Note: There are 3 positions available and they are one-year temporary positions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and University restrictions for on-campus work, these positions will perform work remotely. Training will also be performed online. Once it is determined that staff are allowed to return to work on-campus, these positions will work out of one of the three One Stop locations: Bruininks Hall (East Bank), Coffey Hall (St. Paul), or West Bank Skyway (West Bank).
One Stop Counselors provide integrated student services to University students, families, faculty, and staff in the main areas of records and enrollment, billing, and financial aid. The One Stop Counselor position requires an in-depth understanding of and training on university, federal and state policies regulating academic records, registration, financial aid, and student account billing. Additionally, One Stop Counselors are equipped with broad knowledge of campus resources and services.
As a vital resource for the University community, it is essential for One Stop counselors to provide outstanding customer service. One Stop Counselors must exhibit excellent problem solving skills and independent professional judgement when resolving student questions and concerns. Furthermore, One Stop Counselors must possess an understanding of the University of Minnesota’s diverse community. Additionally, One Stop Counselors engage in sensitive conversations related to academic success and financial matters.
One Stop Counselors serve on various committees, engage in professional development and provide campus and community outreach. Through their broad knowledge of the University, One Stop Counselors have the authority to apply independent discretion and professional judgment without supervisor approval in a variety of situations, many of which have significant impact to the University.
Counseling and Advising (75%)
Counsel, advise, investigate, problem-solve, and resolve questions and issues from current and previous students, parents, faculty, staff, collegiate units, other third parties, and the public.
Provide advising to students and parents with in-depth financial aid questions concerning FAFSA applications. Explain financial aid eligibility and disbursement of aid, as well as cost of attendance figures, difference and benefits of different aid types and estimated family contribution formulas.
Counsel students on a variety of issues to include records, financial aid, billing, and payment.
Provide start-to-finish student service using professional judgment and individual discretion in both simple and complex issues involving minimal supervisory guidance.
Offer pro-active and on-the-spot, independent diagnostic support and problem resolution in a broad range of areas and issues.
Keep abreast of University, departmental, federal and state regulations. Exercise authority to implement changes and make exceptions to students’ records.
Continually look for ways to improve service to students.
Provide customer service consistent with One Stop’s inclusive and welcoming service standards.
Community Outreach & Other Duties as Assigned (15%)
Present One Stop orientation presentations to students, parents and other University staff.
Present financial aid and student account/billing presentations to the University community, high schools, junior colleges, and other requested external presentations such as Financial Aid Nights, Campus Preview Days, New Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, and Upward Bound.
Serve on committees as needed.
Act as outreach liaison for colleges and departments.
Complete other duties as assigned.
Successfully represent the University of Minnesota through professional delivery of presentations.
Appeals, Waivers & Petitions (10%)
Evaluate and complete:
Late Registration Appeals, Late Payment Appeals, Student Service Fee Waiver Requests, Late Enrollment Appeals, One-Time Exceptions to Full-Time Status.
Accurately counsel students on impact to their record based on the type of waiver, appeal or petition submitted.
Thoroughly investigate appeals, waivers, and petitions as well as supporting documentation to make decision.
Contact appropriate parties for further information when needed.
Evaluate and act on appeals, meeting deadlines established for each appeal.
Review student eligibility for financial aid based on current enrollment. Use professional judgment on legitimacy of appeal.
Communicate results of waiver, appeal or petition to students in a professional manner.
**This position offers the following benefits:
MN State Retirement System (MSRS) pension plan - tax deferred.
13 paid vacation days per year (starting accrual rate), in addition to 13 paid sick days and 11 paid holidays.
Reduced tuition opportunities covering 75% - 100% of eligible tuition.
Excellent and affordable health care benefits.
Wellness program with opportunity to earn lower health care rates.
Free basic life insurance benefit (115% base salary, $200,000 maximum).
BA/BS degree with at least two years of related experience including one year of experience in a customer service related field, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years.
Excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to write clear, concise letters using effective writing skills.
Work experience with demonstrates the ability to react to customers quickly, accurately, and congenially.
Sensitive to cultural diversity and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of all ages and identities.
Knowledge of and experience with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, including institutional and unit policies, procedures and processes.
Demonstrated project management and public speaking skills.
Availability to attend outreach events, which will include evening and weekend hours and travel.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite (GMail, Drive, Docs, etc.), student records or financial software (PeopleSoft), and CRM platforms (Salesforce).
Proven ability to work effectively as a team member.
Ability to analyze and interpret data and make independent decisions.
Highly motivated, focused, and results-oriented.
Ability to meet expectations in a fast-paced and dynamic, customer-oriented environment.
Able effectively present information and represent the University of Minnesota at outreach events, both on- and off-campus.
Internal Number: 337947
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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