Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships

SOWELA Technical Community College - United States4.3

ContractEstimated: $37,000 - $50,000 a year
We are searching for an experienced Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships at our Main Campus.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
General Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Financial Aid will serve as part of the One Stop Enrollment Center team. This person should possess strong communication skills as they will be called to speak to various stakeholders of the College. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of the various federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid programs and the regulations governing these programs. This position must be able to make autonomous and discerning decisions and will manage and oversee several programs under the SOWELA financial aid umbrella.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Financial Aid to administer the SOWELA Scholarship Program. This includes making independent decisions while complying with donor criteria.
  • Research issues with the Department of Education in accordance with regulations and then implement technology strategies so that the college can act in compliance.
  • Facilitate presentations about scholarships and SOWELA to donors, businesses, and industries.
  • Administer the institutional aid programs.
  • Prepare data as needed to assist Institutional Advancement with reporting outcomes to donors.
  • Oversee and write the financial aid communication plan with the student body.
  • Develop financial statements and reports.
  • Manage the private loan program to include certification and monitoring for overawards.
  • Develop and conduct financial aid training and information sessions including new student orientation.
  • Manage the Louisiana Go Grant program to include awarding and reconciliation.
  • Administer the financial aid awards for dual enrollment students to include TOPS Tech Early Start and Private Scholarships. This will also include awarding, billing, and reconciliation of TOPS Tech Early Start funding.
  • Perform Return of Title IV Calculations, Pell grant recalculations, and post withdrawal disbursements in accordance with federal regulations.
  • Perform clock to credit conversion calculations so that student awards are properly calculated.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve escalated student issues as they arise.
  • Continually identify new and innovative means by which the College can streamline financial aid related functions.
  • Work with the Executive Leadership Team and Chancellor in the Director’s absence when needed.
  • Work closely with the One Stop Enrollment Specialists to insure student communication of financial aid information is consistent and accurate.
  • Counsel and assist students with the financial aid processes and paperwork.
  • Perform financial aid needs analysis and package students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Required Qualifications:
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience working in financial aid administration, a related higher education field, or a financial/business related background.
  • Experience with public speaking is desired.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate verbally with various, diverse stakeholders including students, parents, colleagues, the Department of Education, auditors, scholarship donors, and the college Executive Leadership team.
  • Demonstrated competencies in written and verbal communication.
  • Must be able to comprehend legal/regulatory language regarding complex rules and regulations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills.
  • Financial aid experience in a higher education environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member, and the ability to properly prioritize work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of federal and state financial aid.
  • Strong conceptual, logical, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Knowledge of automated financial aid systems.
Physical Requirements / Efforts:
In order to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all employees are asked to read and acknowledge the information below:

  • Use a computer for composing, storing, and retrieving information.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Perform basic mathematical computations needed to complete assignments.
  • Read and interpret computer printouts and numerical data which may be in very small print.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize job duties in order to meet deadlines.
  • Reach, stoop, kneel, and crouch as required for filing and storage of office supplies and other work-related equipment.
  • Lift and move items weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Work a regular Monday through Friday schedule of eight hours per day and occasional weekends and overtime as may be required.
Reasonable accommodations may be requested and made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties.

Employment Type: Regular

Contract Length: 12-month

Our company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.