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Financial Aid Assistant Director – Seattle Promise

Posted on July 22, 2022
AFT Washington
Seattle Colleges
Not disclosed
Seattle, WA
Applications accepted until position filled

The Assistant Director of Financial Aid – Seattle Promise leads the district efforts in establishing program level policies and procedures that adhere to requirements of the Seattle Promise Program and all Financial Aid regulations. This position will assist the team to address workflow and work volume as it relates to the daily operations and serving prospective and enrolled students in the program. The Assistant Director is responsible for working with each college and program leadership to support students in meeting milestones and aids in the work of the Seattle Promise Specialists to complete work within established deadlines. Through assessment and evaluation, this position will provide recommended alternative courses of action that are equitable, efficient, and focused on continuous improvement.
This position will work closely with Seattle Colleges Financial Aid Directors, serve as a member of the Seattle Promise Leadership Team, and collaborate with stakeholders across the district.

What you will be working on:

  • Serve as an advocate for individuals of historically oppressed communities, by supporting and enhancing a sense of belonging and success for students from traditionally marginalized populations with inclusive practices and a strong customer service model.
  • Collaborate with the Financial Aid Teams at each Seattle College (North, Central, and South) to build inclusive practices that remove barrier for students while maintaining compliance with Seattle Promise Program requirements.
  • The Assistant Director of Financial Aid will be responsible for supervising and leading the Seattle Promise Specialist team in file review and awarding of financial aid funds, managing the application milestones and student eligibility determination.
  • This position will work with the Seattle Promise and Financial Aid teams to ensure prompt and compassionate service is provided to eligible students.
  • Analyzing and improving processes used to monitor program eligibility based upon application data, milestone complete, and academic progress requirements
  • The Assistant Director is responsible for managing outreach efforts to students and families regarding FAFSA/WASFA/financial aid file completion in collaboration with Seattle Promise leadership and staff
  • Participate in planning, coordination, and facilitation of Readiness Academy and Summer Bridge programs that result in a similar student experience at all three colleges
  • Make strategic decisions in collaboration with Seattle Promise leadership and campus financial aid leadership to increase the number of Seattle Promise students completing their FAFSA/WASFA/financial aid record at Seattle Colleges.
  • Participate in the development of program priorities as a member of the Seattle Promise team, including but not limited to developing and maintaining programming to build campus and community involvement with Seattle Promise.
  • Evening or weekend work may be required.
About the employer: Seattle Colleges

We are a district of three distinct colleges North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College and five specialty training centers, which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington. We are leaders in change and innovation. As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the passionate work of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as we work against systemic racism. Additionally, you will gain the rewarding experience of contributing to the success of an open-access learning institution that prepares students for life and work, fostering a diverse, engaged, and dynamic community. Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities, and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.

About your union: AFT Washington

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 6,500 members including faculty from the community and technical colleges and pre-K through 12 classified employees. We also jointly represent professors at Eastern, Central, and Western Washington universities and The Evergreen College with the Washington Education Association. The mission of AFT Washington is to voice the ideals of our locals and members for workplace fairness and social justice while strengthening and focusing their collective power to attain those ideals.


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