Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid
Reporting to the Vice President of Enrollment Management, the Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid is responsible for providing leadership and vision in managing the University’s financial aid budget in support of institutional enrollment goals. The AVP for Financial Aid is a key member of the Enrollment Division’s leadership team and works collaboratively with colleagues across the campus to support the recruitment and retention of undergraduate students. This position provides an outstanding opportunity for a financial aid professional who is interested in strategic planning, staff development and management, and who values interacting with students and their families both during the application process and while the students are enrolled.
Less than an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, DePauw is the leading national liberal college in Indiana, enrolling 1,752 undergraduates in the fall of 2020 on a beautiful 655-acre campus that is 99% residential, with a student-faculty ratio of 9-1 and a $730 million endowment. Always providing higher education focused on the future, DePauw has historically attracted the children of civic, business and cultural leaders in the state, while also drawing a national and international enrollment. During the past decade, DePauw has significantly diversified its student body—15% are international students, 23% are domestic students of color, and 20% are first-generation. A high priority of the new strategic plan will be delivering on the promises that DePauw makes to all matriculants and enhancing student satisfaction and success, especially for students from historically underrepresented groups.
DePauw awards both need-based financial aid and merit scholarships. In 2019-20, the University awarded approximately $60 million in institutional gift aid. Sixty-eight percent of the students applied for need-based aid, and 87% of those were deemed eligible. On average, 89% of need was met with financial assistance, and the average grant/scholarship awarded was approximately $40,000. Many students who were not eligible for need-based assistance received merit scholarships which averaged $25,000.
The Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid will direct a team of four financial aid professionals whose responsibility it is to provide exceptional customer service to students and their families, comply with all Federal, state, and institutional policies and regulations, and collaborate with the admissions staff in support of enrollment goals. While financial aid strategy is developed in partnership with the Vice President for Finance and Administration and with support from an outside consultant, the financial aid team is solely responsible for managing the processing and evaluation of applications and the preparation of financial aid awards for new and continuing students. The AVP for Financial Aid is responsible for the completion of all relevant internal and external reports, ensuring that they are prepared accurately and on time, while collaborating with other offices on campus as necessary.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in student financial aid and will be knowledgeable about Federal financial aid policies and issues. Experience with PowerFAIDS is strongly preferred, as is experience with Technolutions Slate CRM. The successful candidate will be an effective manager, an outstanding communicator, and will be skilled in detailed financial analysis. The ability to work independently and collaboratively are equally valued and ease in managing multiple priorities is essential. Flexibility, attention to detail, empathy, and commitment to working with diverse populations are all vital to success in this role. A Bachelor’s degree is required as well as a minimum of 8 years’ experience in student financial aid, preferably in a need- based and merit-based awarding environment. An advanced degree is preferred, as is experience working with financial aid leveraging partners.
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is July 2021.
For complete job description and to submit an application, please go to https://www.depauw.edu/offices/human-resources/employment/
DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: Women, members of underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.