Financial Aid Counselor/Scholarships Coordinator
*Revised application due date
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Position Location: Southeastern, WI
Reporting Relationship: Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside welcomes applications for a Financial Aid Counselor/Scholarships Coordinator to join our team. This is a 75% position. Priority will be given to current employees of the University of Wisconsin.
Under the general supervision of the Director of Scholarships & Financial Aid, this position will facilitate and support student-centered initiatives, provide leadership and guidance to students, and model inclusiveness and collaboration. The position will actively serve prospective students and their families through financial aid related services ranging from educating prospective students about the financial aid process to awarding various aid programs to educating students about the importance of good financial management. In addition, this position will oversee the administration of scholarship programs and other specific financial aid programs to help ensure the University complies with financial aid related regulations. The position will also participate in University outreach programs that support the admission and retention of students.
A. Scholarship Administration
- Oversee the administration and reconciliation of the University scholarship program.
- Develop a strategic scholarship plan to support enrollment and retention efforts in consultation with the Director of Scholarships & Financial Aid and Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management.
- Oversee the effective use of non-resident tuition remissions (known as the Out of State Scholar Program) for strategic growth of non-resident student enrollment.
- Oversee the planning and execution of University scholarship competitions.
- Responsible for deploying an effective communication plan regarding scholarship program to strategic groups using various media outlets.
- Serve as a liaison with University Relations.
B. Financial Aid Outreach & Counseling
- Financial aid counseling/advising to prospective and current students (and their families when applicable).
- Conduct presentations both on and off campus to help educate students and families about paying for college and financial literacy.
- Actively participate in student service programs that support the admission and retention of students (new student orientation, student success initiatives, etc.).
- Serve as a liaison with specific offices/initiatives to assist with pro-active efforts to help improve student success (ex. Admissions, Student Support Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, etc.).
- Counsel students regarding various appeal processes (academic progress, special circumstances, etc.).
- Work collaboratively with other offices in providing excellent services to students and their families.
- Provide timely and direct student services related to financial literacy and funding a college education.
C. Financial Aid Processing & Activities related to being part of a team
- Participate in all aspects of the financial aid award packaging process from beginning to end.
- Assist with the administration and reconciliation of specific financial aid programs (loans, state aid, grants, etc.).
- Ensure regulatory compliance is maintained through the financial aid awarding process.
- Active involvement with Enrollment Management Division admission/retention efforts.
- Represent the office on university committees and the institution in state and national professional organizations.
- Participate in professional development opportunities through webinars, workshops, conferences, etc. to maintain up-to-date knowledge of federal and state regulatory changes, and network with colleagues.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of regulations for administering student financial aid programs, financial aid need analysis, and processes.
- Considerable experience working with specific financial aid programs.
- Working knowledge of FERPA rules and regulations and ability to ensure compliance.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Considerable experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), PeopleSoft, imaging and the ability to create queries.
- Ability to work well with diverse people and groups with different levels of technical ability.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships with individuals at all organization levels on campus.
- Ability to work independently and with a team of colleagues.
- Working knowledge of time management techniques and practices.
- Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems or concerns.
- Ability to plan, organize and prioritize multiple work assignments and projects.
- Ability to perform work often under pressure to meet student service and operational demands while maintaining service standards.
- Demonstrated understanding of student learning and student development theory.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum three years professional work experience in post-secondary education
- Demonstrated functional knowledge of Financial Aid business processes
- Master's degree in higher education administration, student personnel, or related field.
- Documented prior supervisory experience.
- Minimum five years professional work experience in higher education.
- Experience as a financial aid advisor/counselor or as a representative of an organization associated with the financial aid profession.
- Experience managing institutional scholarship program.
- Prior experience with financial literacy programs including presentations at high schools, orientations, and other venues speaking about financial choices and paying for college.
- Documented proficiency using PeopleSoft Student Administration software.
- Documented experience working with business process improvement.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse student and faculty/staff population.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.
Review of Applications: Applications received by April 8th, 2013 are ensured full consideration. The position is open until filled. This is a revised due date.
Priority will be given to current employees of the University of Wisconsin.
To Apply: Interested candidates must submit the following. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.
- a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position
- names and contact information for three professional references
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About the University:
UW-Parkside is committed to diversity, engagement, access, and academic excellence. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify strengths and experiences. The University enrolls approximately 5,100 students, many of whom are first generation and nontraditional students. Located in northern Kenosha Country in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university's 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.