Senior Financial Aid Counselor

Join an organization where you can make a difference in the lives of students from across the nation and the world. At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), we see a world where young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to discover, develop and realize their full potential. TWC is the bridge between higher education and professional careers–leveraging all that Washington D.C. has to offer to provide dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens.

Position Description

Providing a high level of customer service to students and institutional partners, the senior financial aid counselor will have the primary responsibility of responding to inquiries and appeals regarding financial assistance and informing and advising students and campus partners about financial aid eligibility, application procedures, costs and financial policies, individualizing information to the particular needs and situation of the student. The incumbent will make initial evaluations of financial need and eligibility from a variety of sources including institutional guidelines, enrollment data, documentation and personal interviews to recommend financial aid distribution.  Additionally, the person will also serve as the liaison with the finance department, fostering the highest level of communication between staff in both offices and will respond to reporting requests from other staff regarding financial aid.  This position also shares in assisting with other department duties as needed including data entry, data management, and other activities as assigned.

Essential Functions

Distribution/Awarding of Financial Aid

  • Analyze/evaluate eligibility and use professional and fact-based judgment to recommend awards and/or adjustments to student financial aid to meet enrollment targets.  Enter scholarship information in our Student Information System and send award notifications to students selected to receive financial assistance.  Maintain accurate records of financial assistance and monitor and report on assigned program budgets and expenditures.
  • Work Collaboratively with a subset of our affiliated institutions to determine the financial assistance needs of their students

Customer Service

Provide excellent customer service by phone, in writing, or in person, counseling students and college partners about financial aid eligibility, application procedures, costs and financial planning; individualizing information to the needs and situations of particular students. Act as first point of contact for prospective students via multiple outlets (shared emails, phone, live chat, etc.) about program components, application process, etc.

Customer Relationship Management and Student Information System

Assist in the development and improvement of various financial aid processes, specifically leveraging the use of technology to provide support for decision making

Cross Departmental Coordination

  • Work collaboratively with finance department to ensure invoices are sent in coordination with the awarding of financial aid; to verify eligibility when needed; and to inform them of any special billing arrangements.
  • Work closely with Admissions, State Relations regarding state funding and Corporate and Foundation Relations regarding discretionary awards, to ensure scholarships are spent appropriately.
  • Execute financial aid workshops for internal and external stakeholders. Respond to ad hoc requests for financial aid reports and information.

Admissions/Enrollment

Conduct recruitment visits to 4-6 affiliated campuses each semester.  Represent TWC at programs, events and conferences as needed.

Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience required
  • 1- 3 years of experience in a Financial Aid and/or Admissions Office in a college or university setting is preferred. Related experience considered.
  • Experience with Student Information Systems and Customer Relationship Management Systems preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

Which are critical to the successful performance of the job. These may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with the position:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally. Confident speaking in small/large groups and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy in data entry with minimal errors
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and around deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to main confidentiality
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to all stakeholders
  • Familiarity with Student Information Systems, reporting and data analysis
  • Proficiency in MS Office with strong knowledge of Excel and Word
  • General knowledge of higher education and financial aid

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

Which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer

Physical Abilities

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form.

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.