12 May 2017

Full-Time Job Director of Financial Aid

Cornish College of the Arts (Job Poster) – Seattle, Washington, United States

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Cornish College of the Arts

Job Description

Work Schedule
• Exempt, Full-time

Purpose
Directs the department and administers all federal, state and institutional financial aid in compliance with federal and state regulations and institutional policy.

Job Responsibilities
1. Supports Vice President of Enrollment in:

• College vision and mission – in enrollment goals and purposes through knowledge of regulations and flexibility of application to produce beneficial results in compliance.
• producing award methodologies and annual data-driven paradigms (based on yield analysis) for strategic institutional funding determinations that influence enrollment (promoting new and continuing student enrollment) and build College net revenue
• developing and implementing upgraded computerized financial aid awarding systems, web communication and electronic student data collection for federal, state and institutional reporting – managing results of system upgrades with problem-solving dynamics.
• building strong professional and relational bridges to students, families, staff, lenders, guarantors and counselors – generating office stability facilitating enrollment increase and retention

2. Supervises Financial Aid staff with a team-centered, results-oriented approach:

• training in compliance with Federal and State regulations, and Institutional policy, evaluating performance
• overseeing payroll budget

3. Administers and manages Title IV, State and Institutional program funding and reconciliation:

• guiding sensitively applicant families through the financial aid process -resolving problems through perseverance and sharp critical thinking skills.
• determining student eligibility
• packaging awards
• promoting research to identify best repayment benefits from FFELP and Private Lenders for students to maximize their benefits and limit their liabilities
• coordinating financial aid disbursement with the Business Office
• monitoring academic progress of financial aid recipients
• communicating with outside agencies and vendors regarding awards
• completing regulatory reports
• complying with all regulations
• producing findings-free compliance audit and EZ Audit online submittal with CFO

4. Uses sound fiscal management, authorizes and administers (award and reconciliation) budget for financial assistance including:

• Federal Pell Grants
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
• Federal and State Work study
• State Need Grants
• Scholarships
• Veterans Education Benefits
• Planning, tracking and managing departmental budget and expenses

5. Provides information and workshops on financial aid processes to students, parents, staff, and faculty:

• facilitating consumer information dissemination on the web and through workshops and various forms of communication
• promoting research to benefit students through outside scholarship and lending programs

6. Actively promotes the College by:

• participating in organizations
• making public presentations
• serving on local and regional boards
• providing policy and regulations guidelines and updates for the College
• serving as contact for all major educational gateways including the Department of Education, Washington State and other agencies
• providing consistent data for all major yearly reporting to the Department of Education, the State and various agencies such as US News and Surveys, College Board, and more
• Serving as Primary Destination Point Administrator for all Department of Education processes at the College
• Interacting and engaging with all relevant inside and outside agencies such as constituencies of the College including the College administration and academic departments, the Department of Education, the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, lenders and other Financial Aid professionals

7. Maintains all financial aid records and student financial aid files in accordance with federal, state and institution requirements

8. Maintains a financial aid manual of adopted policies, procedures, and guidelines

9. Administers all student endowed and institutional scholarship programs and communicates information to Institutional Advancement Office for donor stewardship.

10. Uses verbal language skills effectively to explain and convince and writing skills for correspondence and procedural document updates.

11. Gives definition and direction to the Financial Aid office during changing times.

12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree
• Five years experience in managing financial aid or federal aid programs
• Experience in computerized financial aid systems
• Effective interpersonal and communications skills as well as an understanding and emphasis on public and customer relations
• Ability to maintain confidentiality
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based transmission programs
• Ability to relate well to a diverse campus community
• Occasional light lifting

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services, Higher Education, Educational Administration, Management, Accounting, or related field; or a combination of degrees which ensures expertise in financial aid administration, fiscal management and computer information systems
• Experience with PowerFaids and Department of Education software
• Experience in a not-for-profit or arts environment

Application Procedures

For consideration please submit cover letter, resume, and completed Cornish application to careers@cornish.edu

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Position is open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

 

 


• Job Title: Director of Financial Aid
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Cornish College of the Arts
• website: www.cornish.edu/jobs/
• Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, director, financial, fund-raising, and management. Location: Washington.

 

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