Job Title:
Financial Aid Counselor


Western Washington University

Link to application for this position:


Salary for this position typically begins at $41,441 with an excellent benefits package.

Job Location:

Bellingham WA 
United States 


Application Deadline:
February 22, 2019


The Financial Aid Counselor is a professional, administrative exempt position that provides counseling to students, parents, faculty, high school counselors and others regarding financial aid eligibility, application procedures, student budget development, and debt management. This position reviews files, awards financial aid, makes financial aid presentations, counsels students on a drop-in or appointment basis, and makes informed and well-documented professional judgement decisions. In addition, this position may be assigned special projects and/or program responsibilities based on operational necessity and individual experience and skills. In addition to this opening for an entry-level Financial Aid Counselor, the department is also currently recruiting for a Financial Aid Counselor with scholarship administrative responsibilities. We encourage applicants to apply for both positions if eligible. In order to be considered for both positions, applicants will need to submit separate applications for each position, addressing their ability to meet the unique required and preferred qualifications for each position.


Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree

- In accordance with Federal regulatory requirements, the incumbent must be in good standing on any outstanding Federal Title IV loans

- Demonstrated public speaking experience

- Work experience demonstrating attention to detail

- Demonstrated ability to efficiently organize and prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work independently within a highly computerized environment

- Demonstrated ability to effectively provide services to diverse populations

- Demonstrated ability to obtain, analyze and evaluate data

- Demonstrated ability to apply and adhere to complex regulations

- Demonstrated ability to contribute positively to a team-oriented environment

- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

- One year of student financial aid office experience

- Experience using Ellucian Banner Financial Aid software preferred

- Experience working with document imaging software

- Work history that demonstrates an innovated approach to quality improvement or problem-solving


Will you accept electronic resumes?:

A cover letter and resume are required. Your cover letter must include a header for each required and preferred qualification and must have a written response to each required and preferred qualification even if the response is NA (not applicable) or no experience. You may cut and paste or upload your resume and cover letter as noted on the application. Please complete the education and work experience section of the application and submit the names and contact information of three professional references.