Financial Aid Counselor - Saint Mary's College-California in Moraga California

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Saint Mary's College-California

Moraga, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


The Financial Aid Counselor reports to the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid. She/He works with students and families on financial aid opportunities. The Counsleor position is crucial in the recuitment and yield of students to Saint Mary's. The Counsleor reviews financial aid applications, and packages students' financial aid awards.The Counselor also counsels students and families on financial options available to assist with college costs. She/he designs, prepares and conducts financial aid presentations for student groups. The Counselor will also assist in the creation of financial aid communications through Social Media.  Additionally, she/he works with and provides assistance and support to Latino students and families.

1. Demonstrate knowledge of institutional, federal and state financial aid programs, including regulations, law and policy. The Financial Aid Counselor must have a thorough knowledge of the concept and calculation of needs analysis, student budgets, financial aid packaging, and professional judgement. The Counsleor must use a holistic approach in counseling students so that the financial aid process is completely transparent to students and families. They must help with family financial planning and budgeting using the options available at the college. This person must work independently on assignments that are varied and complex; processes and maintains confidential records.

2. Provides counseling assistance to students, families, and the outside community regarding financial aid opportunities. Works to assist students/families on an individual basis and also designs, promotes, and conducts community events. The Counsleor represents the college at all college related events.

3. Works in a highly collaborative and culturally diverse environment, develops effective relationships within other areas of the College.  Attends workshops and meetings consistent with professional development as well as on-going College training to meet the growing demands of the position. 

4. Creates comunication pieces to provide current information to students and their families concerning financial aid, scholarship search and financial literacy The Counselor must seek ways of improving communication that meet the needs to students. This person should be cuurent in all forms of social media.

Experience and Qualifications:

Bachelors Degree Required
: A minimum of one year of experience providing high quality financial aid related experience; experience in similar setting or in higher education. Must have experince with customer service.
Skills and Abilities: Strong mathematical, analytical, and problem solving skills required. Strong interpersonal, verbal and written skills; working knowledge of federal, state and local policies and legislation related to student financial aid; fluency in Spanish; knowledge of issues relating to Latino students in higher education; ability to handle complex phone inquiries and interact in a calm and supportive manner with diverse and culturally diverse group of faculty, staff, students and families.
Other Requirements: Work load will require some weekend and evening work. Some travel required for professional development and recruiting events.

Salary Information

Depends on Qualifications


Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College. A complete application includes:  A letter of interest and how you are prepared to support the Mission of the College A resume and an on-line application The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Candidates who submit names of references should expect that references will be contacted, in confidence, by the College and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire.  Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry. Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

Keyword Phrases

  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Catholic, Lasallian, liberal arts college
  • De La Salle Christian Brothers
  • committed to the educational benefits of diversity
  • Financial Aid
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter