The Director of Financial Aid oversees and manages the school’s financial aid program, managing aid of approximately $7,000,000. A thorough understanding of, and experience with, merit and need-based financial aid is required. The position also assists with all aspects of the admission and recruitment process. Admission officers are members of the admission and financial aid committees and report directly to the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment. The office is comprised of seven admission officers and three support staff.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Provide overall supervision for and administration of financial aid program, including maintaining compliance with applicable financial aid regulations
- Identify trends in financial aid, independent school demographics, and internal/external data to create long and short-term recruitment strategies
- Establish strategies for the effective and efficient use of merit and need-based financial aid awards to maximize retention and recruitment goals
- In collaboration with the entire team, develop, execute, and evaluate the vision for recruitment of students for the school including goal setting and attainment.
- Participate in all facets and phases of the recruiting process, including responding to inquiries, conducting candidate interviews, and traveling
- Work with Business Office on re-enrollment process for returning students
- Oversee the Financial Aid Committee and prepare all financial aid budgets
Admission officers are members of the faculty and will have residential and athletic or extracurricular duties included in their position descriptions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of personal and business tax forms & strong analytical mindset
- Interpersonal skills, organization, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to work a boarding school schedule
- Possess strong communication skills, an enthusiasm for working with young people, a desire to travel domestically and abroad, and the ability to connect with a diverse group of students and families
- Bachelor’s degree required and graduate degree preferred
- Several years of admissions and financial aid or related administrative/managerial experience, with an emphasis on business management and computerized systems is preferred
- The energy and ability to travel overnight, both domestically and internationally Flexibility to work weekends, early mornings, and evenings when necessary
- Must have a working knowledge of databases, preferably FileMakerPro, and a strong level of comfort with spreadsheets and data analysis