Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid
Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania invites applications and nominations for the newly elevated position of Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid. West Chester University is a public, regional, comprehensive university and one of the fourteen campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. It is organized into five colleges and two schools: College of Arts and Humanities; College of Business and Public Management; College of Sciences and Mathematics; College of Education and Social Work; College of Health Sciences; School of Music; and, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. The university is located 25 miles west of Philadelphia and strategically located in the center of the mid-Atlantic corridor between New York City and Washington, DC, with easy access to major cultural and commercial institutions and recreational activities. The university enjoys the benefits of both the rich cultural life of a major city and the charm of a thriving county seat.
As a key member of the leadership team for the Enrollment Management and Student Success unit, this newly elevated senior-level position helps to develop enrollment policy and strategy within an enrollment management and student success environment. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Success, the AVP of Financial Aid advises senior administrators in formulating, interpreting, and implementing financial aid policies and strategies to ensure access, affordability, and student success while meeting university goals for revenue. This position has the ultimate responsibility for accurate, efficient, and timely delivery of annual financial aid to over 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations as well as institutional policies.
The AVP of Financial Aid assumes a leadership role in formulating and administering a broad range of policies and procedures that advance the University’s goals and serves as a key member of the various University Committees. This role collaborates with senior administrators on all matters related to financial aid to include high profile, national financial aid issues; proactively educates senior leadership on current and evolving financial aid regulations and institutional policies, defines their effect at West Chester, and recommends appropriate and effective options and solutions. The AVP assesses the impact of funding policies, proposals, and legislation on West Chester’s students and recommends actions to best utilize financial aid resources; prepares and manages the Financial Aid Office’s annual operating and scholarship budgets; leverages federal, state, private, and institutional funds to ensure fiscally sound program administration and the best utilization of funds to meet enrollment goals. The AVP is responsible for the compliance with federal and state regulations as well as understanding of donor scholarship requirements and commitments with the West Chester University Foundation; provides and analyzes data and interprets results for senior administrators, the Office of Institutional Research, and external consultants working with the University; initiates, implements, and ensures application of new technologies for efficient and effective management of all financial aid programs. The AVP effectively and creatively conveys accurate information regarding West Chester’s financial aid program through print, electronic, and internet processes and uses these means to position West Chester most favorably in its competitive market.
The ideal candidate will have an earned master's degree, with seven years of progressively responsible experience in financial aid administration; supervisory experience of at least four years; an in-depth knowledge of federal and state financial aid administration; proven commitment to excellent student service; understand the complexity of financial aid and possess an ability to communicate this complexity to a diverse range of student populations and their families and/or support systems, especially first generation populations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Furthermore, the ideal candidate should have a high commitment to, and compliance with, federal, state, and campus regulatory and statutory policies, procedures, and programs; knowledge and experience managing financial aid budgets and reconciliation procedures; demonstrate sound judgment, effective problem-solving skills, creativity and innovation with the use of technology, office management and streamlining processes; excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and experience in financial aid presentations in group and individual settings; demonstrated ability to respond to audits; ability to work in a team-based environment; flexibility to adjust priorities quickly; and experience with integrated financial aid systems including process planning and implementation.
Demonstrated experience with leveraging financial aid in support of strategic enrollment management goals and a proven track record of deploying financial aid in support of student success and retention is preferred.
Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.
How to Apply
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the West Chester University in this confidential search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:
Jan Greenwood, Partner
Julie Holley, Senior Executive Search Consultant
Ashley Hice, Senior Executive Search Consultant
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277/ Fax: 850-650-2272
For more information about West Chester University please visit: https://www.wcupa.edu/
West Chester University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.
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