The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The Military/Veteran Student Services (MVSS) Coordinator (working title: Student Services Coordinator) provides leadership and serves as a resource offering expertise and financial support services for all student veterans, students in active military service, and/or their eligible student family members. Key responsibilities include the certification and coordination of all military/veteran education benefits, advising students on additional financial aid program eligibility, outreach to community and technical colleges to increase military/veteran student transfers and working one on one with individual students to resolve issues with receipt of benefits. The MVSS Coordinator participates in new and transfer student orientation and advocates for programs and services specific to this unique population. The MVSS Coordinator oversees the Military/Veterans Student Services Office, including the hiring and supervision of student employees (VA Work Study). This position also provides administrative resources and support to the Military/Veteran Student Services Steering Committee and the veteran campus service organization (Vet’s Club.)
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
50% School Certifying Official for military and veteran education benefits:
Serve as the primary designated University School Certifying Official for chapters 1606, 1607, 30, 31, 33 and 35 benefits as well as the manager for the WI GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon, and Act 702 financial aid programs .
Serve as the subject matter expert for all military and veteran student education benefits. Participate in meetings and conference calls with UW System Administration Veteran’s Services liaison to stay up to date on program changes. Work with Federal and regional veteran services organizations to remain current on updates to benefits administration.
Maintain a roster of all military, veteran and military/veteran spouses or dependents potentially eligible for benefits or tuition remission (Act 702 tuition reduction and Yellow Ribbon tuition waivers.)
Review applications for benefit certification. Insure that application are reviewed promptly upon receipt. Request clarification from student if there is a question about the type of benefits being requested.
Maintain electronic data sources (VA Once, UW Systems data base, eSIS, internal spreadsheets etc.) to ensure that changes affecting student eligibility for benefit amounts are processed timely and accurately.
Coordinate the awarding of benefits with representatives of the Student Billing and Financial Aid offices to ensure proper payment of benefits to eligible students.
Troubleshoot and resolve issues with payments to students and/or outstanding tuition and fee balances.
Reconcile benefit program accounts monthly.
25% Advising, advocacy and outreach for the military and veteran student campus community.
Counsel students regarding eligibility for service-related benefits and other financial aid programs; review financial aid applications and recommend financial aid packages to ensure that students receive all financial aid for which they qualify. Manage a financial aid advising caseload of 150 – 200 students annually.
Assist military and veteran students with obtaining an FSA ID, completing the FAFSA, reviewing the Shopping Sheet, filing requests for revision to FAFSA data, appeals for lack of satisfactory academic progress and requests for readmission after academic suspension.
Support military/veteran students when appropriate by referring to and coordinating services from other campus offices, including but not limited to: campus housing, student health and counseling services, academic support services, ability services, etc. Coordinate on-campus support services from external organizations such as the Vet’s Center and VA Vocational Rehabilitation as appropriate.
Monitor the campus climate for military and veteran students and advocate for ways to improve the climate for military/veteran students on campus. Conduct an annual survey of military/veteran students and report on findings.
Prepare and present an annual “State of Military/Veteran Students On Campus” report for Leadership Assembly.
Participate in new/transfer-student orientation to provide guidance to entering students on eligibility for and the process of receiving benefits.
Attend campus veteran organization meetings as requested by the leadership of the organization.
Make periodic visits to regional community and technical colleges to build relationships with other school veteran officials to facilitate student transfers to UWRF’s bachelor’s degree programs.
Work with leadership of the Adult Degree Completion program to support the enrollment of military and veteran students in their programs.
Develop relationships with the local American Legion post and other local/regional offices providing support for veterans and members of the military.
20% Veterans Office Management responsibilities:
Supervise and maintain campus Military/Veterans Student Services office, including hiring and supervision of student employees working in that office under the VA Work Study program.
In conjunction with the Veteran’s Club leaderships, coordinate events marking important days related to the service of military personnel and veterans, including Veteran’s day and other days as appropriate (e.g. 9/11, Constitution Day and Memorial Day.)
Respond to requests for data about military/veteran students including surveys for annual publications.
Insure proper maintenance of student records. Oversee document imaging of records and destruction of records according to required time schedules.
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
A DD-214 (if you are a veteran)
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references (supervisors preferred) who can speak knowledgably about your work experience.
Inquiries should be addressed to: Holli Powell, Search Committee Chair, email@example.com
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by October 19, 2018. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the candidate successfully passing a criminal background check.
The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of “final candidates” must be revealed upon request. According to the Attorney General, “final candidates” under Wisconsin law means the five candidates who are considered most qualified for the position. See Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.36(7) (a).
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.
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