Director of Financial Aid

Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 30, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Kettering University invites applicants and nominations for the position of Director of Financial Aid.  The Director administers the operational, financial, and personnel functions to accomplish the University’s financial aid and enrollment management goals and objectives. The Director will provide expertise and knowledge of best practices and leadership in guiding a model operation.
The Position: Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing, the Director is charged with developing effective staffing, processes, and technology to provide timely and accurate information to undergraduate and graduate students and other constituents related to financial aid: managing and overseeing the distribution of student financial aid in accordance with all federal, state, and institutional regulations; overseeing daily processing of student financial aid; completing federal, state, and institutional reports; and coordinating office activities with the other campus departments and external agencies. The Director provides overall management and leadership necessary for the effective administration of the University’s Office of Financial Aid, including, but not limited to, financial aid processing and disbursement, financial counseling, database management, scholarship administration, reporting and auditing. The Director is also responsible for: 

  • Providing leadership and supervision to professional, clerical, and part-time staff that assures a student-centered approach to financial aid administration;
  • Determining all student financial aid awards for undergraduate and graduate students based on eligibility and the availability of funds;
  • Refining and implementing systems to enhance technology across all areas of financial aid packaging, awarding, and student communication while maximizing service contracts and technology support from both internal and external sources;
  • Coordinating with the Director of Student Accounts a detailed calendaring system to ensure timely communication with students and their families;
  • Working collaboratively with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to develop and implement financial aid leveraging and packaging strategies;
  • Developing and overseeing office budget and other financial aid budgets;
  • Estimating long-range needs for financial aid funds and submitting applications to federal, state, and other granting agencies, as appropriate;
  • Ensuring the training and support of staff members in the financial aid office, including cross training of staff and supporting the goal of a paperless office;
  • Demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in staffing and student recruitment and retention initiatives;
  • Administering, monitoring, and interpreting all federal and state financial aid regulations on a continual basis and advising campus constituents on any legislative changes and potential impacts;
  • Demonstrating compliance for all financial aid audits related to federal and state regulations;
  • Complying with all external reporting requirements including the FISAP and Program Participation Agreements. 


  • Bachelor's degree, Master’s preferred;
  • Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in financial aid in a higher education setting at the Assistant/Associate Director level;
  • Three years of supervisory/leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to student-centered services;
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective collaborative relationships;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word and Excel, and higher education ERP;
  • Knowledge of Ellucian Banner and SalesForce preferred,
  • Experience with SQL, PL/SQL. 
  • Oracle Application Express – APEX

About Kettering: Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM and business education, integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. We inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice better than any institution in the world. Kettering University is dedicated to achieving the extraordinary through technological innovation, leadership, and service, built on values that foster respect, integrity, creativity, collaboration, and excellence in growth, global leadership, community outreach, and an engaged community of stakeholders.

BENEFITS include health, dental and vision coverage; retirement benefits with up to a 9% Kettering matching contribution; life and accident insurance; tuition assistance and waiver programs; vacation and holiday pay; sick and disability pay; home purchase assistance program; recreation center membership; and many other benefits.

Flint Michigan: A storied past and an innovative approach to the future drives Flint forward.  No other city of Flint’s size can boast similar cultural and social resources; the Flint Institute of Art, Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Institute of Music, the Sloan Museum, the Flint Farmers’ Market, and several colleges and universities contribute to a rich social fabric.  A vibrant array of dining, entertainment, and lodging options now enliven the walkable Flint city center.  Kettering University is an important partner in the renaissance of Flint. 

Our Mission and Vision

Kettering University prepares students for lives of extraordinary leadership and service by linking transformative experiential learning opportunities to rigorous academic programs in engineering, science, mathematics and business.

Kettering University will be the first choice for students and all our partners seeking to make a better world through technological innovation, leadership and service.

Application and Nomination Process:  All correspondence relating to the position of Director of Financial Aid should be directed in confidence to