Program Director of Military and Veteran Affairs
Program Director of Military and Veteran Affairs
Position Number: 121750
Full-Time, Regular Exempt
One of 12 schools and colleges located on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the Smith School is a recognized leader in management research and education for the global economy. A comprehensive business school, Smith offers undergraduate, full- time and part-time MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, and non-degree executive education programs as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school is consistently ranked among the top business schools by leading business publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal.
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is seeking an experienced professional, dedicated to customer service, to fill the role of Program Director of Military and Veteran Affairs for its entire portfolio of highly-ranked undergraduate, MBA and specialty masters programs within the Office of Diversity Initiatives. One of 13 schools and colleges located on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the Smith School is a recognized leader in management research and education for the global economy. The school is consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools by leading business publications such as Business Week, Financial Times, Economist and the Wall Street Journal.
The Program Director of Military and Veteran Affairs will be responsible for leading the development of and supporting a portfolio of programming for the Office of Diversity Initiatives (ODI) to support Active Duty military, members of the Guard/Reserves, veterans, spouses and dependents who are prospective students, current students and alumni of one of the Smith School’s undergraduate or graduate programs looking to successfully transition out of military service. The mission of ODI is to advance a culture of inclusion amongst all members of the Smith Community with emphasis on military, underrepresented minority, women, LGBTQ+ and international students, faculty and staff. The Program Director will be responsible for participating in the recruitment and yield of military and veteran, spouses and dependent students and ensuring they have an outstanding experience in their program by addressing the specific needs throughout their time at Smith. The Program Director will also be responsible for a thorough knowledge of VA Benefits certification process to assist students with questions regarding benefits, billing and other related issues. This position will be responsible for collaborating with the other members of ODI on strategy and execution of diversity and inclusion goals for the Smith School. This position is a part of the Office of Diversity Initiatives team and will report directly to the Executive Director.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree required. 5-7 years of military experience or experience working with veterans is required. Thorough knowledge of DVA educational benefits; federal; and state benefits pertaining to veterans. Knowledge of Yellow Ribbon. Experience providing and maintaining important data pertaining to: admissions, enrollment, special project activities, etc. Must possess leadership and entrepreneurial skills and have the ability to lead and guide graduate assistants and/or a work-study students. Willingness to participate in School and University committees and task forces as assigned. Experience working in a veterans affairs environment. Ability to work with people in a variety of settings—-excellent communications and organization skills.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proven leadership skills. Outstanding record of providing customer service to both internal and external customers. Ability to give presentations to public audiences. High attention to detail with exceptional organizational skills. Capacity to work well under pressure while managing multiple tasks and responding to changes. Creative, analytical and listening skills. Proven excellence in experience working with a variety of constituents: donors, alumni, employers, faculty, staff and students. Knowledge of Smith School Program offerings. Understanding of ADA as it pertains to veteran-students. Knowledge of computer technology related to student-veteran advisement and benefits. Ability to work with people in a variety of settings—-excellent communications and organization skills; Ability to work with little direction; Knowledge and experience in conjunction individual needs assessments. Proficient with all Microsoft Office Applications.
Preferences: Master’s degree preferred.
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience. The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.
When applying, please upload a PDF version of your cover letter, resume and list of references. For best consideration, submit applications by March 8, 2017 at https://ejobs.umd.edu. Position will remain open until filled.
Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No H1-B Visa sponsorship offered for this position.
For more information about the University of Maryland, please visit www.maryland.edu.
For information about the Robert H. Smith School of Business, visit our Web site at www.rhsmith.umd.edu.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.