Description of Responsibilities: The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Financial Aid and supervises, plans, schedules and assigns work to student workers and support staff.
Additional duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Director also include:
Maintain a strong knowledge and understanding and advise students and families on all aspects of the Federal, State and institutional financial aid application processes; satisfactory academic progress necessary to maintain eligibility to receive financial aid, and financial considerations of enrollment and retention
Advise students and families related to financial options available to them to meet college costs and make recommendations as appropriate within established regulations and guidelines
Support admissions and retention activities as they relate to student aid, including, but not limited to meeting with students and families at Admission events on campus and making presentations at high school nights, open houses, admissions programs, orientation, etc.
Coordinate Federal Title IV and New York State aid compliance efforts for the Financial Aid Office, including use and development of internal controls
Assist with Federal Return of Title IV funds process
Coordinate New York State TAP program
Assist with training and professional development of other staff
Monitor, approve, and revise all financial aid packaging for all qualified applicants in accordance with federal, state, institutional, and other regulations, policies and procedures
Review student financial aid applications for accuracy and completeness and certify student eligibility for Federal, State and institutional awards based on established procedures, regulations and guidelines. Authorize student awards for payment as appropriate
Independently research and benchmark best practices and make recommendations for implementation
Work with administrative computing programmer staff to develop tools to enhance correspondence with students and to streamline application processing, and as a liaison with other campus departments; i.e. Student Accounts, Residence Life and Housing, Administrative Computing, Registrar, Admissions, Provost, the Dean’s Office and academic departments
Serve on teams and committees as needed to fulfill the goals of the College
Champion the financial needs of a diverse student population
Foster positive collaborative relationships with campus and community constituents in addressing matters of common concern, including the enhancement of institutional commitment to an inclusive and accessible community of learning
In addition, the Assistant Director of Financial Aid will be expected to display a commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.
To Apply: Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, copies of unofficial transcripts for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically to:
Description of the Office of Financial Aid: The SUNY Oswego Financial Aid Office exists to make a quality Oswego education affordable to all students! We believe that an Oswego education and degree is an investment and guide and assist students and their families understand and coordinate the financial tools available to make student dreams a reality. The SUNY Oswego Financial Aid Office provides financial resources and services to assure that all students are able to attend the College, regardless of their background and family financial circumstances. We believe all students and families should have access to all information, resources, and exceptional service to assure the student’s academic goals are financially possible. Our dedicated, friendly, experienced and knowledgeable staff provide high-quality service to students and families which includes providing financial advisement and training, and processing financial aid applications in an effective, efficient and regulatory compliant manner.
Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.
Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at www.oswego.edu.
Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy, https://www.oswego.edu/title-ix/non-discrimination-policy.
In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
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Bachelor’s degree at time of application
5 years of progressively responsible college or university financial aid office experience
Experienced technology user
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and written communication skills
Strong knowledge of New York State financial aid programs.
Ability to manage multiple functions
Proven knowledge of and experience benchmarking and implementing financial aid – related best practices
Experience with Federal Return of Title IV funds regulations and processing
Master’s Degree in business or relevant discipline.
6-10 years of progressively responsible financial aid office experience
Experience coordinating all aspects of the Federal Return of Title IV funds process
Experience with Ellucian Banner financial aid software
With a student body of 8,000 students, the State University of New York at Oswego is large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study yet small enough for students to form lifelong bonds with each other and their professors and mentors.
Learning-centeredness is Oswego's organizing principle for decisions about responsibilities, activities, resources, and academic and physical environments as the college addresses the widening missions of public higher education in the 21st century and continues to advance the public good.
Students study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors for students with highly rated experiential learning and study-abroad opportunities.
The state has invested more than $800 million in campus renewal at Oswego since 2000, bringing new luster and technologies to old buildings and adding wholly new state-of-the-art facilities. The college's new construction is all designed to meet the LEED Gold standard of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Inspired by... a shared commitment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher-education boundaries, SUNY Oswego strives to be a premier institution that provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world.
The college was founded in 1861 as a teacher training school by Edward Austin Sheldon, who embraced and popularized some of the most innovative teaching methods of his day. Oswego became one of the State University of New York's founding members in 1948 and evolved into a full-fledged arts and sciences university college in the SUNY system by 1962, when it entered a period of rapid growth: as enrollment soared, 29 new buildings opened in the 1960s alone.
The legacy of 19th century founder Edward Austin Sheldon still underpins the college's identity and invigorates its vision. Sheldon built a powerful public asset to meet the needs of rising populations and was one of the original adopters of experiential learning as a compelling pedagogy.
The college's 690-acre campus, featuring nearly a mile of Great Lake shorefront, is scenic every season of the year.
Lake Ontario with its connected waterways and natural beauty is the focal point for world-class sports fishing, outstanding opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, community parks, living history through maritime museums and Fort Ontario, and festivals like Oswego's Harborfest as well as a thriving port. To the north are the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the south the vineyards of the Finger Lakes.
Syracuse is the metropolitan cultural hub for Central New York, a 45-minute drive from Oswego. Its international airport is closer still. SUNY Oswego also has a branch campus in Syracuse, where it offers degree completion programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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