Director of Financial Aid

Location
Boston, Suffolk County
Posted
Apr 02, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time


Emerson College

Director of Financial Aid

The Director leads the Office of Financial Aid which requires extensive knowledge of federal, state, and institutional policies; fiscal integrity and stewardship; strong management skills-both project and personnel; and ability to oversee all programs-Title IV, state, institutional and private assistance programs while remaining compliant. The Director manages the processing of approximately $81 million/year in student aid.

Campus Location

Boston Campus

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks

Oversee Compliance and Reporting-Keep abreast of federal and state regulatory changes; Lead annual audits; Submit accurate annual FISAP; Work closely with Director of Reporting to ensure reports are built and information is disseminated in a timely manner.


Management/Service-Provide leadership and professional development through daily interaction with staff; Evaluate work performance against goals; Manage daily activities to ensure work flow within the office is efficient and priorities are known; Provide vision and direction; Ensure effective communication between Financial Aid and other offices; Effectively balance projects using time management skills; and successfully handle escalated situations that may arise.


Strategic Planning-Represent the Office of Financial Aid at meetings held on campus and off campus demonstrating knowledge of regulations, processes, procedures, and strategic thoughts; build relationships with stakeholders and share knowledge of potential issues before they become problems.


Fiscal Responsibilities-The Director oversees the processing of approximately $81 million. Ensuring controls and fiscal integrity is of the utmost importance. Timely processing of all aid must be assured. The Director also must adhere to an established financial aid budget and works closely with the AVP and senior ledership team to determine annual awarding parameters and processes to ensure budgetary balance.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

• Experience with and the ability to: interpret federal, state, and College regulations and policies to determine eligibility for need-based federal, state, and institutional financial aid; adhere to institutional budget limits on spending institutional financial aid dollars by tracking dollars; ability to lead annual audits of the financial aid office ensuring compliance; and submit required, accurate reporting;

• Extremely comfortable using Banner Financial Aid or comparable database system

• Experience supervising staff members; successfully build a team that is cross-trained and able to verify, award, and process financial aid;

• Ability to award financial aid and assist with file review/verification process, including IM and FM need analysis calculations; familiarity with both undergraduate and graduate financial aid regulations; ability to use professional judgment and make decisions on issues that fall outside of the norm and suggest changes to policies and procedures as appropriate;

• Experience managing many programs within financial aid – Direct Lending, alternative education loan processing, Work-Study, State Programs, Private Funding, Restricted Funds, Pell Grant; etc.;

• Have strong communication skills that include the ability to present information in a public manner as well as one-on-one meetings. Excellent written skills is also expected;

• Ability to train staff members in various areas of financial aid;

• Inquisitive and analytical, with strong critical thinking skills. S/he will have the ability to solve problems, including the ability to help non-experts understand policies and processes;

• Ability to earn Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) status through the Association of Financial Counseling, Planning and Education;

• Commitment to and ability to work with diverse populations.

Inquisitive and analytical, with strong critical thinking skills. S/he will have the ability to solve problems, including the ability to help non-experts understand policies and processes;

• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and successfully prioritize tasks; and

• Commitment to and ability to work with diverse populations.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and 7 years of experience in financial aid; 3-5 years supervising full-time employees and managing budgets.



Preferred/Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

Master’s Degree and 7-10 years of experience in financial aid with at least 3 years of experience using Banner Financial Aid, 3-5 years of experience supervising full-time employees and managing budgets at the director level.



Required Prior Work Experience

7 years of experience in financial aid; 3-5 years supervising full-time employees and managing budgets.



Diversity Statement

Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.



Open Until Filled

No

To apply, please visit:
www.emerson.edu

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