Director of Financial Aid

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans, a Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher education, seeks an experienced and innovative leader to join this renowned institution as the Director of Financial Aid. 

Reporting to the newly installed Vice President for Enrollment Management, Anthony Jones, the director will lead a team of eight professionals charged with administering a financial aid program consisting of federal, state, and institutional funds that exceed $95 million dollars annually. The director oversees financial aid for all undergraduate, graduate, law, and continuing education students enrolled at the university. 

As the senior financial aid officer and a key member of the Enrollment Management Leadership team, the new director will focus the financial aid office’s efforts on optimizing net tuition revenue, improving student persistence, meeting appropriate levels of student need, and staying within the institution’s budget. This new leader will be responsible for ensuring that current technology is fully utilized to support optimal levels of service and compliance in an ever-changing environment and to help university leadership with promoting a culture of using data and technology to maximize human and financial resources.

The successful candidate for this role will have at least ten years of extensive, diverse and progressively responsible administrative experience in student financial aid as well as comprehensive knowledge of all regulations governing federal financial aid programs and strong familiarity with student information systems. It is expected that the Director of Financial Aid will have willingness to acquire an understanding of the Jesuit commitments to excellence in education; inclusion, equity and justice; service; and the liberal arts and sciences traditions. Experience with Ellucian Colleague is preferred, but not required. 

Chartered in 1912, Loyola is one of 27 Jesuit, Catholic universities and colleges in the United States. Loyola welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue; and to work for a more just world. While grounded in the liberal arts and sciences tradition, Loyola also offers opportunities for professional and online studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a business school and a law school. Loyola is organized into six colleges and houses several centers and institutes that give students hands-on learning opportunities, allow faculty unique research opportunities, and provide needed services to citizens of the New Orleans community.

Loyola delivers a university experience unlike any other in the nation, providing a transformative Jesuit education in one of America’s most distinctive and historically significant cities. New Orleans, the birthplace of modern jazz music and host to renowned culinary and cultural offerings, is also home to a burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem and a vibrant arts scene. The city was recently rated as the No. 1 Brainpower City in the country by Forbes and as the No. 1 city for creative professionals by the Huffington Post. With an average of 216 days of sunshine annually, New Orleans can be described as a paradise city. 

Inquiries and nominations may be directed to WittKieffer consultants Robert Springall or Jessica Cummings at 

Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s Candidate Portal. Applications are being reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.

Loyola University New Orleans does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions. At the same time, Loyola cherishes its right to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals, and mission in order to enhance the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

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