Director of Financial Aid

Website Saddleback College

Saddleback College

Director of Financial Aid

Initial Screening Date 03/02/2021

Pay Range: 17- $121,884 to $171,444 (salary placement in the salary range will be based upon comparable experience and qualifications; increases are given annually thereafter up to highest step)

Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at

Summary Description:

To plan, organize, coordinate, improve and direct the financial aid and scholarship programs, if assigned, and other assigned student support services at a community college; direct the development, administration, implementation and evaluation of program activities and operations; prepare and administer annual program budgets; ensure compliance with District policies and applicable State and federal regulations related to financial aid; and train, supervise and evaluate assigned personnel; serve as custodian of records and ensure the timely, accurate and legal maintenance, storage, retrieval and release of all records associated with assignment.

To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.


Receives direction from the Vice President for Student Services or presidential designee.

Exercises functional and technical supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

There is one position assigned to this classification at each of the two colleges to direct financial aid operations, services and activities. The responsibilities differ at each college. The Director of Financial Aid at Irvine Valley College also supervises the Student Services Specialist at the Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP), and other student support services as assigned. The Director of Financial Aid at Saddleback College is only responsible for financial aid and scholarship programs. The Director of Financial Aid is a classified management position.

Representative Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to the example of duties listed in Job Duties. Please see Job Duties for details.

Knowledge of:

  • A community college system.
  • All divisions and their inter-relationships; a thorough knowledge of the various student support services required to enhance instruction.
  • Applicable District policies and local, State and federal laws, codes and regulations, Including Title V and California Education Code.
  • Basic data collection and analysis related to student learning outcomes, retention, and success.
  • Budget preparation and administration.
  • California Community Colleges basic skills initiative.
  • Collective bargaining, contract negotiation and administration.
  • Community college organization, operations and objectives.
  • Community relations and external resource development.
  • Computer systems and software applications related to area of assignment.
  • Correct English composition, grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
  • District and College organization, operations and objectives.
  • District safety policies and procedures.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty and staff.
  • Evidence of understanding and experience with the principles of collegial consultation.
  • Federal, State and District programs, policies, procedures, rules and regulations of student financial assistance programs.
  • Financial aid programs and services.
  • Financial record-keeping skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, diplomacy and courtesy.
  • Management techniques that encourage creativity improve efficiency and increase productivity.
  • Modern office practices, procedures, methods, and equipment.
  • Modern principles, practices, methods and techniques of administrative leadership, management and supervision.
  • Needs, interests and concerns of various groups of community college students.
  • Operation of computer, peripherals and software programs, including student information systems, database management, spreadsheet, word processing and specialized software.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to area of assignment.
  • Participatory governance process and venue fostering open communication among divisions, programs and services.
  • Planning and organizational skills.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and management.
  • Principles and practices of management, training and supervision.
  • Principles and procedures of automated financial record-keeping.
  • Principles of program evaluation, student assessment, and organizational development.
  • Principles, goals, objectives and trends of assigned programs and services.
  • Program analysis, cost estimating and evaluation.
  • Program development.
  • Public relations skills.
  • Purpose, mission and goals of a community college district.
  • Role and purpose of technological systems in providing student support services.
  • Scholarship award programs and services, if assigned.
  • State-of-the-art information technology systems, hardware and software applications used in a community college district.
  • Team-oriented leadership style.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Web page design, Blackboard and/or other course management systems, and other instructional and student services software.

Ability to:

  • Allocate financial and human resources in accordance with sound management principles.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Apply for annual financial aid funding and prepare required reports.
  • Assess, manage, implement, use and apply technology in the management and delivery of the financial aid and other student support services programs.
  • Assist in forecasting current and future needs and costs affecting assigned programs.
  • Collect, compile and analyze data.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.
  • Coordinate program activities and services with other District, College and community programs.
  • Demonstrate commitment to innovative and effective user-centered services;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to ethnically and culturally changing student populations.
  • Develop and administer policies and procedures for areas of assignment.
  • Develop budget and administer annual funding for financial aid programs.
  • Develop promotional strategies for programs and services that will promote enrollment growth, retention and student success.
  • Develop, administer and control annual budget for area of assignment.
  • Embrace and work effectively within a system of participatory governance.
  • Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.
  • Establish and maintain effective, harmonious, cooperative, and collaborative working relationships with a diverse population of students, staff, community and those contacted in the course of work.
  • Exercise initiative and work independently with minimum administrative direction.
  • Exercise judgment or choice among possible actions, sometimes without clear precedents and often with concern for the consequences of the action.
  • Interact effectively with diverse students, staff, faculty and administrators.
  • Interpret, analyze, apply and explain complex and technical District, local, State and federal laws, codes and regulations related to financial aid and scholarship programs, if assigned.
  • Interpret, apply and explain applicable District policies and procedures.
  • Lead, train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Learn District and College organization, operations and objectives.
  • Maintain current knowledge of financial aid programs, strategies, trends and technological advancements in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Maintain the security of confidential materials.
  • Manage complex budgets including grants.
  • Operate computer and applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to student financial aid programs.
  • Operate computer and applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and specialized software related to area of assignment.
  • Operate modern office equipment such as computer, printer, calculator, copier and fax machine.
  • Perform work with tact, patience and sensitivity.
  • Plan, develop, organize, coordinate, implement, direct and evaluate comprehensive financial aid programs and services and their effective delivery to students.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite assigned projects and activities related to assignment in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  • Prepare and administer operating budgets for assigned program areas.
  • Prepare and deliver high quality, technology-facilitated presentations.
  • Prepare clear and concise oral and written reports and recommendations.
  • Prepare complex and comprehensive narrative and statistical records, reports, projections, summaries, statements, analyses, proposals and recommendations.
  • Prepare, maintain and retain records, reports and files of area(s) of assignment according to federal, State and district requirements.
  • Provide leadership for the continual improvement of area of assignment based on established goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership for the effective and efficient operation of area of assignment.
  • Provide overall management of scholarship programs, if assigned.
  • Read, interpret, and explain laws, rules and regulations, and to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
  • Represent the college at the community, state and national levels.
  • Resolve conflicts and solve problems.
  • Select, train, lead, direct, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Serve as an effective management team member.
  • Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.
  • Use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with administration, classified management, faculty, staff and students.
  • Work cooperatively in an environment of shared governance.
  • Work cooperatively with other District and College administrators to develop sound information and reporting systems and procedures.
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced environment with numerous interruptions.
  • Work effectively with others to achieve common goals including student recruitment and retention.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, education, or closely related field.
  • A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, education, or closely related field, including or supplemented by completion of six units of college level course work predominantly relating to ethnic minorities or persons limited by educational, language, social disadvantages, or disabilities preferred.


  • At least five years of increasingly responsible financial aid experience, including at least three years as a financial aid program manager and at least two years of experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • Minimum of three years of experience as a manager or administrator responsible for the supervision and evaluation of faculty and classified staff or the equivalent of such in a non-academic setting.
  • Experience working with and evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physically challenged and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Experience in the use of computer technology for: student advising, information, tracking systems, communications networks, MIS state and federal reporting, and budget management.
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively as a leader and Student Services Team member.
  • Evidence of education and/or training in and application of conflict resolution and team building.

License or Certificate:

A valid California driver’s license.

To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.

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