Girls Preparatory School (GPS) seeks a self-motivated, organized, and collaborative Director of Financial Aid and Outreach. Reporting to the Director of Enrollment Management and working in a vibrant, goal-oriented and active admission office, the Director of Financial Aid and Outreach will be responsible for the management and coordination of the financial aid program, engage in outreach efforts to continue building the applicant pool, and offer general operational support for the GPS Admission Office. This is a full-time 12-month position.
The ideal candidate will be an engaging, detail-oriented, and energetic individual who is a self-starter and believes in the value of independent school and single-sex education. S/he will possess excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), and organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and a genuine interest in and appreciation for assisting families in a highly personal and confidential financial aid process. S/he is self-motivated and, through actions, shows a desire to connect throughout the greater Chattanooga community in ways that attract mission-appropriate families to GPS’s admission process.
Manage the input and maintenance of all pertinent information related to SSS on behalf of GPS, including school-specific information, applicant documentation, and summary review reports.
Work with Admission and Marketing and Communications Departments to design and execute an outreach and long-term cultivation strategy that includes data and research to identify organizations and academic institutions that could increase access to potential candidate pools.
Follow up on all FA inquiries, phone calls, and correspondence in a timely manner.
Articulate confidently and clearly the GPS Financial Aid Policy to the internal and external GPS community through individual conversations, FA seminars, and published materials.
Schedule individual family meetings as necessary to build a trust-filled relationship.
Facilitate the Financial Aid Committee’s work by providing file reviews and award recommendations.
Provide all financial award communication and assist with the execution of the enrollment and re-enrollment processes.
With the Development Office, support the notification of financial aid endowed fund donors with appropriate information about the award recipient that maintains student and family confidentiality.
Develop new relationships with local associations and community-based organizations and maintain existing relationships with these groups by attending group meetings or events, when appropriate.
Introduce, educate, and familiarize community groups and families on the values of a single-sex GPS education. Inform these constituencies with different resources and affordability options available to help make a GPS education feasible.
Arrange events, workshops, and speakers for the benefit of the wider community on and off campus.
Contribute to the general operation of the Admission Office including parent interviews, interview reports, mailings, event support, and any other duties as assigned.
Desired Skills, Experiences, Requirements, and Characteristics
Bachelor’s degree required.
3-5 years of experience in bookkeeping, quantitative analysis, and reconciliation experience; familiarity with common tax forms is preferable but not required.
Experience in the SSS process by NAIS (or a similar financial aid program).
Personal commitment to confidentiality and value of an all-girls education.
Demonstrated personal alignment with the school’s mission and values through actions and word.
Extraordinary attention to detail in all aspects of the financial aid process but especially in responsiveness to families and in reviewing applications and tax documents.
Outstanding written and verbal communication and organizational skills are essential.
Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel.
Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, August 20. Please use this link to access the online application.