Director of Financial Aid - #740560

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College


Date: 01/14/2022 20:00 PM

City: Warren, Pennsylvania

Salary: $72,000 / year

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

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Director of Financial Aid


Academic & Student Affairs · Warren, Pennsylvania

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Department Academic & Student Affairs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Minimum starting salary $72,000 - commensurate with experience and credentials

JOB TITLE: Director of Financial Aid



PRIORITY DEADLINE: February 20, 2022 (posting open until position filled)



CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Exempt



COMPENSATION RANGE: Minimum starting salary $72,000 - commensurate with experience and credentials



DEPARTMENT: Financial Aid



DIVISION: Academic and Student Affairs



REPORTS TO: Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs



SUPERVISES: Not applicable



MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:


  • Bachelor’s degree in student development, organizational leadership, accounting, business or public administration, or related field from an accredited institution with at least two years of experience in financial aid or an Associate degree in business administration or related field with five years of progressive experience in financial aid

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work collegially with others in a team environment

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills to solve problems, analyze trends, and provide recommendations

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to gain new technical skills quickly; expert developer and user of financial aid software and student information systems

  • Knowledge of federal compliance requirements for Title IV eligibility and related processes



PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:


  • Master’s degree in higher education administration, student development, organizational leadership, accounting, business or public administration, or related field from an accredited institution

  • Three or more years of administrative and leadership experience in a financial aid office

  • Experience in the development, implementation, and assessment of best practice and compliance in financial aid policies and procedures

  • Proven ability to work with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population

  • Completion of two or more NASFAA Professional Credentials.

  • Knowledge of PA state financial aid processes and compliance requirements

  • Willingness to become a NASFAA Certified Financial Aid Administrator



POSITION SUMMARY:



The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for planning, organizing, and supervising functions of the financial aid office including but not limited to, management and administration of federal, state, and institutional aid funds and services, including needs analysis, verification, loan processing, monitoring of satisfactory academic progress, preparation of federal and state reports, maintenance of federal fund budgetary controls and regulatory compliance, and the authorization of release of funds and services to students. The incumbent establishes procedures and policies in compliance with current federal, state and institutional guidelines. The incumbent reports directly to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and performs duties in support of the College’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:


  • Communicate timely and accurate information and direct financial aid functions

  • Develop, implement, and revise procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state law, and institutional financial aid regulations, policies, and procedures

  • Direct the administration of federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs ensuring the institution maintains the compliance standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • Responsible for awarding and monitoring aid packages for current and incoming students in adherence with Title IV regulations, state and federal guidelines, private non-profit agencies rules, institutional packaging practices, and budget parameters

  • Maintain record keeping and retention system for all materials related to, but not limited to student eligibility, disbursement, program management, third party vendor management, and cost allowance expenditures in accordance with Title IV and institutional requirements

  • Ensure timely and accurate submission of required federal, state, and local reports and funding requests

  • Complete required reports to request funding and document expenditures

  • Perform annual risk assessment and regular department assessment and engage internal stakeholders in assessment and risk management activities

  • Develop and maintain a student focus for the Financial Aid Office

  • Develop, implement, and assess financial aid activities, initiatives, and programming; utilize enrollment and other relevant data for decision-making and planning

  • Advise staff and current and potential students of federal, state, local and institutional resources available for coursework at NPRC and the processes for obtaining financial aid

  • Coordinate with student services regarding student financial aid advisement and provide leadership for reviewing appeal cases and special circumstances

  • Participate in training and professional development opportunities to grow expertise with job duties

  • Participate in college-wide decision making as a member of the academic and student affairs team to help coordinate services and operations within the division and throughout the College



CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:


  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance

  • Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History Record Check

  • Federal Criminal History Background Check

  • Training Certificate - Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:



The physical and mental demands described are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to read, communicate verbally and in written form in English

  • Ability to remember and understand certain instructions and guidelines

  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs/12 kg



WORKING CONDITIONS/WORK SCHEDULE:


  • Office Location: Warren, Pennsylvania - 4th and 5th floor of accessible building

  • Work hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday, and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday


This position requires work hour flexibility and varied hours, which may include evenings and weekends. Full-time, salaried employees are expected to work 40 hours weekly.



TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:



Infrequent travel required throughout the service region required. Valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance or proof of ability to secure transportation to and from any location within the College’s service region.



OTHER DUTIES:


  • Performs other duties appropriate to the title and as assigned that support the mission of the College



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  • Location
    Warren, Pennsylvania
  • Department
    Academic & Student Affairs
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
  • Compensation
    Minimum starting salary $72,000 - commensurate with experience and credentials
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