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Financial Aid Counselor

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Financial Aid Counselor
Posting Number NFE00133P
Department SDSU-Financial Aid
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

The Department of Financial Aid at South Dakota State University invites applications for the position of Financial Aid Counselor. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit eligible position. This position is supervised by the Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

• Provide high level financial aid counseling and customer service to students, families, and other university constituents;
• Assist with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, corrections, and issue resolution;
• Award financial aid, revise financial aid awards, notify students of awards;
• Oversee or assist with multiple financial aid processes including Return of Title IV Funds, professional judgment decisions, disbursing financial aid, and others;
• Present to students and families at new student orientation, in classrooms, and other venues;
• Assist with creation and maintenance of social media and website content;
• Interpret and apply federal regulations and rules;
• Other responsibilities as assigned.

• Bachelor’s Degree completed by first day of employment;
• At least one year of prior work experience in customer service or a related field;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences;
• Ability to work collaboratively as a contributing member of a team;
• Strong oral and written communication skills;
• Ability to problem solve and critically reason;
• Detail oriented;
• Ability to read and interpret regulations and rules;
• Ability to add, subtract, calculate percentages, and work with ratios;
• Effective computer skills including ability to work with spreadsheets.

• At least one year of experience working in financial aid.

The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 02/28/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 03/21/2018
Advertised Salary $15.63 to $16.35 / hr.
Duration of the Term 12 months
If Other, describe duration
Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours

Full-time 40-hour per week position with 8:00 to 5:00 schedule. Occasional evenings, weekends, and overnight travel required.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
If internal, define scope of search
This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Weekends/Holidays
If other, please indicate
Department Description and Cultural Expectations

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,500 students. The SDSU Financial Aid Office has 14 full-time employees.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota a community of approximately 22,100 persons on the Eastern border of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 educational system. During a campus visit, a tour of the education systems and visit with school administrators may be arranged. The city is also accessible to major medical facilities, has an active social and cultural environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within an easy commute. Sioux Falls, a city of approximately 150,000 persons is a 40-minute drive to the south. Brookings is also located about 200 miles west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a metropolitan area with major design and art centers such as International Market Square, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Cheryl Glazier at (605) 688-6550 or

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Where did you hear about this position?
    • SDBOR Employment Site
    • List Serv
    • Website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • APLU
    • Linkedin
    • Other

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents