Director of Financial Aid

Westminster, Maryland
Sep 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “40 Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News & World Report top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Founded as one of the nation’s first independent, coeducational institutions of higher learning, McDaniel College’s evolution is characterized by academic excellence, extraordinary administrative and faculty dedication and resourcefulness, and increasing student selectivity and diversity. And yet, throughout its history, McDaniel College has remained committed to expanding accessibility and opportunity to first-generation college students. McDaniel College is located in Westminster, Maryland, on a hilltop ideally situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just 30 miles from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 60 miles from Washington, D.C., McDaniel students enjoy the resources of major cities, yet reside on a campus where the scenery inspires visitors to state that McDaniel College is “one of the loveliest campuses in the U.S. and convenient to everything on the East Coast.”

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the director of financial aid is responsible for the overall management and administration of all student financial aid as well as the operation of the Financial Aid Office, assuring that the College complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding financial aid. The director is responsible for the management and development of the annual institutional financial aid budget of approximately $42 million and meeting the budget parameters. Supervising a staff of four who provide service for the undergraduate and graduate financial aid applicants, the director will hire, train, and provide professional development opportunities and mentoring to all financial aid staff members. The director will be expected to work closely with all institutional colleagues to meet enrollment and retention goals by developing and carrying out policies regarding the awarding of institutional aid. In collaboration with the vice president, the director is responsible for the development, oversight, and implementation of the financial aid leveraging strategies, financial aid policies, and awarding practices to ensure the efficient and strategic distribution of aid.

Additionally, the Director of Financial Aid serves as a trusted member of the Enrollment and Marketing Division’s leadership team, providing division-wide leadership and participating in strategic planning related to the overall division goals.

Responsibilities of the Director of Financial Aid include, but are not limited to:

  • administer a financial aid program that offers personal and quality service to McDaniel students and their parents;
  • coordinate efforts with Bursar, Registrar, Information Technology, Admissions, Graduate programs, and International Programs and other offices on campus;
  • determine financial aid eligibility and award financial aid for all financial aid applicants;
  • ensure compliance with all federal, state and institutional regulations governing financial aid;
  • develop and revise policies and procedures for awarding college need-based aid;
  • counsel parents and students concerning the financial aid application process, individual awards, and financing options;
  • work closely with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Admissions team on financial aid related strategies and procedures for prospective students;
  • develop financial leveraging strategy with the goal of maximizing institutional aid in partnership with the VP for Enrollment;
  • complete all external financial aid reports and surveys and serve as liaison with college auditors;
  • maintain in-depth knowledge of technical systems required to meet job responsibilities;
  • assess office needs and hire, train, supervise, and provide professional development opportunities to all Financial Aid staff;
  • represent the college on the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association Financial Aid subcommittee and other internal and external committees as needed; and
  • actively participate as a member of the leadership team of the enrollment and marketing division, providing input on strategies to achieve division-wide goals.

A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) plus substantial documented professional experience in financial aid office and staff administration is required. In addition, knowledge of general financial aid theories, procedures, and federal and state financial aid program regulations as well as knowledge of basic management skills and counseling techniques will be expected of the director. Exceptional written, verbal, and presentation skills will also be required.

Review of applications will begin October 24, 2018 and 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 [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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McDaniel College, in compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations governing affirmative action and non-discrimination does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its education programs and activities as defined by law.

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