Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach
Location: Ithaca, New York
Internal Number: WDR-00029873
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Cornell University, an Ivy League institution with approximately 15,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate and professional students, and campuses in Ithaca and New York, NY, seeks an Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach in the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Employment, and the Undergraduate Admissions. "Indigenous students" is here conceived to encompass the federal categories of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment (FASE) is a central administrative student services department within the Division of Enrollment. Our overarching purpose is opportunity and affordability -- we provide/coordinate financial resources which create access and opportunity in alignment with Cornell University's motto and founding principle -- any person, any study. FASE's thirty-five staff members are dedicated to helping students navigate the complex landscape of financial aid and we work closely with the Office of the University Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Office of the Bursar, academic Schools and Colleges, and many other University stakeholders to support of Cornell's diverse, world-class students and their success.
The Undergraduate Admissions Office (UAO) provides leadership for prospect management, student recruitment and communication, admissions social media, application processing, the prospective student visit experience, yield strategy and coordination, market research, long-range planning, and admissions volunteer engagement. UAO also directs university-wide enrollment efforts for special populations, including the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of underrepresented students and international students. UAO coordinates these functions for Cornell's undergraduate divisions (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Business; College of Human Ecology; School of Industrial and Labor Relations).
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World class, Cornell supported, professional development and educational benefits (i.e., Tuition Free Extramural Student and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell's Tuition Assistance Program).
Career Life Balance opportunities such as: Onsite Daycare, Employee Degree Program, Adoption Assistance, Onsite Dining, Employee Wellness.
Competitive compensation, generous time-off, and great benefits.
Comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Paid Time-Off -- Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st.
The Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach serves Cornell University as primary point of contact and liaison between the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Employment and Undergraduate Admissions for prospective and enrolled students. The Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach provides admissions, financial aid counseling, advocacy and support to diverse students and their parents on matter pertaining to admissions, financial aid and student employment (i.e., advising students and parents about admissions requirements, application process, need-based financial aid and financing options at the university, and performing needs analysis to determine students eligibility for aid) and advocacy for students from traditionally under-represented populations and other selected or priority populations as assigned.
Reporting to senior leadership within the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Employment, and Undergraduate Admissions, this position offers programming and engages in planning and best-in-class practices to enhance University initiatives regarding diverse student enrollment and retention. The Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach has an in-depth understanding of core student service lifecycle concepts such as admissions, financial aid, registration and records, and student accounts and will meet with students and parents in admissions information sessions (on campus and around the country) to discuss the financial aid process and educational opportunities, including how admissions applications are reviewed and aid packages are prepared, and how other resources, such as outside scholarships, are incorporated into aid awards, and address questions and concerns. As an exemplar of the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Employment, and Undergraduate Admissions aims, the Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach will model excellent service, quality, accuracy and timeliness with a friendly disposition and positive attitude.
We seek a dynamic, collaborative professional who enjoys thinking innovatively, enjoys the challenges and rewards of team-oriented remote-friendly work, and who can function exceptionally well within a large complex, world-class University. Creative thinking, self-motivation, accuracy, organization, and attention to detail are all critical in this position along with the ability to work under pressure and challenge the status quo. The ideal candidate will be able to balance independent, self-directed work with focused and productive collaboration and consistently demonstrate excellent judgment while delivering outcomes aligned with FASE and UAO's aims/goals, as well as Cornell University's values.
This position is based in Ithaca, NY. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
If interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.
Bachelor's degree with 2-4 years experience in financial aid, admissions or other student services area or equiv. combination.
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
Ability to present to large groups. Keen awareness of diversity issues.
Able to work effectively and cooperatively with a large staff, with colleagues across campus, and diverse population of students.
Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information with discretion, integrity, and professionalism.
Ability to proactively manage multiple assignments, work independently, and achieve goals.
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)
Master's degree in student personnel, student affairs administration/higher education administration or related field.
Prior direct or related experience and cultural competency and expertise in engaging, recruiting, and counseling prospective and enrolling Native and Indigenous students about highly selective university admissions, financial aid and enrollment.
Prior direct or related experience liaising and partnering with intertribal, regional, and national Native-youth-serving organizations, pre-college and community-based organizations and programs.
Understanding of importance of building relationships with Indigenous nations and communities.
Experience as a financial aid counselor/advisor/officer at Title IV eligible college or university.
Understanding of FERPA/data privacy policies, including ability to interpret and apply policies to daily work.
Knowledge of Cornell community.
Experience using PeopleSoft, ImageNow, CSS Profile, IDOC, or Workday.
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