Director of Financial Aid
Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri, announces
an opening for our Director of Financial Aid. The Director of
Financial Aid administers and manages the Financial Aid Office and
its functions in support of the overall admission and retention
goals of the university.
Designated as the State of Missouri’s applied learning
institution, Missouri Western State University is a public
open-access institution located in St. Joseph, Missouri, on a
beautiful 744-acre campus approximately 35 minutes north of the
Kansas City International Airport. With 4,500 plus graduate and
undergraduate students and over 29,000 alumni, Missouri Western is
designated as a First-Gen Forward campus dedicated to academic
innovation, regional and community partnerships, and a
ESSENTIAL DUTIES :
- Oversee the operational, strategic, and compliance aspects of
delivering university, federal, state, and private financial aid
- Lead a team of Financial Aid professionals in the planning and
implementation of financial aid activities that contribute to the
university’s recruitment and retention efforts.
- Ensure that all department members provide excellent customer
service to students, their families, and members of the
- Continuously research, analyze, and develop departmental
processes and procedures to increase and improve operational
efficiency and to maintain regulatory compliance with federal,
state, NCAA, and institutional rules and regulations.
- Remain current with financial aid industry trends and
policy/regulation updates; advise leadership on the university’s
response to changes and updates.
- Conduct activities that support the university’s Division II
athletic teams and ensure NCAA compliance, including, but not
limited to, packaging and awarding Athletics financial aid and
providing the required documentation, accountability, and required
- Supervise the administration of computer software systems that
authorize, record, and deliver funds to eligible students and
- Maintain the Financial Aid website.
- Provide statistical data and reports annually and as needed to
federal and state agencies, the campus community, auditors, and
relevant outside agencies.
- Maintains the Institution’s Program Participation Agreement (
PPA ) and access to Federal Aid systems.
- Administer and manage the University’s Satisfactory Academic
Progress Policy, including overseeing the appeals committee.
- Process a variety of aid programs, including the Griffon
Guarantee Scholarship, state aid programs, and waivers as
- Manage, support, and encourage staff as they work toward
institutional goals and objectives while maintaining compliance
with policies, rules, and regulations.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting,
Finance, or a related field.
- Must have five to ten years of experience in financial
- Continual participation in compliance webinars and conferences
is required to successfully perform job duties.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Extensive knowledge of relevant federal, state, and university
policies and regulations, including Title IV and State Aid
- Ability to read and interpret federal and state financial aid
regulations and related policies to ensure institutional
- Knowledge of Institutional Aid Programs and Policies and the
ability to ensure their accurate administration.
- Knowledge of tax laws as they pertain to financial aid.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and other general
office software and equipment.
- Ability to learn new computer software.
- Organized thinker with exceptional attention to detail.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in
- Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work as well as
concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
A Master’s Degree in Finance, Management or other relevant area is
- General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise
- Required to use close vision and be able to focus.
- Regularly required to talk and hear; frequently required to
sit, stand, and bend at the knee and waist, and walk.
- Must be able to have repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger
movement to type and work on computer.
- Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on
computer, telephone, and related office equipment.
- Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
Hours of Work
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(37.5 hours per week)
Posting Detail Information
Open Until Filled