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Position Title: Financial Aid Counselor / Assistant Director of Financial Aid (25 hours per week) 

Salary range*: $35,568 to $43,350

Overview:

Olin College in Needham, MA is a community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to its mission to transform engineering education. As an institution committed to people-inspired engineering that considers context and consequences in apply engineering for the good of the world, Olin is devoted to recruiting and enrolling a diverse student body, therefore every member of the community is dedicated to prioritizing access and equity in all we do. 

The Olin College Office of Admission and Financial Aid blends both traditional and innovative enrollment strategies to bring intelligent, adventurous, and entrepreneurial students to the college drawing approximately 25,000 inquiries and roughly 1,000 applications annually. We typically attract over 2500 visitors to campus per year with growing engagement in virtual programming. Olin recognizes the achievement inside and outside the classroom of every admitted student through the Olin Tuition Scholarship which covers half the annual tuition for eight semesters of study. In addition to the Olin Tuition Scholarship, Olin meets demonstrated need for eligible US citizens and permanent residents.

From its inception, Olin College has sought a team of employees committed its mission with a desire to contribute to Olin’s innovative environment in Needham, MA. We are looking for collaborative team players who will thrive in their own immediate responsibilities, but who also can contribute to teams and projects across the college.  We will seek employees: who can handle a number of tasks simultaneously; who are hardworking, flexible and adaptable; who can see the big picture and reprioritize their work accordingly; who can work unsupervised and take initiative; who will look for ways to assist other employees when appropriate; who are committed to issues of social justice and equity; who see themselves as an important member of a vibrant and dedicated team.

Reporting to the Director of Financial Aid, the Financial Aid Counselor will also interact and collaborate with Student Accounts, Student Affairs and Resources, the Registrar’s Office and other college constituencies. The Financial Aid Counselor is responsible for counseling prospective and current students and their families regarding the Federal and Institutional aid process.  This position is also responsible for assisting the Director with verification, reviewing appeals, and processing federal grants and loans.

Responsibilities:

  • Counsel applicants, students, and their families about available sources of financial assistance, eligibility requirements, and application procedures
  • Manage financial aid paperwork flow and communications with students, including maintenance of financial aid inbox and phone line.
  • Coordinate comprehensive Financial Wellness program for prospective and current students.  Programmatic content developed through professional best practice and collaborative work with college constituencies.
  • Develop, update, and maintain financial aid marketing materials and collaborate on yield opportunities.
  • Support Director of Financial Aid in eligibility review and financial aid packaging.   Additional Financial Aid portfolio responsibilities will be contingent upon experience.
  •  May represent the Office of Admission and Financial Aid on College committees and projects.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and Director of Financial Aid.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor's degree required; minimum of 1-3 years in a student financial aid office; strong technical skills, including Microsoft Office, CRMs, and student information systems.

Title and salary commensurate with experience. Hours confirmed with final candidates.

Required Skills and Characteristics:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Discretion and professional judgment
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to multi-task
  • Hardworking, flexible and adaptable
  • Capability to see the big picture and reprioritize their work accordingly
  • Ability to work unsupervised and take initiative on projects
  • Team-orientation and willingness to assist other staff when appropriate

Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@olin.edu 

Non-discrimination/Affirmative Action Statement

In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate in admission, programs, services or employment—including the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of persons in all job classifications—on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.