Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Financial Aid, the Assistant Director of Financial Aid is primarily responsible for the coordination of the Federal Student Loan & Pell Grant programs. Additionally, the Assistant Director will be responsible for a student caseload, including the counseling of students and parents about all aspects of financial aid, the verification of student eligibility and award packaging. Makes recommendations to the Director of Operations and Associate Director regarding changes and improvements to office policy and procedures.
Main Duties: Duties include but are not limited to:
Manages the awarding, reconciliation, reporting, and operation of the Federal Student Loan Program and Pell Grant Program, in accordance with college policies and procedures, utilizing the Common Origination & Disbursement website and PowerFAIDS.
Works closely with the Bursar and Business Offices in the monthly reconciliation of funds.
Reviews, processes, and awards funds from all programs for designated student caseload.
Counsel applicants, students, and their families about available sources of financial assistance, eligibility requirements, and application procedures.
Prepares and updates written policies and procedures related to federal programs.
Assists students and parents in all phases of the financial aid application process, from the application itself, to verifying awards, to evaluating financial aid appeals.
Reviews financial aid applications for validity of information; performing both institutional and federal need analysis calculations.
Maintains compliance standards for federal and state financial aid programs; ensures conformance to federal, state, and institutional policies, procedures and regulations.
Participate in various enrollment events.
Strong attention to detail.
Ability to work well in a fast-paced, diverse team environment.
Ability to take direction.
Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to relate to students and parents with diverse backgrounds and to work cooperatively as a member of the financial aid team.
Good organizational and analytical skills. Must be able to work well with numbers and be able to interpret financial aid and tax forms.
Ability to work in an entrepreneurial atmosphere.
Proven ability to work & lead effectively in a highly diverse campus community.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
Knowledge of PowerFAIDS financial aid management system strongly preferred.
Knowledge of EDconnect and COD website strongly preferred.
Knowledge of federal and state financial aid programs, regulations, and needs analysis.
Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.