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Veterans Academic Counselor
The University of St. Thomas

Date Posted May 15, 2019
Title Veterans Academic Counselor
University The University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Student Services
    Counseling Services

Veterans Academic Counselor

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Veterans Academic Counselor opportunity within the Student Affairs department.

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.


The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
Medical, dental, and vision options
Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits

The Veterans Academic Counselor plays a vital role in advising and retaining veteran and military students.

The Veterans Academic Counselor serves enrolled St. Thomas military and veteran students by providing individual academic advising, assisting in degree planning, and connecting advisees with appropriate university resources as necessary. The Veterans Academic Counselor serves as the primary School Certifying Official (SCO) for all undergraduate students utilizing military benefits and advises students about the usage of benefits related to degree attainment. As an SCO, this position will be a liaison between federal, state, and institutional regulations to ensure that all requirements are being met while administering and certifying military benefits.

This is a three-year, donor-funded, position with possibility of renewal.

Essential Functions

Academic Advising and Planning
Provide academic advising for undergraduate veteran and military students via in-person, e-mail, phone appointments, and drop-in advising services
Provide education and guidance in regard to the St. Thomas core curriculum and academic programs
Interpret degree evaluations and collaborate with appropriate university departments to assist in degree evaluation edits/corrections
Assist students with course selection, course sequencing, and four-year graduation plans
Collaborate on the development and implementation of a curricular approach to the work of academic advising, which focuses on learning outcomes, lesson plan development, and assessment of learning outcomes
Course Registration
Facilitate course registration for veteran and military student veterans
Conduct individual registration appointments for new veteran students
Assist with advising needs for new students before/during/after the Orientation & Registration program, as needed
Assist student veterans with issues related to transfer credit, course petitions, and degree requirements
School Certifying Official
Assist undergraduate students utilizing veteran benefits in applying for and securing educational benefits
Explain VA regulations and university policy
Evaluate requirements for receipt of VA benefits, ensuring that regulations are met and that proper certifications and be sent to the VA
Complete required VA reporting
Serve as a backup SCO for graduate students
Monitor academic progress of advisees each semester to ensure student is in compliance with the university’s satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy
Engage in proactive advising practices supporting student success and engagement
Advise veteran students who are provisionally admitted and/or on academic probation
Individual Projects/Collateral Duties
Examples include: remain current on the scholarship of academic advising, student development, and military student support; engage in ongoing professional development and actions to further institutional goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion; support institutional co-curricular learning goals; representation on campus committees, including the Veteran Advisory Committee; technology development (e.g. website development); programs, services and outreach to engage veteran and military students with academic planning and support resources.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree
Two years of experience in an academic setting
An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in Academic Advising and/or Veterans Service
An earned master’s degree
Experience working with military education benefits systems and processes

On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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