Veteran Friendly Campus Director

Updated: about 21 hours ago
Deadline: Will remain open until filled.; Will remain open until filled.

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Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students, Health & Wellness (ADHW), the Veteran Friendly Campus Director (VFCD) is accountable for the management and supervision of all aspects of the VFC Team, its programs and personnel, as well as formulating the VFC Team’s long-range plan and budget forecast. The VFCD plays a critical role in liaising with local, provincial and national levels of Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC), Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Department of National Defense (DND), and community support services to ensure a seamless support program that meets the unique strengths and needs of Veteran-students attending the U of A. The VFC Program delivers contextualized support and programming for prospective and current Veteran-students at the University of Alberta. The VFC Director and staff work with an interdisciplinary team including but not limited to DOS Health & Wellness Services (HWS), clinicians (e.g., Psychologists, social workers, family physicians, etc.), the Heroes in Mind, Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC) team members, Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC), Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Department of National Defense (DND), and greater partners and community service providers.

The VFCD is also accountable for coordinating the assessment, development and implementation of evidence-informed Veteran-student supports, Veteran-student assessment tools and support programming that address the academic, environmental, financial, health (mental and physical), and psychosocial dimensions of Veteran-students to optimize Veteran-students’ opportunities for success.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Successful development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of the U of A VFC Program and Toolkit
  • Liaising and foster key partnerships with VAC, CAF, DND, stakeholders and greater community services to build and maintain VFC support Pathways and foster collaborations
  • Supervision of the VFC staff, academic practicum students and the operation of their programs
  • Coordination of the VFC Team participation in an interdisciplinary care model that incorporates collaborative care between Dean of Students team members, campus service providers, HiMARC, VAC, CAF, DND, and community stakeholders 
  • Development and oversight of the VFC Strategic Plan and budget forecasting

The successful candidate will have the following: 

  • Master’s Degree required with military veteran support setting or studies preferred  
  • High level of interpersonal, diplomacy, ingenuity and strategic planning skills 
  • Superior analytical and decision-making skills as well as creative problem solving approaches under potentially time restrictive and volatile circumstances
  • Extensive knowledge of military culture, military organizational structures and capacity to effectively interface with a diverse range of military, civilian and campus systems 
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Strong knowledge of strengths and opportunities that inform Veteran-student transition to civilian and campus life
  • Extensive knowledge of program and event planning
  • Knowledgeable in and familiar with the traditions, values and beliefs associated with the Canadian Military that can inform and coordinate culturally appropriate Veteran-student support services in response to both student needs and University policies
  • Effective employee management and supervision skills
  • Passing Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff (TRAS) Agreement , this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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