Director, Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment

New Jersey, United States
13 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
13 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   Undergraduate Financial Aid
Category   Financial Aid
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


Princeton University seeks an experienced and dynamic leader to serve as its next Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment.  Reporting to the Dean of the College, the director leads the University’s Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment programs and develops long-term aid and student employment strategies in support of the University’s mission.  In close partnership with the Provost, the Dean of the College, and the Dean of Admission, the director establishes effective aid strategies that help enroll students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Princeton University is a world-renowned research university with a vibrant community of scholarship, research, and teaching that seeks to serve the nation and humanity. The approximately 5,300 undergraduate students are part of a vibrant campus community, and students stay connected to Princeton long after they have graduated. Over the last decade, the University has nearly doubled the number of students in the entering class who are first-generation college students or recipients of Federal Pell grants, which provide support for students from low-income backgrounds.


With a focus on continuous improvement, the director uses analytics and evidence-based methods to inform policy and to process initiatives.  The director communicates and collaborates with University leadership to enhance aid and student employment policy, approaches, and practices.  The director coordinates policy initiatives in conjunction with the Dean of the College through the standing faculty Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid (CUAFA).

The director also oversees Princeton’s aid policies, including need analysis methods and packaging procedures; internal and external compliance and risk management, including audit requirements; NCAA regulations; and all Title IV federal rules across campus.


The next Director of Financial Aid and Student Employment should have at least ten years of experience in college or university administration, including a record of achievement working in undergraduate financial aid administration, preferably at a selective college with an extensive institutional aid program.  A minimum of five years in a senior leadership role along with experience managing financial aid policies is strongly preferred.  A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

Successful candidates will demonstrate experience supervising, mentoring and motivating a diverse, high-performing team; knowledge of federal, state and other relevant regulations governing aid; and experience with institutional need analysis, modeling and forecasting, and the technology that supports an efficient and effective financial aid program. A clear and effective communicator, they will possess a thorough understanding of the legal landscape relating to college and university financial aid policies and practices governing undergraduate financial aid; demonstrated experience using both quantitative and qualitative data across a broad array of metrics; developing comprehensible data and analytics on financial aid and on-campus student employment; and a track record of collegiality, collaboration, consultation, and teamwork among and between members of various departments.  For the full position profile, please visit the full position profile here.


Princeton University has engaged Koya Partners to help in this hire. Please submit nominations, expressions of interest, and applications, including a compelling letter of interest and resumé here.  

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.

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