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Assistant Director of Financial Aid

A successful candidate will play an active role in FMU's existing academic success. R esponsible for improving student financial services and responsiveness by creating a flexible, information-abundant, compliant, customer service environment that addresses the needs of students, parents, and the University. Ensures regulatory compliance for all activities relating to Student Financial Services for the University.

Essential Functions:

Under the direction of the Director of Financial Aid, the Assistant Director, assists in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Financial Aid Office, ensures quality customer service as well as the efficient administration and delivery of financial aid programs. The Assistant Director oversees one or more sections of the department; participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures in compliance with federal Title IV and state financial aid regulations and university policies. Additional duties and responsibilities include:
  • Assist with the overall supervision of the office staff. Assume responsibility for the management of the office in the absence of the Director.
  • Using PowerFAIDS and other software programs to review, evaluate, verify and award financial aid to eligible applicants.
  • Review, correct, and request files for review which require “professional judgment” evaluation.
  • Counsel and inform students and parents of financial aid programs and guidelines.
  • Assist with the verification of student class attendance prior to crediting and disbursement of aid, including review of downloaded student documents and processes state and federal Student Aid Report (SAR) corrections toward awarding.
  • Assist with the process of identifying and calculating federal Returns of Title IV and state funds and post-withdrawal on those affected.
  • Assist with the annual calculation of continuing students’ satisfactory academic progress (SAP), including the review and response of student SAP appeal for aid reinstatement.
  • Query reports for analysis, reconciliation, and awarding through PowerFAIDS and Jenzabar. Include assisting with the extraction of statistical data for planning and reporting. Conduct an internal audit of awarding processes and practices.
  • Assist with PowerFAIDS System annual setup.
  • Assist with developing and updating Office of Financial Aid policies and procedures.
  • Represent the Financial Aid Office at college events such as financial aid conferences, student orientation, county college sector meetings, on-campus committees, and workgroups.
  • Complete other tasks as may be assigned.
  • The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that logically relate to the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to handle information of sensitive and confidential nature in the utmost professional manner. Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills. Excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, and time management skills. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituents.
  • Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important as well as dependability.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling objects of average weight up to fifty (50) pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Note: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), those functions of the job which are identified as essential are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Requests to facilitate the performance of essential functions will be given careful consideration.
  • The position requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization and three to five (3-5) years of experience in a senior leadership role in finance and customer service experience. Higher education experience preferred.
  • Prior management experience is preferred.
  • Preferred systems: PowerFAIDS, PowerCampus, and Jenzabar.
  • Knowledge of financial aid management systems and/or student information systems.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in fast-paced environments.
  • Attention to detail and adaptability to a changing environment is extremely important as well as dependability.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, as well as knowledge and understanding of the organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours.
  • Pre-Employment screening is required: criminal background check and drug testing.
Qualified applicants are asked to upload a cover letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and/or certifications, if applicable.

Supplemental Information

In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Florida Memorial University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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