About the College and Center for Eye Care
The New England College of Optometry prepares the next
generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators through
a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experience.
Located in the heart of Boston, NECO is a small, independent
graduate institution that currently enrolls students from 34 states
and 8 countries.
The Assistant Director of Financial Aid will report to the
Director of Financial Aid and is a staff member of the Business
Office Unit at NECO. This position serves as a bridge between
students’ financial needs and their educational goals while
assuming the responsibility of equitably awarding institutional,
federal, and state funding.
Counsel and advise students about
financial aid eligibility, application procedures, costs, billing
Assist the Director with timely
review, processing, and notification of student financial
Provides student-focused customer
service. Utilizes individual appointments, group presentations,
email, phone contact and other web tools as appropriate to educate
constituents on student financial assistance.
Perform need analysis, verify
information reported on FAFSA to determine eligibility and request
additional documentation as needed.
Import ISIR data on a daily basis and
submit ISIR corrections to the Department of Education.
Ensure that aid is packaged and
disbursed to students’ accounts in the Business Office.
Maintain compliance with all federal
regulations and internal policies and procedures.
Perform monthly reconciliation with
the Business Office.
Report enrollment status and maintain
records in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for
Manage federal loan origination and
disbursement reporting to COD via electronic processes.
Assist with internal and external
scholarship announcements and processing.
Certify and process private loans,
Canadian loans and VA benefits.
Present at special events, such as
Orientation, Admissions Interview Day, Housing Fair and
Coordinate and present at multiple
Financial Literacy sessions.
Assist in the administration of the
College’s student employment program.
Perform other related duties as
required by the position or as assigned by the Director.
Skills/Knowledge Essential for Successful Performance
Strong interpersonal and
communication skills, both verbal and written are also
Must have excellent organizational
skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple
Must be a highly motivated,
independent worker with attention to detail, initiative and good
Must be able to work with populations
that represent a variety of backgrounds, varying levels of
financial need, and express sensitivity toward the experience of
applying for student aid Comprehension, interpretation, and
application of federal and college policies related to financial
aid. Must show commitment to a team and the goals of the
Knowledge of the Financial Aid
automated systems including PowerFaids and other related financial
A thorough working knowledge of
computer systems and the ability and willingness to learn new
systems/processes is required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel,
Ability to interpret and explain
regulatory information related to the financial aid process.
Responsible for the timely and
accurate disbursement of all student aid.
Time management; ability to cope with
multiple interruptions and work under pressure of deadlines;
attention to detail
Participate in regular training and
professional organizations to keep abreast of new information and
program changes to be implemented
Perform other duties as assigned
A Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of financial aid work
experience are required, and knowledge of PowerFaids is helpful.
Candidates must possess excellent oral and written
communication and organization skills, be able to manage several
tasks at once, and assist other staff as needed. Attention to
detail and quick responsiveness to students and other College
personnel are imperative.
NECO benefits include health, dental and vision plans.
Retirement plan match, parking in Back Bay campus, summer flexible
schedules and the potential for remote flexible arrangements in the
NECO is committed to creating a diverse environment
and is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender
identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin,
genetic information, disability, age, or veteran
All NECO team members are expected to consistently
demonstrate our values of integrity, compassion, respect,
diversity, teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work
activities and interactions.
NECO offers a competitive salary and excellent