Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Louisiana State University
Reporting to the Associate Vice President & Dean of Students, the Program Director of the Military & Veteran Student Center serves as the primary advocate for student veterans and provides strategic leadership for programs, services, operations, and spaces that enhance the LSU experience for student military veterans and their dependents.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE:
Serves as the primary advocate for student veterans
Oversees and manages the William A. Brookshire Military and Veterans Student Center
Advises student veterans and dependents regarding educational benefits
Advises and connects student veterans with campus resources
Serves as a liaison to external and internal entities representing the needs of student veterans
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP:
Enhance the LSU student veteran experience: The Program Director will have an opportunity to evaluate existing programs, services, and events to ensure that LSU and the Brookshire Military & Veterans Student Center is best positioned to offer a high-quality student experience that is inclusive, accessible, and intentionally designed to foster a sense of mattering and belonging among student veterans.
Support student success: The Program Director advises student veterans and dependents regarding educational benefits and connects students to campus resources to support academic success, career readiness, and campus engagement.
Maintain and build upon strategic partnerships: As an external and internal liaison representing the interests of student veterans at LSU, the Program Director will mobilize resources from the U.S. and Louisiana Departments of Veterans Affairs while internally serving on committees and forming key partnerships to benefit student veterans. The Program Director should also prioritize maintaining LSU’s designation as a Military Friendly School.
Steward resources effectively: LSU is not alone among higher education peers in the emerging necessity to more effectively steward scarce resources (human, financial, physical, etc.). Doing so requires a data-driven approach to conduct honest assessments of programs, services, events, and experiences to ensure quality, effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and alignment with divisional and institutional objectives.
ATTRIBUTES OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:
- A student-centered relationship-builder who fosters a user friendly environment
- A creative problem solver who can expand bandwidth within a largely fixed resource footprint
- A collaborator who draws on the multitude of existing campus resources to create a seamless and value-added experience for military and veteran students
ABOUT THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS PRIORITIES:
Three priorities guide our work in the Division of Student Affairs: mattering & belonging, inclusion & access and quality. We believe creating a sense of mattering & belonging requires us to ensure every space, place, and interaction communicates to a student that they are home. Being inclusive and accessible in our work means that as our student body begins to more closely reflect the diversity of our state, it is our duty to design programs, services, events, and experiences with everyone in mind. Finally, a commitment to quality is rooted in the belief that LSU students deserve our best effort. Every interaction we have with them should communicate care, relevance, polish, and attention to detail.
Student Support (40%)
Advises student veterans and dependents regarding educational benefits; connects students to campus resources through one-on-one advising, programs, services, and events;
Internal/External Liaison (30%)
Serves as the LSU liaison advocating for student veterans externally including with the U.S. and Louisiana Departments of Veterans Affair, internally with academic and student-serving units; in addition to serving on divisional and university committees.
Military & Veteran Student Center Oversight & Management (20%)
Oversees the Brookshire Military & Veteran Student Center including management of student employees, direct partnerships with LA VetCorps team member, LA Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counselor, and LSU Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official; and aligns the MVSC with LSU and divisional objectives.
Assessment & Other Duties (10%)
Conducts regular assessments of programs, services, events, and experiences to ensure quality, effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and alignment with divisional and institutional objectives including assessment necessary to maintain LSU’s designation as a Military Friendly School; and other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students and divisional or university leadership.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
At least 5 years of professional work experience
Prior military service
2+ years professional experience working on a college campus
Demonstrated program design and/or curriculum design
Demonstrated group facilitation and/or presentation experience
Applications will be accepted online on the LSU Careers website. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by November 13, 2020. We will review applications until the position is filled. Requested application materials include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae or resume; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.
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