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Director of Financial Aid
|Job Type:||Administrative Enrollment Management/Admissions Other|
Oberlin College seeks a dynamic, innovative, and strategic leader to serve as the next Director of Financial Aid.
About the College
Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin was the first college in the United States to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission — traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement.
Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, OH, Oberlin College has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources.
About the Position
Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Director will provide strategic and operational leadership of the college’s financial aid program and lead a team of four financial aid professionals and two administrative assistants. They will manage a comprehensive financial aid program that awards more than $65 million annually in support of the college’s financial aid policy that meets 100% of demonstrated need. This position provides an opportunity to help shape the vision for the future of financial aid at a prestigious liberal arts institution.
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, highly collaborative, dynamic, empathetic, and patient. Strong hands-on experience in all facets of delivery and reporting student financial aid services is essential. The individual must have a clear vision as to the critical role student financial aid plays in the recruitment and retention of students. The candidate should desire to work in a collegial, vision-minded atmosphere with ample amounts of both challenges and laughter.
The successful candidate will have extensive experience in data assessment and manipulation and will have proficiency with database management tools. A strong track record of success in developing financial aid strategy to support an institution’s admissions goals is necessary, including its goals to recruit a diverse student body. A track record of sound fiscal management and financial acumen is needed. As the leader of the department and member of the Vice President’s senior leadership team, exceptional communication and organizational skills are mandatory as is the ability to manage a large portfolio of work in progress. The successful candidate will also have an impeccable track record of integrity. Knowledge of best practices and latest trends in the profession are a plus including actively participating in the National and Regional Student Financial Aid Associations.
Essential functions of the position include:
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position and a resume electronically to Oberlin@wspelman.com. The subject line in the email should be DFAOBERLIN.
Confidential inquiries may be made by contacting Bill Spelman by email to Bill@wspelman.com or by telephone at 585-787-9742 or Megan Spelman by email to Megan@wspelman.com or by telephone at 585-366-4329. For full consideration, all application material should be submitted by March 8, 2019.
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