Job Summary/Basic Function: Job Summary/Basic Function
General Description: The purpose of this position is to administer financial aid programs for students enrolled in Lamar University's Online Programs. This includes staff and resource management, reports, program reviews, compliance with university and funding agency requirements and student financial aid applications and counseling per online terms. This position will have direct supervisory authority for all Financial Aid Specialist Sr. positions assigned to LU Online Programs in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Additional duties include reviewing student files for award processing, answering questions on the financial aid application process, explaining policies and procedures, working with the default management program, assisting with student orientations for incoming Lamar University students, making presentations as assigned by the Director of Financial Aid, assisting students and parents as needed, maintaining strict compliance with NCAA rules regarding student-athletes, and other necessary duties as assigned.
Essential Job Functions: * Assist with the supervision of assigned personnel, which includes work allocation, training, and problem resolution. *Overseeing all facets of the daily operation of the online programs financial aid unit, ensuring compliance with University, state and federal laws, and institutional policies and regulations. * Reviews and adjusts awards for students in online programs. * Manages computer databases and analyzes, designs, and produces specialized statistical reports, and manages Banner Xtender electronic scanning. * Assists in performing financial aid advising for qualifying students enrolled in Lamar University's online programs. * Serves as a financial aid liaison by speaking and/or giving presentations to special groups. * Serves as a financial aid liaison between the bursar or loan lender and the student. * Is the direct liaison between Financial Aid and Lamar University's online program staff. * Develops and maintains a positive customer service orientation. * Must be a self-starter. * Must be a critical thinker. * Assist with other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience: Bachelors degree is required with a major in business preferred. A minimum of two (2) years of directly related financial experience, OR any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities can be achieved.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: * Knowledge of financial aid policies, procedures, and eligibility requirements. * Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to the provision of student financial aid. * Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures. * Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques. * Knowledge of Lamar Universitys Online Programs and Traditional Academic Programs. * Must be able to maintain and retain access to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
Other Skills: * Skill in using computers and related software. * Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. * Skill in training staff including organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments. * Effective interpersonal and communication skills. * Skill in analyzing and interpreting financial information.
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.
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