Director of Financial Aid
St. Mary's College of Maryland, the public honors college of Maryland, seeks a dynamic, innovative and engaging Director of Financial Aid to lead the Office of Financial Aid. The Director of Financial Aid is the chief financial aid officer of the college and has the primary responsibility for the strategic administration, management, and disbursement of all federal, state and institutional financial aid for prospective incoming students and renewal of returning student awards to meet both enrollment and fiscal goals. The Director ensures that organizational policies and procedures within an integrated technological environment are in compliance for all federal, state and college programs in accordance with applicable policies. S/he provides exemplary leadership for a dedicated staff of professionals and ensures the delivery of programs and services are of the highest level of quality exemplified by superior customer service to a diverse population of students, their families and members of the campus community.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred; four years of experience as a financial aid administrator, preferably as a director or associate director, with thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations and current trends in financial higher education; exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and strong internal and external leadership abilities with an uncompromising commitment to student service and student advocacy; strong attention to detail and an ability to multi-task effectively; commitment to the mission of the College to provide access to a diverse population of students, including an understanding of the needs of first-generation college students; strong analytical and quantitative skills are required, advanced experience with relational databases and Excel are preferred; some accounting knowledge or skills and counseling skills required for sensitive treatment of confidential family information; ability to deal effectively and tactfully with students, parents, faculty, staff and the public; proven ability to deal with diverse populations; willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, as assigned. Any combination of acceptable education and experience, which has provided the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements of this position, may be considered. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Science institution is located 70 miles southeast of Washington D.C. and has been designated Maryland’s public honors college. Undergraduate and residential in nature, with a diverse coeducational student body numbering approximately 1800, St. Mary's emphasizes excellence in teaching. The institution was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1997. The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and close proximity to the amenities of Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond.
St. Mary’s College (www.smcm.edu) embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission. We create an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity. Application materials should include a cover letter, résumé (including e-mail address), statement of how the applicant’s employment at the College will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity, and three references and submitted online at: apply.interfolio.com/42732. Questions may be directed to Beverly Read at 240-895-5005.
Review of résumés will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary's College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.