Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive Pre-K-12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on two campuses—one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.
We are looking for an experienced financial aid professional who advocates the ideals of ethical and progressive education. The Director of Financial Aid of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School has primary responsibility for the development, implementation, and oversight of financial aid policies and procedures as well as for management and distribution of financial aid grants. The director serves as a spokesperson and representative for the office of financial aid and acts as community liaison for internal as well as external constituencies. The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, and creative. This individual, who will report to the Chief Financial Officer and collaborate closely with the Director of Enrollment Management & Community Outreach, will join a team of committed and collaborative colleagues.
The primary areas of responsibility include:
Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the school’s student financial assistance programs and make recommendations for improvements that align with the school’s mission, budget, and objectives for these programs.
In partnership with senior management and the board of trustees, develop and execute student financial assistance strategies that incorporate best practices and program efficiencies.
Present program plans and subsequent results against those plans to senior management and the board of trustees. Identify and evaluate opportunities for continuous improvement.
Coordinate financial aid/student financial assistance efforts with Admissions, Finance, Development, and other student services departments.
Guide families and students through the process of applying for financial aid. Coordinate interviews with parents to obtain information required to determine eligibility for aid.
Direct analysis of student needs and determination of student awards. Communicate results of reviews to applicants and manage appeal procedures to resolve any needs analysis issues that may arise from the process.
Partner with Finance to evaluate and set annual financial assistance budgets. Manage results to stay within budget while maximizing effectiveness of the programs.
Assist with development, implementation, monitoring, and revision of policies and procedures relating to the financial aid functional area.
Utilize technology and systems to capture student financial support data and other relevant metrics to enable effective data analysis, trend identification, and opportunities for increased effectiveness.
Partner with Finance, Development, and Admission departments in maximizing usage of donor funds for student financial assistance.
Minimum of 7 years of experience working in educational financial aid function.
Demonstrated ability to handle confidential situations and materials.
Self-initiation for independent follow-through on projects.
Strong time management and organizational skills; ability to multi-task.
Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
Proficient in use of systems, databases, Excel and Google Applications to capture, organize, and analyze data.
EEO Info All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.