Widener University is seeking an Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the Delaware Law School. The qualified candidate will perform a variety of profession duties in support of the Law School's Financial Aid Office including review of student eligibility for Federal Financial Aid programs, counseling students and families on financing options and managing programs to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
Reporting to the Director of Financial Aid, the Assistant Director is responsible for managing the daily tasks of the Financial Aid office on the Delaware campus. Has system management experience with a highly automated financial aid management system. Assists the Director in the development of policies and procedures, has significant knowledge of knowledge of the overall operation of the Financial Aid function of Delaware Law School. The Assistant Director is expected to handle multiple responsibilities, solve complex problems and ensure that systems and processes meet the service expectations of our students, faculty, administration and staff. The Assistant Director assists the Director representing the office in primary responsibilities.
Duties and Responsibilities: (include but are not limited to)
- Ensures the effective operation of the financial aid office by utilizing knowledge and expertise in office procedures and systems management and applying that knowledge to the operation of the automated financial aid management system including the Communications module, Direct Loan and ISIR processing and the Student Financial Aid module of Ellucian Colleague.
- Analyzes and processes student application files ensuring compliance with Federal, State and institutional requirements. Determines award eligibility for financial aid including Federal and private education loans and University based aid.
- Ensures compliance with state and federal regulations by assisting in the preparation of required reports concerning financial aid: reconciles Pennsylvania and Delaware Grant Rosters, monitors Federal Work Study earnings and reports on Pell grants for Legal Studies students.
- Counsels prospective students, students and parents on financial aid and financing alternatives.
- Represents the financial aid office at Admissions’ functions.
- Assists with federally mandated group entrance and exit counseling for incoming and graduating students.
- Calculates tuition refunds ensuring compliance with Federal regulations for withdrawn students.
- Ensures compliance with Federal regulations pertaining to Financial Aid.
- Maintains contact with other institutions to complete consortium agreements.
- Works closely with the Enrollment Management Representative to manage the Federal Work-Study program and daily administrative processing.
- Maintains outside scholarship database; advertises outside scholarship opportunities to student body when appropriate.
- Assists in the development and implementation of financial literacy programing.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned or directed
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):
- Bachelors’ degree and four to six years in progressive financial aid experience demonstrating a broad knowledge in a specialized field directly related to the position’s responsibilities; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
- One year progressively responsible managerial/supervisory experience with exposure to budget management, strategic planning and human resource management
- Extensive knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations that govern student financial aid
- Demonstrated ability to utilize a personal computer, applicable software, e-mail and the Internet
- Experience in use of administrative database system in the administration of a financial aid program
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with students, support and professional staff, faculty, and external constituents
- Must be organized, flexible, and able to handle several tasks simultaneously.
- Superior interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills.