Associate Director of Financial Aid

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Enrollment - Admissions & Financial Aid

The Associate Director of Financial Aid serves a professional staff position for the Office of Financial Aid in the areas of award determination and packaging, financial aid counseling, and the coordination of University, federal and state financial aid programs.

All Financial Aid team members are expected to contribute to Bucknell’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Job Duties:
1. Counsels students and parents regarding financial aid awarding/packaging, verification, need analysis and financial aid options to assist with educational costs.

2. Evaluates first year and returning student financial aid applications and determines financial aid eligibility.

3. Maintains a superior level of expertise in operating the federal electronic processing system COD and Ellucian’s Banner System.

4. Assumes primary responsibility for the tracking and processing of summer financial aid.

5. Packages loans for graduate students who apply for federal financial aid.

6. Serves as the primary contact for first-year Posse and partnership students.

7. Maintains a high level of cooperation with other campus offices such as Bursar Services, Admissions, Registrar, Academic Deans, Graduate Studies, International Education, Athletics, etc.

8. Monitors and answer emails from the Office of Financial Aid email account.

9. Actively participates in public seminars regarding financial aid, such as Bucknell Open Houses, Financial Aid workshops, high school nights, and professional conferences and workshops.

10. Maintains a superior level of expertise regarding University, federal and state aid programs as well as professional developments in the field of financial aid.

11. Assists and advises the Director of Financial Aid and Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid in the overall operation of the office and the overall administration of the financial aid programs.

12. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Financial Aid.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree
• At least five years of experience in financial aid administration or comparable experience as it relates to the duties of the position
• Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, as well as the demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple assignments effectively
• Solid written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills
• Proficient computer skills including but not limited to e-mail correspondence, word-processing, and the ability to learn new technologies
• Ability to work independently
• Banner skills and experience (or similar higher education/financial aid student information system)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior work experience at a comparable institution

Work Type: 
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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