Saint Mary’s College of California — Executive Director of Financial Aid

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian, and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary’s currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College. As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian, and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Reporting to the vice president for enrollment management, the Financial Aid Office seeks a dynamic and collaborative executive director of financial aid (EDFA) to bring their expertise in developing, implementing, and maintaining comprehensive financial aid services for students. This leader will be experienced in awarding processes and compliance for institutional funds, state aid, federal aid, and private sources. The EDFA will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of financial aid leveraging strategies, financial aid policies, and awarding practices for the institution to assist graduate and undergraduate students enroll and persist to graduation. The EDFA is expected to collaborate and develop strong working relationships with the Registrar’s Office, Admissions Office, Student Accounts, the Student Success Office, Student Life departments, and other key partners across the College. The EDFA has oversight for the awarding and disbursement of over $100 million in financial aid and ensuring regulatory compliance of institutional, state, and federal aid (Title IV programs).

This position is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic institutional thinker with at least five years of experience managing a financial aid office in a higher education institution or similar setting. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about program rules and regulations and the role technology plays in enrollment management; a strong collegial advocate for financial aid policies and procedures; experienced in and able to anticipate the broader ramifications of changes to financial aid policies; able to interpret broad educational issues, policies, and regulations; team and customer-service oriented.

Review of applications will begin Friday, May 20, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Roxanna P. Cruz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

Visit the Saint Mary’s College of California website at 

Saint Mary’s is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all. College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g., family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.