related is preferred.
Effective interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to relate well to students, faculty, family and staff are essential.
Requires an organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented individual who is able to work well with enthusiasm as part of a team.
A strong intellectual framework for understanding and articulating issues of diversity and inclusion.
Knowledge of issues relevant to the veteran/service member population and direct experience with this population.
Valid driver's license and dependable transportation required.
Application Deadline: Until Finalists Selected
The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/AOE.
Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.