Director of Student Financial Assistance


RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Director of Student Financial Assistance works with the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs to establish and interpret college policies and procedures within the guidelines of funding agencies to administer various financial aid programs. The director estimates and otherwise projects amounts of monies to be allocated from the federal government, state and local agencies to ensure continuation of current programs.  The director will also research new programs and recommend changes to existing programs as deemed appropriate.  Supervision is exercised over professional staff, clerical support staff and student assistants. Additional responsibilities include the following:

  • Maintains a computerized financial aid system to accurately track funding and dispersal thereof; recommends enhancements to the system by reviewing yearly activity and analyzing efficiency;
  • Develops written policies and procedures relating to financial aid and designs/updates materials which publicize and explain financial aid programs, the application process, eligibility requirements and students’ rights and responsibilities;
  • Participates in making policy decisions in areas such as academic pursuit and progress standards for maintaining eligibility for financial aid, tuition deferments, scheduling and disbursement of financial aid, and establishes an institutional policy for the delivery of financial support services to students;
  • Conducts studies and completes required reports for all federal and state aid programs for the college;
  • Works with students to assemble financial aid packages in accord with federal, state and local guidelines; ensures that the total funding available to the college will serve as many applicants as possible.

The director shall do other related work as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:  A minimum of a Master’s degree and five years of experience at a supervisory level in Student Financial Assistance is required. Sufficient knowledge of: federal and state programs of financial assistance to students,  standard procedures for analyzing the financial need of individual students from personal and family income and assets, and on-line financial aid management programs is required. Knowledge of the PeopleSoft Student Data Management System is required.  Familiarity with the academic environment and the ability to communicate effectively with individuals and with groups is also required.

POSITION EFFECTIVE:  October 1, 2013 

SALARY & BENEFITS: The salary range is $84,315-$130,788 plus excellent benefits.

TO APPLYPlease send a resume, cover letter, and 3 letters of recommendation to:  Please indicate “Director of Student Financial Assistance” in the subject line of the email or mail to:

Director, Human Resources

Westchester Community College

HR Department, Administration Building – Suite 111

75 Grasslands Road

Valhalla, New York 10595

Fax: (914) 606-7838

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONSPriority will be given to applications received by August 15, 2013.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence and lifelong learning.