Director of Financial Aid

Southern Wesleyan University
Greenville, SC

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

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Director of Financial Aid
Job type
Full TimeLocation
Main CampusDepartment
Financial Aid OfficeSalary
$0.00 per year

Director of Financial Aid

Accepting applications

About this position


Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is searching 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 and is currently available.


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.

About our ideal candidate


  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.


Applicants should be prepared to provide a brief written personal Christian testimony. In addition, please be prepared to provide the following digital documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • References
  • Transcripts may be required upon offer of employment.

    About us Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    It is the policy of Southern Wesleyan University to provide and maintain equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including but not limited to lactation), disability, genetic information, veteran-status, age, or any other classification protected by state, federal, or local law, unless a bona fide occupational qualification applies. The University reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church, and is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).

    University Mission

    Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. In addition to specific academic requirements, SWU provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in a distinctively Christian environment that fosters the integration of faith, learning, and living. Candidates for employment must support the Christian mission of the university and give evidence of successful professional experience, mature faith, and consistent Christian lifestyle.

    To view the university's profile, visit About SWU. To learn more about The Wesleyan Church--it's history, beliefs, and position on current issues--visit Applicants for employment are encouraged to view the following links providing additional information about how our campus community lives out these beliefs and practices.

    Statement of Purpose

    Doctrinal Statement

    Community Expectations

    University Core Values

    Christ Centered: Purpose, Scholarship, Community, Transformation

    • Purpose: A specific calling for a unique role in our world.
    • Scholarship: Academic excellence in an innovative faith-centered environment.
    • Community: Belonging to a connected and compassionate body of learners.
    • Transformation: Christ’s redemptive work in individual and corporate life.

    We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.


    Located in the beautiful upstate region of South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant leaders who impact the world for Christ. Along with a vibrant, undergraduate on campus program, SWU offers online programs of study for undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral programs.

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    PO Box 1020
    907 Wesleyan Drive
    South Carolina

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