The Assistant Director will serve as an active member of a service oriented, dynamic, and student centered team; coordinate assigned processes in the financial aid area; and assist the Associate Director with the daily operations in financial aid. The Assistant Director will also provide financial counseling for both current and prospective students, as well as their parents, in all areas of educational financing (financial aid, student accounts/tuition payments, student employment, and student loans); responsible for analysis of financial aid applications by performing reviews utilizing both federal and institutional needs analysis; make professional decisions based on established policy (federal, state and institutional).
Primary Position Responsibilities:
1) Provide comprehensive advice and assistance to students and families in all areas of financing their Wellesley education (financial aid, student accounts/tuitions payments, student employment, and student loans). Will also require participation in outreach efforts and activities that emphasize Wellesley’s commitment to access, affordability, and other financial literacy initiatives.
2) Responsible for a financial aid reading caseload. Professional Judgment decisions must be made within established federal, state, and institutional guidelines.
3) Position requires extensive and timely communication with parents and students, prospective and current, in person, email, and on the telephone. Skills must be excellent.
4) Stays up to date on trends, regulations and policies in Student Financial Services, attends professional development programs as required.
5) Assist with administration of other office processes, as assigned.
Bachelors degree is required.
Minimum of 1 to 3 years of experience in higher education and/or one of the areas that comprises Student Financial Services (financial aid, student accounts/tuition payment, student employment, educational financing) or related field. Strong preference given to demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals of student accounts (billing/collections) or of needs analysis (federal and/or institutional). Experience with a wide variety of software and database applications, such as PowerFAIDS, Workday, Google, and Microsoft Office.
Skills and Abilities Required:
Ability to work independently, but to also contribute positively to a team approach. Demonstrated experience in providing superior service, excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), and strong group presentation skills.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.