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Financial Aid Facilitator and Grants Procurement- Office of Professional Licensure

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Financial Aid Facilitator and Grants Procurement

Office of Professional Educator Licensure

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Position Description:                                                                                                                         

The purpose of this position is to work with CEHHS Office of Professional Licensure, prospective aspiring teacher candidates to provide advice and guidance to aspiring teacher students regarding financial aid programs, application procedures, debt management and the effective use of financial resources available for education. This position also identifies and secures additional sources of funding to support teacher candidates. This position is funded through an external grant, has a limited duration, and will expire at the end of the grant-funded project.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications, expected salary of $50,000-$55,000. Position begins June 1, 2023.


    Creates individualized financial aid packages or plans for prospective aspiring teachers  that consolidates tuition support. Provides student counseling regarding financial and scholarship matters. Regularly meets with prospective, admitted, and current students to discuss the application process and/or matters of financial aid. Presents at or hosts programs on financial aid. Manages accounts, which includes matching scholarship funds with student awards. Monitors scholarship accounts to ensure that the Office of Professional Licensure stays within the allocated scholarship budget. Advises the Associate Dean and the Director of the Office of Professional Licensure on scholarship allocations. Consults and coordinates with University Financial Aid and Bursar's Office on issues of financial aid and student billing statements. Secures additional sources of tuition and support funding through grant-writing for aspiring educators and long-term program sustainability. Manages various non-tuition financial supports for teacher candidates, including creation and maintenance of emergency fund and procedure for aspiring teacher candidates/students to apply for this funding, ordering and supplying test vouchers for required certification/licensure exams, and reporting these financial transactions to all applicable university and external structures as required.Collaborates with multiples stakeholders and entities including: UTK Financial Aid, Tennessee Grow Your Own Center, Tennessee Departments of Education and Labor, UT Scholarships, UTK Flagship Scholarships, CEHHS and Bailey Graduate School, Veterans Supports, and Prospective grant or student loan opportunities specific to the teaching profession (TEACH grants, loan forgiveness, etc).
Required Qualifications:

    Master’s Degree in financial aid or related fields. Demonstrated experience managing finances.Knowledge of various sources of financial aid, such as but not limited to the following: UTK Financial Aid, Tennessee Grow Your Own Center, Tennessee Departments of Education and Labor, UT Scholarships, UTK Flagship Scholarships, CEHHS and Bailey Graduate School of Education scholarships, Veterans Supports/GI Bills, and Prospective grant or student load opportunities specific to the teaching profession (TEACH grants, loan forgiveness, etc).Demonstrated skill in securing external funding through grant-writing or other large-scale successful fundraising skill. Advanced knowledge of financial recordkeeping, including advanced database navigation and spreadsheet techniques. Ability to understand and comply with all applicable procedures and policies of multiple entities, as determined based on source of financial aid. Knowledge and proficiency of Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Argos, Banner, Google Drive, WordPress, Irfanview, IRIS and Microsoft Office programs. Analytical skills to collect and evaluate large amounts of data for databases and budgets.Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.Well organized with multi-tasking skills. Outstanding communication abilities. Ability to work independently and effectively with multiple stakeholders. Ability to prioritize responsibilities.Strong time, project management, communication, and organizational skills.
Application: If you have questions about the position, you can contact the search committee chair, Dr. Amelia Brown, at

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Job: Student Services
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Office Of Professional Licensure
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 7, 2023, 4:34:58 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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