The University of New Mexico values the skills and experience of military Veterans. As one of the state’s largest employers, the University wants Veterans to know, they have priority when it comes to employment at UNM.

The Veteran Preference program grants qualified Veterans additional consideration for vacant staff positions posted on UNMJobs—UNM’s online job application system. Qualified veterans who elect to participate in the program will be granted a minimum of an initial interview for all regular staff positions, excluding contract staff classifications, for which they have applied.

“The University is taking an active role in providing employment for Veterans transitioning into the workforce,” says Vice President of Human Resources Dorothy Anderson. “We are excited to expand opportunities to those with a military background so they can apply their knowledge, skills and abilities with positions that influence our campus and community.”

To qualify for the program, applicants must have received an honorable discharge from the military. Other requirements include:

  • Apply to an eligible position via UNMJobs and submit a complete application (meeting all application requirements such as field requirements, attachments, special instructions noted) as indicated in the job ad.
  • Apply prior to or no later than the “For Best Consideration Date” stated in the posting.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications stated in the posting.
  • Elect participation in the Veteran Preference program as asked per a brief questionnaire appearing in the application.
  • Attach a DD214 form to the application displaying military status, dates of service and discharge type.

UNM President Garnett S. Stokes has identified supporting a Veteran-friendly campus as a major priority of her office.  

In addition to the Veterans Preference program, the University has offered specialized training to faculty and staff to better serve the behavioral health needs of the student Veterans. 

This fall, UNM is offering Green Zone training for faculty and staff to better understand the experience of Veterans, service members, and their families. 

“I am also funding a new position focused on Veteran advisement,” says President Stokes. “Veterans have selflessly served our country and now it is our turn to serve these individuals.”  

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