Job Title:
Director of Financial Aid

Peninsula College

Link to application for this position:

Starting salary: $80,000

Job Location:
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd
Port Angeles WA 98362
United States 

Application Deadline:
Priority consideration date: October 4, 2019


The Position
Peninsula College seeks a creative, thoughtful, and collaborative leader to serve in the capacity of Director of Financial Aid. Under the general supervision of the Associate Dean for Enrollment Services, administer federal/state/institutional/other financial aid and scholarship programs and provide technical direction to staff. Develop and refine policies and procedures to ensure all state and federal regulations and reporting are followed. Within a Guided Pathways framework, the Financial Aid Director provides vision, guidance, and focus in developing and implementing financial aid services that contribute to the progress and successful completion of certificates and degrees for our student population.


The College
Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. It is arguably the most beautiful community college setting in the United States. The region is also home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula.  As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The College serves more than 4670 students (1400 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings. The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.  The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which values respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place. Click here for a video about Peninsula College.

Essential Functions
Provide leadership in the development, implementation, and administration of a comprehensive range of goals and programs within Financial Aid.  Organize, direct, and supervise all the activities of the Financial Aid Office.  Create and implement policies and procedures to ensure accurate financial aid awarding based on federal, state and institutional regulations.  Monitor and reconcile all federal, state and institutional financial aid accounts.  Represent Peninsula College at Financial Aid meetings locally & regionally.  Develop program budgets and maintain fiscal and program accountability.  Ensure compliance with all federal and state regulations. Complete federal and state compliance reports.  Monitor financial aid SBCTC implementations, requests and changes. Maintain job descriptions of staff and perform yearly evaluations.  Maintain financial aid processing calendar and timelines (deadlines, FA refund dates, 5th day).Provide direct service/financial aid advising to students.  Conduct financial aid information sessions/workshops for students and the community.  Evaluate and Process appeals.  Manage the financial aid information content for web site.  Based on institutional and departmental surveys, develop the Administrative Unit Plan for financial aid in coordination with other student services departments.  Collaborate with other student services departments to create, implement and analyze student satisfaction surveys.  Participate in Strategic Enrollment Management planning and implement goals identified for FA Services in cooperation with Student Services administrative units.  Participate in Guided Pathway planning and implementation efforts identified for FA Services in collaboration with the Pathways Steering Committee.  Serve on various college work groups and committees as necessary.  Build and maintain positive interdepartmental relationships with Student Services representatives as well as other academic and administrative units to promote student success and a positive campus community.  Other duties as assigned.


Duties of the position require knowledge and experience
3-5 years of progressive responsibility within a Financial Aid Office.
Three years of demonstrated leadership skills including supervisory, budgetary, and support a team environment.
Duties of the position require the ability to work as part of an administrative team and support a team environment.

Required work schedule and work environment
Follow building schedule, typically 8-5.

Employment Terms
Annual full time, exempt position.

Starting salary: $80,000

 Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College contributes $939.00 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional development.

Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.  Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Peninsula College Employee Tuition Program. In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire. Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Required education or certificates
Bachelor's Degree.

Desired Qualifications
Master's Degree.  Excellent Communication skills.  Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and commitment to equity and inclusion.  Community College Experience.  PeopleSoft experience.  Knowledge of and experience with the development and implementation of Guided Pathways.

Will you accept electronic resumes?:

Application Procedure
A complete application file will include:  a college employment application, a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position, a current resume, unofficial transcript, and three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified.

Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers. Please upload the additional application documents on the last page of your application form prior to submission.

Application materials may be submitted by mail or email to:

Human Resources
Peninsula College
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: (360) 417-6298

Email: [email protected]


Applications submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures. Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer. The successful applicant must be able to document United States employment eligibility. Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer. Peninsula College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender identity, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities. Peninsula College embraces a shared philosophy in our Guiding Principles, please visit Coordination of compliance is the responsibility of the Human Resources Officer, PC HR Office, (360) 417-6212.