Manager of Financial Aid

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Admission / Financial Aid, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Student Affairs / Services

DU is the oldest and largest private, independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, welcoming approximately 5700 undergraduate and 8000 graduate students to campus either in-person or virtually each year. Our students complete a rigorous, comprehensive core curriculum in addition to a deep, hands-on immersion in their technical curricula. DU is a research university with high research activity and an exceptional commitment to its students.

Denver, the Mile-High City, consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. Denver’s economy is rapidly growing and diversifying, with strengths in the aerospace, healthcare, financial tech, telecommunications, and IT-software sectors. Our region features a dry climate with 300 days of sunshine annually and surprisingly mild winters. The nearby Rocky Mountains provide beautiful views and abundant recreational opportunities year-round. The city of Denver is home to several major league sports teams, diverse neighborhoods, and strong cultural and food scenes. Situated in this vibrant metropolitan community, the University is committed to building and sustaining a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The Chancellor’s diversity statement can be viewed here:

MCE is a leader in innovative and effective approaches for promoting learning, information literacy, healthy lifestyle, and civic participation throughout the lifespan. Transcending traditional ideas about education. schooling, and meaningful community engagement we embrace a new, comprehensive vision of learning as a lifelong activity that involves the whole person and can occur through a variety of methods, anywhere and at any time. We promote educational change and social equity in addition to providing leadership for the improvement of education, mental health, libraries, and information services and systems.

Department Summary
The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education (MCE) invites applications for the position of Manager, Financial Aid.
The Morgridge College of Education’s vision is to train global leaders who employ innovative and effective approaches to advance learning throughout the lifespan, educational change, and social equity. Our programs prepare ethical, collaborative practitioners who can apply principles to promote learning and development with diverse clients and communities. We are looking for a candidate who can lead efforts to promote MCE and recruit quality graduate level students to our programs. This is a full-time, benefitted position.

Position Summary

The Manager of Financial Aid partners with the Dean and the Assistant Dean of Business & Operations and is responsible for developing annual and multi-year financial aid awarding plans that strategically deploy available scholarship and discount funds, with the goal of recruiting an outstanding and diverse study body; analyzing and reporting upon enrollment, scholarship and discount awards, persistence, and related trends with the objective of developing robust enrollment management models and advancing sound enrollment management practices; and contributing to efforts in the realms of affordability and financial transparency, including counseling students regarding scholarship opportunities, financing options, and loan repayment. Additionally, this position oversees the financial aid for the Ricks School and Fisher Early Learning Center. This position has a dotted reporting line to the Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management & Marketing. The ideal candidate will have the proven skills outlined below and the ability to oversee financial aid and operational projects from inception to completion.

Essential Functions

Financial Aid

  • Liaises with Central Financial Aid Office on Financial Aid policies and issues
  • Assists the AD with current year tuition forecasting for the college and schools
  • Assists with future year budget development process with the AD
  • Assists the AD with planning strategic funding and general business operations.
  • Directs the processes for analysis of tuition, enrollment, discount rates, and other areas as directed by the AD.
  • Counsel applicants, students, and graduates regarding financial aid and financing options, including student loan repayment and forgiveness plans
  • Report upon enrollment, scholarship and discount awards, persistence, and related enrollment trends, with the objective of developing robust enrollment management models and advancing sound enrollment management practices
  • Gift and Endowment financial management as applicable.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports to the school’s accreditor and other outside bodies bearing on student financial management.

Operations and Supplemental Support

Assists the MCE Business Team to accomplish the following:

  • Conduct training sessions and coordinates onboarding for new staff members with financial aid responsibilities
  • Work to review the college’s business process and their continuous improvement.
  • Provides and manages backup support for essential business functions in college departments during staff vacancies.
  • Other duties as assigned by the dean and AD.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to develop, read, analyze, and interpret general business, financial documents, and budget reports.
  • Excellent computational and analytical skills in understanding budgets, calculating payroll, and making multi-year projections.
  • Excellent ability to work independently, solve problems, provide positive leadership, and demonstrate due discretion and excellent judgment.
  • Excellent skills in conflict resolution.
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments and division needs
  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze and strategize numerous budgets, financial planning, and outcomes as they apply to the financial health of the division.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of experience working in a financial aid environment.
  • Experience with budget forecasting and development, financial aid management, and accounting oversight.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business, accounting, or related field.
  • 3+ years of work experience with budget forecasting and development, financial aid management, and accounting oversight.
  • Higher education experience.
  • Proven ability to forge mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Up-to-date understanding of student financial aid policies and developments

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with the possibility of remote days.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) April 5, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 6.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $57,000 - $65,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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