Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services

The University of the Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Established in 1876, the University of the Arts (UArts) is one of the nation’s only universities dedicated solely to educating students in the visual and performing arts and design. University of the Arts innovative, flexible approach to developing artists and designers acts as a catalyst for their creativity — they connect, collaborate, and create across disciplines and traditional boundaries on the University’s campus in the heart of downtown Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, one of the nation’s most culturally vibrant cities. With a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs offered through the College of Art, Media and Design, the College of Performing Arts, and the Division of Liberal Arts, nearly 1900 students immerse themselves in a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that prepares them to be the creative leaders of tomorrow. UArts alumni are leading some of the Philadelphia region’s most important cultural institutions and are positively impacting the creative economy nationally.

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services (AVP) will manage the University’s financial aid and bursar functions and serve as a key strategist in the creation and monitoring of its leveraging practices. The AVP will also have the opportunity to partner with the Vice President to review, assess, and refine policies and processes used to recruit, enroll, and retain students. The AVP will serve as a key member of the Enrollment Management Team, and will collaborate closely with the office of Admissions, College deans and school directors to determine the composition and character of each entering cohort and manage the award communication and packaging processes accordingly. The AVP will select, train, supervise and evaluate a staff of 12 full-time professionals with responsibility for administering the University’s scholarship, grant, student employment, student billing, cashier, loan, and financial aid counseling program, and oversee an operational budget of $750,000 and total annual institutional financial aid expenditures of $32 million. The AVP will be expected to analyze data to determine program effectiveness, to inform strategic planning and tactical updates to annual planning, and to create, distribute and present reports to academic departments, senior staff and the board of trustees while monitoring and maintaining the University’s compliance with constantly changing federal and state regulations on student aid programs.

A bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree preferred as well as substantive documented progressive management and leadership experience in the administration of undergraduate and graduate financial aid will be expected. In addition, the following qualifications will be desired in the AVP:

  • previous experience in admissions and predictive modeling and financial aid leveraging;
  • demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of trends in higher education and student financial aid;
  • detailed understanding of the functions of a successful financial services office, including counseling, compliance, systems and reporting, and financial management;
  • evidence of leadership in the development and execution of innovative student financial aid strategies utilizing institutional resources as well as federal, state and private funds;
  • experience with, and understanding of, the use of systems and technology employed to manage and report on student financial operations and communications;
  • demonstrated understanding of regulatory compliance matters concerning all financial aid functions, including institutional, federal, state, and other outside agency requirements.

Review of applications will begin November 10, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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University of the Arts – Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services

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