Manages International Financial Aid (IFA) program and communication with international applicants seeking financial assistance. Leads an international admission territory, developing recruitment strategy, managing application review, and serving as final reader on admission committee. Liaises with on- and off-campus partners, including Financial Aid Office.
Some evening and weekend work required. 4-6 weeks annual travel by car, rail, and/or airplane. May need to lift and carry boxes of recruitment materials up to 30 pounds.
Plans and executes recruitment trips with a focus on international populations, traveling 4–6 weeks annually for student outreach and professional development.
Increases University exposure to students, families and counselors abroad to raise global awareness of programs, resources and student support. In a culturally sensitive way, target international students for recruitment to diversify the University’s international population. Strategize and create ways to effectively deliver University messaging to international audiences.
Interprets, reviews, and builds understanding about foreign credentials and documents to perform high-quality evaluations. Develops deep knowledge of the secondary and tertiary education systems around the world and stays current with changing educational curriculums and grading systems. Establishes Northwestern equivalents for undergraduate admissions and other University departments by interpreting admission guidelines and graduation requirements.
Oversees the evaluation of over 3,000 applications per year, as well as training and managing a team of 1–3 full-time and part-time readers.
Serves as part of final international committee.
As member of Recruitment Team, supports projects and initiatives as needed.
Joins Director of Global Partnerships and Outreach in liaising with on-campus partners including International Relations, Office of Global Safety and Security, Office of International Students and Scholars, and SPS.
Supports international CBO partnerships, including Davis UWC scholars and Sutton Trust Scholars.
Coordinates IFA program: analyzes complex financial aid applications for admitted international undergraduate students; determines aid eligibility under the terms of institutional methodology by interpreting university guidelines; formulates financial aid packages to meet student need; exercises discretion in determining when it may be appropriate to invoke authority to use professional, independent judgment to deviate from methodology; works with the Director of International Partnerships and Outreach to render final IFA admission decisions, allocating need-based scholarships within a set IFA budget.
Manages communication to international applicants seeking financial assistance: provides detailed information and professional counseling to students and families; including managing contact with CBO’s.
Guides current international financial aid students through transition to University and supports financial needs that arise in continuing years (one-time tax adjustments, appeals, returning student aid application, etc.).
Serves as the primary liaison with Financial Aid.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher.
3 – 5 years’ experience in college admission/recruiting or equivalent higher education experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Strong speaking/communication skills and ability to speak effectively before audiences of up to 500 or more.
Requires valid driver’s license and frequent business travel by plane.
Valid US passport and willingness to travel abroad.
Ability to work effectively with time and volume pressures. Must be able to meet deadlines.
Ability to communicate with diverse Northwestern community including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Ability to meet department and University goals.
Ability to work outside normal business hours including evening and weekends.
Requires independent judgment, discretion and diplomacy.
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's degree or higher.
Background in highly selective college admissions.
Experience with financial aid processes.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of secondary and tertiary international academic credentials.
Knowledge of Slate CRM.
Foreign language ability.
Familiarity with Northwestern.
Creative, innovative, and highly organized.
Collaborative spirit and sense of humor.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39283
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