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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest and among the top-ranked private, technological research universities, seeks a highly accomplished leader to serve as the Director, Financial Aid.

Under the leadership of President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., Rensselaer offers degrees from five schools: Engineering; Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and, the Lally School of Management, as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology.  Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.  The university provides rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environments and campus-wide opportunities for leadership, collaboration and creativity.

The University currently enrolls 5,781 undergraduates and 1,109 graduate students in residential programs.  The fall 2016 freshman class will be the largest incoming class in the history of University.   The Office of Financial Aid supports Rensselaer’s over-arching goal to achieve greater prominence in the 21st century as a top-tier world-class technological research university with global reach and global impact in accordance with the Rensselaer Plan 2024.

As Rensselaer prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding in 2024, it is critical that it draws on the perspectives of multiple disciplines in order to make progress for our nation and the world.

Today, just as Rensselaer is positioning itself for its third century of service, the world is at a watershed moment-shaped by three factors: humanitarian challenges of increasing complexity and interconnectedness across the globe; the consequent need to create graduates who are global citizens and lifelong learners; and, the ever increasing availability of technologies in connecting people and divergent sources of information in new ways.  What is required is a new paradigm for teaching, working, learning, and research, which we have termed “The New Polytechnic.”

Using advanced technologies, The New Polytechnic enables collaborations between talented people across disciplines, sectors, and global regions, in order to address the complex problems the world faces.  This vision of The New Polytechnic is already making a difference in the global impact of our research, in our innovative pedagogy, and in the lives of our students.

studentAbout the Position
The Office of Financial Aid is part of the Division of Enrollment which also includes the Office of Admissions. The Director reports to the Vice President, Enrollment Management.   The Registrar and the Bursar have different reporting lines but work closely with the Office of Financial Aid and its staff.

The Director is responsible for directing all aspects of the financial aid operation ensuring that students receive maximum awards in a timely manner and distribution is in compliance with federal and state regulations.  The Director works closely with the Vice President for Enrollment to package aid to optimize enrollment while controlling the institutional discount according to approved institutional guidelines.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

* Ensuring compliance with all federal and state regulations regarding the distribution of financial aid, including: institutional scholarship and grant programs, federal grants and need based loans, work study, and all supplemental loan programs.

* Developing and recommending policy to the Enrollment Planning Committee to determine the use of available student financial aid. Implementing policies and evaluating their effectiveness on the program.

* Working closely with the Admissions Office to provide detailed information to prospective students and their parents.

* Providing information and counseling to current undergraduate students regarding financial aid.

* Developing, implementing, and leading the award process including needs analysis, packaging, verification, and notification.

* Responding and resolving student aid appeals.

* Working with the Vice President and Business Manager to develop a performance plan and a performance-based budget that realistically reflects the priorities and needs of the division; ensuring fiscal responsibility for decisions regarding expenditures in the department. Initiating appropriate cost containment measures as necessary.

* Supervising the recruitment and selection of staff to assist in attainment of goals and objectives; carrying out human resource functions for direct reports including hiring, evaluating, training, developing, supporting, coaching, and when necessary, counseling and initiating disciplinary actions.

* Establishing a work environment that fosters collaboration, respect, and excellence. Working with all department staff to provide outstanding customer service for students.

* Participating in Admissions Office on campus programs such as “Fall Discover Days” and “Spring Accepted Student Program”.

* Participating and representing Rensselaer in professional organizations and attending selected meetings and conferences.

Lally School of Management and Technology1The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate must keep abreast of industry and regulatory changes, developing and emerging issues. He/she must be able to formulate effective strategies consistent with the goals of the institution, see the big picture and hold a long-term perspective. The successful candidate shares information, advice, and suggestions to help others to be more successful while also providing effective coaching and supervision. Treating others fairly without regard to race, sex, color, religion, or sexual orientation is mandatory.  The incumbent actively seeks others perspectives to ensure inclusiveness and actively listens, provide constructive feedback, and demonstrates respect for differing views. The successful candidate demonstrates tolerance and adaptability when dealing with the ambiguous situations while also initiating plans to accomplish organizational goals that meet the challenges of a fast changing environment.

Candidates must have a strong working knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues related to financial aid.

A Master’s degree in higher education administration, student personnel or a related field is preferred as is minimally eight (8) years of progressively responsible financial aid experience at the Director or Associate Director level.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the stated qualifications for the position along with a resume that reflects notable achievements. The application materials should be sent electronically to  DFARPI@wspelman.com.  The subject line in the email should be DFARPI. Confidential inquiries may be made by contacting Michael Geffen at Mike@wspelman.com or at 951-201-8800.

All applications are considered confidential and neither references nor personal or professional contacts will be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials should be received by October 31, 2016. Materials arriving after this date will be reviewed and considered until the position is filled.

Rensselaer has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. As such, the Institute welcomes applicants who will bring a diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to the Rensselaer community.

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