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Financial Aid Specialist

Company: Cuesta College
Location: San Luis Obispo
Posted on: May 16, 2019

Job Description:

Financial Aid Specialist Cuesta College Salary: $46,764.00 - $51,564.00 Annually Job Type: Full Time - 12 Months/ 100% FTE Job Number: FY1819 - 103 Location: Cuesta College - San Luis Obispo Campus, CA Department: Student Services Closing: 5/19/2019 11:59 PM Pacific Job Description Summary This position may require traveling to our other campuses (Paso Robles and/or Arroyo Grande). About the College Cuesta College is located in the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is ranked by Edsmart.org as a top five California community college for 2016. Cuesta College has a rich history of educating San Luis Obispo County residents since 1963. Cuesta College serves more than 10,000 students with an increasingly diverse student body of 55% White, 32% Latinx, 5% Mixed Race, 3% Asian/PI, 2% African-American. Courses are offered online and at three physical sites; the main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande. Cuesta College offers 77 degrees and 64 certificates, including 30 Associate Degrees for Transfers to the Cal State University system with several more transfer degrees under development. The college maintains the highest transfer population to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. More than 25% of the universities transfer students come from Cuesta College; that's twice as many as any other community college. The college also boasts robust Allied Health and Career Technical Education programs and consistently sends students to compete at the national level in areas such as welding, automotive, public speaking, and more. The college's music ensembles are often in the spotlight, winning an award recently from Downbeat magazine and regularly performing at state, national, and international festivals. In addition, Cuesta's theatre program consistently wins national and international awards from the Kennedy Center. Cuesta College is committed to being an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals. In 2016, it was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI), reflecting the great responsibility that the college has to further the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The Cuesta Promise Scholarship has provided a fee-free first year to every new high school graduate in San Luis Obispo County. Starting with the graduating class of 2018, the Cuesta College Promise Scholarship expanded to include a second year of fee-free education. Over 3,000 students have received the Cuesta Promise with over 35% being Latinx and almost 60% being female. In 2018, Cuesta College was also the only California Community College awarded a $2.5 million Title V "Developing HSI Grant" from the US Department of Education to expand educational and vocational opportunities for Latinx students. Cuesta is committed to the Board of Governors California Community College Vision for Success Goals, including eliminating equity gaps within 10 years. The College's Educational Master Plan, Strategic Plan, and Student Equity/Student Success and Support/Basic Skills Integration Plan collectively seek to ensure all students are successful at fulfilling their educational needs. Cuesta College has strong student, faculty, and staff campus engagement including affiliations with the statewide Latina Leadership Network, Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society, MEChA, Student Veterans Club, STEM Club, and Dreamers Club. Cuesta College has 139 full-time faculty, 543 adjunct faculty, 234 classified staff, and 41 managers and administrators. The college encourages all employees to be part of the participatory governance process. The College's annual budget is approximately $53 million. Thanks to a $275 million bond measure approved by the voters of San Luis Obispo County in 2014, Cuesta College is repairing aging facilities, updating classrooms, equipment, and technology, and improving programs. Our growing North County Campus opened a new Campus Center in Spring of 2018 and houses a new Veterans Center, EOPS Center/CalWorks/Foster Youth Center, Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) office and Student Cultural Lounge. Cuesta will be opening a Dream Center to support undocumented students on both the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses in Spring of 2019. DEFINITION Under direction of the Financial Aid Director, be responsible for the timely and accurate implementation of financial aid programs and the dissemination of related information to the Cuesta community, including students, parents, faculty, and the community-at-large. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This position is distinguished from other specialists in the Student Service Support series in that incumbents are expected to have a full knowledge of all the regulations and guidelines concerning financial aid, the ability to perform verification, and the ability to exercise professional judgment in accordance with the Department of Education's rules and guidelines. Incumbents in this position support student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness by ensuring state and federal compliance are met and encouraging student success through the Financial Aid process. Essential Functions & Qualifications ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Assist students and prospective students with their applications for financial aid; Perform any and all clerical work related to financial aid administration; Perform eligibility determinations and verification for any federal, state, or local aid program; Ability to use professional judgment (as defined by the Department of Education) when directed; Serve as a reviewer for scholarship applications and appeals; Plan and monitor specific projects, ensuring they are carried out on time and in compliance; Identify and research potential problems and make recommendations for action to director; Work with Director, Information Technology staff, and any other relevant parties as necessary to update the student information system to make necessary changes to financial aid processing as a result of new regulations, policies, procedures, and/or aid years; Participate in the annual program planning process, including staff meetings and retreats; Maintain current knowledge of all laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures related to financial aid programs and analyze policies and procedures to ensure compliance; Correspond with Cuesta College personnel, students, parents, and various outside agencies to resolve conflicts of information and any other concerns related to financial aid; Serve as primary administrator and point-of-contact for specific financial aid programs or activities (e.g. loan processing, work-study, outside scholarships, state grant programs, etc.) Assist Director with the preparation of various financial aid reports; Conduct outreach activities at local high schools, community functions, and on-campus events; Perform a variety of technical accounting duties in the review, evaluation, maintenance, reconciliation and adjustment of financial aid accounts; Ensure accuracy of student and financial data in all transactions involving the student information system or any other software used by the department; Create queries and extract data to prepare and maintain a variety of statistical records and reports related to financial aid and its administration; Serve as a financial aid representative on committees or workgroups as necessary; and Perform other related duties as required. QUALIFICATIONS Education: Preferred Associate's degree; Experience: Required Two years of experience working with financial aid programs; Education may be substituted for experience on the basis of one year of education for two years of experience; Knowledge of: Title IV Financial Aid and state programs; Computer systems used in financial aid processing and record keeping; General accounting principles; Current technologies, personal computer, and associated office software such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and/or database software; Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary; District policies and procedures; and Preferred bilingual (Spanish). Ability to: Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties; and Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and of staff and students with physical and learning disabilities; Physical ability to: Read and comprehend printed matter as well as text and data on computer monitors; Communicate intelligibly and effectively via speech, telephone, written correspondence, and/or email; Sit or stand for extended periods of time; Lift and/or carry 25 pounds; and Exert manual dexterity sufficient for keyboard and other office equipment operation. License and Certificates (current within the last year) Required Valid driver's license and eligible to obtain California driver's license upon hire. Additional Information This position may require traveling to our other campuses (Paso Robles and/or Arroyo Grande). Required Documents: Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, reference list, and a diversity statement when applying for this position. When uploading documents, PDF uploads are preferred. Reference List Instructions: Your reference list must include three professional references, their contact information, and their relationship to you. Diversity Statement Instructions: Cuesta College is committed to building and maintaining a workforce that reflects and honors the diversity of our students. It is important to us that our faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds as well as sexual orientation and abilities of all constituents in the Cuesta College community. In 500 words or less, with consideration to our Mission Statement and our values expressed above, please explain how you will demonstrate your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in this position. Completed online application and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position . LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. San Luis Obispo County Community College District ("Cuesta College") is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address: https://www.cuesta.edu/about/depts/publicsafety/clery_act Interview Process Information Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview and skills test on Friday, May 31, 2019. To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cuesta The San Luis Obispo County Community College District promotes inclusiveness, prohibits discrimination, and encourages all qualified persons to apply. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Cuesta College actively seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds to assist students, staff, and faculty. For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistance with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office: (805) 546-3129. Copyright --2017 Jobelephant.com Inc. All rights reserved. Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency jeid-fcb307a9302d8d49805f37babc64cc1b

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