Director of Financial Aid

SUNY Orange County Community College   Middletown , NY   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on January 20, 2023
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About SUNY Orange:

Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange), located in the scenic Hudson Valley, is a multi-campus College with locations in the cities of Middletown and Newburgh, NY. We proudly claim the distinction of being the first county-sponsored New York State Community College. And, for over 70 years, SUNY Orange has been the primary workforce provider and educational resource for residents of Orange County and neighboring counties.

Our students come from all walks of life and are committed to their education and career development. Our graduates speak highly of a curriculum that challenges them and prepares them upon graduation to be competitive and successful if they are directly entering the workforce or to thrive when they transfer to four-year institutions. SUNY Orange values diversity, has been certified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has been named a Military Friendly college.

The College seeks dynamic individuals eager to engage in thoughtful, energetic and impactful leadership, and to help shape the future of a College that is respected within its community. If you desire the opportunity to mold the members of our diverse student body into the accomplished professionals and leaders they wish to become, crave an administrative atmosphere where creativity and forward-thinking ideas are welcomed, and are willing to roll up your sleeves to make it all happen, we encourage you to consider joining our College community.

Job Description:

The Director serves as the chief administrator for federal, NY state and internal financial aid programs exceeding $18 million annually and is responsible for institutional compliance with governmental regulations including the accurate and timely preparation of all monitoring reports.  The Director leads and develops the financial aid team, introduces new technology to improve packaging and service delivery, and works collaboratively with colleagues in Enrollment Services and Student Accounts to provide exemplary service to students and families.

In addition, the Director stays current with financial aid policy and emerging trends and is the subject-matter expert interpreting federal and state laws and regulations and ensuring that the College's policies and procedures reflect best practices in packaging and verification processes.

The Director appreciates the integral role financial aid plays in student retention and completion and this orientation shapes the design and delivery of financial aid services and financial literacy programming. The Director will be required to travel between both campuses.


Education Required:    Bachelor's Degree
Experience Required:  Seven years of progressively responsible experience administering financial aid programs in a college/university setting; demonstrated supervisory, administrative, and leadership skills. Knowledge of federal and state financial aid regulations and experience preparing federal and state reports. Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret financial aid laws and regulations, and to utilize technology to efficiently process student aid.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics:

  •  Familiarity with NY State financial aid programs
  •  Prior experience using Ellucian Banner to deliver financial aid services 
  •  Master's Degree
  •  Experience at a level equivalent to Assistant Director or higher
  •  Understanding of community college students/families who may be accessing financial aid for the first time
  •  Demonstrated excellent financial aid technology knowledge and experience
  •  Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  •  Ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationship with supervising personnel, co-workers, all college employees and the public.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Fluency in Spanish


Additional Information:

Deadline for Applying: Review of applications begins January 31, 2023 and will continue until successful candidate has been identified.

Position begins ASAP

Salary: $62,373 to $82,645 per annum; commensurate with experience.  This is a Staff & Chair, Grade 80, 12 month position.

SUNY Orange offers a very competitive benefits package which includes excellent low cost health insurance as well as a generous leave policy.


Orange County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to: Iris Martinez-Davis, Civil Rights Compliance Officer, 115 South Street, Middletown NY 10940, (845) 341-4662,

Application Instructions:

Create a SUNY Orange Employment Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References: Include three (3) professional references (including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). References will not be contacted without prior permission of the candidate.
  • Orange County Community College values a diverse and inclusive community. Please include in your cover letter an answer to the following questions:
    1. How has diversity and inclusion played a part in your career?
    2. How would you bring that insight into your position at the college?


Official transcripts will be required upon employment. Foreign transcripts which are not accompanied by an evaluation from an approved agency may not be reviewed. Applicants may contact NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluating Service) at to obtain a list of members providing this service. Any expenses incurred for this service must be borne by the applicant. Foreign transcript translations by applicant or educational institution are not acceptable.

All applicants must have the legal right to accept employment in the United States. SUNY Orange does not support visa applications.

Employment at the College may be subject to the favorable result of a background investigation.

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