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Director, Military and Veterans Programs (Administrator II)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

The Director, Military and Veterans Programs directs, oversees, manages and implements the administration of the Military and Veteran Programs (MVP) operations and programming and reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. The Director is responsible for formulating operational policy for a separate, comprehensive and diversified veteran/dependent program. The Director must continuously evaluate the center’s services for the purpose of program improvement and supervises the daily operations of the MVP at the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center (JABVC), which includes the coordination of all staff and student support in the administrative functions of the office.

This position represents San Diego State University and the California State University’s System at regional and statewide meetings, including serving on the California Governor’s California Interagency Council on Veterans Education Best Practices in Veteran Resource Center sub-workgroup. Also, performs research, addresses system wide issues and reports regular data information to the CSU Chancellor’s Office. The Director works collaboratively with SACD’s development director to achieve fundraising goals and engage private donors and corporate sponsors for SDSU’s military support programs. In addition, the director oversees the development of SDSU’s own Military Ally Program. This program provides awareness of military culture to faculty and staff.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The SDSU Military and Veteran Programs (MVP) housed at the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center (JABVC) is the California State University system’s flagship veterans center and the first veterans center in the CSU system.  MVP is a department within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity which directs, manages and provides services for all aspects of the veteran, active duty military, reservist and dependent programs for San Diego State University undergraduate and graduate students. MVP manages all veteran support services and events for the campus and serves as a source of veteran administration expertise.

A crucial component of MVP is the necessity and ability to work effectively with students possessing unique life experiences. The center must operate with a respect for diversity and demonstrate cultural competence while working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and value systems, and must work effectively with other university divisions and departments.

An important component of MVP is the administration, implementation and support of new veteran, active duty military, reservist and dependent services and programs created out of the CSU Chancellor’s Office partnership.

For more information regarding the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, click here.

Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

The Division facilitates the academic and career success, personal growth and well-being of all students, and works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations and organizational structures. We aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion through:

  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU, and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;
  • Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff and alumni of all backgrounds;
  • Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, the faculty and staff, including enhancing the learning environment and expanding learning opportunities for all students inside and outside the classroom, and expanding and connecting opportunities for students to participate in transformational experiences;
  • Developing leaders who believe in and lead others toward supporting civility, mutual respect and diversity in our society and workplaces; and
  • Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.

Position upholds the Student Affairs and Campus Diversity Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, specifically:

 “The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity acknowledges and honors the inherent value and dignity of all individuals by creating and nurturing a learning and working environment that affirms and leverages our community’s diversity of traditions, heritages, perspectives, and experiences. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence designed to facilitate the personal and professional success, growth, development, and well-being of all members of our community. We manifest this commitment through our innovative, strategic and collaborative efforts to develop leaders who believe in and lead others toward practicing civility, mutual respect, and inclusion in our workplaces and society.”

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Five years of progressively responsible administration of military related programs/training or commensurate experience.
  • Two years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience.
  • Experience working in a college or university Veterans Center or equivalent.

Key Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Excellent presentation skills and experience presenting to small and large groups of diverse audiences.
  • Service to our country in one of the branches of the U.S. military preferred
  • Direct supervisory experience within a classified system, preferably in a collective bargaining environment.
  • General understanding of fundraising and development, and the ability to effectively and professionally interact with donors in order to initiate new and/or maintain/enhance pre-existing relationships.

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

Anticipated hiring range: $75,000 - $80,000 annually

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on April 6, 2023 To receive full consideration, apply by April 5, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

CSU Vaccine Policy: The California State University has established a policy requiring faculty, staff, and students accessing campus facilities to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To access the SDSU campus, you must be fully up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, including a booster if you are eligible for one, or request a medical, religious, or off campus exemption, as applicable. 

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at

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