Financial Aid and Scholarships Director

Fargo, ND
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Sep 22, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

Position Description & Details:

North Dakota State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships with an anticipated start date of early January, 2021. The Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships reports to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and is an integral part of a team which develops strategies to support student access and success and contributing to the achievement of NDSU's enrollment and retention goals. The Director is responsible for administration, planning, and leadership of a comprehensive financial aid program consisting of over $125 million annually in federal, state, and institutional funds. The Director leads an office of 15 full-time staff members and ensures full compliance with all federal/state regulations and reporting.

NDSU is seeking a collaborative leader with an understanding of the integral role of financial aid in supporting student enrollment, student success and student services, and an ability to adapt strategy as needed to achieve student and institutional enrollment goals.

NDSU welcomes candidates from underrepresented groups and does not discriminate in its programs on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. Direct inquiries to Vice Provost, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, Old Main 201, (701) 231-7708,

To apply please submit attach letter of interest addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume/vitae and contact information for three professional references to this posting. Screening will remain open until a suitable applicant is chosen. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Mr. Casey Peterson, Dean of Students.

About NDSU:
North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research university - an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. The university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world.

NDSU is a major research university of more than 13,000 students. The university's researchers are leaders in areas such as nanotechnology, microelectronics, polymers, food safety, plant science, pharmaceutical science, biotechnology, robotics and materials science.

NDSU is listed as 83 among 402 public universities based on NDSU's research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation's top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, and computer sciences.

Fargo, North Dakota, home of NDSU, is located about three and a half hours from Minneapolis. The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area has a population of nearly 240,000 and consistently ranks among the best areas to live in the country. Fargo recently was listed as Livability's third most recession-proof U.S. city; WalletHub named it the sixth happiest city in the nation; and Fargo's job market was ranked fourth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More information about NDSU and the Fargo-Moorhead community can be found at

Work Schedule: 40 hours/wk; M-F, 8-5 or 7:30 - 4 pm

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
• Progressive levels of experience with 5+ years experience in higher education
• Broad understanding of scholarship programs and federal financial aid regulations.
• Functional experience with student information systems
• Ability to motivate/lead professional staff members
• Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion
•Demonstrated commitment to customer service
•Experience managing complex workflows in an educational setting (including developing and implementing operational systems, interpreting regulations, and reporting)

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master's degree
• Budget management experience
• Demonstration of progressive levels of experience within a financial aid office in an institution of higher education
• Record of successful leadership in the use and implementation of software used for financial aid and scholarship processing
• Demonstrated skill in leading and motivating professional staff members
• Knowledge of enrollment trends and financial aid strategies used to influence enrollment
• Thorough knowledge of financial aid policies, processes and regulations

Applicant Materials Required:

Resume, cover letter, and names, addresses & phone numbers/email addresses of 3 professional references.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.

Additional Information

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

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