Student Financial Services Counselor

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Student Affairs, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Financial Aid, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Opening Details

The College is pleased to announce an opening for a Student Financial Services Counselor. This is a full-time, year-round, regular appointment reporting to a senior member of the student financial services (SFS) team. The counselor is part of a ten member team and participates in all aspects of the SFS office including comprehensive advising and assistance to students and families in all areas of financing their Williams education (financial aid, billing and payments, loans). This position will also support several programmatic aspects of the office including outside awards, loan and grant programs as well as various collection and account efforts typical of a blended SFS model. The successful candidate will be expected to comply with federal, state, and institutional policies, should be comfortable with leading public presentations, and should plan to work with key partners across campus to ensure the best experience for all students.

Reporting through the Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services, undergraduates come to Williams from around the world and a wide variety of backgrounds. About 15 percent are first-generation college students, 21 percent are Pell Grant recipients, and 40 percent are U.S. students of color. Ten percent are international and they represent 96 countries around the world. The college is deeply committed to access. More than half of all students receive financial aid and among those students, the average cost is about $14,000. Nearly 20% pay nothing at all, and indebtedness rates at graduation are among the nation’s lowest. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

In addition to the general responsibilities described above, we plan to utilize the strengths, experience, and interests of our new colleague in order to provide the greatest opportunity for professional growth and advance the ambitious goals of the office.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Some experience in higher education is desired but not required
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, and exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Willingness to work extended hours during peak periods
  • Enthusiasm for interacting with students and families from a wide range of backgrounds is essential
  • Foreign language skills are highly desirable
  • Must be able to work independently as well as show commitment to a team and enjoy working in a complex, deadline-driven office that demands flexibility and openness to change
Application review will begin on November 2nd and will continue until the position is filled. Pay is between $42,000 and $46,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 3-C. Please visit to apply.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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