Advertised Summary Job Description: The School of General Studies Office of Educational Financing has an opening for a Assistant Director of Educational Financing. Reporting to the Associate Director of Educational Financing, The Assistant Director administers financial aid services for student veterans attending the School of General Studies. These responsibilities include but are not limited to counseling, file review, needs analysis, award determination, and the certification and reconciliation of VA educational benefits (i.e. Post 9/11 GI Bill, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.). The position also provides general support to the Schools Educational Financing department and assists with all financial aid services provided to GS students.
a. Provides counseling services related to veterans' benefits and financial aid to prospective and current military veterans and eligible dependents Coordinates the School of General Studies Yellow Ribbon Program participation and liaises with the Veterans Benefits Administration on all student educational veteran benefit issues for GS.
b. Following institutional policies and procedures, awards federal, state and institutional financial aid. Enters determined awards in PowerFAIDS. Originates and trouble-shoots federal and private educational loans, and completes the required federal verification process for identified applicants.
c. Performs all functions necessary to assist GS veterans with federal and institutional financial aid processing, including counseling students on availability of aid, completing benefit eligibility certification, outlining educational financing options and debt management issues, and responding to student inquiries.
d. Assists with the planning, organizing, and the execution of educational and outreach events/orientation for GS financial aid and educational veteran benefits.
e. Processes advance refund requests and compiles all necessary supporting documents in partnership with Student Financial Services for GS student veterans in need of this support.
f. As directed, responds to and completes special outside agency forms, including forms for Veterans Benefits Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.
g. Collaborates with the Office of University Financial Aid to enhance reporting and systems in support of efficient delivery of funds to students, and to ensure compliance with Executive Order 13607 and the Principles of Excellence. Oversees the schools participation in the annual Veteran's Administration and financial aid audits.
h. Performs other duties as assigned or requested
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required. 3 years minimum experience required with general knowledge of Title IV regulations and needs analysis or knowledge of the GI Bill and veterans educational benefits; excellent interpersonal skills required. Must be detailed oriented. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required; experience with PowerFAIDS and other computer systems at the University highly desirable. Would consider limited financial aid experience replaced with significant interpersonal skills or experience counseling students on veteran educational benefits.
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