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 newly appointed vice president for enrollment management, Saint Mary’s College of California seeks a dynamic and collaborative executive director of financial aid (EDFA) to develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive financial aid services. The EDFA oversees and leads the implementation of financial aid leveraging strategies, financial aid policies, and awarding practices to assist graduate and undergraduate students enroll and persist to graduation. The EDFA must 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 is responsible for all awarding processes and disbursement of approximately $70 million in financial aid and ensuring regulatory compliance of institutional, private, state, and federal aid (Title IV programs). After a transition period, the new executive director will be offered the option to work remotely up to two days per week.

This position is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic leader with progressive leadership experience managing a financial aid office in a higher education institution or similar setting. Competitive candidates must demonstrate proficient knowledge of relevant rules and regulations and the role technology plays in enrollment management; able to advocate for financial aid policies and procedures; able to anticipate, interpret, and navigate changes to financial aid policies and their ramifications; understand educational issues, policies, and regulations; deliver service excellence.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin Monday, September 26, 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 Kara Kravetz Cupoli at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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