EAB — Associate Principal, Financial Aid Optimization

About EAB

At EAB, our mission is to make education smarter and our communities stronger. We harness the collective power of more than 2,100 schools, colleges, and universities to uncover and apply proven practices and transformative insights. And since complex problems require multifaceted solutions, we work with each school differently to apply these insights through a customized blend of research, technology, and services. From kindergarten to college and beyond, EAB partners with education leaders, practitioners, and staff to accelerate progress and drive results across three key areas: enrollment management, student success, and institutional operations and strategy.

At EAB, we serve not only our partner institutions but each other—that’s why we are always working to make sure our employees love their jobs and are invested in their community. See how we’ve been recognized for this dedication to our employees by checking out our recent awards.

For more information, visit our Careers page. 

The Role in Brief:

Associate Principal, Financial Aid Optimization

Our Financial Aid Optimization division provides custom revenue-optimization models designed to meet strategic enrollment objectives for client colleges and universities across the country.  The Associate Principal position works closely with a Data Analyst team finding data-based insights to help optimize enrollment outcomes for a diverse, and compelling portfolio of college and university clients. Associate Principals assist in all areas of our analysis which includes having a working understanding of how they are constructed, coordinating project deliverables and meetings, interpreting and presenting the analysis to clients, and working to help clients formulate the best strategic uses of financial aid to achieve their enrollment goals.  This position requires the ability to master the interpretation of the analysis and to effectively work with clients.

This position will ideally be based in Bloomington, MN; applicants in other EAB office locations or who would be based remotely will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Understanding how the economy, public policy, and public perception of the value of a college degree are affecting the behavior of students and their families
  • Learning the recent enrollment history for each client as well as their goals and objectives
  • Understanding the basics about how our analysis and simulations are constructed
  • Interpreting the descriptive slides and presenting the findings to clients
  • Utilization of the live simulation model to help clients set their aid policy
  • Monitoring the progress of clients towards their goals
  • Presenting to committees and boards to educate and instill institutional knowledge and lead discussions on performance trends and simulations regarding enrollment and financial aid
  • Answering ad hoc data-related and policy questions

Because we work to both the academic calendar of colleges and the 18-month enrollment cycle (which has intense activity at specific points during the cycle), there are periods in which our work will require some evening or weekend work.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in which managing client/external relationships was a primary responsibility
  • 3+ years of experience in admissions or financial aid at a four-year college or university
  • Experience aligning strategic insights and solutions to client goals
  • Professional or academic experience with a quantitative or data analysis focus
  • Ability to articulately and persuasively present to clients and colleagues EAB commitment to forward-leaning, innovative strategies that successfully achieve their desired outcomes
  • Proven relationship-building, collaboration/teamwork orientation and ability to influence for win-win outcomes
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel up to 25%: This position requires travel to 15-20 college campuses during the summer and fall and intermittently throughout the rest of the year

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to remain calm and focused under pressure
  • Able to work and solve problems independently, and to ask for help when necessary

To Apply:

Applications are welcomed via https://recruit.hirebridge.com/v3/application/applink.aspx?cid=7856&jid=556749.


Consistent with our belief that our employees are our most valuable resource, EAB offers a competitive and inclusive benefits package.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance; dependents and domestic partners eligible
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • 20+ days of PTO annually, in addition to paid firm holidays
  • Daytime leave policy for community service or fitness activities (up to 10 hours a month each)
  • Paid parental leave for birthing and non-birthing parents
  • Phase Back to Work program for employees returning from parental leave
  • Infertility treatment coverage and adoption or surrogacy assistance
  • Wellness programs including gym discounts and incentives to promote healthy living
  • Dynamic growth opportunities with merit-based promotion philosophy
  • Benefits kick in day one, see the full details here.

At EAB, we believe that to fulfill our mission to “make education smarter and our communities stronger” we need team members who bring a diversity of perspectives to the table and a workplace where each team member is valued, respected and heard.

To that end, EAB is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.