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Director of Student Financial Aid

Iowa City, IA

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The University Of Iowa is seeking a thoughtful, creative, and experienced leader to serve as the Director of Student Financial Aid. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, and working closely with the Enrollment Management Leadership Team, the director will lead a talented team on the Iowa City campus, and oversee an institutional financial aid budget of over $100 million. The director is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and overseeing the administration of federal, state, and institutional financial aid to ensure their regulatory compliance. The director works closely with and provides guidance to many units on campus such as University College, Graduate College, Professional Colleges, Academic Support and Retention, University Billing Office, Registrar, The Center for Diversity and Enrichment, The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, The University of Iowa Foundation, Athletics, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the offices of the Associate Deans.

The University of Iowa is a selective, AAU institution of approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 7,500 graduate and professional students. The institution has a well-developed strategic plan and strategic enrollment management plan to guide its future. The director will be expected to play a pivotal role in working with Enrollment Management and the campus community to meet institutional goals.

The ideal candidate has a deep appreciation for the role financial aid plays in helping students achieve their educational goals; possess exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills; is a data driven decision maker; has a collaborative work style, integrity, a commitment to providing exceptional customer service and an understanding of how financial aid, admissions, and student retention efforts work in unison to achieve institutional goals.

Required qualifications include a Master’s degree in business administration, or other related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Ten or more years of experience working in the administration of student financial aid. Demonstrates an expert level of complex communication skills including oral, written, and interpersonal communication. Demonstrates an expert level of proficiency using a broad range of methods in communicating complex ideas to diverse populations. Demonstrates extensive proficiency in the ability to promote and exhibit commitment to a collaborative climate that recognizes, celebrates, and rewards diversity. Demonstrates expert proficiency, knowledge of, and ability to apply policies and practices for administering a budget. Has experience supervising others and expert proficiency holding staff accountable for high performance and engagement by articulating expectations, monitoring performance, and providing consistent, constructive feedback. Demonstrates expert knowledge of federal and state financial aid regulations.

 Desired qualifications include having professional experience in a University or other not-for-profit organization and demonstrating an expert level of leading change management within a department or organization.

The selection process will include a criminal background and credential check on final candidates. To apply, please visit: and reference the position by requisition #70975. Please note applicants will be required to provide resume and cover letter with their application. Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process. 


The University of Iowa offers a full array of benefits that add considerable value to your total compensation. The flexibility allows you to select the option that best suits your personal needs. More detailed information is available on the Benefits Office website:

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Posted 04/21/17

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