Heather Miller

Affiliated Staff Member for the Educational Leadership and School Counseling Department

 

EDUCATION:

AA – Paralegal Technology, 2006 MGCCC-JD

Currently completing BA in English – USMGC

ABOUT HEATHER:

During the internship portion of her paralegal degree, she was hired by Williams & McDonald, PLLC as a Real Estate and Litigation Paralegal.  In this position, she closed commercial and residential transactions, drafted title insurance policies, assisted with drafting and filing of pleadings and estate planning documents, and worked with the Mississippi Secretary of State and various County Clerks across the United States with regard to corporate filings. 

Following a firm merger, she moved to Lindmark Outdoor Advertising as an Executive Paralegal for the in-house counsel.  With Lindmark, she worked with various Secretaries of State offices, drafted purchase agreements and land lease documents, coordinated payroll and benefits for approximately 35 hourly and salaried employees, and coordinated audit of current land leases.

When Lindmark closed their Gulf Coast operations, she moved to the FEMA Trailer Litigation Annex and worked as a mass tort paralegal.  With the FTLA, she conducted interviews, assisted in drafting complaints for approximately 40 mass tort cases, filed documents with the Court, and developed and maintained an Access database for over 900 clients.

In October 2010, she began working at Southern Miss Gulf Coast with the Autism Project.  In her capacity as an Administrative Assistant, she assisted in the development and implementation of the student intake process, completed and submitted necessary applications for extended school year services and teacher unit allocation to the Mississippi Department of Education, and monitors budgets.

In August 2011, she moved into her current position as Office Manager in the College of Education and Psychology.  As Office Manager, she is responsible for monitoring and reconciling budgets, maintaining course schedules, inventory, purchasing, and maintenance of the GC portion of the website.  She currently serves on several committees, including the Dean’s Advisory Committee, Commencement Committee, and Welcome Week Committee.  In October 2013, she received the Outstanding Support Staff Award. 

She received her notarial commission in October of 2005 and ALS certification in 2007.

She currently sings with the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale and has been a guest vocalist at several local churches and events.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Coordinate and maintain CoEP GC website
  • Welcomes and engages new CoEP Gulf Coast undergraduate students; provides general orientation to the University; shares information on academic program requirements; and assigns faculty advisor.
  • Assists CoEP department chairs and Dean’s Office when requests are made.
  • Maintains support for CoEP faculty and staff with regard to offices (space, supplies, keys, office hours, maintenance, etc.).
  • Coordinates academic processes for CoEP, including course scheduling, change of schedule, and staffing classes.
  • Creates, maintains, and coordinates academic calendar for academic disciplines within CoEP and notifies staff and faculty of academic deadlines.
  • Assists CoEP Dean’s Office with budget, faculty and staff paperwork, internal and external communication, appointments, and meetings.
  • Plans and executes coast related projects and events for the CoEP Dean’s Office, such as registration, faculty meetings, staff development, Issues and Answers, etc.
  • Coordinates communication with CoEP on the Hattiesburg campus.
  • Maintains and updates contact and employee information for CoEP faculty, staff, and adjuncts. 
  • Supports staff colleagues and notifies CoEP Dean’s Office with regard to necessary absences.
  • Provides training for CoEP faculty and staff as needed in software, office machines, policies and procedures, such as those regarding confidentiality, registration, and office routines. 
  • Provides oversight for all Dean’s Office responsibilities and ensures that all are done correctly and in a timely manner.