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The University of California, Irvine (UCI) invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Director, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor Enrollment Services, the Director is the chief administrative officer responsible for the development, procurement, and administration of all student financial aid and scholarships.
Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. Located in the heart of Orange County, the University of California, Irvine enjoys the best of what Southern California has to offer; beaches, mountains, deserts, and a broad variety of cultural, entertainment and intellectual activities.
With a commitment to cutting-edge research, teaching, learning and creativity, UCI is a driving force for innovation and discovery that benefits our local, national and global communities in many ways. UCI is poised to be one of the preeminent global leaders in higher education under dynamic leadership and world renowned faculty. UCI is ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education and is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel Laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. UCI has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Located just a 10 minute drive to the ocean and enjoying great weather all year around, it is also located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities. The University is Orange County's second largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy.
Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor Enrollment Services, and in support of campus enrollment goals, the Director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is the chief administrative officer responsible for the management of the office and has the responsibility for the development, procurement, and administration of all student financial aid and scholarships. The Director is responsible for policy development and implementation, and for long range planning for the office. The incumbent has responsibility for the oversight of the satellite financial aid offices in the School of Medicine, the Paul Merage School of Business, and the School of Law. The Director uses sound judgment to ensure the quality and integrity of financial aid and scholarships processing and activities, consults with and informs campus faculty, UCI administrative leadership, and UC system personnel on financial aid and scholarship trends and policy impacts. The director makes recommendations to ensure access and equity to UC higher education, and develop strategies to ensure sound management of university fiscal resources and personnel. The position oversees 25 staff with six direct reports, managing a departmental budget of approximately $2.5 million. This does not include seven information-technology positions on campus who are dedicated to supporting this office and its functions.
Major areas of responsibility include:
Determining policy for the procurement and distribution of financial aid, utilizing a broad span of technical knowledge to implement policies. This includes developing projections and justifications for allocating multiple sources of financial aid support.
Developing and implementing a campus undergraduate scholarship program to meet campus enrollment goals and developing multi-year funding strategies and annual funding requests from the campus.
Providing general direction to the Office of Information Technology staff with regard to the functional needs of the unit. Monitoring trends in software for financial aid processing and working collaboratively with the Office of Information Technology to ensure that IT tools supporting the unit are effective.
Directing functions of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, establishing operational policies and procedures, organizing and managing the Financial Aid and Scholarships staff.
Representing the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships on Campus, UC system wide, State and national committees concerning the development of financial aid policies, procedures, and laws that affect students. The Director works closely with other departments within the Irvine campus.
Consulting with managers and setting priorities and allocating resources. Ensures that students who need financial assistance to attend university receive appropriate help. Directs the dissemination of information and financial aid services to faculty, staff, and students to publications in web service.
A bachelor's degree with a minimum of 10 years of supervisory experience.
Exemplary experience in financial aid and scholarships management.
Advanced knowledge of policies, regulations, and practices for awarding financial aid including needs analysis and packaging.
Proven extensive experience with higher education policies, processes, and procedures related to budget, accounting, human resources, and student services.
Leadership experience in creating innovative approaches to utilizing student aid programs and support of campus enrollment goals.
Technical knowledge of Title IV regulations.
Experience with an ability to understand details of laws, statutes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures and to apply them to factual situations.
Extensive quantitative analysis and resource management skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of student records in strict accordance with confidentiality rules established by and for the State of California 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.
Interested individuals should send a cover letter of application that relates the applicant's skills and experiences to the qualifications for the position and a resume to UCI@wspelman.com. The subject line in email should be UCIDFAS. The review of applications will begin on September 18, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
Confidential inquiries will be received at (951) 201-8800. Confidentiality will be maintained.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.