Veterans and International Student Certifying Offical
Community College of Aurora
Salary: $44,000.00 - $44,517.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 63021-1
Location: 16000 East CentreTech Parkway Aurora, CO
Department: Student Affairs
The Community College of Aurora is a dynamic institution that strives to serve its diverse staff and student population founded on principles of equity and inclusion. As a member of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the Community College of Aurora (CCA) is dedicated to serving our surrounding community. As the most diverse institution of higher education in Colorado, CCA is currently the college choice for nearly 11,400 students representing over 60 countries, with 62% of our enrollment represented by students of color. In 2016, CCA was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). CCA's service area includes more than 680,000 residents in Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver counties, and its student population reflects the broad diversity of this area. The college offers more than 90 degrees and certificate programs for students seeking to enhance their current skill set, pursue employment, or transfer to a four-year college or university upon graduation.
The Veterans and International Student (VIS) Certifying Official provides overall guidance and leadership in the development, planning, and implementation of comprehensive services and programs that support the success of the individual student veteran, the military campus community, and for veteran dependents who are eligible for benefits from the federal or state governments. The VIS Certifying Official provides leadership and management for veteran and military certification. Additionally, the VIS Certifying Official will work closely with the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) to ensure that International Students (F1 visa holders) are informed of and in compliance with requirements to maintain their status. The VIS Certifying Official will assist with the establishment of a student culture where diversity is valued and military-affiliated and international students feel welcome and supported. The VIS Certifying Official ensures all efforts are aligned with the college's and student affairs' strategic plan and goals. The VIS Certifying Official reports to the Manager of Curriculum and Records in the Office of the Registrar.
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
Military and Veterans
- Serves as the designated Certifying Official for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and ensures compliance with VA rules and regulations.
- Reports and reconciles tuition and fees for eligible benefit recipients. Works closely with Fiscal Affairs to ensure student accounts are credited appropriately.
- Works with Fiscal Affairs to ensure VA is refunded appropriately when VA determines a debt is due from the institution.
- Completes degree audits to ensure all courses are part of student's degree program. Informs students when discrepancies exist and reports only qualified courses to the VA.
- Work with the Director of Academic Internal Operations to ensure new academic programs have the required documentation to comply with VA's annual catalog approval.
- Interprets School Certifying Official (SCO)' Handbook for military affiliated educational benefits covering the various VA education benefit programs, and determines the process and procedures for VA certifications.
- Completes annual SCO required training, both web-based and in-person, with VA in compliance with the law.
- Works with the Admissions, Registration and Records office to ensure compliance with federal and state laws on tuition classification, course eligibility, and transcript submission for students using VA education benefits.
- Works closely with the Coordinator of Military Affiliated Recruitment & Engagement to ensure consistent and comprehensive services to all military affiliated students.
- Coordinates with school officials and VA and/or the Colorado Office of Veterans Education & Training for annual VA compliance surveys.
- Utilizes Banner, Cognos, and Access databases to track student enrollment and report student enrollment certifications to VA in a timely manner, including enrollment changes, graduation, probation, & suspension reports.
- Completes regular reports to VA to maintain compliance with 85/15 reporting requirements.
- Participates in Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Veteran's Student Processing Committee, and coordinates with members to clarify and understand VA policy changes in order to properly administer the college's program and to maintain compliance with federal regulations and laws.
- Communicates VA rules and policy changes to all military affiliated students, and CCA instructors/faculty and staff annually.
- Meets VA regulatory requirements by working closely with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Academic Deans, and Department Chairs. Ensures new programs have the proper documentation to comply with the VA's annual catalog approval requirement.
- Serves on college committees and other duties as assigned
- Serves as a DSO (Designated School Official) to support CCA's International Student F1 Visa program.
- Creates I-20 documents for prospective international students once all required documentation has been submitted.
- Supports the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) by providing information and qualification steps to potential international, F1 Visa students and their sponsors.
- Assists the PDSO with reporting requirements and semester audits and certifications.
- Provides students and their sponsors information regarding requirements to maintain F1 status
- Monitors student enrollment to ensure eligibility and provides outreach to promote requirements.
Minimum qualifications & Requirements
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Experience and/or general understanding of military affiliated college students
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other staff members, students, faculty, academic/instructional staff, and administrators
- Strong technology skills including the ability easily manipulate, merge, filter, and analyze data in Excel, Access, or other tools.
- Strong collaboration, problem-solving, interpersonal, oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills
- Commitment to creating an inclusive learning & work environment and demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, families, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds
- Ability to work some required evening and weekend hours
- Bilingual (English and Spanish)
- Experience utilizing student information database systems such as Banner and EAB Navigate or a similar platform
- Experience collecting and/or utilizing data to drive decisions, monitor progress and write reports.
- Experience creating and implementing student services and resources for a college campus
- Ability to multi-task, provide timely follow-up, meet deadlines and work in compliance with Federal, State, institutional rules
- Knowledge of /or experience reviewing required documentation to secure military education benefits
- Understanding of Veteran Affairs policies, procedures and regulations surrounding military benefits
- Experience working with international students that includes an understanding of the F1 Visa Program
- Previous active military experience preferred but not required.
Salary: $44,000.00-$44,517.00 annually. This salary is determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. CCA offers an excellent benefit plan. Leave and holiday benefits are also included. Full time employees immediately upon hire earn 15 hours a month annual leave and 10 hours a month sick leave.
Deadline to Submit Application Material: An initial review of applications will begin on July 12,2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Application Process: When submitting your online application, please include a cover letter, current resume, and professional references. Official transcripts showing the highest degree achieved should be submitted to HR@ccaurora.edu upon offer of employment. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at HR@ccaurora.edu.
By applying for this announced position, applicants are certifying that all statements, information and documents provided are true, complete and correct to the best of their knowledge and are made in good faith. Further, applicants understand that omissions, misleading, false or untrue information, or any attempt at fraud or deceit in any manner connected with this application and/or subsequent testing may result in them not being considered for jobs with the Community College of Aurora; may constitute grounds for discipline and/or termination after hire; and/or constitute grounds for further actions pursuant to law.
Notice to all Applicants:
- Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
- Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
- Final candidate is subject to a criminal background check prior to final selection process.
- Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within fourteen (14) days of hire.
- CCA is affiliated with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, employees contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the COPERA web page.
- Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.
- For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu.
The Federal Clery Act (The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the CCA website at the Student Right to Know page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the College Security Office upon request. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus or on property controlled or owned by Community College of Aurora, as well as public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, our campuses.
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Robert Callaway at 303-360-4733 or Robert.Callaway@CCAurora.edu at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
Pregnancy Related Accommodations, Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA): The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), allows applicants to request a reasonable accommodation for health conditions related to pregnancy or the physical recovery from childbirth. Candidates wishing to request reasonable accommodations must do so as soon as possible, preferably at least three days prior to the exam or interview. If you are an individual who wishes to request reasonable accommodations, please contact us at 303-360-4733 or Robert.Callaway@CCAurora.edu.
Non-Discrimination Statement: The Community College of Aurora prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. The Community College of Aurora will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocational education programs.
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at Cindy.Hesse@CCAurora.edu.
Community College of Aurora Inclusive Excellence Statement:
You matter. You are valued. You belong. CCA is a community that is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion through Inclusive Excellence. We can only achieve this together. CCA embraces Inclusive Excellence because we want our students, staff, and faculty to learn and contribute within an inclusive environment. This means members of our College community will be active, respectful, and mindful of equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of engagement. Inclusive Excellence will provide a foundation for student and institutional success. Recognizing our diversity is only the first step toward Inclusive Excellence. We must also be intentional in valuing cultural differences and experiences, while incorporating them into practices, curricula, and policies.
Welcoming, Respectful, Inclusive - Together, we are CCA.
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