Occidental College, a highly selective, private, liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, California, seeks applications for an energetic, forward thinking and principled professional to fill the role of Director of Financial Aid. Reporting to the Vice President of Enrollment, the Director will serve as the leader in the development and implementation of Occidental’s financial aid strategies that meet the full demonstrated financial need of its students. The Director will supervise financial aid personnel and collaborate with other staff in setting the course for awarding institutional, state, and federal funds designed to meet the college’s new and returning/continuing student enrollment goals.
Occidental maintains a longstanding commitment to access; our student body is unusually diverse among national liberal arts colleges. The successful candidate will advance the college’s mission of excellence and equity in which all its members are acknowledged and supported.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Direct all financial aid functions with the purpose of enrolling and maintaining “a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality” as stated in the college’s mission statement
Participate as a core member of the enrollment management team
Coordinate the College’s financial aid plan, ensuring compliance with federal, state and NCAA guidelines for Division III Athletics as well as institutional regulations and policies
Manage the student financial aid budget and disbursement of federal, state and institutional funds
Collaborate with the budget and finance, student accounts, institutional advancement, registrar and other college departments
Employ current trends in financial aid and literacy into the recruitment and retention framework
Afford clear direction to and expectations of staff in linking strategies to tactics and goals
Mine and use data to assess financial aid procedures and policies
Demonstrate fluency in technology (e.g., Banner, PowerFAIDS, IDOC, NetPartner, Technolutions Slate) and the effective collection and analysis of financial aid data
Participate in financial aid related activities, represent the College at selected recruitment and financial aid events, including committees at the local, state and national level
Provide leadership: hire, train, provide professional development opportunities, and ensure an office environment of mutual respect, support, and camaraderie
Emphasize and model customer service by engaging students and families through all stages of the financial aid process, including the direct resolution of issues and appeals
Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in staffing and management
QUALIFICATIONS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in college financial aid
Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred
Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated supervisory effectiveness and the ability to lead a cohesive financial aid team with diverse backgrounds, experience and personalities
Experience in managing operating budgets
Commitment to a residential liberal arts education, an appreciation for diversity and community, and the ability to effectively articulate the importance and value of both
Ability to refine and implement systems to enhance technology
Demonstrated success in building relationships with internal and external constituents, including students, faculty, staff, and parents
A keen intellect, high energy, a collaborative spirit and personal warmth
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by June 30, 2021. Preferred start date is August 16, 2021.
We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
About Occidental College
ABOUT OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE
Founded in 1887, Occidental is a nationally recognized, private college of the liberal arts and sciences, dedicated to providing a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality -- one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.
What makes Occidental special? An intellectually rigorous academic environment. Small classroom settings where students collaborate with professors and their peers while pursuing or discovering their passion. A beautiful residential campus that offers students hands-on engagement with the cultural and intellectual resources of Los Angeles. A community open to stimulating conversation and divergent points of view. Some 2,100 students from 46 states and 28 countries choose from 41 majors and minors and participate in one the country’s top undergraduate research programs. Oxy students routinely win top awards and fellowships; its first Rhodes Scholar was named in 1907. Dedicated to excellence and equity, Occidental also is one of the country’s most economically diverse campuses, according to the New York Times. Some 71 perc...ent of Oxy students receive some form of financial aid; 20 percent are Pell Grant recipients; and 19 percent are the first in their family to attend college.
As a condition of hire for a staff position and for appointment to a faculty position, Occidental College requires that all candidates who have received a conditional offer of employment complete an application form (if they have not already done so) and consent to a background check. Satisfactory completion of a background check, along with pre-employment verifications and references are required as a condition of employment, but only as permitted by federal, state, and local law, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.