This position serves as a Financial Aid Counselor on the Financial Aid Compliance and Operations team. Related duties include helping to facilitate and support student-centered initiatives, provide leadership and counseling and/or guidance to students, families, and the University community. Employee will interact with staff from various levels within or outside of the University. This position provides students and their families financial aid related services. Activities include, but are not limited to giving presentations, counseling students about the financial aid process, awarding various aid programs, and educating students about the importance of good financial management. In addition, this position will have administrative oversight of specific programs to ensure funds are properly awarded, disbursed, and accurately reconciled. These initiatives will contribute to safeguarding the University in the area of compliance with financial aid related regulations. Serving under the Financial Aid Compliance and Operations team, the position also serves as part of the Financial Aid unit of the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Some evening and weekend work required.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
A Bachelor's degree is required, but a Master's Degree is preferred. The employee must have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of regulations for administering student financial aid programs, financial aid need analysis, and processes. They must have considerable experience working with specific financial aid programs and a good working knowledge of FERPA rules and regulations and ability to ensure compliance. Strong oral and written communication skills are a must with experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint), PeopleSoft, and Perceptive Content (ImageNow) imaging system. Employee must have the ability to work well with a diverse community and groups with different levels of technical ability. The ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships with individuals at all organization levels on campus is critical, along with the ability to work independently and with a team of colleagues. A good working knowledge of time management techniques, ability to identify, analyze, and resolve problems or concerns. Able to plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments and projects. Able to perform work under pressure to meet student service and operational demands.
Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
Employee will be required do work some evenings and weekends.
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
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