Scope: Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts health as well as academic performance. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety and fear for college students. Keeping track of financial aid processes, loan debt, college expenses, student bills, and budgeting are important skills to have in order to be financially responsible and independent. Learning how to maximize your financial wellness now will help you feel prepared to handle potentially stressful financial situations in the future.
The Student Financial Wellness Counselor works directly with the Director of Financial Aid to:
individually assist students in completing all financial aspects of college enrollment
create programming regarding financial wellness
oversee and develop student materials to increase financial awareness
serve as a liaison with students, faculty, and administrators regarding financial planning and surrounding family issues
monitor, analyze and interpret assessment data from multiple offices to show student persistence
track student progress throughout multiple semesters
maintain action plans and follow-up procedures for individual students
The successful employee will effectively navigate the critical connections for students between the Offices of the Registrar, the Bursar, and Financial Aid in order to provide timely completion of tasks that affect financial aid awards, student bills, and course registration which may impede the path to graduation.
The Student Financial Wellness Counselor is also responsible for creating networks of support and developing best practices with other student service offices on campus in order to build proactive campus outreach initiatives. In addition, the counselor will work collaboratively to develop an alumni mentorship program to provide additional external resources for students.
Applicants should have a desire to put student needs first and a keen understanding of financial issues that current student communities face. Work with program implementation and execution desired. Previous work 1:1 with students and student organizations is preferred. A background in financial aid, scholarships and financial literacy is a plus, as is a background in financial planning.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Evidence of ability to effectively communicate with and engage diverse clientele
Ability to think independently, yet work successfully as a member of a cohesive team.
Strong interpersonal skills to support the development of successful collaborations.
Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Outlook
Ability to provide customers with friendly empathetic service and useful information
Knowledge around specific financial programs and benefits, including but not limited to: budgeting, student loan debt, financial planning, savings strategies, investing, etc.
Desired Certification and Education
Bachelor’s degree required.
2-4 years of Financial Aid direct experience OR
Certification as an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), or certification in Financial Education.
Physical Characteristics: This position requires sitting for long periods of time, as well as some bending and stooping when working with files. This position does have some limited lifting involved but not more than 10 pounds at a time. Quite a bit of finger/hand dexterity is involved in regards to typing and/or filing. The overall setting of the job is in an area conducive to a normal office environment with minimal exposure to adverse conditions.
Please send a cover letter addressing position qualifications and related experience, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references using the following link: https://employment.mcdaniel.edu/. Only applications submitted through this link will be accepted. Review of applications begins October 15th and will continue until position is filled.
McDaniel College, an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its educational programs and activities. McDaniel College will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on basis of any protected status including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military status, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status or any other legally protected status.
McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News and World Report top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, and over 20 highly regarded graduate programs.