Executive Director of Student Financial Assistance and Employment


The University of Miami, a top-tier private research university with approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate and professional students from around the world, is seeking an experienced financial aid professional with exceptional skills in team building, collaboration and communication who understands the dynamics of a complex, global and diverse university to serve as Executive Director of Student Financial Assistance and Employment.  This position reports to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, oversees a staff of 30 professionals and is responsible for developing, forecasting, managing, and administering the delivery of student financial aid and the financial aid budget.

Qualifications: Candidates will be expected to have an advanced understanding and record of compliance with federal and state regulations regarding the awarding and disbursement of government funds, and effective leadership and managerial skill to oversee staff that will perform a variety of functions in this process.  The ideal candidate will be a collaborative partner within the division of enrollment management, as well as someone who has fostered strong relationships in other parts of the institution to include advancement, student accounts, athletics, and the different schools and colleges. A professional who emphasizes customer service and possesses a strong student-orientation, this executive director should have at least eight years of progressively responsible experience in student financial services, financial aid, and/or bursar services (preferably at the undergraduate and graduate levels); and substantial experience leading and managing a financial aid office.  Candidates who have experience working with institutional methodology and who have a familiarity with the PeopleSoft student information system are preferred. Experience working with undergraduates and graduate students is strongly desired.  A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


A detailed position description outlining responsibilities and qualifications can be seen here.


The University: Established in 1925, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse research university located near one of most global cities in the United States.  The stunning campus lined with palm trees and well-maintained buildings offers students a comfortable and intimate campus setting with exceptional, cutting edge academic and cultural opportunities. The University comprises 11 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Miami 46th in its “Best Colleges” listings, the tenth consecutive year it has ranked among the top 50. To read more about the University and the inspiring momentum, visit https://welcome.miami.edu/.  For information about Coral Gables and the Miami region, visit http://www.coralgables.com/ and http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/.


To Apply: Napier Executive Search is assisting the University of Miami with its search for an Executive Director of Student Financial Assistance and Employment. All inquiries, nominations and conversations about this opportunity are welcome and will remain confidential. For more information, please contact Mary Napier (mary.napier@napiersearch.com) or Robin Reynders (robin.reynders@napiersearch.com). If you wish to apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Miami@napiersearch.com .  Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled; priority consideration will be given to resumes received before June 25.  Salary and benefits are competitive.


The University of Miami values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


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