Location: Bedford/Lowell, MA Category: Part-time Staff Posted On: Thu Nov 7 2019 Job Description:
Title: Financial Wellness Specialist
Unit: MCCC Part-time Professional Staff
Dept.: Student Accounts
Reports To: Director of Student Accounts
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Financial Wellness Specialist is a creative and knowledgeable professional who provides a broad range of activities that support student success and financial literacy attainment. The Specialist develops, implements, and assesses College-wide financial wellness programs and services in-person and online, supports the development of related curriculum, and encourages an increase in student completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with college policy, Federal regulations, FERPA, US Department of Education policies.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Develop and implement the MCC Financial Wellness strategy and plan; Infuse Financial Wellness into the MCC culture.
Attend and engage in regular team meetings
Coordinate additional special interest meetings with specific stakeholders across the College
Administer budget and prepare requests for FY21
Research best practices in financial resources and delivery of financial wellness programs
Represent the Financial Wellness initiative at various department meetings, Faculty Staff Association meetings, and for other audiences as required
Collaborate with Campus partners (such as Marketing Communications) to encourage a culture of Financial Wellness through publications, press releases, social media, and printed and other media
Work with Financial Wellness Team to develop expectations for related curriculum enhancement, recruit and support faculty course/lesson/assignment development.
Recruit interested faculty and lead professional development workshops
Provide curriculum and resources for faculty to encourage inclusion of financial literacy strategies into instructional delivery methods
Participate in IDS101 accelerated training sessions for faculty
Meet with IDS course faculty to explore specific connections to these courses
In collaboration with various departments, coordinate Financial Wellness events and programs to ensure student engagement with the initiative, the on-line tools and Financial Aid.
Organize regular and varied, interactive and exciting, on-campus activities related to Financial Wellness out of the classroom to inform and educate the student body; these might include simulated game shows, speakers or panels, interactive performances or fairs, hands-on workshops, etc.
Complete all necessary logistical needs for each program including space reservations, work orders, catering requests, transportation, marketing, contract review, etc.
Promote financial literacy initiatives/programs and provide training workshops through classroom presentations and non-credit activities
Maintain schedule of events and promote to encourage wide audience
In collaboration with Admissions and the Office of Student Engagement, infuse Financial Wellness into the New Student Orientation pathway in order to introduce all new students to the project and related tools and services.
Work closely with Admissions, Office of Student Engagement, and AmeriCorps VISTA to identify populations of students who are most at risk of not enrolling, persisting, or completing their educational goals; design and provide financial literacy activities to improve student retention.
Collaborate with IDS staff and faculty to infuse related lesson plans into accelerated FYE Orientation courses.
Create links to on-line tools and content with direct target outreach to new students.
Prepare and deliver a Financial Wellness session for various designated cohorts to include in their special orientation programs (e.g. adult students, international students, veterans, etc.).
Develop and implement extensive FAFSA education plan and strategies for increasing applications.
Participate in the scheduled FAFSA days and workshops
Schedule and staff FAFSA/Financial AID information tables
Coordinate and implement opportunities to support student understanding of the application process
Inform students about eligibility requirements, formula, and process
Consider special information sessions on specific considerations/unique circumstances including undocumented or DACA, refugees, service-members, adult learners, filing independent, etc.
Oversee Financial Wellness student employees.
Recruit, hire, and train Financial Wellness student employees to support project activities
Provide direct supervision to the student employees, including oversight of their paperwork, scheduling, payroll, evaluation, ongoing development and termination
Participate in the assessment of the Financial Wellness program.
Assist with event tracking and attendance at events, presentations, and tabling activities
In collaboration with the Financial Wellness Team measure student outcomes
Administer surveys and collect artifacts as needed
Update and report on key metrics captured in data and prepare other reports as requested
Other duties as assigned.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Normal office environment, not subject to extreme variations of temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Regularly uses computer keyboards requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
More than half of time spent in normal office setting.
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - Middlesex Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - Massachusetts Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Education, Social Sciences or related field.
Two (2) years related professional experience, or training involving financial literacy/wellness or financial program development, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing education and instruction.
Knowledge of financial literacy and counseling issues; and budgeting/debt reduction, problem-solving and intervention strategies. Skill in developing and presenting credible money management education to a diverse audience.
Knowledge and understanding of applicable federal rules and regulations.
Knowledge of program management and co-curricular program development.
Strong Interpersonal, oral/written communication skills, and computer literacy. Skill in interpreting and effectively communicating rules and regulations to a diverse audience, both in one-on-one sessions and group presentations.
Strength in social media and online presence, including text and design savvy; aptitude for implementing and utilizing virtual programs.
Ability to understand and work within student information systems (e.g. Banner)
Ability to encourage and motivate students to become strategic learners.
Comfortable with fast paced environment, and able to organize and work on multiple detailed projects in a college environment
Sensitive to the developmental needs of college students. Cultural awareness and competency demonstrated by working with and/or understanding of individuals in the college of diverse identities such as socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities.
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Ability to deal tactfully with others including to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others in a team setting.
Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and to make appropriate recommendations. Ability to maintain accurate records.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions; to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence in writing and orally.
Ability to exercise sound judgment including to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
Knowledge of the principles practices and techniques of supervision.
Bilingual skills a plus
Knowledge of and experience providing financial literacy workshops and counseling including money management, budgeting, debt reduction, and problem solving.
HOURS: Monday - Friday, maximum of 18.5 hours per week
LOCATION: Bedford and Lowell campus; occasional travel to off-site training/activity
SALARY: $28.29 per hour, eligible for earned paid time off in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
START DATE: December, 2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 28, 2019
Internal Number: 117960
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