As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. The Associate Director will serve as a single point of contact to coordinate campus efforts for veteran/military students, spouses and children. This position will have primary responsibility to on-campus programs for students and oversee all student-related duties within the Veteran and Military Resource Center. The Associate Director will have external responsibilities to partnership with the military community and military/veteran related organizations and will enhance internal and external relationships through purposeful collaboration with and direction from External Relations. The Associate Director must be knowledgeable about the variety of community organizations, our current established partnerships as well as military culture. This position has a high level of autonomy and requires independent judgement and decision making. Effective oversight of Veteran and Military Services will ensure that the office is in compliance with University of Washington, UW Tacoma, federal and state policies/guidelines. This position also ensures alignment with campus and departmental strategic goals. The incumbent must be comfortable working in a dual reporting role. The Associate Director will provide leadership and, under the direction with the Registrar and External Relations, foster a culture where departmental goals and objectives are met and exceeded in order to provide exceptional programs, services and resources for students.DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervision and Direction: Supervise and direct Veterans Benefits Advisors (2.0 FTE) tasked with all aspects of veterans benefits processing following federal and state guidelines. Share supervision of Career Services staff (.5 FTE) who is located in the Veteran and Military Resource Center. Select, mentor and supervise a WDVA Vet Corp Navigator (1.0 FTE) who serves as a resource to our campus military connected community. Advising Lead student initiatives such as the campus PAVE (Peer Advisor for Veterans Education) peer mentor program and insure compliance and participation meets stated agreements. Involved with quarterly check-ins with national organization. Provide updates and reports related to participation, student enrollment and retention. Assist with programming and events in promotion of PAVE. Insure that Peer Advisor pool is trained, engaged and active within the program. Award stipends to recognize Peer Advisor and Team Leaders service. Serve as staff advisor to Student Veterans Organization campus chapter. Mentor student organization officer. Serve as a liaison to campus offices and resources. Provide assistance and oversight to promote the organization, assist with program development, fundraising for events/conferences. Participate at the regional and national level to promote the organization Chair and coordinate all aspects of the Veterans Campus Advisory/Working Group under the oversight of the Registrar and External Relations. Programming Coordinate veteran and military-related educational and social programming based on assessed needs and interests and in collaboration with other UW campuses whenever possible. Examples of programming and events: Veterans Appreciate Week, Memorial Day Recognition, Military-Connected Graduation Celebration, Military-Connected New Student Advising Day, Represent UW Tacoma as a participate in the national Higher Education Collaborative, an emerging, action-oriented forum of Institutions of Higher Learning committed to advising a culture of collaboration and innovation across the student veteran space. Develop, implement and maintain partnerships with Pacific Lutheran University's ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) and the Coast Guards CSPI (College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative) programs to allow for greater participation/access and scholarship for UW Tacoma students. Administrative Fundraising for military-connected initiatives (conference participation, graduation) as needed and in collaboration with Office of Advancement, Responsible for developing appropriate policies and procedures, managing all fiscal operations for the department to include budget oversight. Work closely with the Registrar and campus leadership regarding short and long-term planning for the office. Insure that the Veteran Office is open, accessible and fully-staffed. External Relations Point of Contact to military installations in the region for education and transition services acting as a liaison between the Chancellor and military leadership in the State, Washington DC and other UW campuses Veterans/Military Community Relations: Along with staff from External Relations, represent UW Tacoma at the state level at organizations such as the Washington State Military Transition Council, South Sound Military Community Partnership; Washington Department of Veteran Affairs and other related organizations. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Associate Director will supervise two Veterans Benefits Advisors (2.0 FTE), Career Specialist (.5) and a Washington Department of Veteran Affairs Vet Corp member (1.0 FTE/10 month position). 1 PAVE Team leaders (student position 10 hours per week, 15 PAVE Peer Advisors).REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum education for this position is a Bachelor's Degree in Education, Business, Communication, Public Administration or a related field, or equivalent experience. 3 or more years' experience with Military Community relations, coordination of veteran/military-related events. General understanding of veterans benefits programs with the ability to advise students about benefits if needed. DESIRED: Personal military experience, previous experience in higher education, or School Certifying Official. 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