Founded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for more than 70 years. As a highly selective graduate institution with a distinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international leadership and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields. Today, SAIS offers the MA, MIPP, MAIA, MAIS, MIEF, GPP, and Ph.D. degrees and enrolls 640 full-time students in Washington, D.C., primarily in the school's two-year Master of Arts program. Nearly 40 percent of the students are non-citizens coming from more than 70 countries. About 200 students attend SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy, while about 180 students attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. To learn more about SAIS, visit www.sais-jhu.edu.
The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the overall vision, strategy and philosophy for the distribution of institutional fellowship aid. In this capacity, s/he has authority to communicate policy interpretations to external (e.g., prospective students and families, lending institutions, government agencies) and internal (current student and families, administrative offices, leadership) constituents. The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the overall administration of federal, state, and institutional aid, and ensures that SAIS is in compliance with appropriate regulations. The incumbent develops, implements, and reviews policies and procedures to allow the office to administer aid funds in a compliant, effective and efficient manner. The Director develops and implements strategies and resources to ensure that the office provides high-quality service and counseling to students to finance their education. The Director also represents the division at the regular meetings of the University's Divisional Directors of Financial Aid.
Primary duties and responsibilities include:
Responsible for overall administration of financial aid for campuses in Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Nanjing China.
Prepares reports required by institution, state agencies, and federal agencies.
Serves as lead on the school's Financial Aid Committee responsible for distributing institutional aid.
Works with academic programs to process academic program fellowships.
Develop and maintain office policies and procedures.
Creates and publicizes counseling resources for students.
Publicizes fellowship and scholarship opportunities and nominate student applicants, as required.
Review professional judgment requests and maintains office web site.
Supervises Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Counselor, leads staff meetings to promote the development of ideas for improved service and efficiency, and encourage teamwork, and develops & revises policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, regulations and institutional policies related to financial aid and scholarships.
Monitors, approves, and/or revises all financial aid packaging for all qualified applicants in accordance with federal, state, institutional, and other policies and procedures.
Oversees the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Return of Title IV Funds processes, the coordination of student loan processing between students, federal government, and the institution, and Title IV refunds and repayments, including U.S. Department of Education and National Student Loan Data System notifications.
Administers appeals process related to SAP and Special Circumstances. Establish appeals committee and appeal guidelines.
Completes federal, state, and institutional reports including applications for federal funding and reports the expenditures of funds allocated, such as the FISAP and MHEC reports.
Coordinates internal reconciliation efforts and report to reviewing entities, such as auditors, program reviewers, and accreditation teams. Develops and conducts financial aid presentations, all publications (website, college catalog, and other media) relating to financial aid, such as financial aid applications, forms used for tracking applications, correspondence forms, and brochures.
Counsels and advises students regarding financial needs and problems, and recommends financial aid opportunities, academic progress, eligibility and procedures. Maintains current knowledge of institutional financial aid policies, procedures, and programs. Attends trainings/conferences as necessary to keep knowledge current.
Other duties as assigned.
Note: This position posting should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties, as required. The university has the right to revise the position description at any time. This position posting and/or description is not be construed as a contract for employment.
Bachelor's degree required, a minimum of five years of progressive experience in the administration of financial aid; Masters degree preferred. Special knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position include familiarity with federal aid regulations, customer service skills. The ideal candidate should also have the ability to work independently, experience working with financial aid software products. Competence with Microsoft Office Suite applications required. A commitment to diversity and serving the needs of a diverse population is highly desirable.
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130... years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.