Job Summary/Basic Function: Job Summary: Under the direction of the Executive Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid, and under the division of Enrollment Management, the Director provides vigorous leadership of all Student Financial Aid and Scholarship operations. This position provides direction and management of a multi-million-dollar budget which ensures financial stability for endowed funds and educational access for Lamar financial aid recipients. The successful candidate is responsible for policy development, implementation, and long-range planning that advances the university's goals, mission and vision. He/she designs systems that open new opportunities for equitable access to a Lamar University education. He/she develops strategies to effectively deploy university fiscal resources and personnel to achieve these goals. In addition, the Director creates an environment that promotes and celebrates a positive customer service experience. Further, the Director maintains excellent relationships with the communities of interest impacted by in this position. The Director provides leadership to approximately 30 staff and works closely with various entities across campus.
Manages the campus undergraduate scholarship program to meet campus enrollment goals, including scholarship budgets, expenditures and projections.
Works with Office of Admissions and other departments to ensure effective awarding of Scholarship funds.
Coordinates with the office of Development and LU foundation to ensure effective utilization of privately funded scholarships and to support that office in its compliance and records of student awards.
Reviews and approves documentation relating to LU scholarships.
Manages the scholarship appeal process.
Determines policies for procurement and distribution of all forms for student financial aid and utilizes a broad span of knowledge to implement these policies. This includes developing projections and justifications for allocating multiple sources of financial aid.
Monitors trends in software for financial aid and scholarship processing and works collaboratively to ensure that IT tools supporting the offices are effective.
Directs functions of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid such as establishing operational policies and procedures, organizing and managing the Financial Aid and Scholarship staff.
Consults with managers and sets priorities to allocate resources. Ensures that students who need financial assistance receive appropriate help.
Directs the dissemination of information both digitally and in print on scholarships and financial aid services to faculty, staff, and students, current and prospective, as well as parents.
Remains current on University, State and Federal rules, regulations and policies as they relate to higher education in general, scholarships and financial aid in particular.
Minimum Qualifications: Qualifications, Skills and Abilities: A bachelors degree with a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience, with a masters degree preferred. Leadership experience in creating innovative approaches to utilizing student aid programs in support of campus enrollment goals. Proven extensive experience with higher education policies, processes, and procedures related to budget, accounting, human resources, and student services. An understanding of Lamar University, its history, and its mission is preferred, specifically in relationship to the higher education market within which it resides or equivalent institutions with similar missions and educational contexts. General knowledge of policies, regulations, and practices for awarding student financial aid. Experience with an ability to understand details of laws, statutes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures and apply them to factual situations. Extensive quantitative analysis and resource management skills. Ability to maintain security of student records in strict accordance with confidentiality rules established by and for the State of Texas and the University. Outstanding communication skills demonstrated by the ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse people, and parents as well as excellent public speaking skills. Dedication to the concept of service and commitment to student and staff diversity.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana