Director of Financial Aid

Odessa, Texas
Salary is commensurate with experience
Mar 05, 2018
Director of Financial Aid
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The only university named after a geological formation, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a general academic university of The University of Texas System whose mission is to provide quality education to all students in a supportive in-person and online educational environment; to promote excellence in teaching, research and service; and to serve as a resource for the intellectual, social, economic, technological advancement, and healthcare of the diverse constituency in Texas and the region.

The University, located in Odessa, aspires to be a vibrant student-focused center of excellence for learning, culture and economic development, preparing students for leadership and success in a complex and changing world.

Surrounded by one of the largest oilfields in the country, UTPB is home to more than 7,000 students from all over the U.S. and the world, as well as 250 teaching faculty. It offers 35 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs of study across five colleges and schools: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and the College of Nursing. The student-teacher ratio is 18/1, and 90 percent of the tenure-track faculty hold doctorates in their teaching fields.

UTPB consistently ranks among the top 5 Texas public universities for students employed or accepted in graduate/professional schools one year after graduation. In 2017, UTPB was ranked second in the Best Four-Year Colleges by, and was also named one of the top 35 public schools in Regional Universities West according to U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, the University earns rakings for best online bachelor’s degree programs and best undergraduate engineering programs. UTPB students’ admission rate to medical school is 70 percent, compared to the state average of 45 percent.

Dr. Sandra Woodley began her tenure as the President of UTPB on July 1, 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Woodley served as the UT System’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, where she led long-term strategic planning, policy research and accountability efforts. She also served as the chief executive officer for the University of Louisiana System, where she led one of the nation’s largest higher education systems. Additionally, she has served in executive positions for higher educational systems in Alabama, Kentucky and Arizona. Beyond her strong experience in higher education leadership, Dr. Woodley brings great insight to and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing students.

UTPB’s 600-acre main campus boasts a vibrant and varied student life, offering facilities like a world-class performing arts center, apartment-style housing and more than 40 student organizations. Athletically

UTPB competes at the NCAA Division II level as a member of the Lone Star Conference. Falcon athletics have earned numerous accolades throughout their 25-year history, most recently in 2017 when men’s basketball won both the Lone Star Conference Championship as well as the Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship.

UTPB offers a comfortable small-campus feel backed by the might of The University of Texas System. UT sister campuses include UT Austin, Arlington, Dallas, El Paso, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Tyler; there are also multiple world-renowned medical institutions such as UT Southwestern and MD Anderson. The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, each year awarding more than one-third of all undergraduate degrees in Texas.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Financial Aid beginning Summer 2018.

A department of Student Services, the Office of Financial Aid awards and processes funds from federal, state, institutional and private resources. The philosophy of the UTPB Financial Aid Office is to assist students and families to meet the financial need of all eligible applicants by “packaging” (combining) funds from various sources - including institutional and non-institutional funds.

Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred), ideally in student development or similar area of study.  Three to five years in college/university administration in student engagement programs. Prior experience providing cohesive, well-planned campus-wide programming for both residential and commuter students. Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities.  Student centered, hands-on, highly motivated and creative. Versed in cultural diversity, proactive, adaptable and observant. Exercise sound judgment, tact and discretion. Ability to multitask under pressure and also pass a criminal background check.


• Assume control of the overall management of federal and state financial aid programs

• Administer federal programs, state grants and scholarships 

• Maintain proper documentation of all awards as well as fund control records

• Complete annual federal reports on applications for federal funding

• Report the expenditures of funds allocated

• Manage and develop a team within a fast-paced enrollment/packaging environment

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Founded in 1881 as a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railroads, Odessa, Texas, is a vibrant, fast-growing small city whose economic growth and technological advancements have global significance.

Located midway between Ft. Worth and El Paso, Odessa is home to approximately 118,000 residents and covers an area of 44 square miles situated above the Permian Basin, a large sedimentary deposit containing significant oil and natural gas reserves formed approximately 280 million years ago. Although oil and gas remains Odessa’s largest industry the city is also recognized as a major health industry hub featuring three hospitals, a cancer center and several medical specialists. Additionally, it is home to three higher education institutions including UTPB, as well as major retail distribution centers for Family Dollar, Coca-Cola, West Texas Food Bank and Glazer’s Beer & Beverage (coming summer 2018).

In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Odessa as the third fastest-growing small city in the United States.

In addition to a thriving economy, residents enjoy low cost of living, a world-class performing arts culture, plentiful shopping and recreation activities, warm hospitality and vast natural beauty.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love Big Bend National Park, one of the largest, most remote and least visited national parks in the contiguous United States. Located three hours south of Odessa, the 801,163-acre park is primarily known for its picturesque hiking and backpacking trails, plentiful rafting opportunities and rich cultural history.

Additionally, there are numerous large cities within a 350-mile radius of Odessa, including El Paso (242 miles), San Antonio (282 miles), Austin (293 miles) and Albuquerque, N.M. (337 miles).

Odessa is served by the Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF), which is located 10 minutes from the heart of the city. Additionally, multiple state and national highways intersect the area, providing its many visitors a seamless transportation experience.

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Bill Estes, Ed.D. and Alan Medders, Ph.D. will be assisting the University with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail:

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

Candidates for this position will be considered through April 6, 2018.