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Financial Aid Director

The Appalachian School of Law, (“ASL”), is seeking applications for a full-time Financial Aid Director to lead our financial aid program. ASL exists to provide an opportunity for people from Appalachia and beyond to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. We attract a qualified, diverse, and dedicated student body, many of whom will remain in the region after graduation. The program emphasizes community service, professional responsibility, dispute resolution, and practice skills, with specialties in natural resources law and criminal law. 

Employer:

Appalachian School of Law

1169 Edgewater Drive

Grundy, VA 24614

Job Location: Grundy, VA

Salary/ Grade:

Benefits: Yes; Fringe Benefits:  This full-time position offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage; a TIAA retirement plan; a generous paid leave program; and tuition exchange program benefits

Job Category:

Application Period:

Target Start Date:

Expected Work Hours: 40 Hours per week

Employment Type: Full time- Staff

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree and at least three years of relevant experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of computer applications and systems is a must.
  • Strong analytical skills with great attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • This position requires a self-directed person who works cooperatively, adapts easily and quickly, accepts responsibility, ensures a high level of accuracy with attention to detail, and thrives in a high volume environment.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree: J.D. or Master’s in a relevant field.
  • Previous Financial Aid experience in an academic setting.

 

Duties:

  • Records created and maintained by the financial aid office are considered to be education records and may not be disclosed without the student’s consent. This includes at least all of the following records:
    • Records relating to eligibility and disbursement of Federal Student Aid funds
    • Student accounts
    • Federal Work Study payroll records
    • Financial Aid applications
    • SARs and ISIRs
    • Documentation of professional judgment decisions
    • Documentation relating to a refusal to certify Federal education loans
    • Financial aid history information (for transfer students)
    • Cost of attendance information, including documentation relating to any adjustments
    • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) documentation
    • Documents used for verification
    • Entrance and exit counseling records
    • Financial records
  • Educational records include any materials received from the student and/or parents. It also includes any records that were used to make decisions about the student. Directing and packaging of financial aid for new and current students, including awarding and adjusting tuition, financial aid and scholarships in a timely manner This includes, but is not limited to, inputting all awards of federal loans, scholarships, stipends, etc. into the system.
  • Certified in Veteran Benefits (VA). Handling of all benefits for Veterans, while calculating the Yellow Ribbon Match Program, if applicable.
  • Handling of all Federal Work Study and making sure the necessary departments are notified of the approved students.
  • Representing the financial aid office to various agencies, professional associations, and current and prospective students.
  • Assisting and advising the Chief Operating Officer and the Dean of Admissions on how best to market and utilize various limited funds after conferring with the Business Office to maximize retention of current students and recruit new students.
  • Evaluating the satisfactory academic progress of students as it relates to financial aid.
  • Responsible for the daily administration of and institutional compliance with federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs and the preparation of various reports to federal, state, and other entities, which requires attention to detail.
  • Maintaining any and all student files on an academic year basis. Working with the Business Office to adhere to requested audit material.
  • Counseling students regarding financial aid availability, application procedures, and debt management strategies. Documenting that all students receive exit counseling when withdrawing, drop below Full-Time student status, and / or graduate as required by federal law.
  • Report to the Business Office when drawdowns are necessary and when the return of financial aid funds to lenders are needed.
  • Responsible for the completion of R2T4 calculations when a student status changes.
  • Interpret and apply complex federal and state financial aid regulations.
  • Responsible for maintaining ASL’s compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) and other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.

 

For Full Consideration, Apply by:

Posting Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Required Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References (3)

 

 

We strongly encourage women, minorities, and others who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If interested, please send the listed required documents to personnel@asl.edu.

Statement on Nondiscrimination

Law School policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy/childbirth, marital status, disability, religion, political affiliation, veteran status, or national and ethnic origin. Race discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.  Gender discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth.  This policy extends to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities, including admissions, employment, and financial assistance, as is required by law, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Virginia Human Rights Act, and regulations there under.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

As an employer and institution of higher learning, the Appalachian School of Law seeks to discharge its legal responsibilities and serve its diverse and talented community through fair and responsible application of its policies. These policies express institutional values and carry out the mandates of state and federal law.

This institution does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy/childbirth, marital status, disability, religion, political affiliation, veteran status, or national and ethnic origin. Race discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.