Position Description: Veteran Services is aligned under the Division of Campus Life in the Student Affairs Organization and supports the military-connected community at UCLA (veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, and dependents of United States Armed Forces service members). The unit has responsibility for the Veteran Resource Center (VRC) which provides academic support, career development, guidance on educational benefits, and community building opportunities; increases campus awareness of military-connected student issues; and fosters a sense of belonging, community and well-being. Veteran Services plays a key role in supporting UCLA's long-term partnership with the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles campus by collaborating with students on the revival and maintenance of the Veterans Garden and organizing events and other activities at Jackie Robinson Stadium. In addition, Veteran Services directs the admission strategy for military connected students to UCLA undergraduate, graduate, and professional school admissions departments; leads campus case management to 1000+ UCLA military-connected students; and has responsibility for reporting, compliance and audits to federal agencies.
Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life, the Director of Veteran Services is a vital and pivotal role that provides leadership and direction for the Veteran Resource Center as well as campus programs that support the relationship with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs West LA Campus (WLAVA) and the veterans supported by WLAVA. The Director oversees the development of programs that promote the ideals of the Division of Campus Life, Student Affairs, and UCLA, while adhering to best practices in the program development, compliance, risk management, and the promotion to student success and leadership. As a transformational leader for Veteran Services, the Director acts as 'bridge builder' between the UCLA campus and local, state and federal governments, government agencies, corporations, foundations, and donors.
Responsibilities include long-and short-term strategic planning and daily oversight of the UCLA Veteran Resource Center (VRC) including compliance with all applicable laws and policies, and stewardship of department resources; supervision of an Assistant Director, 10 graduate and undergraduate student interns, and volunteers who support VRC operations and special events; and mentoring individual undergrad, graduate, and professional students to develop skills and encourage academic success, health and wellness, professional development, advanced studies and employment. The Director consults and coordinates with other campus departments (e.g., Academic Advancement Program, Financial Aid, Counseling and Psychological Services, etc.), and interfaces with off-campus service providers (e.g., the Department of Public Social Services, the Department of Child and Family Services, the Department of Veteran Affairs, etc.) to broaden the array of resources available to the various populations that are served in the VRC. This role also intentionally develops strong individual connections with UCLA departments such as Intercollegiate Athletics, Campus Recreation, and Facilities Division in conjunction with the WLAVA for the overall success of the relationship.
The Director is responsible for developing additional funding opportunities by increasing donor cultivation including engagement and courtship of alumni and affiliates in collaboration with UCLA External Affairs and by researching, writing, and submitting grant proposals through the Office of Contracts and Grants Administration for veterans and military-connected services.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.