Director of Financial Aid (Position # 0003814) - University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

United States


Detailed Job Description

Please note: All applicants must apply via PittSource, the University of Pittsburgh's on-line employment system, as we no longer accept paper or e-mailed resumes/applications. To apply for this position click the following link:

The University of Pittsburgh is currently seeking a qualified candidate to fulfill the Director of Financial Aid in the Admissions & Financial Aid department.

This position will provide leadership and direction to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA) in support of the University’s recruitment and retention goals, and in accordance with federal and state regulations, University guidelines, and donor restrictions. The Director is ultimately responsible for the administration of undergraduate, graduate, federal, state, and institutional financial aid, including scholarship, endowments and grant budgets in excess of $300 million dollars annually. The Director is also responsible for the reconciliation of all federal and state funds disbursed by the University. S/he must possess a thorough and detailed understanding of federal and state regulations with regard to awarding and disbursement of federal and state need and non-need based financial aid. The Director plays a strategic role in the processing of all financial aid for the University of Pittsburgh.

Reporting to the Chief Enrollment Officer (CEO), the Director is a member of the senior leadership team and will participate in the development and implementation of the enrollment marketing and recruitment plan.

  • The successful candidate must have a strong record of leadership and management in a financial aid office with supervisory experience.
  • S/he must have superb interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and collaborative skills in order to deal effectively with students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as funding agencies and various outside organizations.
  • The Director develops and/or recommends policies and procedures for financial aid administration in support of institutional goals and maintains compliance with state and federal regulations. As such, s/he must have comprehensive knowledge of state, federal and institutional policies and practices related to financial aid.
  • S/he must possess strong analytical skills and an understanding of complex financial analysis, monitoring, reporting and control in order to develop, analyze and interpret financial information for required and ad hoc reporting for institutional and external agency use. Familiarity with PeopleSoft is highly desirable.
  • The Director is the primary advisor to the Chief Enrollment Officer (CEO) on all matters concerning student financial aid.
  • The Director will play a lead role in campus financial literacy efforts and work closely with prospective and current students and families on issues related to paying for college and managing student debt.
  • The Director is responsible for taking a leadership role in collaboration with other University offices, committees, and individuals in formulating policies and practices with respect to financial aid and for ensuring that the University of Pittsburgh community is in compliance with all federal, state and third party requirements, regulations, and expectations relating to student financial aid.

The responsibilities of this position require commitment to student services, an understanding of the importance of financial aid in recruitment and retention, and sensitivity to cultural issues with the ability to relate effectively and consistently with a diverse student body and external contacts.

Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position:
Five years administrative and supervisory experience in a comprehensive office of financial/student aid. Experience in developing, modifying, and utilizing computer support. A thorough understanding of all areas of financial aid. Including state and federal regulations, policies and procedures. Proven history in fiscal accountability in fund management along with an ability to analyze data and make informed decisions regarding but not limited to: enrollment, retention, net revenue, tuition discounting, leveraging, projected expenditures, and pricing and cost.

Preferred: Experience at a college or university similar in size to the University of Pittsburgh; knowledge of PeopleSoft/Oracle Campus solutions. Strong and exceptional communications, organization, decision-making skills, and knowledge of admissions and financial aid procedures working with computer systems.     


Please note: All applicants must apply via PittSource, the University of Pittsburgh's on-line employment system, as we no longer accept paper or e-mailed resumes/applications. To apply for this position click the following link:

Keyword Phrases

  • Financial Aid
  • PeopleSoft
  • Oracle
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: 5-6 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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