Director of Financial Aid
Bloomfield College is an independent, four-year, coeducational college, founded in 1868. Located in Bloomfield, New Jersey, a suburban residential community just 15 miles from New York City, the College attracts a geographically diverse resident and commuter population. The 12-acre tree-lined campus is easily reached by train, bus, or car. Beautiful beaches of the Jersey shore and first-rate ski areas are only an hour from Bloomfield. The College’s mission is to prepare students to attain academic, personal, and professional excellence in a multicultural and global society. While it was started with nine students in one building more than 140 years ago, the College now owns or leases more than 45 buildings which house students, offices, classrooms, labs, and technology. Enrolling approximately 1,900 students studying in 40+ majors/degrees, each graduating class typically represents more than 50 countries worldwide and students are encouraged to celebrate their cultural and ethnic backgrounds with each other. Bloomfield College participates in 12 sports in the NCAA Division II.
Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration or designee, the Director of Financial Aid at Bloomfield College will provide overall management and the strong leadership necessary for the effective administration of the College’s financial aid programs including, but not limited to, financial aid processing and disbursement, financial counseling, and reporting and auditing. The Director is responsible for the administration of federal, state, and institutional financial aid, including scholarship, endowments, and grant budgets in excess of $50 million annually. The Director will develop and execute a departmental vision and strategy for leveraging financial aid resources and meeting student financial needs while supporting the College’s enrollment goals, monitoring and reporting on the College’s discount rate, and ensuring accepted standards and enrollment budget projections are met. With accountability for daily operations, the Director will lead, mentor, and develop a full-time staff of approximately five professionals. Supervising, training, and providing professional development opportunities as well as organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling office assignments will be a priority for the new Director. The Director is expected to work with senior administration to develop and implement short- and long-range plans and strategies for student financial services.
A bachelor’s degree is required (advanced degree strongly preferred) and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in financial aid; working knowledge of enrollment management technology and excellent managerial and organizational skills; effective problem solving skills; and experience coordinating student financial services with those of other administrative offices are essential to success. Superior verbal, written and presentation skills are required, as are strong analytical skills and an understanding of complex financial analysis for the planning and implementing of effective financial aid awarding policies. Competency in monitoring, reporting, and control is needed in order to develop, analyze, and interpret financial information for required and ad hoc reporting for institutional and external agency use. The Director is expected to work with peers and senior managers to ensure a robust, budget-savvy, financial aid awarding process, and will be expected to collaborate with others on strategic enrollment and scholarship awarding goals, review progress toward the goals, and discuss the need for additional actions if necessary. The Director must be a dynamic, hands-on leader and project manager who maintains a forward-looking vision, possesses an unwavering commitment to superior customer service, understands the importance of financial aid in recruitment and retention, and has a sensitivity to cultural issues with the ability to relate effectively and consistently with a diverse student body and external contacts. Experience with NCAA Division II athletic policies and with the Ellucian Colleague software system is strongly preferred.
Review of applications will begin May 4, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Spelman Johnson Bloomfield College – Director of Financial Aid Kendra E. Dane, Search Associate
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