Job Details

Cornell University
  • Position Number: 3038695
  • Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Position Type: Financial Aid

Cornell University, an Ivy League institution with approximately 15,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate and professional students, and campuses in Ithaca and New York, NY, seeks an Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach in the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Employment, and Undergraduate Admissions. "Indigenous students" is here conceived to encompass the federal categories of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

The Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach serves Cornell University as primary point of contact and liaison between the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Employment and Undergraduate Admissions for prospective and enrolled students. The Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Admissions and Coordinator of Indigenous Student Outreach provides admissions, financial aid counseling, advocacy and support to diverse students and their parents on matters pertaining to admissions, financial aid and student employment (i.e., advising students and parents about admissions requirements, application process, need-based financial aid and financing options at the university, and performing needs analysis to determine students eligibility for aid) and advocacy for students from traditionally under-represented populations and other selected or priority populations as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 2-4 years experience in financial aid, admissions or other student services area, or equivalent combination.

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Ability to present to large groups.

  • Keen awareness of diversity issues.

  • Able to work effectively and cooperatively with a large staff, with colleagues across campus, and diverse population of students.

  • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information with discretion, integrity, and professionalism.

  • Ability to proactively manage multiple assignments, work independently, and achieve goals.

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in student personnel, student affairs administration/higher education administration or related field.

  • Prior direct or related experience and cultural competency and expertise in engaging, recruiting, and counseling prospective and enrolling Native and Indigenous students about highly selective university admissions, financial aid and enrollment.

  • Prior direct or related experience liaising and partnering with intertribal, regional, and national Native-youth-serving organizations, pre-college and community-based organizations and programs.

  • Understanding of importance of building relationships with Indigenous nations and communities.

  • Experience as a financial aid counselor/advisor/officer at a Title IV eligible college or university.

  • Understanding of FERPA/data privacy policies, including ability to interpret and apply policies to daily work.

  • Knowledge of the Cornell community.

  • Experience using PeopleSoft, ImageNow, CSS Profile, IDOC, or Workday.


Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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