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Associate Vice President - Financial Aid and Enrollment - St. Catherine University

1 Jun 2022 8:19 AM | Karla Glasser

St. Catherine University and the Enrollment Division invite applications for an Associate Vice President, Financial Aid position.

The Associate Vice President (AVP), Financial Aid advances enrollment and financial objectives across the university’s colleges and schools. The AVP leads the Financial Aid staff and operations to steward university resources and ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. The individual leads collaboration with admission, finance, the registrar and academic affairs to implement strategies to support pricing, net revenue, recruitment, retention, and related initiatives across the College for Women, the College for Adults and Graduate College. The individual leads the delivery of a comprehensive program to provide prospective and current students financial planning and financial aid counseling. The role leads an operation responsible for the processing of 10,000 prospective and enrolled student aid applications and annual financial awards totaling $100 million dollars. Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the financial aid office and sustain a culture of excellence and integrity, leading by example and holding the team accountable for accuracy and adherence to numerous federal and state requirements and deadlines.
  • Establish department goals and articulate vision and goals of University, division, and Financial Aid Office.
  • Establish and monitor key performance metrics and internal controls to achieve operational objectives and ensure program compliance in the administration of financial aid.
  • Create and manage student financial aid and financial aid operations budgets.
  • Plan and implement an annual financial aid packaging and scholarship strategy to maximize the use of financial aid.
  • Participate in and respond to audits and reviews by federal, state and independent agencies, program participation updates, recertification and accreditation matters
  • Identify institutional, local, regional, and national trends and issues impacting aid programs, policy and procedures.
  • Initiate policy and procedure changes to accommodate frequent program and regulatory changes.
  • Facilitate and manage financial aid and information technology staff so technology systems and programs comply with regulatory requirements, enhance student services and create efficiencies for financial aid personnel.
  • Lead and ensure accurate and timely submission of the FISAP and other required federal and state reports.
  • Lead Title IV Recertification according to federal Department of Education schedule – currently through June 2027.
  • Provide management and delivery of Financial Literacy Office, related programming and student services.
  • Maintain knowledge of financial aid programs to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and institutional policies.
  • Provide leadership as we balance headcount goals, academic quality and achieving our desired net tuition revenue, new student and retention goals.
  • Review, research, and provide expertise and consultation for proposed or enacted regulatory changes.
  • Implement policy and procedure reviews to address frequent program and regulatory changes.
  • Lead a department of 16 staff and 8 student employees while supervising senior financial aid staff that includes 5 direct reports.
  • Establish goals, evaluate performance, and provide feedback to ensure appropriate training, professional development, staff success, and achievement of department and division goals.


St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation’s largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Six (6) years of increasing responsibilities in the area of financial aid.
  • Knowledge of financial aid practices, policies and procedures with an emphasis in federal, state, and institutional financial aid policies and regulations.
  • Experience with financial aid technical requirements and technology systems to guide operations and student service.
  • Experience collaborating with the registrar’s office, student advising, student accounts, IT and institutional research in the delivery of financial aid programs.
  • Understanding of financial aid leveraging, the development of scholarship matrices to support enrollment and retention while optimizing net tuition revenue.
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace with particular emphasis on database and spreadsheet applications.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in financial aid and enrollment.
  • Expertise in federal, state, and institutional financial aid policies and regulations, financial aid technical operations.
  • Working knowledge of the Banner system
  • Experience with additional financial aid software systems along with Starfish and Slate to support the administration of financial aid and student services.
  • Experience teaming with institutional advancement in the design, development and delivery of funded scholarship programs.
  • The ability to quickly and precisely think through complex situations.

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university’s commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at hr@stkate.edu or 651-690-6565.

How to Apply

Visit St. Kate Careers to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. Application deadline: June 11, 2022.

Given the way campus life inherently puts people in close proximity to each other, including residence and dining halls, classrooms, and gatherings, the University has determined that a vaccination requirement is the best way to keep our community safe and prevent potential outbreaks as we return to more regular, in-person operations. St. Catherine University is requiring all students, faculty (including adjuncts contracted for the fall semester and beyond), staff, and residents age 12 and older to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series, including a booster, unless the University approves a medical or religious accommodation or other accommodation/exemption as required by applicable law. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation before beginning work. For more information, visit stkate.edu/coronavirus-info/vaccine.


St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit: www.uppermidwestherc.org.


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