Systemwide Director, Financial Aid Programs (507178)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administration and Management

Job Description


Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Systemwide Director, Financial Aid Programs. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator III

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Systemwide Director, Financial Aid Programs to assume primary responsibility within the CSU Office of the Chancellor for the leadership and direction of student financial aid programs and services for the system, totaling $4+ billion to nearly 400,000 students. The Systemwide Director of Financial Aid Programs coordinates and provides oversight for a combination of institutional, state and federal aid sources, including but not limited to the CSU's State University Grant program ($700+ million), privately funded scholarships, Dream Act assistance, Middle Class Scholarship, Pell Grants, Cal Grants, federal work-study, federal loan programs, etc. The incumbent collaborates with CSU Advocacy and State Relations and the Office of Federal Relations on proposed legislation, legislation analysis and impact, participation in state and federal hearings and recommends positions to appropriate CSU offices and officials. The incumbent also conducts regular review and revision of systemwide policies and procedures that govern the administration of all student financial aid programs and the provision of related services, and ensures that there is appropriate, timely dissemination of relevant guidance to campus personnel and access to training opportunities. The incumbent supervises one MPP position, the Associate Director of Financial Aid Programs and one Financial Aid Analyst.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Services, the Systemwide Director, Financial Aid Programs will:

-Identify needs, initiate efforts, and consult and cooperate with allied Chancellor's Office areas or executive management to formulate and evaluate proposals for legislative and programmatic/regulatory changes that impact the development or modification of student financial aid programs and services.

-Initiate additions or revisions to systemwide policies related to student financial aid programs and services.

-Analyze proposed legislation and regulations at state and federal levels regarding potential programmatic and fiscal impacts on CSU students, campuses, administrative procedures, advance concerns and recommend positions to appropriate CSU offices and officials.

-Negotiate and draft legislative language for various bills and associated policies or programs affecting the CSU to ensure best results for CSU and its students.

-Coordinate systemwide activities relative to A-133 Single Audit of Federal Funds in cooperation with financial services area and ensure compliance with filing of audit with Audit Clearinghouse and Department of Education EZ-Audit requirements as well as the timely development of required documents for completion of the audit and presentation to Board of Trustees. As required, coordinate and oversee the responses to and required follow-up on other audits performed by Office of lnspector General, the CSU Trustees' Audit division, and other auditing agencies.

-Oversee management of systemwide financial aid database and analyses of the data.

-Conduct studies and prepare reports and agenda items for Board of Trustees and other audiences.

-Provide analysis as directed.

-Respond to campus inquiries concerning systemwide policies and procedures.

-Plan and facilitate systemwide meetings of constituent groups to promote collaboration on issues and concerns and ongoing professional development.

-Represent CSU before the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and on the Financial Aid Advisory Board (FAAB). Actively participate on CSAC and FAAB work groups and in discussions of critical issues that impinge on CSU administration of CSAC programs and prospective CSU students. Represent CSU on systemwide, intersegmental, state, and national committees and task forces.

-Lead CSU efforts related to major state initiatives (Dream Act, Middle Class Scholarship, etc.) to ensure the most effective processes and student outcomes.

-Accomplish other special projects and duties as assigned.


This position requires:

-Baccalaureate degree required and five years of progressively responsible experience related to the administration of a comprehensive range of student financial aid programs; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree preferred. Must possess and demonstrate strong professional/effective verbal and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work independently on a multitude of tasks, often with competing priorities.

-Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing and ability to articulate ideas and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively; must be able to communicate effectively - synthesizing, formulating and analyzing large volumes of information - in order to advocate effectively; should be able to tailor communications to professional administrators as well as high school student audiences.

-Demonstrate acumen and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional and effective working relationships with diverse internal and external constituents.

-Thorough knowledge of public policy related to postsecondary education, particularly to student financial aid programs including the philosophy of and methodology for need analysis, statutes and regulations applicable to federal student financial aid programs, and current and emerging issues.

-Excellent analytical skills and ability to identify issues critical to the success of a desired outcome; the ability to research and collect pertinent information, to integrate essential information and use it to define and validate options and alternatives; and the ability to develop recommendations and justification for the most productive course of action.

-Excellent organizational skills and ability to independently set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by December 9, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Long Beach, California 90802 United States View Map