Financial Aid Analyst

United States, North America
Mar 14, 2014

Financial Aid Analyst

Full Time Position

Financial Aid Department/Student Services/Santiago Canyon College

40 hours/week, 12 months/year

2013-2014 CSEA Salary Range
Grade 11 $43,178.94 - $55,146.12/year

The District shall contribute up to $22,560.12 per fiscal year toward employee and dependent(s) medical/dental coverage; contribute $1350 per fiscal year toward dependent(s) or employee medical/dental coverage or other approved deductions consistent with IRS regulations; provide life insurance of a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum not to exceed the annual salary of the employee. Holidays, sick days, and vacation are earned in accordance with the CSEA contract. Payroll deductions include the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and Social Security.

Starting Date: As soon as possible after the offer of employment.

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:00 pm

Under general supervision and the direction of the Financial Aid Administrator, performs a variety of complex and technical duties involved in providing financial aid assistance for students; exercises independent judgment to develop and award student financial aid packages in accordance with prescribed procedures, policies, and regulations; provides technical assistance and information to students, parents, and staff concerning program requirements, state and federal guidelines and eligibility determination.

Serves as a resource to students, parents and staff; responds to questions and provides technical expertise and assistance through appointments, email and workshops; assists students at the counter; trains and provides work direction to financial aid technicians and office staff; advises students regarding financial aid opportunities and eligibility requirements; explains complex rules, regulations and guidelines; keeps abreast of federal and state laws and policies which affect financial aid programs; performs file verification; accepts packets for review and processing; performs final documentation of files and supplemental forms for accuracy, consistency, and completeness; analyzes students' and parent's circumstances; determines eligibility; corresponds with students to explain problem resolution and eligibility status; reviews and corrects student aid reports; performs needs analyses; determines tolerance level, student budget, veteran's benefits, and total family contribution to determine financial need; awards federal grants, work study, loans, state grants and fee waivers; performs revisions and cancellations of disbursements; prints award letters; evaluates special circumstances to override dependency status of students; maintains accurate data for management information systems and electronic payment voucher reports; develops and conducts workshops; receives and processes loan applications; determines amount of borrowing eligibility; evaluates academic progress, student budgets, grade level eligibility, length of program, family contribution, and prorated loan amounts; responsible for institutional certification signature on loan applications; prepares award letters; prepares and recertifies loan checks in coordination with the student business office; reconciles expenditures of loan funds using accounting procedures and completes required reports; acts as a liaison for students between the guarantor and lenders; interprets and implements current regulations; maintains student default list; responsible for correspondence concerning delinquency and default status and grace period notification; performs related duties as required.

This classification reports to the designated administrator and directs the work of those assigned.

Any combination of training and/or experience equivalent to four years of college coursework in business, accounting, social services, student services or related field and two years of increasingly responsible financial aid related field experience, including training and electronic needs analysis systems, financial aid awarding and student advisement. Knowledge of financial aid awarding and verification procedures, policies and regulations; state and federal regulations and guidelines concerning financial aid eligibility, application procedures, and program requirements; Electronic Needs Analysis System; use of a personal computer; operations, processes and activities of a college financial aid office; modern office practices, procedures, and equipment; interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy; financial and statistical record keeping techniques; oral and written communication skills; telephone techniques and etiquette; basic math; interview techniques and problem solving skills in a variety of sensitive situations. Ability to maintain current knowledge of guidelines, regulations and application procedures for a variety of financial aid programs; review financial aid applications to verify accuracy and completeness; analyze documentation according to specifically prescribed guidelines; maintain complex records, files and documents; work effectively with a diversity of students with special needs; read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures; communicate effectively and accurately with students and staff; perform a variety of tasks using independent judgment and decision making skills; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other staff members; meet schedules and timelines; work independently with minimal supervision, prioritizing responsibilities; present workshops in an articulate and organized manner.

Selection Criteria
Application Screening
In addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interview:

• Educational experience (breadth and depth)
•  Work experience (breadth and depth)
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
• Bilingual ability (if needed)
•  Demonstrated experience in working with diverse socio-economic communities
• Professional growth activities
•  Specialized skills training
• Leadership skills

Based upon the information presented on the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and oral interview.

Applicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview.
During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:

• Oral communication skills
•  Presentation
• Problem solving

A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants.

Method of Application
For consideration in the selection process, interested persons must complete the online district classified application by the specified closing date for the position at All materials must be submitted online. A computer which can only access RSCCD employment website and scanner to upload application materials/documents (no USB) are available at the Human Resources Department, 2323 North Broadway, Santa Ana, California, 92706, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Please upload the following application materials in the appropriate boxes with your online application by the closing date:

•  Resume (Optional)
•  Any additional supplemental materials (Optional)

This applicant pool may be used for vacancies in the same classification occurring within the next six months.

Pre-Employment Requirements
Candidates selected for employment will be required to provide current verification of a negative TB test or chest x-ray, complete the district's fingerprinting process, and bring proof of their legal right to work in the United States. Cost of TB testing, fingerprinting and the fee for criminal record check will be paid for by the candidates.
The District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status or sexual orientation.

The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicant should contact the Human Resources Office for assistance.

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