Executive Director of Student Financial Aid

University of Wisconsin–Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison), the state’s public flagship institution of higher learning, seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Executive Director of Student Financial Aid.

Under the direction of Derek Kindle, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, the Executive Director of Student Financial Aid (Executive Director) will serve as a member of the enrollment management leadership team integral in the development of a comprehensive and strategic enrollment plan with a focus on increasing access and the wide spectra of diversity at UW–Madison.

Extensive knowledge and experience in student financial aid will be required to manage a group of team members charged with administering a financial aid program consisting of federal, state, institutional, and private funds that exceed $617 million annually. The successful candidate will need to effectively communicate with constituencies across campus and beyond to navigate the large, complex service- and research-oriented community. Inspirational leadership, vision, policy expertise, commitment to shared governance, adaptability, and collaborative skills will be fundamental qualities.

Responsibilities for the Executive Director of Student Financial Aid include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide leadership and direction to team members involved in all financial aid operations, including processing, awarding, and financial aid advising services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as the Student Jobs website and scholarship administration.
  • Serve as a member of the Division of Enrollment Management leadership team and assist in divisional strategic goal setting and establishing metrics associated with Student Financial Aid’s short and long-term plans.
  • Act as a consultant to deans, directors, staff, and faculty throughout campus in matters relating to student financial aid. Advise and counsel UW-Madison and UW-System federal and state relations staff, state and federal agencies, legislators, and their staffs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of extensive financial aid policies, procedures, and eligibility requirements for federal, state, and university programs including a considerable body of authorizing legislation and regulations that direct the awarding of funds to students based upon need.
  • Oversee financial aid activities around information dissemination regarding need-based, merit-based, and unsubsidized loan availability and application processes. Also provide counseling on the cost of attendance, money management, student debt, and loan repayment.
  • Direct the development of technological improvements regarding enhancements and maintenance of a web-based student financial services system, as well as guide exploration of federally approved non-standard term aid delivery.
  • Foster a collaborative and positive environment that promotes access and openness among team members and responsiveness to internal and external constituents.

Since its founding in 1848, UW–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. With the Wisconsin Idea as its guiding principle, UW–Madison is not only changing the campus that it calls home but also creating a better future for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin–Madison in this search. Applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. For fullest consideration, candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a résumé and a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile.

Applications should be submitted by WittKieffer’s Candidate Portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to WittKieffer consultants Christy Pratt and Roxana Woudstra at UWMadisonExecDirFinAid@wittkieffer.com. 

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: http://www.oed.wisc.edu/478.htm 

Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin statutes, the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public. However, the University is required to release the names and titles of the finalists who will be interviewed by the chancellor and the provost. 

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. 

For more information on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Human Resources please see http://www.ohr.wisc.edu / 

For more information on the University of Wisconsin-Madison see our home page at http://www.wisc.edu/ For UW Madison Campus Safety Information see https://iss.wisc.edu/resources/campus-safety/

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