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Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid (Compliance)

Barnard College
New York, United States
Not specified
Date posted
Oct 25, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Financial Aid
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Title: Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid (Compliance)

Location: New York City, NY

Full/Part Time: Full time

Posted On: Posted 30+ Days Ago

Req ID: JR2989


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Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid (Compliance)

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Senior Associate Director of Compliance is primarily responsible for Title IV Compliance oversight and management. This role manages and maintains the Standard Operating Procedures Manual; provides regulatory updates to internal staff; and is responsible for leading the Compliance Reoptimization Committee.

The Senior Associate Director of Compliance provides direct operational support to the Executive Director; ensures that all financial aid functions are performed efficiently, effectively and in accordance with all State and Federal regulations; and performs related work as required.

They will provide management oversight for major projects including, but not limited to: COD Reconciliation, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and Return to Title IV. Additionally, they will take a leadership role in literacy development, training, supervision, and professional development.

Job Description:

  • Primarily responsible for leading Barnard’s ongoing Compliance Reoptimization Initiative with strategic and efficient management.
  • Monitors communications from the Department of Education and professional agencies to stay abreast of current regulations, policy guidance and best practices as well as identify and report related impacts.
  • Regularly reviews system functionality, regulatory compliance, and consistency of regulatory applications using internal audits.
  • Writes selection sets, runs reports, and queries available system data effectively.
  • Regularly conduct internal reviews and effectively communicate findings and TIV compliant recommendations to the Executive Director and relevant points of contact.
  • Maintains proficiency with third-party databases (NSLDS, COD, NSC, ElmSelect)
  • Responsible for maintaining the Financial Aid SOP manual and training resources
  • Develops and delivers training materials on Federal Student Aid processes, rules, and regulations in order to fill knowledge or compliance gaps.
  • Promotes effective communication and change management while making recommendations for compliance excellence, training and efficiency.
  • Effectively establish and maintain partnerships with peer offices and critical stakeholders in order to achieve compliance goals.
  • Partners with the Office of the General Counsel to ensure legal, policy, and regulatory compliance and in furtherance of compliance goals.
  • Review student records to ensure compliance with federal and state standards regarding satisfactory academic progress and grade point average requirements.
  • Participate and represent the College at local, state and national conferences; and represent the Financial Aid Office on compliance panels or presentations.
  • Implementation of best practices and processes to support institutional TIV eligibility.

Other related duties as assigned.

Skills, Qualifications & Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, communication, active-listening and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with stakeholders at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound judgments and be sensitive to procedural issues.
  • Extensive knowledge of federal and state financial aid programs and their regulations
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and highest levels of integrity
  • Exceptional conflict management and persuasion skills
  • Proficiency with data collection, data analytics and data interpretation
  • Resourceful problem solver with a penchant for collaboration and efficiency
  • Experienced strategic planning partner familiar with compliance integration
  • Proven ability to employ progressive and creative thinking with high ethical standards
  • Ability to lead major projects involving multiple offices and divisions.
  • Technical skills with specific focus on PowerFAIDS, Colleague, Slate and Nelnet systems.
  • Ability to ensure data integrity, compliance, and internal controls across systems.
  • Well-developed analytical, and cognitive skills with a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current issues and trends.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of seven years progressive experience in Financial Aid Offices or relevant agencies (i.e. NASFAA, Dept. of Education, etc…)
  • Advanced knowledge of Title IV financial aid regulations and programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of PowerFAIDS
  • NASFAA Certifications
  • Proficiency in Slate

Salary Range: $90,000 - $95,000

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the College's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.


Barnard College

Time Type:

Full time

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