Financial Aid Counselor

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education, seeks an engaged financial aid counselor to join a dynamic and highly committed Financial Aid team. This is the ideal opportunity for a customer-service oriented individual who has a true commitment, empathy, and passion for working with students from diverse backgrounds. 

The Financial Aid Counselor will work collaboratively to expedite and enhance all areas of the financial aid application, verification, eligibility, and disbursement processes for students and families applying for financial aid at Bennington College. 

The Counselor serves as a resource for students applying for financial aid - assisting both new and current students with all phases of the written and online application process - from reviewing key deadlines and required documentation through the completion and submission of the application. The Counselor maintains regular communication with students ensuring that applicants have a clear sense of their aid status throughout the application process. The Counselor oversees the reporting and disbursement of federal and private student loans and coordinates internally with the Business Office to ensure alignment of this work. The Financial Aid Counselor also works in partnership with key offices on campus on status changes for students.

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

Qualifications

  • Prior financial aid experience and a familiarity with the requirements of federal, state, College and private aid assistance programs (i.e., FAFSA and CSS Profile) preferred.
  • A minimum two years’ related experience; general knowledge of accounting and federal tax systems as it relates to financial aid programs.
  • Excellent communication skills are essential.
  • Candidates must be highly organized, possess sound judgement, strong problem-solving skills and be able to manage confidential information with discretion.
  • Advanced computer proficiency required (financial aid software, Google Suite, Office Suite).
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required; BA degree preferred.

The position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

The College

Bennington College is a laboratory for innovation in higher education. At Bennington, learning and making—on campus and in the field—are inseparable, and its graduates are noted for their outsized impact on the world’s stage. This campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative community.

Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont, the campus consists of approximately 370 acres. The College was named one of ten with the best architecture by Architectural Digest.  From campus, it is a short drive to the cultural offerings of the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts, Albany, New York, and many of Vermont’s top recreational centers. New York City, Boston, and Burlington, Vermont are all within three and a half hours by car.