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Financial Aid Assistant I
Position TitleFinancial Aid Assistant I
Special Instructions to Applicants
YEARLY SALARY: $49,656 (Step 1) – $60,492 (Step 5)
Our Vision for Social Justice
The intention of social justice work is to strengthen humanity by understanding that every person deserves the benefits of fully participating in our society and institutions.
Academic researchers have illustrated that crucial social justice principles are a compilation of equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, engagement, environmental sustainability and human rights. These complex principles are challenging to operationalize in higher education; yet, we are steadfast in our diligence to forge ahead to advance this vital mission.
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead higher education in the work of social justice. Many of our students come from historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds; students of color, students with recent immigrant histories, students from cycles of low income if not poverty, students from indigenous communities, and students from first-generation families.
The idea of promoting social mobility through education is unconditionally and uncompromisingly embraced by community colleges. This is an exciting role, and it comes with a heavy responsibility. Simply put, we need to create environments where our students achieve greater academic success, so much so that we close our persistent equity/opportunity gaps.
If you are committed to social and racial justice and if you are interested in joining a community dedicated to solving these inequities through education, please apply.
Recruitment Type:Open (Internal and External applicants)
LocationDiablo Valley College
# of Openings1
Salary$4,138 - $5,041 per month
Overtime StatusNon-Exempt (eligible)
If temporary, employment duration:N/A
# of Hours Scheduled Per Week40
Work Schedule By Day and Work Hours
Shift Differential %N/A
# of Months12
EEO Job CategoryClerical/Secretarial
DepartmentD1030-Financial Aid Office
Financial Aid Assistant II – Positions in this classification are assigned to the day-to-day complex technical duties in addition to general clerical work related to the assignment. Employees in this position have experienced knowledge of financial aid programs and procedures to independently assist students, staff, and community members at the front counter, over the phone, and through written and electronic correspondence.
Financial Aid Specialist - Positions in this classification are responsible for performing more specialized and complex technical duties within the work unit. Employees in this position also provide training and direction to departmental staff on a regular basis.
Financial Aid Specialist, Lead – Positions in this classification will help train and coordinate financial aid personnel. Employees in this position serve as an assistant to the Financial Aid Manager and provides on-going technical and functional lead supervision to the office staff.
Examples of Duties/Essential Functions
- Provides applications, information, and assistance to students regarding available financial aid programs, such as grants, loans, scholarships, and work study opportunities.
- Reviews financial aid application forms for accuracy and completeness; secures additional information from students as necessary; processes applications using District, state, and federal database; prepares and maintains student files.
- Determines student eligibility for financial aid based upon student needs and program guidelines, policies and procedures; creates aid packages; notifies students of awards or denial of awards.
- Maintains state and federal financial aid consumer information, applications, and forms; maintains office supplies.
- Attends workshops and trainings to remain current with relevant laws, rules and regulations.
- Assists in the development and modification of forms and procedures to ensure compliance with changing District, state and federal regulations.
- Assists in compiling, analyzing, and maintaining data for record maintenance and preparation of various reports.
- Assists in processing Federal Work Study paperwork; complies statistical data; and processes changes in student allocations.
- Processes correspondence received by department via mail, email, and fax.
- Participates in outreach functions.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
One (1) year of experience performing clerical duties, including basic recordkeeping and significant public contact in an office environment.
EDUCATION/LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
Possession of a high school diploma/GED or the equivalent.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT
Must not have any unresolved financial issues with the U. S. Department of Education that would prohibit the ability to obtain National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) access immediately
Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
Recordkeeping rules and procedures.
Modern office procedures, practices and technology/equipment.
Modern software applications (Microsoft Office Suite, etc.)
Minimum Qualification-Skill To
Minimum Qualification-Ability To
Provide accurate information to students and other financial aid personnel.
Learn relevant laws, rules and regulations through ongoing training attendance.
Learn, understand and apply relevant District, state and federal regulations, procedures and policies related to available loans and grants for students.
Perform assigned tasks in a high-volume environment, often under time pressure.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Handle sensitive or confidential materials and situations.
Learn complex financial aid applications and relevant software.
Make mathematical calculations quickly and accurately.
Identify pertinent financial information and learn to understand how various financial aid programs operate.
Perform a variety of clerical and recordkeeping tasks with accuracy using appropriate technology.
Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with all individuals encountered in the performance of required duties.
- Demonstrated work or community experience with a culturally and socioeconomically diverse clientele, reflecting awareness and sensitivity to adults from a variety of backgrounds including ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability.
- Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills.
- Experience with standard office and financial aid software application programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; and/or Colleague or similar financial aid software.
- Detail oriented and ability to perform duties with a high degree of accuracy and minimal errors.
Job Open Date:05/23/2023
Job Close Date:06/26/2023
Open Until FilledNo
Foreign Degree and Credit Statement:
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.
Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.
As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 50,354 students a year, in 2019-20 fiscal year the demographic make-up of the students was 9% Black/African American; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 35% Hispanic/Latino; 26% White/Caucasian; and 13% Other.
The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse.
Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 69 years. Most of the 10,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.
Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.
Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.
Retirement: Most employees are members of the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System). Faculty employees and Academic Managers are members of the STRS (State Teachers Retirement System). Police Service employers are members of Safety Public Employees Retirement System.
Deferred Compensation: The District offers two optional deferred compensation plans. Eligible employees have a choice of the 457, 403b plans and a selection of savings and investment options.
Leave Allowance: The District offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors a generous vacation and sick leave benefits as well as 20 paid holidays annually (which can vary based on length of winter break).
Additional Benefits: The District also offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors educational reimbursements, employee assistance programs, a travel assistance plan, longevity compensation, retiree benefits, employee discounts on health memberships and a comprehensive wellness program.
Newly hired employees may notify the respective union (Local 1 or United Faculty) if they opt to join and/or authorize payment to the union. If the newly hired employee authorizes payment to the union then the following fees apply: Local 1 has a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contribution of 1% of gross pay +$1. United Faculty has an agency fee of .55% of gross pay plus $2.50. (All confidential, supervisory and management positions are exempt from union membership)
For further information regarding benefits eligibility and details please refer to the following documents available on the 4CD website:
Classified Employees Local 1 Contract (Article 20-Benefits):
Managers/Supervisors/Confidential Personnel Manual (Section 8-Insurance Benefits):
POST OFFER PRE-PLACEMENT EVALUATION PROGRAM (PEP)
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