Student Financial Services Coordinator

Posted by
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA
Published 7 days ago

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission. Due to our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.

We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

Seattle Pacific University provides reasonable accommodation to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process please contact the Human Resources Department at (206)281-2809, or email Notification must be given at least five (5) working days before the accommodation is needed.

General Summary: This position will coordinate and become the expert and contact for several student account programs, ensuring compliance with institutional, state, federal and/or agency requirements, including representing the university at on and off campus events. The position ensures compliance by understanding and accurately applying federal, state and institutional regulations that govern the proper distribution of financial aid, and correct cash management procedures; this includes understanding how these transactions affect the general ledger. In addition, this position will respond to inquiries from students, parents and agencies, answering questions ranging from routine processing inquiries to advising families on complex application, eligibility, and program-specific requirements. This position works in a high volume, fast-paced environment where accuracy and high attention to detail is critical as they serve undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, prospective, and continuing professional education students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

Job Description:
  • Accurately process payments up to 1 million daily. Manages and reconciles assigned student account programs, including maintaining current procedures of assigned programs.
  • May supervise, train, delegate and mentor student worker(s).
  • Uses professional judgment to make decisions on institutional policy exceptions. Researches situations and communicates options and outcomes to students and parents.
  • Provides timely and accurate response to inquiries via telephone, in person, mail and email regarding all aspects of a student's financial situation based on a comprehensive understanding of the complete financial aid process, federal, state and institutional financial aid programs, institutional charges, the statement process and the Banner computer system.
  • Responsible for $350.00 cash till and accurately reconciling payment intake to computer records on a daily basis.
  • Effectively works with people from diverse backgrounds. Develops and nurtures relationships with students and families of culturally and/or ethnically diverse backgrounds through culturally responsive conversations and outreach events.
  • Represents the University and SFS in on and off campus events and presentations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

  • Associates Degree or equivalent experience required. Bachelor's degree is preferred.
  • Two years of office experience is required.
  • Aptitude for computerized record-keeping, ability to organize and manage processes, excellent written and verbal communication, public relations and counseling skills.
  • Understanding and interest in customer service, including the ability to defuse tension.
  • Self-motivated and team oriented (cooperative, willing, flexible). Ability to cope with stress in a positive manner.
  • Strong attention to detail. Ability to juggle multiple tasks and flexibility to handle competing priorities with professionalism. Ability to work within structure and deadlines. Analytical with strong problem solving skills.
  • Sensitivity regarding confidential information.
  • Experience with basic accounting, previous experience working in a college or university, familiarity with student accounts and financial aid programs (state and federal) and experience and comfort creating and giving presentations is a plus.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word and Excel. Experience with Banner (Elucian) a plus.

Additional Information:

Position will remain open until filled.

Salary: $40,536 annually

This is a full time position with excellent benefits. SPU pays the employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account after one year of eligibility in the plan. Tuition discount program available for the employee and qualified immediate family members.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume along with the online application.


About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Seattle, WA, United States

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