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State of Massachusetts Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs in Boston, Massachusetts

The Education Secretariat is committed to equity and valuing the unique and diverse characteristics and experiences of every member of its workforce. We encourage an authentic workplace where colleagues show up as their full selves, and where collaboration, innovation, and connections are key to realizing our mission that all children, youth, and families thrive socially, academically, and economically. We seek teammates who are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment, where everyone is valued and engaged. We encourage you to apply and identify your strengths in these areas. * * Position Overview: In collaboration with the Assistant Commissioner for Academic and Veterans Affairs, ensure the effective and efficient operation of the ongoing Massachusetts State Approving Agency (SAA) contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that is overseen by the Veterans’ Education Office within the Department of Higher Education. This role supports the Assistant Commissioner in the direction and supervision of the activities of the Veterans Education Office of the Board of Higher Education. Essential Job Functions: General Administration * Assist in the development of business plans and budgets, and of annual performance goals for the Veterans Education unit. * Assist with staff management as directed and when the Assistant Commissioner is unavailable. * Help monitor and approve the scheduled workload of assigned staff. * Assist the Assistant Commissioner to compile and edit monthly and quarterly reports in accordance with the Department’s SAA contract requirements. These include but are not limited to monthly invoices and quarterly compilation reports that are part of the end of year agency evaluation report. Program review * As assigned, assist with the review and evaluation of programs in higher education institutions regarding the eligibility of such programs for monetary benefits to veterans and other eligible persons under the Title 38 U.S. Code the G.I. Bill. * Review applications and visitation reports of higher education institutions to ensure compliance with approval criteria. * Conduct annual site inspections of on-going and prospective programs relative to all relevant factors to ensure compliance with federal and state guidelines; recommend appropriate action to be taken; and write approval or non-approval letters. * Determine the ongoing eligibility and compliance of educational institutions under Title 38, U.S. Code. * Review student complaints to determine if an institution follows its published policy standards as found in its academic catalog. * Assist with the review and evaluation of external education programs proposed by the Massachusetts legislature and other external state and federal agencies. * Conduct institutional Risk Based Survey compliance visits at degree and non-degree, apprentice, on the job training programs and flight schools as directed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Outreach Activities * Supervise outreach activities and staff efforts in working with stakeholders to encourage the use of GI Bill education and training benefits. * Participate in applicable veterans’ apprenticeship council meetings to encourage the use of GI Bill benefits for apprentices and on-the job training programs. * Assist with annual training sessions to ensure institutions are in compliance with all applicable regulations under USC Title 38. * Attend and participate in meetings and conferences sponsored by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the National Association of State Approving Agencies. Other Responsibilities * Help respond to government official and other stakeholder inquiries concerning the program. Advocate for the education-related needs of Massachusetts veterans. * Assist the Department as requested with reviewing institution of higher education closures. * The position will include at least 25% in-state travel in Massachusetts, and occasional overnight out of state, professional development related travel. * Other duties as assigned. Requirements: · Five years of progressive experience in policy analysis and reporting; accreditation, certification, or program review in higher education; delivering adult training and/or education programs; or a combination. · A minimum of three years of supervisory experience. · Demonstrated writing and analytical skills showing the ability to synthesize, explain, and interpret complex and detailed data and information to produce clear and concise statistical and other operating reports, studies, and recommendations. · Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in helping to manage the activities of the Veterans’ Education Office in administrating federal requirements. · Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people at various levels of government and the institutions requesting and /or receiving veterans’ approval. * Master's degree in a field such as public policy or higher education administration, or an earned terminal degree with at least three years of relevant experience. · This role requires access to a motor vehicle and a valid driver's license. · The successful candidate will need to undergo a security clearance process as set by the US VA. Prior military or other security clearances DO NOT substitute for this process. Preferred Qualifications/Other Skills/Abilities: · Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and compliance criteria about the programs of study in educational institutions and industrial establishments regarding the eligibility of such programs for payment of educational benefits to veterans and other eligible persons under the G.I. Bill. · Knowledge of state educational administration and philosophy, budget and fiscal affairs administration, and state government administrative service operations, particularly as they relate to the administration and operations of the Veterans’ Education Office. · Knowledge of federal and state budgetary and fiscal procedures as they pertain to accounting, payment, and reimbursement by voucher of the costs of the programs for educational benefits to veterans and other eligible persons insofar as these procedures pertain to the activities and operations of the Veterans’ Education Office. · Knowledge of principles and practices of business administration and administrative management and the ability to apply this knowledge of office practices and procedures in a distributed digital environment. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Education* *Organization: Department of Higher Education *Title: *Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Ashburton Place Requisition ID: 2300093Y