Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) has begun a search for its next Director of Financial Aid. This position is located at SWU's main campus located in the city of Central is the Upstate of South Carolina. The Office of Financial Aid administers over $23 million dollars from various sources. The Director oversees the office’s compliance with federal (all Title IV aid), state (merit and need-based), institutional (merit and athletic), NCAA, and outside aid. This position is regular, full-time, exempt with a projected hire in August 2022.
The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Financial Aid office and for the hiring and supervision of all professional staff within the office. The Director ensures that staff is adequately trained and at various times when traffic may be very heavy, the Director may assist with operational responsibilities. The Director is expected to be involved with federal and state associations and provide input as it relates to programs and regulatory development.
1. Administers all matters dealing with the Financial Aid (FA) office to include systems planning, policy development, general operations, and ensure federal, state, NCAA, institutional and outside scholarship compliance.
2. Meets and advises, as needed, students, parents, faculty, alumni, staff, and the general public regarding FA matters.
3. Supervising the FA staff, including assistance with aid packaging during high-volume periods.
4. Monitors satisfactory academic progress (SAP) on a term basis for degree-seeking students.
5. Serves as Perkins Loan Coordinator for borrowers who are still in repayment.
6. Requests state aid funding in collaboration with the Student Accounts Office, as needed.
7. Monitors campus-based aid allocations and expenditures; adjust allocations as appropriate.
8. Submits FISAP annually and serves as main point of contact for the annual Uniform Guidance audit.
9. Ensures accurate federal student aid database access with the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG).
10. Attends (or assigns attendee) meetings, conferences, or workshops at the federal, state, local, NCAA, and institutional level as it pertains to development and dissemination of all aid programs.
11. Plans and manages the distribution of all financial aid funds.
12. Reviews and incorporates program rules/regulations into office policies and procedures.
13. Monitors function of system integration with financial aid system (FAS) and collaborates with Information Technology (IT) as needed.
14. Acts as the University's primary financial aid representative when speaking at on and off campus events.
1. Bachelor's degree required; master’s degree preferred.
2. Five to seven years of experience in a Financial Aid office.
3. Strong organizational skills.
4. In-depth experience with mainframe processing systems and a variety of personal computer software. Must be capable of learning and implementing new processing systems and software quickly.
5. Knowledgeable and up to date on current federal and state Financial Aid rules and regulations. Ability to manage multiple concurrent job demands in an accurate and efficient manner.
6. Strong trouble shooting and problem-solving skills.
7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
8. Reading comprehension of student financial aid forms, policies, and office procedures; the ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing; and awareness of confidentiality of student files.
9. Proven ability to lead a team; experience in a supervisory role.
10. interpret and follow federal regulations, program and office policies and procedures from verbal and written instructions. Ability to make sound judgment within office and University policies.
11. SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar with PowerFAIDS or other Financial Aid management systems, integrated database management systems, including reporting, and have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
1. Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations.
2. Physical/Environmental Requirements. Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, and manage files. Requires ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds. May require employee to infrequently work outside of regular work schedule for special events.
3. Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion of a criminal background screening and credit check.