The University of Lynchburg, a private, independent, residential university in central Virginia, seeks an experienced leader and administrator to serve as Director of Financial Aid.
The Opportunity – The Director of Financial Aid reports to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and is responsible for the general management of the Financial Aid Office. The Director is a member of the campus Enrollment and Financial Aid Management team, which consists of members of the Enrollment, Financial Aid, and Business Office. This leadership group has institutional management and advisory responsibilities for recommending both strategic policies and operational practices involving the awarding of financial aid and setting enrollment goals. The Director also helps to develop and implement financial aid policies in cooperation with the Enrollment Services and Financial Aid Management Team. The Director of Financial Aid:
- Provides leadership for the staff in administering the financial aid programs by interpreting and implementing federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies governing the programs
- Supervises and provides training for the professional and clerical office staff and makes recommendations regarding personnel functions and needs
- Coordinates the packaging of financial aid awards, ensuring that students are awarded aid according to the prescribed strategies of the university
- Supervises the financial aid application process through PowerFAIDS
- Supervises all state programs of assistance, with responsibilities that include handling correspondence related to state programs and overseeing disbursement and completion of validation/verification rosters
- Prepares the institutional financial aid funding requests to government agencies, fulfills related reporting requirements and monitors expenditures from these funds
- Supervises the verification process, including any necessary revisions to financial aid packages as a result of the process
- Supervises refund/repayment calculations as a result of student withdrawals, and notifies students of any revisions in their financial aid packages
- Coordinates all aspects of the awarding and loan processes to ensure that all steps are performed in a timely manner in accordance with timeline
- Coordinates all financial aid reviews and responds to students and/or parents
- Administers the budget for the Financial Aid office and all aid funds
- Identifies eligible recipients to utilize endowed aid to the fullest extent possible
- Plans and prepares administrative and management reports, and conducts analysis of these reports
- Conducts workshops and gives presentations to various groups, including high school students and parents, guidance counselors, college students, and other Lynchburg constituents
- Counsels and advises students and parents regarding the financial aid process, the availability and sources of assistance, as well as other options available to help meet the costs associated with paying for college
- Develops and maintains the Office Policies and Procedures Manual
- Supervises the academic review process to ensure that students receiving scholarships and aid meet eligibility and renewal requirements
- Participates in relevant committee and management meetings
- Attends state and regional meetings and workshops for professional growth and development.
Qualifications – Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree and 5 to 7 years of experience in financial aid required. Strong computer skills are needed with an understanding of database management. A Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access background is preferred. Other requirements include:
- Demonstrated organizational and management skills
- Experience with reading, comprehending, and implementing government regulations
- Excellent English language oral skills for effective communication with the public and for presentations to large and small audiences, and phone conversations
- Excellent English language reading and writing skills for correspondence, reports, and projects
- Ability to handle negotiations both in writing and by telephone
- Ability to work evenings and weekends
- Ability to travel occasionally to conferences, workshops, and other enrollment activities
- Candidates must successfully pass a background check that is satisfactory to the University.
The University of Lynchburg was founded in 1903 in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The College is nationally recognized for its distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs. More than 2,700 students attend Lynchburg. In the tradition of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the College is an inclusive community that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. The university awarded more than $43 million in institutional and federal aid to support its student financial aid programs to over 100 percent its students for 2017-18. The average financial aid package for entering freshman averaged $37,000, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.
To Apply: applications must include a cover letter, resume, and four professional references with full contact information to:
University of Lynchburg
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Confidential review of materials begins immediately and continues until the appointment is made. For best consideration, submit application materials by August 31, 2018.
University of Lynchburg is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. University of Lynchburg strives for a diverse and inclusive community; under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with a multicultural and diverse student body. EOE