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Director of Financial Aid

TAKOMA PARK, MD
Job Title:              Director of Financial Aid
Department:      Student Financial Aid
Reports To:         AVP Enrollment Management

OVERVIEW OF THE UNIVERSITY
Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.   

SUMMARY
This position will work as a member of the Enrollment Management Team to facilitate recruiting, enrollment, and retention of students at Washington Adventist University. Person must be an independent and organized worker who is self-disciplined and motivated and able to work with minimal supervision under strict deadlines. Person will have primary responsibility for managing Financial Aid compliance by implementing federally required coordination of institutional funds with federal funds; performs fund management functions for Title IV and state programs and
select institutional funds. The individual is required to maintain a high degree of confidentiality regarding extremely sensitive matters.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Directs administration of Student Financial Aid by identifying, establishing, and executing short-term and long-range goals; develops and enforces policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for obtaining information, evaluating student need, maintaining high customer service standards, establishing aid to be awarded, and obtaining and authorizing federal and state funds for students.
  • Maintains financial aid process by monitoring staff effectiveness; interprets federal and state aid regulations; advises staff on policy, procedure and issues as needed.
  • Prepares federal and state reports as required; compiles required data/lists by collecting and analyzing information; submits information as requested.
  • Prepares, writes, and files required state and federal reports; answers questions and provides information during audits and official reviews to justify policies, procedures, and variances.
  • Complies with federal and state aid requirements by studying existing and new programs, policies, and procedures enforcing adherence to requirements.
  • Provides information to students and parents by conducting financial aid seminars and workshops; counsels students on debt management and financial planning.
  • Manages financial aid awards for Adventist Colleges Abroad program.
  • Represents Student Financial Aid by advising Executive Vice President for Financial
  • Administration on financial aid matters; and serves on committees as assigned.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and conferences; reviews professional publications; establishes personal networks; participates in professional societies.
  • Calculates Title IV refund and repayments for students who withdraw from school
  • Performs professional judgement in accordance to Title IV regulations
  • Administers satisfactory academic appeal (SAP) evaluation and oversees appeal process for students seeking reinstatement of financial aid eligibility.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Develops and preforms internal controls and internal financial aid audits
  • Collaborates with business offices to reconcile Title IV funds monthly, quarterly, and annually.
  • Supports a spirit of excellence in service.
  • Attends mandatory Convocation every Wednesday.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Received:
  • Receives direct supervision from the Associate Vice President of Enrollment
Management
Given:
  • Directly supervises one Associate Director, three Financial Advisors, one Loan
  • Officer/Financial Advisor and three - four student employees.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required, master’s preferred in related field; and
  • Four to ten years related experience and/or training;
  • Or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training may be considered.
Language Skills:
  • Superior command of English grammar and spelling.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Exceptional presentation and public speech ability.
  • Conversational Spanish as 2nd language helpful but not required.
  • Financial Aid – Director
  • Mathematical and Technology Skills:
  • Ability to analyze financial documents statistical data using mathematical
  • formulas and tools.
Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is committed to equal employment opportunities, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, race, color, or national origin. The University  reserves constitutional and statutory rights as a religious institution and employer to give preference in employment to members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and claims specific exemption from Title IX provisions as set forth in 34 CRF (and subsections), insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.

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