The assistant director of financial aid manages a portfolio of projects and initiatives and participates in multiple aspects of the admissions and financial aid process: reviewing first-year financial aid applications and crafting financial aid packages for new students, performing federal verifications and clearing c-flags, conducting information sessions, meeting with prospective students and families, and traveling to high schools, community-based organizations, and college programs. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Evaluate financial aid application materials within the context of institutional and federal methodology to determine grant eligibility and create financial aid packages for first-year and transfer applicants
Participate in the outreach and recruitment efforts of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, traveling to high schools, community-based organizations, recruitment events, and college fairs
Utilize qualitative and quantitative data to inform the strategic planning, decision-making, and implementation efforts for a portfolio of financial aid projects, including electronic and print communications, packaging special fund designations, and performing federal verification and application conflict resolution
Lead group information sessions, conduct professional development workshops, and advise students, families, and counselors on Colby’s admissions and financial aid policies and processes
Participate in implementing the general activities of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
The assistant director of financial aid has significant interaction with prospective students and their families, faculty, staff, and external constituents.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Some travel is required and frequent evening and weekend work required throughout the year. Heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.) may be necessary.
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
1-3 years of relevant experience; experience in higher education preferred
PowerFAIDS experience preferred
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
Strong, self-motivated work ethic, high energy, attention to detail, and competitive spirit
Appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education and of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences
Must possess creative initiative, flexibility, and ability to exercise discretion
Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a diverse community
Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
Willingness and ability to travel, including by air, is necessary at the time of hiring and throughout the term of employment
About Colby College
Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.
In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.