The Assistant/Associate Director of Financial Aid assists with the management of daily operations within the Financial Aid Office. This position reports to the Director of Financial Aid and assists with administering the University's financial aid programs in accordance with all federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies. Title may be Assistant Director or Associate Director commensurate with experience.
Assist Director in administering over $40 million annually in federal, state, and institutional funds. Implements financial aid policies and procedures in accordance with federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies.
Assist Director in providing staff with ongoing training including file completion, awarding, and accuracy assessment for financial aid counselors. Ensures that daily process workflow objectives are met, monitors financial aid counselor progress, and enforces accountability.
Develop criteria to expedite completion, verification, and awarding financial aid files to meet University approved cycles
Involved with efficient and effective planning and implementation of administrative functions related to processing and reporting of financial aid.
Assist Director with development and implementation of short and long-range plan(s) to conduct internal audits of files for compliance.
Research financial aid policies on IFAP, in the FSA Handbook, and USA Funds Ask Policy.
Assist Director with hiring full-time staff. Hires and manages student intern(s). May supervise full-time support staff.
Assist with preparation of financial aid program printed and electronic materials and presentations for on and off campus recruiting and enrollment events.
Lead staff to implement and maintain Financial Literacy program.
Communicate accurately, effectively, and professionally with students and parents, campus constituents, and government agencies. Counsel students and parents through the financial aid application and awarding process including financial registration and late academic registration.
Collaborate with various University offices including Admissions, Accounting, Advancement, and Registrar on effective and efficient workflow processes and deadlines.
Primary backup for Director and provides leadership in the absence of Director.
Vanguard University is a private, Christian university of liberal arts studies equipping students for a Self-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and services. U.S. News & World Report for 2016 ranked Vanguard University #13 in Regional Colleges (West), #10 fro Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review also named Vanguard University a 2015 "Best in the West" College. Additionally, Vanguard is named in the Christian Colleges of Distinction and made the Forbes list of best universities. Vanguard University is Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).