Director of Financial Assistance
Under the direction of the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Director of Financial Assistance will perform administrative responsibilities by providing leadership for all aspects of the university's programs for the delivery of financial assistance services to students, organize and lead the Office of Financial Assistance, implement computerized systems to facilitate all aspects of the financial assistance operation, participate on various committees and partner with other administrative personnel in coordinating support services to students.
· Collaborate with the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management to develop and implement the institution's financial assistance strategy to provide stewardship of institutional funds and to maximize recruiting and retention.
· Serve and actively participate on the Enrollment Management Leadership Team to provide strategic direction.
· Provide leadership and professional development for the staff of the Office of Financial Assistance. Provide training and materials to financial assistance and admission staff regarding the financial assistance process. Participate in outreach activities and workshops with external audiences.
· Monitor and approve financial assistance packaging for all qualified applicants in accordance with federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures, while at the same time ensuring that Bradley University's financial assistance processes contribute to a positive educational experience for students.
· Partner with the Controller and Student Fees Office to ensure accurate and timely exchange of information and awards among school information systems. In partnership with Information Technology and Enrollment Management Technology, develop PowerFAIDS and other tools to streamline processes with the homegrown SIS and Slate.
· Develop and implement policies, programs, procedures, and audits to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, and college policies.
· Oversee coordination of federal and state grants and scholarship funds. Coordinate student loan processing between students, the federal government and the university. Oversee Satisfactory Academic Progress and Title IV refunds and repayments.
· Complete state and federal reporting pertaining to financial assistance. Develop and implement application intake and tracking processes for proper documentation of all awards for auditors, program reviewers, and accreditation teams.
· Participate in the development or revision of all publications (Web site, college catalog, and other media) relating to financial assistance, such as financial assistance applications, forms used for tracking applications, correspondence forms, and brochures so that these publications are easy to understand and to utilize.
The successful candidate will have at least five years of experience leading the financial assistance function at a four year college or university as the Director or an Associate Director. This includes directly managing the work of full-time employees and managing and disbursing at least $25 million in financial assistance. A demonstrated ability to lead a team to accomplish challenging objectives is required as are strong technological and analytical skills, as demonstrated by the development of financial assistance models to help guide and set strategy. The candidate will have extensive experience in data assessment and manipulation, and will have proficiency with database management tools. A strong track record of success in developing financial assistance strategy to support admission goals is necessary, including transfer student goals. A track record of sound fiscal management and financial acumen is needed. As the leader of an office and member of the Vice President's senior leadership team, exceptional communication and organizational skills are required. Knowledge of best practices and latest trends in the profession are a plus including actively participating in the National and Regional Student Financial Assistance Associations.
Being knowledgeable and prepared to quickly serve students as the prior-prior year FAFSA model is adopted is essential.
Candidates must possess excellent analytical and interpersonal skills and work well with all levels of staff. An ability to effectively multitask and manage multiple projects (content, budget and deadlines) simultaneously is essential.
A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree and proficiency with PowerFAIDS is preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.
To ensure full consideration, submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, resume and complete contact information for three professional references electronically by Monday, December 14, 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application materials will not be accepted through third party web sites and companies.
Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.
Bradley University is a distinctive, medium-size, comprehensive private institution of higher learning. The University it located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with more than 130 programs in five colleges, plus a graduate school) and the quality, personal attention, and challenge of a small private college. Bradley is rich in tradition and full of promise to become one of the nation’s best comprehensive universities. For additional information about the University, visit Bradley.edu.
Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.