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SUNY Oneonta Coordinator of Veteran and Military Initiatives in Oneonta, New York

Location: Oneonta, NY Category: Professional Posted On: Wed Feb 21 2024 Job Description:

The Office of Student Experience at the State University of New York at Oneonta invites applications for the position of Coordinator of Veteran & Military Initiatives. Expectations include, but are not limited to, serving as the Veteran Certifying Officer for military, veterans, and dependent students, provide opportunities for military affiliated students to engage with the university, and act as liaison between veteran and military affiliated students and the greater community.

The Office of Student Experience is dedicated to nurturing a welcoming and supportive campus community that empowers both new and returning students, fostering their success and commitment to academic pursuits. The office offers a wide array of resources for students including one-on-one mentoring, programming, and individualized outreach. This position, reporting to The Director of the Office of Student Experience, has an 11-month obligation period.

To learn more about the University and the Department, please visit https://suny.oneonta.edu/ and https://suny.oneonta.edu/office-student-experience.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with recruiting veterans and military connected students, in collaboration with Admissions.

  • Serve as point person/liaison for the Veterans' Administration and all internal and external military communities for SUNY Oneonta.

  • Serve as the School Certifying Official (SCO) for military veterans, and dependent students.

  • Manage certification processes for military-related students and oversee the proper handling of veteran benefits, ensuring compliance and regulation.

  • Maintain and organize veterans benefit records and facilitate compliance with regulations including audits.

  • Collaborate with university, Veterans' Affairs, and local agency partners in providing holistic support services to our veteran students.

  • Assist veteran students and their families in understanding VA educational benefits; in navigating educational pathways, disseminating information, and connecting them with relevant resources and programs available to student military, veterans, and dependents.

  • Ensure adherence to government regulations and provide support to students, including institutional and government-regulated assessments.

  • Serve as point person in planning campus wide military connected celebrations and engagement opportunities including, but not limited to, planning campus wide programming for Veterans' Day, participating in the local community events related to veterans, and military families, such as Otsego County Veterans' Coalition.

Salary: $49,029. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at https://www.suny.edu/benefits.

Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in closely related field

  • Three (3) years' experience and/or training that includes one or more of these areas: career counseling, career placement, academic advising, veterans counseling, and records maintenance.

  • Experience with successfully working in a customer service setting.

  • Demonstrated use of technology.


  • Master's Degree

  • Prior military service and/or demonstrated service to the military community in a nonprofit or educational capacity.

  • Experience working in a student-focused office in a higher education setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities.

  • Experience working with and serving diverse populations.

    Additional Information:

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 70-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

The university is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the 20 Most Picturesque Small Towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture. The university's indeed.com rating is 4.4, with one recent review noting that the people are what make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the NYS Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@oer.ny.gov.

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse university community. Please visit our website on diversity at: https://suny.oneonta.edu/diversity. Moreover, the University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. "At SUNY Oneonta, we believe that diversity is an asset and a source of strength that energizes our collective growth and innovation." - President Alberto Cardelle.