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Director of Financial Aid
DATE:   4/12/2013
JOB TITLE:   Director of Financial Aid
JOB CLASS:   Administrative
JOB STATUS:   Full Time
WORK LOCATION:   Butler building
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Dean of Enrollment Management
DEPARTMENT:   Financial Aid
SECTOR:   Executive Vice President

Under general supervision, the Director of Financial Aid has primary responsibility for the policies and procedures of financial assistance to students at Niagara University, including assistance from federal, state, private and institutional sources, in accordance with governmental regulations and the mission of the university.




Administers the federal, state and institutional financial aid programs at Niagara University; 

Supervises all employees in the Financial Aid office; 

Counsels and advises students, parents and the general community about financial aid opportunities for financing a college education; 

Prepares and submits required annual and ad hoc financial aid reports and respond to surveys as well as annual audits;

Prepares and monitors annual multimillion dollar financial aid budget; 

Abide by appropriate NCAA rules and regulations; 

Review and apply all policies and procedures outlined in the university Affirmative Action Plan; 

Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.




24% Monitors compliance with federal and state regulations as well as institutional policies and procedures as they pertain to the financial aid programs, and also recommend policy and procedural changes as required or needed;

21% Reviews and approves financial aid packages in accordance with government regulations;

15% Supervises and trains financial aid staff in financial aid policies and procedures;

15% Advises and counsels students regarding financial aid packages, travels and works evenings and weekends whenever the need arises and maintains strong, positive relations with students, parents, etc;

10% Prepares and monitors annual multimillion-dollar financial aid budget; abide by appropriate NCAA rules and regulations;

10% Prepares and submits annual and ad hoc financial aid reports and responds to surveys as well as annual audits;

  5%      Consistently monitors all employees who report to this position and writes a minimum of one performance review annually for each employee at a time recommended by Human Resources.




Effective management ability; 

Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as well as expertise in financial aid policies and procedures; 

Proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to typewriter, calculator, computer, copy machine and fax; 

Ability to receive telephone calls, respond to inquiries and communicate with others by telephone; Must possess creativity and imagination; 

Knowledge of appropriate NCAA rules and regulations as it relates to financial aid; 

Ability to comprehend complex governmental regulations and formulas and implement these into efficient office procedures; 

Ability to work non-traditional business hours as necessary;

Ability to administer, coordinate and supervise the financial aid office;

Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis.



The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required.  Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, typewriter, calculator, cutting, labeling, and taping involve extensive wrist and hand movement.  This position also requires the ability to travel whenever necessary.  All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.




Master's degree in related field is required.

A minimum of five years managerial and financial aid experience is required.

Valid driver's license required.  License must meet insurance company rules and regulations for driving underwriting criteria.


Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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