Director Financial Aid Operations
Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.
Be a part of a dynamic community dedicated to providing the resources, guidance and inspiration needed to create the ultimate student experience: from registration and financial aid applications to the first time they arrive at one of our Centers of Excellence or log in to their first class, from academic success planning to providing a safe environment, and from connecting them with community networks to launching them into the career of their dreams. Make their student experience exceptional.
We are currently seeking a Director Financial Aid Operations who will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.
You: Innovator. Pacesetter. Agent of change. If you're a tech savvy, process improvement-focused Student Champion with a talent for developing partnerships with communities and individuals, we're looking for you.
Your mission: We'll look to you for the leadership and management of all compliance activity and personnel training for the HCC System Financial Aid Department.
Your work: Highlights
In this role, you'll monitor the administration of all federal, state and institutional financial aid programs, including the review of these programs through federal, state and institutional audits. When financial aid, cash management and/or credit and collections policies and procedures are updated, you'll relay this information to involved personnel through campus visits, teleconferences, webinars, training workshops and interdepartmental meetings. You'll hire, train, supervise and evaluate both full-time financial aid coordinators and part-time staff, and direct the daily functions of fund management and reconciliation. You'll oversee functions related to regulatory compliance of Title IV federal and state financial aid programs by conducting audits and file reviews ; implementing policies and procedures; and preparing and coordinating Financial Aid Processing‘s response to any internal/ external audit related to the management of Title IV program. You'll also lead the preparation of reports for the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Department of Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as required.
At HCC, we support job-related professional growth that will enable you to advance your career goals, increase institutional effectiveness and improve the quality of our programs and services. You'll discuss with your supervisor the training programs, conferences, courses and/or other relevant professional development activities you could participate in throughout the year. You'll also discuss professional development needs with your staff, and ensure that they have the appropriate training and educational resources for their positions.
Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you're a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!
Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:
- Third-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.
- 145 languages are spoken here.
- Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
- Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
- The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
- World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.
- With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.
- Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.
If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.
It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.
HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.
Assess, manage and administer all existing controls and practices; identify improvement areas in relation to Title IV, and federal, state and local regulations and standards; and ensure all financial aid centers maintain an acceptable level of uniformity, consistency and quality in addition to adhering to all applicable regulatory requirements regarding financial aid. Develop the strategic plan for financial aid programming system-wide, evaluates progress, and initiates improvements. Develop and implement procedures system-wide. Serve as the Chief Financial Aid expert and oversees compliance for the District. Serve as the liaison for state and federal agencies and responsible for all reporting involving student financial aid programs. Possess expert knowledge of best practices and industry standards in a community college setting. Possess proven experience working with a diverse student body composed of both traditional and non-traditional urban populations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Serve as the Chief Financial Aid Officer for HCCS with the Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and other agencies. Develop, maintain and distribute annual Student Expense Budgets used for packaging student aid and the annual packaging rules on program funds administered by HCCS.
Communicate with the Department of Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, as needed, to resolve issues referencing rules and regulations.
Oversee all activities associated with the administration of all HCCS' student financial aid programs across the district.
Conduct and chair monthly financial aid district council meetings.
Oversee the development and implementation of district-wide training for staff, ensuring compliance and consistency in the application of rules and regulations. Hires, trains and evaluates staff.
Lead the college in the development of the District's Financial Aid Strategic Plan, involving college constituents.
Coordinate the institution's response to any audit related to Financial Aid Operations ensuring adequate and timely corrective action.
Assess programs, processes, and procedures to ensure compliance and quality student services.
Coordinate, maintain and submit all required reports to the Department of Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as required by law.
Coordinate and conduct internal program reviews to ascertain compliance with federal, state and institutional policies and procedures.
Monitor the development and implementation of the student loan default initiatives, the development and production of consumer information and standard forms to be used by the colleges.
Work closely with the business office on the development of institutional policies and procedures to ensure proper fiscal management of financial aid funds.
Work closely with Information Technology to ensure optimal use of automation within the student system and serve as a resource for system updates; responsible for the district-wide financial aid procedures manual.
Meet with and serve as a resource to the VC of Student Services regarding issues on financial aid, quality control functions, the development and maintenance of operational policies and procedures; ensure close coordination and communication regarding marketing, public information.
Communicate with and prepare reports for the Board, Vice Chancellors, Presidents and Chancellor and others as appropriate on the status of financial aid programming and updates. Serve and participate in the Student Services Deans' Council.
Ensure that financial aid information ad updates are widely disseminated across campuses. Serve as the financial liaison to student government entities.
Oversees all activities associated with Houston Community College's Financial Literacy Program managed by a team of Financial Coaches.
Work closely with college and district administration units to provide updates, recommendations, and expertise related to financial aid.
Work collaboratively with college Financial Aid Regional Managers to maintain consistency of quality services to students.
Provide regulatory oversight to college financial aid officers.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.
Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree is preferred.
Ten (10) years financial aid and at least six (6) years managerial experience in student financial aid is required with a Bachelor's degree
Seven (7) years financial aid experience and at least (3) years managerial experience in student financial aid is required with a Master's degree.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Experience working with security sensitive information and confidential records
Working knowledge of federal and state financial aid programs
knowledge of financial aid and business practices and procedures, and regulations as they relate to higher education
Demonstrated ability to provide dynamic and proactive education educational leadership
in the areas of the student support services
Comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the financial aid delivery system
Ability to analyze and evaluate complex information
Ability to work independently while handling multiple tasks and meeting deadlines
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written skills
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (with strong skills in Access, Excel and PowerPoint) and student systems (preferably Oracle/PeopleSoft Campus Solution, Financial Aid module), and be willing to adapt to technological innovations in student information systems in line with current trends
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.
This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.