Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Tue Oct 9 2018 Job Description:
Purpose of Position The Director reports to the Vice President for Enrollment & Student Experience and is responsible for the leadership and management of the Department of Student Financial Assistance. The primary purpose of the Department of Student Financial Assistance is to administer all financial aid programs of the University including grants, scholarships, loans, veteran benefits, and student employment. The unit administers over $200 million annually in student aid funds.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are customary for this position but are not to be considered all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs
Plans, develops, organizes and manages all operational activities of the department in a manner consistent with the mission of the Division of Enrollment & Student Experience in congruence with the strategic initiatives of the University.
Sets the strategic vision, annual goals, and objectives for the department in relation to administering aid funds In the most efficient manner possible and maximize aid options most advantageous for students.
Develops, implements, and enforces financial aid policies, practices, and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations.
Manages and reconciles departmental budget and various financial aid program budgets (in excess of $203 million annually) ensuring efficient and authorized use of financial resources.
Manages all reporting responsibilities for federal, state and institutional financial aid programs, including independent auditor's annual report (A-133).
Serves as liaison with other University offices and departments to coordinate activities designed to optimize recruitment, retention, and graduation of financial aid recipients.
Continually evaluates policies, programs, and services of the department to ensure compliance. quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of operations.
Assesses technical needs and enhancements used in financial aid administration and incorporates Improvements and modifications when appropriate.
Anticipates impact of financial aid legislation and trends to manage financial aid initiatives and processes accordingly.
Provides data and statistical analysts as needed financial aid recipients.
Oversees evaluation of all financial aid awarded to athletes and works regularly with foe Athletics department to ensure compliance with NCAA regulations.
Hires, supervises, conducts performance appraisals and administers discipline for departmental staff
Represents the University at federal, state and professional association meetings and in financial aid matters to the local community including students, prospective students, parents, high school personnel and other organizations.
Serves on various University task forces and committees.
Performs other related duties as assured by supervisor.
Knowledge and Skills Essential for Success
Substantial technical knowledge necessary to facilitate financial aid processes.
Experience in budget management with strong grasp of account aid procedures.
Skills In examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Strong interpersonal and communication stilts including the ability to effectively interact with interact at all levels of the University and favorably represent the institutional with external constituents
Excellent leadership capacities with demonstrated ability to lead, train and develop a team of response subordinate staff.
Strong decision-making skills that Include the ability to evaluate data quickly, set policy and lead process implementation
Strong proactive planning, assessment/analysis, and research skills
Knowledge of financial aid best practices.
Prior experience working in a mid-size to large public university.
Performance Expectations The duties and responsibilities of this position must be performed In a competent manner following the highest standards for leadership, professionalism, integrity, accountability, responsibly, cooperation and customer- service.
Master's degree with a minimum of five years of extensive financial aid experience at an institution of higher education.
Experience with enterprise level financial aid and student data management system.
Knowledge of NCAA regulations concerning financial aid
Comprehensive understanding of federal and state aid programs and governing regulations.
Salary Range: $70,000 - $98,000
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
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