Assistant/Associate Director of Financial Aid
Lafayette College: Human Resources: Staff Positions: Enrollment Management
May 23, 2019
Lafayette College is conducting a search for an Assistant/Associate Director of Financial Aid. Reporting to the Associate Director/Director of Financial Wellness, the Assistant/Associate Director of Financial Aid is a crucial member of the financial aid staff. He/she will be a professional colleague with both the financial aid and admission staff members and will play a key role in enrolling and retaining a quality student body that meets the enrollment goals of the College.
With just over 2600 students, a total endowment of over $800 million, and a financial aid budget over $52M, Lafayette is fortunate to be among the best-endowed colleges per capita in the country. The College is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated institutional financial need through scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Lafayette was among the first colleges to announce a reduced or no loan policy for low and middle-income families, and that commitment continues today. Approximately 50% of students receive college-funded grant and scholarship aid, and the average need-based package in 2018-19 was $49,256.
The primary roles of this position are the compliant administration of all forms of financial aid and providing exceptional service to students and families in a highly personalized operation. Additionally, the Assistant/Associate Director will work with a caseload of financial aid applicants, performing thorough needs analysis using institutional methodology via the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid Profile, counseling families, and other typical financial aid duties. The Assistant/Associate Director will oversee a portion of the programmatic needs of the office, including, but not limited to, managing/processing all Federal and State grant/scholarship and loan awards. The Assistant/Associate Director will join the other counseling staff in representing the financial aid office on campus and the College externally at both the local, state, and national levels.
The Ideal Candidate:
The successful candidate will be a willing partner in the implementation of the Office of Financial Aid’s strategies and goals within the larger enrollment goals of Lafayette College. Additionally, the candidate should have a passion for the art and science of higher education administration.
Qualifications for Assistant Director include: bachelor’s degree, two or more years of directly related financial aid experience at a highly selective institution, daily professional experience with, and understanding of, the College Board’s Institutional Methodology (IM), strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational and project management skills, exceptional oral and written communication skills, a good listener, high degree of comfort in public speaking, keen attention to detail, ability to adapt to changing work priorities when necessary, ability to work nights and weekends if called upon to do so (including large visit days), familiarity with student information systems such as Ellucian Banner, experience in working with federal and state regulations, demonstrated literacy with Microsoft Office and functional applications such as Slate, and Cognos..
To be considered for the title of Associate Director of Financial Aid, the candidate must have five (5) or more years of directly related experience, a master’s degree, and profound knowledge in the use of Microsoft Excel (including writing formulas, creating pivot tables and charts, etc.), as well as the qualifications for Assistant Director.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter indicating why he/she has the interest in this position at Lafayette, paying particular attention to appropriate experience that addresses the description of the ideal candidate, a CV/resume, three professional references and one peer reference via Interfolio.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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