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Senior Associate Director - McDaniel College

24 Apr 2019 11:21 AM | Tisa Silver Canady (Administrator)

McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News and World Report top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs.

McDaniel College invites applications for a Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid. Salary for this full-time, 12-month position is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  At McDaniel College we value our employees by offering our full-time employees tuition remission, 403B retirement accounts with employer match, paid time off, medical insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and paid maternity and parental leave. Visit College website for details.

The Associate Director of Financial Aid oversees major functional areas in Financial Aid and has systems management experience with a highly automated financial aid management system as well as a working knowledge of the overall operation of the Financial Aid Office.  The Associate Director assists the Director with administration of the Financial Aid Office, represents the office in administrative and public venues, and has a key role in decision-making and policy development.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Performs the “Return of Title IV Funds” refund calculations for all withdrawn students, all grant recalculations and all ineligible disbursements to resolve the over awards and over payments.
  • Independently manage and provide critical and direct oversight for assessing regulatory compliance for the awarding process. Through Regulatory Evaluation, monitors the reconciliation of aid funds to ensure institutional compliance and to demonstrate administrative capability as required by regulations. Monitors fund balances, disbursements, adjustments, Return to Title IV calculations and year-end closeout procedures.
  • Performs and coordinates the reconciliation of all federal programs including Pell program, direct loan disbursements and alternative loan disbursements to COD and the Bursar’s office on a monthly basis.
  • Create and execute assigned database reports to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and preparation for annual audits.
  • Ensures effective operation of the areas of responsibility within the Financial Aid Office by advising the Director regarding office operations, developing and recommending student financial aid policy, managing aid funds, conducting program evaluation, adapting the financial aid management system to maximize efficiency, working collaboratively with colleagues, and performing duties as assigned by the director. 
  • Promotes a positive image of the Financial Aid Office by participating in administrative and professional venues and making presentations to inform the public about the various financial aid programs and associated application processes. Provide and promote service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
  • Supervisor of record for the positions of Financial Aid Specialist, Financial Aid Coordinator, and Receptionist. Responsibilities include lead, motivate and empower, develop and maintain job descriptions, plan, direct and assign work of assigned staff, make hiring and disciplinary decisions, provide feedback on performance and approve timesheets.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for internal and external staff.
  • Develops procedures, job aids and trainings for financial aid professionals to ensure that accurate information about various financial aid sources is provided to parents and students.
  • Supports the College’s enrollment management plan by managing the areas of responsibility in a manner consistent with the recruitment and retention goals.
  • Prevents institutional liability and ensures College compliance with federal and state regulations governing financial aid by maintaining current knowledge on same and by revising the College's Policy and Procedure Manual of Financial Aid.
  • Ensures the maximum utilization of aid funds by assuring efficient processing in the area of responsibility. 
  • Serves as a second level resource to resolve parent/student complaints
  • Provides leadership and direction for the Financial Aid office, and acts on behalf of the Director in his/her absence.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Director of Financial Aid.
  • Develop working relationships with internal and external partners, as well as various college departments, staff and faculty ensuring they are provided with the financial aid support needed.
  • Contributes to the overall success of the Financial Aid office by performing all other duties as assigned by Director.

To apply

For a complete job description including qualifications and to apply, please visit the college’s employment webpage. Completed applications must include a cover letter addressing position qualifications and related experience, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications begins immediately.

McDaniel College, an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its educational programs and activities.  McDaniel College will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on basis of any protected status including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status or any other legally protected status.

Commensurate with qualifications


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