The Director of Financial Aid provides administrative leadership for the Financial Aid Office on the IWU-Marion campus.
The Director of Financial Aid reports to the Vice President of Residential Enrollment Management & Marketing.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide administrative leadership for the Financial Aid Office.
- Supervise Financial Aid Office staff.
- Monitor financial aid awards and aid delivery for all students on the IWU-Marion campus to maintain compliance with federal, state, and institutional policies and regulations.
- Work with budget offices to determine annual financial aid packaging for students on the IWU-Marion campus.
- Maintain compliance with federal, state, and University regulations regarding financial aid
- Participate in evaluating, developing, and implementing policies and best practices for awarding institutional grants and scholarships.
- Meet regularly with faculty and staff to determine institutional aid and awards for students on the IWU-Marion campus.
- Explore and develop initiatives and procedures to improve financial aid delivery effectiveness and efficiency.
- Annually evaluate and develop forms used for financial aid processes, communication letters, and the Cost of Attendance budgets.
- Assist with the completion of various reports for internal and external audiences.
- Serve on academic committees as a representative of the Financial Aid Office.
- Represent the Financial Aid Office in a variety of forums both on and off campus.
- Prepare financial aid reports for IWU Board of Trustees meetings.
- Maintain knowledge of financial aid regulatory, statutory, and system requirements through participating in various professional development opportunities such as (among others: Federal Student Aid conference, State Regional, and national Financial Aid conferences as needed).
- Perform all other duties/tasks as assigned by the VP of Residential Enrollment Management & Marketing.
Direct Reports:Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Financial Aid Counselors, Information and Technology Specialist, Office Coordinator, Document Imaging Specialist
- Student Employee Supervisory Responsibility
- Hires (makes hiring decisions)
- Staff Employee Supervisory Responsibility
- Hires (makes hiring decisions)
- Oversees Work (directs work activities)
- Evaluates Work (completes performance reviews/addresses performance concerns)
According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.
- Minimum 5 years of experience in Higher Education, with experience in Financial Aid or related field
- Minimum 5 years of experience supervising staff
- Strong people skills and interpersonal communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a team towards the fulfillment of goals
- Excellent administrative, organizational, and time management skills
- Ability to take initiative and show creativity in problem resolution
- Demonstrated ability to steward resources and manage budgets
- Able to manage multiple projects at one time
- Comprehensive understanding of Financial Aid concepts and guidelines
- Demonstrated record of effectively integrating financial aid awards in a way to improve enrollment and retention
- Detail oriented and committed to accuracy in all matters related to financial aid
- Ability to articulate financial aid programs, regulations, and philosophy to a variety of audiences, including: students, parents, guidance counselors, staff, administrators, and faculty
- Strong computer utilization skills (e.g., Microsoft Office suite)
- Working knowledge of Ellucian Colleague system preferred
- Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues who represent a diversity of work and conflict resolution styles.
LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.
Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and maintaining a work environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. Accordingly, the University affords equal opportunity to all employees and prospective employees without regard to race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
These have access to all the rights, privileges, and programs generally made available to employees at the University. It does not discriminate in the administration of its policies, programs, nor during any phase of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, treatment during employment, rates of pay or other compensation, and termination of employment.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer