East_Campus_Mall12_5170The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Director of Student Financial Aid.  Reporting to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and serving on the Vice Provost's Leadership Team, the Director provides leadership, vision, and oversight to the Office of Student Financial Aid and acts as advisor to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.

About the University of Wisconsin- Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the original University of Wisconsin, created at the same time Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848. It received Wisconsin's land grant and became the state's land-grant university after Congress adopted the Morrill Act in 1862. It continues to be Wisconsin's comprehensive teaching and research university with a statewide, national, and international mission, offering programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels in a wide range of fields, while engaging in extensive scholarly research, continuing adult education and public service.

Our Mission

The primary purpose of UW-Madison is to provide a learning environment in which faculty, staff, and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all. The university seeks to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation for the complex cultural and physical worlds in which they live and to realize their highest potential of intellectual, physical and human development. It also seeks to attract and serve students from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, and to be sensitive and responsive to those groups that have been underserved by higher education.

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UW-Madison is among the largest and most comprehensive universities in the nation, and the largest of the 15 distinct institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UW-Madison comprises 13 schools and colleges that include 121 academic departments, 251 centers and institutes, and 403 academic degree/major programs.UW-Madison has more than 21,000 employees, including more than 2,200 faculty, and is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Our average class size is 29 students, and only 9 percent of our classes have more than 100 students. We offer more than 4,700 courses and 134 undergraduate majors. With this incoming class, 29,580 undergraduates are currently enrolled at the university. Total university enrollment is 43,389.

Wisconsin counties represented: All 72

States represented: 50

A Global Reputation

* 11th among American public universities

* 24th among world-ranked universities

* 8th best value among public universities

* 4th among U.S. universities in research expenditures with more than $1 billion devoted to scientific research

* 7th in doctorates granted among public universities

* 19 Nobel Prizes and 38 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded to UW alumni or faculty

* More than 1,050 alumni serve as CEOs

* With 3,145 graduates having served since 1961, UW-Madison is the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers

For more information on the University of Wisconsin-Madison visit http://wisc.edu/.

EastCampusMall12_0982About the Position

The Office of Student Financial Aid is part of the Division of Enrollment Management which also includes the offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment, the University Registrar, and the central office of the Student Information System.  The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.

The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to provide access to financial resources to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students in a fair, sensitive, and confidential manner; to inform and educate students and their families about financial options; and to continually improve services so students may take the best advantage of their educational opportunities.

The Director is responsible for carrying out this mission by collaborating with campus colleagues as well as directing the activities of 38 permanent employees and approximately 40 student employees.  UW-Madison students receive assistance from federal, state, institutional, and private aid sources totaling more than $280 million annually in traditional federal and state funds as well as $198 million in scholarships and assistantships. There are 40,000 annual aid applicants and 25,000 recipients.

The Director also serves as the campus authority on federal, state, and institutional aid programs and is a participant in the University's strategic enrollment management planning.  In addition, this individual serves as liaison with University Communications in managing media relations for the university as they pertain to the complex and changing world of student financial aid.


Chief responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

Provide leadership and direction to staff involved in all financial aid operations; including processing, awarding and financial aid advising services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; as well as the Student Job Center and scholarship administration.

Work closely with the Chancellor, other senior leaders, and the UW Foundation to increase activities and support for increasing need-based financial aid support from private donors.

Serve as a member of the Division of Enrollment Management leadership team and assist in divisional strategic goal setting and establishing metrics associated with student financial aid's short and long-term plans.

Oversee financial aid activities in the area of information dissemination to students, prospective students, parents, high school counselors, and other agencies and groups regarding need-based, merit-based, and unsubsidized loan availability and application processes in print, web, individual and group sessions. Also provide counseling on cost of attendance, money management, student debt, and loan repayment.

Demonstrate knowledge of extensive financial aid policies, procedures, and eligibility requirements for federal, state, and university programs including a considerable body of authorizing legislation and regulations which direct the awarding of funds to students based upon need. Responsible for compliance with all federal and state financial aid related laws and regulations and private donor rules and restrictions.

Work closely with the bursar's office to ensure compliant delivery of aid to students through the Student Financial Accounts as well as other units within the Division of Business Services.

Ensure institutional compliance with rules, regulations, and academic policies of the University, NCAA, and Big Ten or other athletic organizations or associations as they relate to financial aid and athletic scholarships.

Direct the development of technological improvements, particularly in the campus Student Information System (SIS), regarding enhancements and maintenance of a web-based student financial services as well as guide exploration of federally approved non-standard term aid delivery within the SIS.

Act as a consultant to deans, directors, staff, and faculty throughout campus in matters relating to student financial aid. Advise and counsel UW-Madison and UW-federal and state relations staff, and federal agencies, legislators, and their staffs.


Master's or other advanced degree preferred. A combination of bachelor's degree and extensive professional experience will be considered.

7 to 10 years experience in financial aid administration at the associate director level or higher with a proven track record of exemplary leadership through innovation and student customer service at a large complex institution.

A commitment to increasing need-based aid and scholarships.

An appreciation for and an understanding of the role of technology and social media in financial aid and enrollment management.

A thorough understanding of federal financial aid programs and familiarity with how different state aid programs work.

Visionary leadership skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, superior strategic thinking and planning skills, excellent management skills, and the ability to work well with teams.

How to Apply 

Interested individuals 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. Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to UW@wspelman.com. The subject line in the email should be UWDSFA. All applications will be considered confidential.  Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Confidential inquiries should be made to Michael Geffen, PhD, Vice President, William Spelman Executive Search. Telephone number: (951)201-8800.

Materials arriving after this date will be reviewed and considered until the position is filled.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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