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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 3023617
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Counseling

Veterans Counselor/School Certifying Official (Student Advocacy Specialist 2)

The Office of Veterans Programs is seeking a qualified Veterans Counselor/School Certifying Official. This position is primarily responsible for the accurate and expedient certification of Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits. In addition, this position provides counseling for military veteran and military dependent students, both graduate and undergraduate, on financial, academic, and/or personal matters, including the transition to the civilian/University environment.

The Candidate will:
  • Monitor and adhere to the frequently evolving Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations and procedures regarding the certification of educational benefits.
  • Assist in overseeing the enrollment monitoring systems for reporting to the VA.
  • Maintain effective liaison relationships with the Pennsylvania Department of Education State Approving Agency (SAA), the VA, Departments of Defense (DOD), and Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure compliance in reporting.
  • Assist in advising the Commonwealth Campus School Certifying Officials on issues to include regulations governing the various VA education certification procedures, enrollment monitoring procedures, and organizational suggestions.
  • Engage in training opportunities designed to enhance the understanding of the VA's various educational benefits, certification process, and the responsibilities of and support offered by the VA, the DOD, the DHS, and the SAA.
  • Requires a firm understanding of basic math calculations, keen attention to detail, and the ability to adapt quickly to changes in regulations and processes.

Typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher one (1) year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in counselor education, college student personnel, psychology, social work, education, higher education administration, or related discipline or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Veteran or military affiliation preferred.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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