Virginia Military Institute is seeking a career-minded professional to become Director of Financial Aid. Candidates should be committed to the values and mission of Virginia Military Institute, the nation’s first state-supported military college. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the director develops and implements financial aid packaging, counseling, and awarding while maintaining compliance with Federal, state, and institutional guidelines. The successful candidate will ensure timely communications with current and prospective students and their families on the financial aid process. The director works closely with the Admissions office and the Treasurer’s office.
The Director of Financial Aid administers the financial aid program to include assisting cadets, prospective cadets, and their parents in the financial aid process. The mission is to provide financial assistance to cadets who, without such assistance, would be unable to attend VMI, and to provide aid to cadets with superior abilities.
Processes all requests for financial aid in a timely manner and correctly.
Provides informative financial aid counseling, to include counseling required by Federal student aid programs and by State student aid programs.
Monitors financial aid awards to insure program integrity and program compliance.
Reconciles financial aid funds awarded to keep funds within spending limits.
Reconcile Federal Direct Loan program funds annually.
Annually submit reports to the U.S. Department of Education (Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate – FISAP) and to the State Council of Higher Education.
Periodically re-certifies Federal student aid programs.
Review and revise financial aid policies and procedures manual.
Administers summer session financial aid as applicable.
Loads financial aid into NCAA squad lists for Athletic Department and monitor such aid for compliance with NCAA rules regarding countable aid and individual and team limits.
Oversee benefit requests for veterans and eligible reservists.
Develops and updates annually a 6-year strategic plan for the department that includes a vision and mission statement as well as measurable, annual goals. The plan should include the measures that will be used. Develops annual budget requests based on these goals.
Develops and updates periodically 5-7 aspiration peers. Researches and has available comparators that permit assessment of progress towards the aspiration peers. Comparators may be the same as the measures used measuring progress on the strategic plan.
Provides an annual report on departmental activities and committees chaired by the director.
Completes self-evaluations as well as professional staff and employee evaluations in a timely, thorough manner.
Responsible for monitoring satisfactory academic progress (SAP); verification and financial aid appeals.
Promotes, by example and mentoring, the increased use of technology within the department’s daily activities. Creates, maintains and updates the web site for the department. Provides links to outside resources where appropriate. Considers and implements web-based processes for the department.
A Bachelor’s Degree and relevant experience is required with a Master’s Degree preferred. The successful candidate should possess superior written and oral communication skills in combination with organizational and computer skills. The primary skill is the ability to work with a diverse student population, their parents and also with alumni agencies who provide the majority of scholarship funding. Working knowledge/experience with Ellucian-Colleague or other higher education database management system.
Please include a letter of interest, resume and the contact information for three professional references. On-line applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Anticipated start date is January 2020.
Virginia Military Institute is a state-supported four-year undergraduate military college of liberal arts, engineering, and the sciences. It is located in the southern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lexington, Virginia, population 7,000, is also home to Washington and Lee University and offers a stimulating cultural atmosphere in a pleasant, rural setting. Staff wear uniforms but no prior military experience is required.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply. VMI will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with documented disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment, educational opportunities, programs and services.
About Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute operates under the philosophy that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. Therefore, it is the mission of the Virginia Military Institute to produce educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril. To accomplish this result, Virginia Military Institute shall provide to qualified young men and women undergraduate education of highest quality embracing engineering, science, and the arts conducted in and facilitated by the unique VMI system of military discipline.