Harvard University Senior Admissions and Financial Aid Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Business Title Senior Admissions and Financial Aid Officer

School/Unit Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sub-Unit ------------

Location USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Function Faculty & Student Services

Time Status Full-time

Department FAS: Harvard College Admissions and Financial Aid

Salary Grade 056

Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities Include:

Financial Aid:

  • Serve as a member of the College Financial Aid and Admissions Committees, with primary responsibility for counseling students and their families regarding financial aid issues. Typical financial aid applicant load is 450 students.

  • Serve as member of Officer of the Day Team which provides regular on-call support to students and families. Officer is responsible for answering general phone and email correspondence at least once per week.

  • Evaluate financial aid applications for both returning and newly admitted students using federal and institutional guidelines and methodologies.

  • Participate in the formulation of financial aid policy and procedures.

  • Serve on the Financial Aid Committee which responds to request for reconsiderations of aid awards; serve as assigned students’ representative to Financial Aid Committee.

  • Assist with a variety of projects and program administration in support of the financial aid program.


1) Represent assigned regions of the US and abroad - create and implement marketing plans based on Harvard's interest in recruiting a highly diverse applicant pool. Provide information and advice about Harvard College, generally, and about its admissions procedures specifically, to prospective students, applicants, their parents and secondary school guidance counselors. This would be done through interviews in the office, personal visits to secondary schools, correspondence, email and telephone contact. In addition to recruiting prospective students to apply to Harvard College, an officer would encourage admitted students to matriculate at the College.

2) Read and evaluate admissions applications from assigned geographical regions. (A part-time-time admissions officer would have approximately 750-800 folders to read and for which to be responsible ). Apply discretion and independent judgment in deciding which qualified students should be presented to the committee for possible admission. The Admissions Committee relies heavily upon recommendations in selecting the incoming class.

3) Develop and nurture relationships with alumni interviewers. Devise regional interview process procedure; plan and run alumni interviewing workshops in assigned geographical areas. Train alums on how to conduct successful applicant interviews.

4) Answer and respond to inquiries and concerns of applicants and students both admitted and rejected from their geographical area.

5) May chair an Admissions committee

Basic Qualifications 1) Bachelor's degree required.

2) 5+ years of post-college work experience.

Additional Qualifications 1) Should possess strong customer service orientation and enough detailed knowledge of the Harvard community to represent the College effectively to secondary schools and prospective applicants.

2) Must work well under pressure, and possess strong time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines, independent initiative, excellent judgment, and the ability to keep information confidential.

3) Proficiency with operating computers and using office productivity software such as Microsoft applications a must.

4) Application review is conducted online remotely; each reader is expected to have reliable Internet access.

5) Proficiency with the Internet, data entry, and word processing is required.

6) Problem solving skills, including specifically: the ability to develop and analyze options/hypotheses objectively.

7) Communication skills (both written and verbal), including specifically: the ability to make presentations to large groups of students, parents and alumni.

8) Demonstrate and foster genuine and meaningful collaboration, share knowledge effectively, respect others, and live the values of Harvard College Admissions and Financial Aid.

Additional Qualifications are listed in Additional Information section.

Additional Information

Please submit resume and cover letter as one document.

All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.

Additional Qualifications:

1) Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends, substantial interviewing, admissions folder reading, and full participation in the work of the Admissions Selection Committee expected.

2) Work will require sitting, near vision use for reading and computer use for extended periods of time, lifting (approximately 20 to 30 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion.

3) Excellent written and oral presentation skills. Candidates must have strong problem solving skills; an ability to work effectively under pressure and to learn complex material easily. Ability to resolve a wide range of issues from inquiring students, parents, and other entities with sensitivity, discretion and accuracy. Strong counseling skills are desired. A familiarity with the academic and extracurricular life of the College is preferred. Knowledge of financial aid is helpful and candidates should have a basic working knowledge of word processing and database systems.

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