Director of Financial Aid

Georgia Highlands College
Job Description
Job Description Summary

This position is responsible for directing the college’s Office of Financial Aid.

Key Qualifications

• Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field
• Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience
• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license for the type of vehicle or equipment operated

Key Responsibilities

• Directs the work of the Financial Aid staff to ensure adequate coverage for all instructional sites; interviews applicants for FA positions, makes hiring decisions, evaluates direct reports performance; coaches and resolves employee issues.
• Remains informed of current federal, state and institutional regulations; ensures Financial Aid staff are trained accordingly; enforces policies and procedures; monitors departmental processes for compliance with all state and federal financial aid regulations
• Provides consultation to staff on difficult of complicated situations
• Directs staff in the preparation of required reports; reviews reports for accuracy and completeness; updates federal participation agreements as needed
• Develops and maintains the department budget; approves purchases
• Approves payroll reports
• Represents the department to internal and external constituents
• Determines student eligibility for financial aid; awards funds as appropriate; forwards records to Department of Education for payment; balances program funds
• Counsels with students/parents concerning financial aid procedures, regulations, and special circumstances
• Performs related duties

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of federal, state and institutional policies and procedures related to student financial aid
• Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
• Knowledge of program eligibility requirements
• Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs
• Skill in the supervision of varying levels of employees
• Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions
• Skill in oral and written communication

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