Job Positions

Veterans Academic Counselor

Categories: North Central Region 6


Academic Counseling


University of St. Thomas

Date Posted:

May 31 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

Open until Filled

Position Description

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 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.


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
  • 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
  • Retention 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.

Application Process

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.

Institution Information

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

Additional Information

he 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.

Contact Information



Required 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