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Director of Financial Aid

Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland, Ohio

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


Cleveland Institute of Art invites applications for the full-time Director of Financial Aid. This position is responsible for overseeing the College’s long- and short-range financial aid and net tuition plans. This includes responsibility for the successful implementation of all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs and the development and implementation of all grants, scholarships, loans, student employment, and student debt management.  Position is also accountable for the coordination with other college offices and recruitment and retention activities relating to financial aid programs.


A successful candidate should have in-depth knowledge of all federal, state and Institutional financial aid programs.  This knowledge includes federal need analysis, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Campus Based Programs, Federal Family Educational Loan Programs, Ohio state grants and scholarship programs, and other state grants and scholarship programs.  The Financial Aid Director oversees the entire Financial Aid operation, including directing, training, and supervising financial aid staff. Developing, recommending, and administering various financial aid strategies and programs as well as policies and procedures that best support CIA’s enrollment objectives. The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving skills, developed written and verbal communication skills are necessary when working in this role. Organizational skills are crucial with the ability to closely pay attention to detail will ensure that records and reports are accurate.


A bachelor’s degree required (Masters preferred) with 3 to 5 years of progressive financial aid work experience; strategic understanding of the role of financial aid in recruiting and retaining students as well as in-depth knowledge of federal and state aid compliance regulations. In this role you will use programs such as Microsoft Office and J1 Jenzabar, C.S.S. Power-Faids financial aid management software. Understanding how to use Microsoft Office is imperative and prior experience with an ERP system preferred.


We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in art and higher education and who will contribute to the breadth and diversity of our community.




This is a full-time exempt position.  Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Cleveland Institute of Art offers a benefit package including; vacation, sick, personal time accrual as well as additional time off while the college is closed during winter break; health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, 403B retirement contribution, tuition remission, free campus parking, and inter-museum council discounts.


Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.


Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, CIA complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.




The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftspeople, and educators.  With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution. Students choose from 13 majors and live and work in Cleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most unique cultural centers – recently named by USA Today as the “Best Arts District” in the country. 

The mission of CIA is to cultivate creative leaders who inspire people, strengthen communities, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable economy through an innovative education in art and design. 


CIA is also a great place to work, and manifesting a positive culture and sense of belonging is a big part of who we are. We work hard and are proud of our employees’ collective contribution to our mission -- but we also play hard and like to have fun. We challenge and support one another, integrate our institutional values in our work in a meaningful way, celebrate our successes, embrace learning and continuous improvement in all that we do, and are driven by our students’ success and the creative environment that inspires us every day.


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CIA Vaccination Requirement Notice

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is committed to protecting our students, employees, and our communities from COVID-19. Toward that goal, and in consideration of guidance released by the state of Ohio, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a variety of public health authorities and professional organizations, CIA has implemented a vaccination requirement policy for its students and employees.

All employees are required to receive the Covid-19 vaccination as determined by CIA and provide proof of their fully vaccinated status upon hire.

Reasonable Accommodation: Employees in need of an exemption from this policy requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious or moral belief must request a Request for Exemption form from Human Resources to begin the interactive accommodation process after an official offer of employment is accepted. Accommodations will be considered and/or granted where they do not cause CIA undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

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