Financial Aid Director
Salary : $57,000.00 - $61,000.00 Annually
Location : Lamar, CO
Job Type : Professional/Tech Full-time
Department : LCC Student Services
Job Number : 135510
Closing : 7/18/2022 11:59 PM Mountain
Methods of Appointment
This position is not part of the classified state personnel system.
FLSA Status : Exempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
Type of Announcement
This announcement is not governed by the selection processes of the classified personnel system. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.
An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be assessed for US equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be included as part of your application material. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue.
The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the development and coordination of the administration of comprehensive financial aid services which includes, but is not limited to the administration of federal and state grants, veterans’ benefits, work-study program, institutional/private grants, scholarships and loans. This is highly responsible managerial work involving policy formulation and implementation, and fiscal management of comprehensive programs related to Financial Aid and Student Service functions. This position requires technical knowledge pertaining to federal, state, institutional and private programs, and regulations; significant interpersonal skills; verbal and written communication skills; and the ability to interact with a wide range of students and professionals. This position is responsible for proactively addressing and servicing students’ financial aid needs in addition to ensuring effective, efficient and student-friendly processes and operations are in place. The Director of Financial Aid is charged with administering these duties with integrity and in accordance with federal and state regulations and with the objective of minimizing risk to the institution.
Examples of Duties
- Administer a comprehensive student financial aid program in accordance with federal and state regulations.
- Administer the Veterans Affairs Program for all student veterans.
- Work with the Department of Education on Program Participation Agreements and Eligibility and Certification Approval Reports.
- Collect, process and analyze data from student applications and determine the students’ eligibility for financial assistance.
- Counsel students to help them meet their financial obligations utilizing various financial aid and other funding resources while considering their financial need and situation.
- Determine financial aid packages, to include appropriate scholarship funding, for students according to federal, state and institutional guidelines.
- Inform students of aid related information, documenting all aid assigned and maintain procedures and processes related to this.
- Prepare reports, including fund requests, expenditure status, and progress reports to federal and state agencies, private entities and appropriate college personnel.
- Maintain proficiency and current knowledge on developments in student financial aid matters.
- Submit disbursement information to the business office, check output records and maintain financial aid records to insure accurate and timely processing.
- Inform local secondary schools of financial aid availability and procedures to promote a conducive relationship with the schools.
- Provide and receive information to and from financial aid offices of other institutions of higher education.
- Provide necessary information to other staff members to promote the accomplishment of the objectives of the Student Services area.
- Oversee the Workstudy programs providing the necessary information for the appropriate staff members.
- Manage efforts to maintain a low student loan default rate, which includes monitoring and entrance and exit loan counseling.
- Award state, institutional, foundation and institutional scholarships, which includes chairing the LCC Scholarship Committee and working closely with the LCC Foundation and Admissions Office.
- Be responsible for supervision, evaluation of financial aid staff and oversight of office staff development as needs are identified.
- Provide financial aid counseling and outreach programs to student and families.
- Occasional travel for liaison and professional development activities with high school counselors, parents, and students
- Develop and offer a variety of student training and workshops on all aspects of paying for college.
- Monitor and update the financial aid web pages.
- Develop and maintain the LCC Financial Aid Handbook.
- Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, such as Education or Business Administration is required. Master's degree is desirable in a field such as Student Personnel or Business Administration.
- A minimum of two years of management and supervisory experience in Financial Aid, or a similar field (i.e., banking/ finance, Veterans’ Affairs, records management, etc.) is required.
- Demonstrated ability to relate to a diverse community, e.g., students, external agencies, professional and support staff.
- Demonstrated experience in capacities requiring analytical/technical competencies.
- Demonstrated experience in computer applications and systems with the ability to learn new systems such as Department of Education software, Department of Veteran Affairs software.
- Experience in a customer service environment.
- Progressive financial aid experience in higher education preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Federal Title IV programs and regulations preferred.
- Student information systems software experience; Banner experience is preferred.
Deadline to Submit Online Application Material: A review of applications will begin on June 13, 2022. The preferred start date is July 1, 2022 or as soon as possible after candidate selection. This position will remain posted until the position is filled.
Online Application Process: All applications must be submitted online. When submitting your online application material, please note that ALL items must be received for your application to be considered. Complete applications will include: a cover letter addressing your interests and how you meet the position requirements, a current resume, five professional references (including at least one recent supervisor, one recent co-worker, and one recent supervisee), and transcript copies. Official transcripts showing the highest degree achieved should be submitted to Shelly.Tombleson@lamarcc.edu upon offer of employment.
If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at 719-336-1572 or Shelly.Tombleson@lamarcc.edu.
By submitting an application for this announced position, applicants are certifying that all statements, information and documents provided are true, complete and correct to the best of their knowledge and are made in good faith. Further, applicants understand that omissions, misleading, false or untrue information, or any attempt at fraud or deceit in any manner connected with this application and/or subsequent testing may result in them not being considered for jobs with Lamar Community College; may constitute grounds for discipline and/or termination after hire; and/or constitute grounds for further actions pursuant to law.
Notice to all Applicants:
- Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
- LCC participates in E-Verify.
- Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
- Final candidate is subject to a criminal background check prior to the final selection process.
- Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within fourteen (14) days of hire.
- LCC is affiliated with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, employees contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the COPERA web page.
- Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.
About LCC: We enrich lives through learning. Located on the golden plains of southeastern Colorado, Lamar Community College, a federally-designated Hispanic-Serving institution, is focused on the educational needs of Prowers, Baca, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Counties. Yet its unique programs, NJCAA/NIRA athletics, small class sizes, dedicated staff, innovative spirit, and idyllic setting also make it a destination college for students of all ages from across Colorado, the nation, and the world. LCC is one of thirteen colleges in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).
LCC Vision: “Lamar Community College provides the highest quality education and service excellence in an environment of care, support, mutual respect, and integrity.”
LCC Core Values: Respect, integrity, open communication, and valuing people.
The Federal Clery Act (The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the LCC website at the Campus Safety Page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the College Security Office upon request. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus or on property controlled or owned by Lamar Community College, as well as public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, our campuses.
ADAAA Accommodations: Lamar Community College is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or performing essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship.
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Shelly Tombleson at 719-336-1572 or Shelly.Tombleson@lamarcc.edu at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
Pregnancy Related Accommodations, Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA): The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), allows applicants to request a reasonable accommodation for health conditions related to pregnancy or the physical recovery from childbirth. Candidates wishing to request reasonable accommodations must do so as soon as possible, preferably at least three days prior to the exam or interview. If you are an individual who wishes to request reasonable accommodations, please contact us at 719-336-1572 or Shelly.Tombleson@lamarcc.edu.
Non-Discrimination Statement: The State of Colorado and Lamar Community College believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado and Lamar Community College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law as required by Title VI, Title IX, Section 503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, VEVRAA, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II of the ADA. Inquiries may be directed to: Human Resources Director, Lamar Community College, 2401 S. Main Street, Lamar, CO 81052, or 719-336-1572 or Shelly.Tombleson@lamarcc.edu.
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, Shelly Tombleson, Director of Human Resources at Lamar Community College, 2401 S. Main Street, Lamar, CO 81052, or 719-336-1572 or Shelly.Tombleson@lamarcc.edu.