Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Advisor(4526U) 16591

Location
Berkeley, Alameda County
Posted
Jan 17, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time


Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Advisor (4526U) #16591
UC Berkeley - Off Campus


UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) is one of the nation's great centers for legal education, ever exploring and pushing new intellectual boundaries while tackling urgent, real-world issues. Berkeley Law is also known for its vibrant and engaged community of students and scholars who are committed to providing leadership and making a difference on problems of local, national, and global import.

Berkeley Law is committed to providing one of the best suites of financial aid programs of any top law school in the country. The Financial Aid Office helps eligible students obtain grants, fellowships, and scholarships based on need and/or merit, as well as an array of federal and private student loans.

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides Berkeley Law graduates employed in public service or public interest legal positions with forgivable loans to help them repay their federal student loans. These graduates have significant student loan debt and relatively low incomes compared with many of their colleagues in the private sector.

The LRAP Advisor analyzes an array of factors (income, student loan and other debt, employment, career goals) and applies knowledge about the LRAP, federal, state, University, and outside agency laws, regulations, and policies to develop and provide extensive advising services and information to prospective, current, and graduated students about the LRAP and the federal government’s complex loan repayment strategies, policies, and procedures.

Responsibilities:

20%   *Provides advice and information to current, prospective, and graduated students about the LRAP and the federal government’s complex loan repayment strategies, policies, and procedures. *Determines and advises students and graduates about the best use of LRAP in relation to federal student loan repayment options.

20%   *After analyzing inquiries and determining relevant issues, provides information or recommendations needed to resolve issues or complex problems pertaining to participation in the LRAP and the repayment of student loans.

5%   *Collaborates with Database Specialist and IS&T staff to develop, maintain, and utilize database elements, queries, and reports needed to administer the financial aid programs and LRAP.

5%   *Participates in outreach services to prospective students, parents, and the general public. *Drafts content and determines the method of communication based upon need for timely communication about financial aid program and LRAP requirements or individual eligibility for financial assistance or LRAP participation.  Methods of communication include Web site information, e-mail, twitter and our LRAP blog. *Creates presentations at information sessions on subjects such as managing personal finances and minimizing student loan debt while attending law school in order to avoid excessively large student loan portfolios. *Assists in creating educational tools pertinent to financial literacy, financial aid programs, and the LRAP.

20%   *Performs needs analysis and assesses eligibility. *Reviews LRAP applications and advises applicants about eligibility for the program.

20%   *Recommends adjustments to aid awards. *Prepares and submits payment and cancellation requests for LRAP forgivable loans by working collaboratively with law school and campus staff. *Prepares payment requests for the law school’s Summer Fellowship and Bridge Programs by working collaboratively with campus staff. 

10%   *Participates on standing department committees to raise issues and receive direction on practices and procedures. *Reviews and reports on changes in federal regulations and that may affect the LRAP. *Interprets regulations and recommends changes in policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the regulations and accurate and efficient delivery and cancellation of LRAP forgivable loans. *Anticipates and proposes solutions to problems that may arise with the LRAP’s complicated delivery system. *Collaborates with law school and campus staff to resolve problems and determine best means of providing effective student activities, programs, and services. *Serves as alternate LRAP expert on law school’s Financial Aid Committee.

(*essential job functions)

Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Basic knowledge of policies, regulations, and practices for awarding financial aid.
  • Basic knowledge of University policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of policies to individual situations.
  • Problem identification and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to calculate LRAP eligibility with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Organizational skills and ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with office suites, internet, and email applications.
  • Experience using complex databases.
  • Basic knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check.

Salary: The hiring range: $42,000-$55,000. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/forms_pubs/misc/benefits_of_belonging.pdf

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying through http://jobs.berkeley.edu click on ‘Job Listings’ followed by ‘External Applicants’, and then search for job number 16591.

Additional Information: This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

The University of California, Berkeley is one of the world's leading universities in research, teaching, and public service. The campus employs 2,028 faculty and over 14,000 staff in more than 130 academic departments and interdepartmental groups, libraries, museums and more than 65 interdisciplinary research units contribute to this dynamic and vital research and teaching environment.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a diverse working environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits.



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