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Director of Financial Aid

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The Director of Financial Aid assists all students, prospective and current, and their families with the federal student aid application process, administers the College’s financial aid program, directs students to external resources, and oversees institutional compliance following federal, state, and local regulations.


  1. Performs need-analysis and student financial aid packaging.
  2. Oversees and evaluates the effectiveness of the institution’s financial aid policies and procedures.
  3. Provides counsel and advice to parents and students regarding their higher education financing.
  4. Prepares and updates consumer information, providing required and informational materials to prospective financial aid recipients.
  5. Develops financial aid programs and strategies for awarding institutional scholarships and grants to support the College’s strategic goals.
  6. Ensures compliance with all federal and state regulations regarding the distribution of all financial aid, including institutional scholarship and grant programs, federal grants and need-based loans, federal and institutional work-study, and all supplemental loan programs.
  7. Ensures that all institutional, federal, and state funding sources are utilized within budget parameters.
  8. Maintains a thorough knowledge of Department of Education and State of Delaware regulations; verifies all federal financial aid applications in compliance with Title IV requirements.
  9. Participates in federal, state, regional, and local organization workshops and conferences.
  10. Attends all necessary virtual and on-campus events.
  11. Develops and implements presentations about Financial Aid for prospective students and their families.


  1. Assists students in filing federal financial aid applications electronically.
  2. Answers all calls and emails related to Federal and Institutional Aid programs, including managing the Departmental email.
  3. Calculates eligibility, makes awards, and authorizes the disbursement of funds.
  4. Completes Federal Household Verifications for students selected by the Central Processing Unit.
  5. Resolves all C-flags, Professional Judgement overrides, Special Circumstance reviews and Additional Aid appeals.
  6. Originates and Disburses all Federal Direct Student Loan Programs and alternative education loan funding.
  7. Manages the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailbox, including the routine import of COD Response files and notifications for Entrance, Financial Awareness, and Exit Counseling, Plus loan applications, and all other records pertinent to the administration of Title IV funding.
  8. Monitors student enrollment status to prevent over-awards and to determine satisfactory academic progress.
  9. Completes all Veterans Administration Benefit Certifications and assumes all the responsibility of the VA Certifying Official, including maintaining student files and VA Once records.
  10. Oversees the federal work-study program, including compiling all necessary paperwork, monitoring student earnings, and communicating to Bursar for federal work-study drawdowns.


  1. Responsible for completion of all federal, state, and institutional reports.
  2. Reports and reconciles payment data with the Business Office, Department of Education, and StateGrant affiliates and governing agencies.
  3. Prepares data for annual FISAP, College Board, and IPEDS reporting.
  4. Works with the Business Office to ensure federal funds are administered per federal cash management regulations.
  5. Manage external audit of Title IV funds.

Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree in business or related field.
2. Minimum 5 years of work experience in post-secondary institution with administrative responsibility for financial aid services.
3. Must have computer aptitude, including proficiency in Word and Excel; familiarity with financial aid software, PowerFAIDS experience preferred.

Desired Qualifications

1. Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

Application submission details

Review of applications will begin immediately. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and three professional references to [email protected].

The Delaware College of Art and Design is located at 600 North Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware. Established in 1997 in a joint venture with Pratt Institute and the Corcoran, the College’s mission is to empower emerging creatives to take artistic risks and engage with inclusive and diverse communities. Our vision is to become a nationally recognized powerhouse of creativity, education, inspiration, and engagement. We offer associate degrees in five majors: Animation, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography and, to date, have over 1000 alumni.

The College’s values statement identifies four core values: Dedication, Creativity, Accomplishment, Diversity. We value our entire community’s contributions and respect the ways that differences in culture, experience, abilities, and background enrich the college environment.

Full-time employees enjoy a generous benefits plan that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage. Vacation, personal, and sick time are also provided.
DCAD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all educational activities, admissions, scholarship and loan programs, and employment. Discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical disability, marital status, veteran status, or other protected status is prohibited at the Delaware College of Art Design. Acts of discrimination that limit or deny access to the educational process and create a hostile environment are not consistent with Delaware College of Art and Design’s philosophy or mission. EEO/AAE