Help Wanted: Veterans Affairs Director

Black Hawk County – EOE/AA
Job Description
Full Time

Position #: 80-22-236-01
Department: Veteran Affairs
Salary Level: Not to exceed $52,538.00 annual
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date Opened: 08-19-15
Date Closed: Open Until Filled

INSTRUCTIONS: Preference given to applications submitted by 4:30pm, Monday, November 2, 2015 to the Black Hawk County Human Resources, 316 E 5th Street, Waterloo, IA 50703. Applicants MUST include a cover letter and resume which describes education and experience that meets the qualification requirements of the position and a copy of your DD214. Please also complete the attached Supplemental Questionnaire to assist us in further considering you for this position.
Applications are available in Human Resources or online at . Notification given only to those interviewed. Applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled.
Under the administrative direction of the Veteran Affairs Commission, provides counseling and assistance to veterans in accordance with Chapter 35 of the Iowa Code; plans, organizes and directs the work of the Veteran Affairs Department; performs related work as required.

• Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks;
• Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this department.
• Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies, contracts and applicable laws.
• Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems;
• Develops and directs the implementation of operating policies and procedures;
• Coordinates the administrative aspects of the Veteran Affairs Department;
• Confers with other agencies involved in delivery of services to veterans to coordinate effort and maximize service;
• Counsels, advises and assists veterans, their survivors and dependents in various veterans programs;
• Reviews eligibility decisions made by staff and conducts hearings, takes corrective action as necessary
• Keeps abreast, and advises the Commissioners of changes in the laws, regulations, and national trends that effect veterans;
• Prepares and administers departmental budget;
• Promotes public awareness of programs by participating in activities of professional and community organizations;
• Attends training to maintain annual certification as required by the Code of Iowa Chapter 35B.6
• Other duties may be assigned.

• Supervision is received from the Veteran Affairs Commission.

• Functional and administrative supervision is exercised over the Veteran Affairs staff.

• Must have a Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in a related field; and a minimum of least three (3) years’ experience in service delivery at a management level; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Knowledge of Chapter 35B of the Code of Iowa preferred.
• Considerable knowledge of federal and state statutes, regulations, and policies effecting veteran benefits.
• Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, associates, clients, and the public.
• Ability to prepare and manage departmental budget.
• Ability to interpret reports and statistics and to forecast trends based on those reports.
• Must have a valid Iowa Driver’s License and be insurable under the County’s guidelines.
• Pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 35B.3 must have served 90 consecutive days of active duty (unless discharged for medical reasons) during the time period of one or more of the wars or conflicts listed in the code.

• Must obtain certification from the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs within one year of the date of hire that they are nationally accredited by the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO);
• Must obtain the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) required to maintain accreditation through the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) and the Department of Veteran Affairs

The work environment and physical demand characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Refer to the “Essential and Marginal Function Analysis” statement for a complete description of essential functions and functional requirements.