Associate Director of Financial Aid

Employer
Aurora University
Location
Aurora, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Financial Aid
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Aurora University seeks talented staff and administrators who are passionate about supporting an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.

Position Purpose: The Associate Director of Financial Aid supports learning by assisting in the coordination of financial aid operations for graduate and undergraduate students within the university. Serves as the primary Certifying School Official for the Veterans Affairs Benefits. Assists the Dean of Student Financial Services with supervising the financial aid staff, working with Colleague, and administering state/federal programs.

Core Competencies:

  • Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  • Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. As a teaching-centered institution, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to discover what it takes to build meaningful and examined lives. We empower our students to achieve lasting personal and professional success.
  • Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of university business.
  • Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
  • Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides individual counseling to prospective freshmen, transfer, adult, and graduate students; current students; and parents regarding all aspects of the financial aid process.
  • Directly responsible for the management and processing of financial aid applicants including determining aid eligibility, completing verification, and processing loans in accordance with federal and state regulations as well as university policies and procedures.
  • Assists in training new financial aid staff.
  • Responsible for the administration of scholarship/grant programs from the State of IL.
  • Responsible for the oversight of the Veteran Affairs Benefits as the Certifying School Official.
  • Assist in recruitment and admission for all programs at AU, GWC and Woodstock by participating in visit days, open houses, registration weekends, student orientations, and financial aid events as assigned by the Dean.
  • Assist in the development, publication, and maintenance of financial aid materials and the financial aid web page.
  • Assists with the annual systems set up.
  • Manages the financial aid portion of the weekly ERMS submission to Ruffalo Noel Levitz.
  • Essential Job Requirements:

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

    Experience:

    • Three to five years’ experience in financial aid required.

    Skills:

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent organization skills.
    • Strong customer service orientation.
    • Ability to handle confidential information.
    • Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and parents, and to develop strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students, and the general public.
    • Flexibility with an evolving work situation.
    • Knowledge of spreadsheet systems.
    • Knowledge of Colleague desired.

    Special Requirements:

    • Valid Illinois driver’s license.
    • Ability to travel when necessary to off-campus evening and weekend events, providing own vehicle.

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to move about campus.
    • Ability to interact via telephone, in person, and via electronic media.

    Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

    Apply to:

    Aurora University
    Human Resources
    347 South Gladstone Ave
    Aurora, IL 60506
    630-844-5650 - fax
    [email protected] - email

    Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Organization

    Working at Aurora University

    Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.

    Academics

    AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.

    Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.

    Athletics

    AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacrosse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.

    A Brief History of Aurora University

    Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.

    Find Us
    Telephone
    630-892-6431
    Location
    347 S. Gladstone Ave.
    Aurora
    Illinois
    60506-4892
    United States

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