Executive Director of Financial Aid

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Dominican University of California, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Financial Aid. In this newly elevated position, the Executive Director serves as the primary professional responsible for all student financial aid awards within an enrollment management environment at the University.

The Executive Director provides leadership and oversight of the Office of Financial Aid and all areas of financial aid administration and compliance by working collaboratively to achieve departmental and institutional goals. In addition to the administration of all funds used in the support for all students, the Executive Director will be very involved with leveraging funds to attract and keep students at the University. He/she will also be involved with establishing strategies to set a University wide standard for discounting, net tuition revenue, and retention issues that affect students at the University.

The Executive Director will plan, organize, and manage the operations and activities of federal, state, local, and privately funded financial aid while monitoring and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. The Executive Director will evaluate operations leading to a continuous improvement, supervision, and evaluation of the financial aid staff. This position reports to the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

The University and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area: Dominican University is located in San Rafael, Marin County, between the city of San Francisco and the Sonoma and Napa valleys. Students, faculty and staff enjoy the local hiking, beaches and natural parks of California’s northern coast. The University was founded in 1890 and today, as an independent university, Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens.

Qualifications: The preferred Executive Director candidate should have at least 8 years of progressively responsible leadership and project experience in higher education student financial aid at the Associate Director level or higher.  The candidate should also have demonstrated successful experience in managing a student financial aid function and in developing, evaluating, and improving financial aid awarding from a data-driven perspective and experience with financial aid leveraging. Substantial knowledge of and experience with PowerCampus/PowerFAIDS, administering student work-study programs, and managing endowed and gift fund budgets are highly preferred. Preference will be given to those candidates with a master’s degree and proven technical skills in data management, data processing concepts, and computerized systems related to student financial aid as well as proficiency with statistical software. Knowledge of best practices in the efficient use of resources is expected.

Application and Nomination Process: Dominican University of California has retained the search firm of Scott Healy & Associates to oversee and manage the search process. All applications and nominations must be sent to:

Scott Healy & Associates

Attn: Dr. Scott F. Healy, President

[email protected]

Applicants must apply electronically via a word document by submitting the following:

  • Cover letter outlining experience and success in the areas listed above,
  • Current and up-to-date resume,
  • List of five professional references with his/her title, direct phone number, and e-mail address as well as your affiliation with each.

Complete confidentiality will be maintained throughout the entire search process. Applications received by April 20, 2018, will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Dominican University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment. We are committed in thought, word, and deed to recruiting and retaining a workforce that values the diversity of its student body. The University actively promotes an institutional culture that practices equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of all under-represented groups in higher education.




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Posted: 3/15/2018
Application Due: 5/14/2018
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