Senior Financial Aid Assistant
- Rio Hondo College
- Location: Whittier, California
- Posting Date: 11/29/2021
- Application Deadline: 12/09/2021
Position TitleSenior Financial Aid Assistant
Position TypeClassified Full Time
Number of Months Assignment12
Starting DateAs soon as possible
Current Work Schedule
Salary RangeRange 25
DepartmentFinancial Aid and Veterans Services (Dept)
Open Until FilledNo
About Rio Hondo College
Río Hondo College welcomes and embraces all students in their educational and career pathways. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), our College has a student population of 22,000, of which 18,000 are Latinx students. We were the first college in Los Angeles County to provide two years of free tuition to first-time, full-time college students through our Río Promise program. We are proud to acknowledge that many of our students have transferred to high ranked institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, USC and UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, and Whittier College to name a few.
Our caring and dedicated student-centered staff, faculty, and administrators are devoted to the advancement of educational justice, equity, and opportunity for all our students. Our College’s 900 employees, with close to 600 faculty, hold themselves accountable for the academic success of disproportionately impacted student populations. Our entire staff, with unwavering team collaboration, work hard to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color.
Río Hondo College is committed to the recruitment of qualified and diverse employees who are dedicated to our students’ success. We recognize that diversity in an academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for our students. We are steadfast in our hiring practices and staff development processes which reinforce the goals of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Our practices and processes also support the importance of a workforce that reflects the community and the diverse student population we serve.
Río Hondo College employs approximately 55% tenured track faculty of color; 60% part-time faculty of color; 85% classified staff of color; and 50% administrators of color.
Río Hondo College offers 30 associate degrees that guarantee transfer (ADTs) to Cal State Universities, a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, more than 60 certificates, a Pathway to Law School, dual enrollment with K-12 districts, state championship speech & debate team, top-notch athletic teams, student leadership opportunities, travel abroad experiences and more.
In collaboration with the communities in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, South El Monte, Whittier, portions of Norwalk, La Mirada, Downey, La Puente, the City of Industry, Los Nietos and Avocado Heights, Río Hondo College provides an exceptional academic curriculum to meet the unique needs of our region and strengthen our communities.
Perform specialized duties in support of such programs as Veteran Affairs and enroll students for educational benefits; verify information as necessary and assure the receipt of required transcripts and forms; monitor student attendance as required; communicate with the Veteran’s Administration to coordinate activities, resolve problems and provide information and data. E
Perform specialized duties in support of the Cal Grant, Federal Work Study and PELL program as assigned; interview and refer students for job placement; perform program reconciliation/balancing. E
Perform specialized duties in support of the Student Direct Loan program as assigned; receive, review and complete applications; verify information as necessary and assure the receipt of required transcripts; conduct student interviews, explaining loan requirements, procedures and related information. E
Provide technical assistance and information to students regarding Financial Aid programs and services; instruct students in correct procedures for completion of forms and applications; explain application, requirements and restrictions; review completed forms for accuracy and completeness. E
Process Financial Aid applications and forms; review records for changes in status; request transcripts, records and other information as needed. E
Assist in determination of student need and eligibility for Financial Aid. Monitor continued eligibility for students awarded; amend student awards according to changes; adjust student payments and bill student accordingly. E
Operate a computer terminal to obtain or verify Financial Aid information and records; input a variety of information and data to maintain records and files. E
Answer questions and provide information and assistance to students and others regarding assigned programs; explain departmental policies, procedures and functions according to established guidelines; respond to requests for information from District officials, faculty, students and other institutions. E
Coordinate communication and activities with other District departments and personnel, educational institutions, governmental and private agencies and the public. E
Monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of students to assure compliance with applicable requirements and guidelines. E
Compile information and data and prepare various reports and forms related to Financial Aid and other assigned programs as required; prepare and type forms, correspondence, requisitions and documents. E
Establish and maintain a variety of files and records; maintain confidentiality of information and records. E
Train and provide work direction to student assistants as assigned. E
Perform related duties as assigned. E
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires us to identify the essential (E) duties/functions of the position. We have indicated those duties with an E on the job description.
Knowledge and Abilities
- Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
- Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
- Financial and statistical record-keeping techniques.
- Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
- Oral and written communications skills.
- District operations, policies and objectives.
- Operations, functions and procedures of a Financial Aid office.
- Applicable sections of the State Education Code and other applicable laws.
- Telephone techniques and etiquette.
- Operation of a computer terminal.
- Basic math.
- Principals and practices of training and providing work direction.
- Perform specialized clerical and technical duties in a Financial Aid office.
- Read, interpret, apply and explain law, rules, regulations and policies regarding Financial Aid programs.
- Learn quickly the rules, regulations, procedures, policies and functions of specialized Financial Aid programs, such as Veteran Affairs, Cal Grants, PELL, Student Direct Loans and Federal Work Study.
- Work effectively with students with special needs.
- Operate office equipment including computer terminal.
- Make simple arithmetic calculations.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Work independently with little direction.
- Understand and follow oral and written directions.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
- Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
- Meet schedules and timelines.
- Plan and organize work.
- Train and provide work direction to others.
- Prepare and maintain financial and statistical records and reports.
Education and Experience
Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an Evaluation Service prior to the closing date. Certification must be attached with copies of transcripts.
Applicants must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed.
- Rio Hondo College online application (which includes supplemental questions)
- Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
PAPER APPLICATIONS AND APPLICATION MATERIALS SENT VIA MAIL, FAX, OR EMAIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
NOTE THAT ALL CORRESPONDENCE, INCLUDING INTERVIEW INVITATIONS, WILL BE SENT VIA EMAIL.
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires the District obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes his/her right to work in the United States.
- Successful candidate is responsible for verifying all prior work experience and providing all academic transcripts for purposes of salary placement.
- As a condition of employment, the selected applicant must provide a set of fingerprints (at the applicant’s expense) taken by an official LiveScan agency.
- Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial employment (The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment).
- For positions requiring a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurability is required.
- All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications may be required to take a test and will be notified of the date and time.
- Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for position), or the interview, please notify the Human Resources Office.
- A copy of this announcement will be provided in Braille to visually impaired applicants upon request.
Commitment to Diversity
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
Cancel RTF Policy
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO RE-OPEN, RE-ADVERTISE, DELAY OR CANCEL FILLING THIS POSITION.
THIS RECRUITMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL FUTURE VACANCIES.
Rio Hondo College is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.