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Director of Student Financial Aid

Athens State University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 2, 2024

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

Director of Student Financial Aid Closing Date:

Job Duties:
The Director of Student Financial Aid reports to the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services and has primary responsibility for all phases of the administration of Title IV programs, State student assistance and Institutional assistance programs. The responsibilities include oversight for the development, implementation, delivery and assessment of Student Financial Aid Services.

• Develop, execute and assess programs, policies and procedures to provide maximum federal, state, institutional and external assistance to qualified aid students for enrollment purposes.
• Develop innovative strategies to deliver student financial services and collaborate with other departments (Admissions, Registrar, Student Success, Business Office) to improve efficiencies.
• Collaborates with other enrollment leaders to implement a comprehensive outreach strategy that will lead to enrollment growth as outlined in the institution’s strategic goals.
• Develop and maintain training, reports, audit support and analysis of financial aid programs grounded in best practices for Financial Aid Management.
• Serve as a member of an integrated leadership team dedicated to effective delivery of student financial aid as a part of the institution’s commitment to student recruitment, retention, and success.
• Develop and maintain a policy and procedures manual for financial aid.
• Develop and distribute materials as appropriate for Financial Aid service needs.
• Meet annual goals established by the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Support Services.
• Maintain up to date technological skills and use efficiently in performance of job functions.
• Oversee and maintain compliance with federal and state regulations, and institutional policies and procedures. Prepare reports for the federal and state governments as required..
• Comply with all policies of the University.
• Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing work scope and tasks based on need.
• Actively work towards building cooperative and collaborative relationships with peers and internal faculty and staff.
• Maintain “open door” to internal and external customers.
• Identify opportunities for improvements to work practices and offers viable solutions for implementation.
• Proactively engage in problem solving related to tasks in this position with internal and external people.
• Routinely practice self-monitoring by assessing self to make improvements or corrective action to improve performance and service to students.
• Complete other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
• Experience providing leadership and oversight in financial aid management, disbursement and administration
• Knowledge of best practices and broad experience in developing and administering need-based aid programs
• Experience with budget preparation, program administration and using quantitative and qualitative data in support of strategic decision-making.
• Experience with compliance under Federal Regulatory Oversight,

•Strong communication and critical thinking skills, and demonstrated ability to move ideas forward in a collaborative manner
• Commitment to the enrollment management organizational structures and use of data analytics
• Banner software experience.
• NASFAA credentialing

Salary Schedule:
Salary Band: A80To view salary schedules visit: resources/salary-schedule-tables/Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please provide contact information for three professional references on your application. Include correct email addresses if available.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

About Athens State University
Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.

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