Veterans Specialist
Tarrant County College - Fort Worth, TX

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Provides the overall coordination of Veterans Affairs (VA) for Tarrant County College Registrar Offices. Responsible for the day-to-day operations and for addressing the needs of all veteran affairs students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist with the coordination of VA benefit administration for the Registrar’s Office
• Act as a liaison between the Registrar Office and other departments for VA students and processes
• Collaborate with academic advising to ensure that the advisement process is sensitive to VA’s unique academic requirements
• Certifies veterans in compliance with the Department of Veteran Affairs for students pursuing certificate(s) and/or degrees
• Enter, update, and review certification data on the Department of Veteran Affairs online certification system (VA- ONCE )
• Reconcile VA- ONCE to TCCD’s student academic and financial accounts (Colleague)
• Responsible for facilitation of veteran student orientation, workshops, and seminars
• Promote and support campus Student Veteran Organizations
• Responsible for the day-to-day operations of addressing the needs of all VA students
• May conduct internal and external recruitment efforts
• Review VA training materials and new rules, and work with Registrars to update training resources and assist with staff training
• Acts as compliance officer to evaluate critical issues affecting the school’s eligibility to serve veteran/dependent students
• Assist with preparation of annual catalog approval application packet for the Texas Veterans Commission/Veteran Affairs
• Review and continually update TCCD’s printed materials, website, and other promotional resources related to Veterans Affairs
• Prepares various reports and documentation needed to verify attendance, grades, and progress to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
• Provides and submits reports of VA statistical data which should include, but is not limited to, special project activities, student contacts, degree completion, and other data as requested
• Regularly interacts with faculty, campus and district administrators, technical staff; and frequent contact with other colleges
• Makes appropriate student referrals to campus and community resources/agencies
• May supervise VA Work-study students
• Attends the workplace regularly, reports to work punctually and follows a work schedule to keep up with the demands of the worksite
• Completes all required training and professional development sessions sponsored through the Tarrant County College ( TCC ) Institute
• Supports the values of the College: diversity, teaching excellence, student success, innovation and creativity and service to the College

Required Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensures
• Associate’s degree or 60 college hours from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent experience and three (3) years of experience working in an Admissions, Records, Veteran’s Affairs or Registrar’s Office of a college or university; or any equivalent combination of education, training, certification, and related experience
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills
• Ability to exert reasonable and responsible authority
• Ability to work effectively with others
• Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software
• Highly developed presentation, oral and written skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to meet critical deadlines and to multi-task

Desired Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensures
• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills
• Familiarity with Admissions/Records/Registration policies and procedures and US Department of Veterans Affairs policy and process

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, texture perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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