Financial Aid Counselor

Date Posted: 10/31/2013

The Office of Financial Aid is growing and is seeking a Financial Aid Counselor to support the university's enrollment service goals and initiatives. This is a new position for SUA.  Under the direction of the Financial Aid Manager and in collaboration with the Financial Aid Data Analyst, this position is responsible for advising and awarding Federal, State, and Institutional aid accurately through careful analysis of financial aid documentation and regulations. This individual is also responsible for ensuring that the university is in compliance with complex government and institutional regulations.

The Financial Aid Counselor will advise both new and returning students and their parents on all aspects of financial aid, deliver financial aid presentations for informational meetings, orientations, open houses and training sessions.

Duties include but are not limited to: awarding various types of aid such as Pell Grant, FSEOG, Federal Work Study, Cal Grant, Federal/Institutional Loans, Institutional Aid, Scholarships, Veterans Benefits, and other outside aid with accuracy. Other duties include managing entrance/exit counseling, performing needs analysis, reviewing various reports and verification documents to determine eligibility, evaluate student's satisfactory academic progress and assist the Financial Aid Manager in creating and updating policy, procedures, forms, website and other communication tools. The Financial Aid Counselor is also responsible for keeping current with federal regulation and addresses frequent changes in financial aid matters by attending regular trainings, conferences, and accessing various financial aid resources.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree.
  • Preference for a minimum of 1-3 years of Financial Aid/ higher education administration experience.
  • Familiarity with PeopleSoft is a plus. 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills in person, written, and by phone.
  • Capacity for developing and sustaining effective relationships with administrators, faculty, staff and students.
  • High proficiency in personal computer systems utilizing databases, word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, to include MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and other software applications.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • High ethical and professional standards.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, salary history, and three professional references to:

Human Resources
Re: Financial Aid Counselor
Soka University of America
1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
E-mail: jobs@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.