Associate Director, Admissions and Financial Aid

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Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Nov 11, 2022
Dec 01, 2022
Position Type
Associate Director
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Additional Information

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.

Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of three days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage

Salary Range: $70,800 - $119,000

Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard Kennedy School's Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership-because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.

Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Harvard Kennedy School's mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. Our teaching, research, and engagement with practitioners focus on these priorities:
  • Protecting security, freedom, and human rights
  • Strengthening democracy
  • Advancing social justice
  • Increasing economic well-being
  • Enhancing sustainability
  • Improving public leadership and management

You can be part of this endeavor. Explore and learn more about Harvard Kennedy School.

Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience

Position Description

The Associate Director, Admissions and Financial Aid serves as a resource to assist a team of assistant directors of admissions and financial aid in assessing and resolving complex admissions and financial aid issues. The Associate Director independently performs and manages a variety of duties related to the integrated delivery of admissions and financial aid functions for Harvard Kennedy School master's degree programs, with a particular emphasis on the administration of financial aid and compliance reporting. The Associate Director also provides admission and financial aid counseling throughout the enrollment lifecycle for prospective applicants and current students. The Associate Director should be service-oriented and is expected to incorporate the principles of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging best practices to ensure a counseling approach that reflects cultural competency.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a key thought partner to the Senior Director of Admissions and Financial Aid on the development and execution of the admissions and financial strategy to attract a diverse and talented applicant pool
  • Counsel and advise prospective students regarding application processes, financial planning and financial assistance, and other inquiries
  • Review applications for financial aid, evaluate, and make recommendations on the selection of candidates for financial aid awarding
  • Conduct needs analysis and prepare financial aid award packages for admitted and current students, keeping within federal, institutional, university, and school policies and procedures
  • Processes non-federal loans, stipends, and refunds
  • Verify and assess student eligibility for financial aid
  • Monitor satisfactory academic progress of students for financial aid purposes in assigned caseload
  • Member of Loan Repayment Assistance Program Committee
  • Review, evaluate, and make recommendations on financial aid appeals
  • Serve as a senior colleague to assist Assistant Directors of Admissions and Financial Aid in resolving complex financial aid issues
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional financial aid requirements and auditing standards
  • Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students' rights to privacy
  • Assist with delivering dynamic and engaging presentations designed to promote the institution and attract a diverse and talented applicant pool
  • Provide data and analysis to assist leadership with setting the strategic direction of the admissions and financial aid functions
  • Interpret and administer financial aid policies for internal and external audiences
  • Provide financial literacy programming, including entrance and exit counseling to reduce bad debt and student loan default to students in assigned caseload
  • Develop and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with internal and external colleagues and constituents
  • Represent the university at international, national, and local events
  • Performs other related duties as assigned