Detailed Job Description
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Under general supervision of the Director of Student Development, provides leadership in the development, delivery and assessment of programming to enhance the positive experience and academic success of student veterans, such as career or life planning programs or programs focusing on veterans' affairs services. Collaborates with faculty and staff as well as community agencies in connecting student veterans with resources and activities to address their needs and educational interests. Serves as the orientation leader and initial advisor for interested veteran students. Provides educational programming to campus personnel to enhance the overall educational success of veterans; Performs related work as directed.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Designs, implements and assesses programs and systems designed to ensure effective and timely delivery of educational support and transition services to student veterans on campus;
- Collaborates with GCC staff and faculty as well as VA representatives and local service agencies to provide integrated services to meet the academic and social needs of individual student veterans;
- Develops programs, and procedures to provide access to all college programs and courses of study for veterans;
- Contributes to the design and delivery of new-student and transfer student orientation programming including special sessions for veterans;
- Serves as academic advisor to students by participating in phases of student registration for incoming students; conducts conferences to assist veterans;
- Connects veterans to information and appropriate staff for course and degree-completion planning and transfer planning;
- Facilitates veteran student participation in clubs, service learning, and roles such as Ambassadors and Student Senate;
- Stays current in order to provide materials on government mandates and regulations relevant to student veterans and provides institutional and individual support and guidance for implementing needed actions;
- Serves as a liaison to community and statewide agencies offering support and assistance to veterans;
- Serves as liaison to off-campus employers; arranges on-campus visits and interviews with employment representatives; assists with planning and implementation of job fairs;
- Convenes and facilitates the work of a Veterans Advisory Council at GCC that makes recommendations regarding programming and other activities to support the academic and social success of student veterans;
- Provides information, programming and training to college personnel to raise awareness of issues, challenges and strengths related to student veteran status;
- Coordinates campus wide programs and training sessions for faculty, staff and students that increase awareness around the needs, experiences and personal stories of student veterans;
- Engages in ongoing professional development related to veterans services;
- Maintains safe, comfortable space for veterans, allies and staff and faculty in the Veteran’s Center;
- Coordinates and reports assessment efforts related to success and retention of student veterans including contributing to the preparation of the year-end report for the unit;
- Collaborates with other student groups and offices to ensure veterans are aware of resources necessary for growth and success at GCC
- Contributes to a positive working relationship within the center and in interactions with representatives of units across the college and community.
- Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Education, or closely related field; with three (3) years' experience and/or training that includes academic advising, veterans' support or counseling, educational program delivery, and records maintenance; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse abilities and academic, socioeconomic, and cultural composition of community college students, faculty, and staff;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
- Commitment to fostering healthy collegial relationships within the Veterans Center and throughout the college;
- Experience with program development and implementation.
- Master’s degree in social work, counseling, human services or related field;
- Experience managing service delivery or programming for veterans;
- Prior military service in a branch of the armed forces of the United States of America;
- Experience working in a community college;
- Commitment to the mission of the community college;
- Experience contributing to service learning and civic engagement/learning activities.
Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a public community college of approximately 2,200 students. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including Gender and Women’s Studies, Fine Arts, Nursing, Renewable Energy, and Outdoor Leadership, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges, and it is Smith College’s largest source of community college transfer students. Much of the College has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that sets the stage for future developments in learning. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.