Job Openings

Financial Assistant/Associate

Job ID: BH388906

Category: Financial Analyst

Specialty: Accounting & Finance

Works with multiple sources of funding which may include donor or research restricted funds. Performs or coordinates several areas of financial accounting, recordkeeping, processing or administration. May conduct one or more of the following duties. Prepare budget for department, unit or school working with core or sponsored research funds usually utilizing information and assumptions provided by others. Review or reconcile accounts, transactions, or balances. Provide research and basic data analysis for use in financial planning and decision making. Prepare complex financial reports that may require selection, preparation, and interpretation of data using a complex data query tool and spreadsheet application. Generate entries to accounting and record keeping systems, and establish procedures for tracking and reporting. Process or assist with payments of vendor invoices, and individual reimbursements. Research accounting discrepancies. Associates degree in accounting or 3 to 5 years of experience required. Good written and oral communication skills. Intermediate to advanced proficiency with spreadsheet software required.

The Temporary Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors must thrive in a fast-paced, highly flexible, dynamic, and engaging work environment. The Temporary Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors will provide admission and financial aid counseling for prospective and current students for our master’s degree programs. The Temporary Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors will promote HKS master’s degree programs to prospective students, present a compelling value proposition of the School’s academic offerings, and assist prospective students in navigating the admissions and financial aid application process. The Temporary Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors will receive an assigned caseload of current students to assist in completing the necessary steps for federal aid eligibility, loan certification, financial aid packaging, and the disbursement of financial aid awards. The Temporary Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor should be service-oriented and is expected to incorporate the principles of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging best practices to ensure a counseling approach that reflects cultural competency.

Duties:
• Answer specific and sometimes complex questions related to the admissions and financial aid process for HKS master’s degree programs
• Counsel and advise prospective students regarding admissions and financial aid application processes, financial planning and financial assistance for HKS master’s degree programs
• Deliver dynamic and engaging presentations designed to promote the institution and attract a diverse and talented applicant pool
• Advise and assist incoming and continuing students in case load on submission of financial aid appeals
• Evaluate and analyze financial information submitted by incoming and continuing students, ensuring data is accurate and complete
• Review financial certification documentation for incoming and continuing students in an assigned caseload to ensure it meets standards necessary for immigration document issuance
• Verify External Resource documentation students submit and work with third-party billing to invoice external sponsors for students in an assigned caseload
• Process stipend payments for students in an assigned caseload
• Process refunds for students in an assigned caseload
• Verify and assess student eligibility for particular financial aid programs (e.g. VA benefits, Title IV funds, state grants) and assists students with completing necessary paperwork to receive applicable aid for students in an assigned caseload
• Review and modify financial aid awards and packages to reflect updated information for students in an assigned caseload
• Review and complete loan certification for students in an assigned case load
• Assist with troubleshooting issues related to student billing and aid disbursement
• Ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional financial aid requirements and auditing standards
• Ensure compliance with university admissions policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations with respect to students’ rights to privacy
• Performs other related duties as assigned

Preferred skills and experience:
• Previous experience managing and submitting disbursement files to central Student Financial Services
• Previous experience managing and submitting anticipated aid files to central Student Financial Services
• Previous experience using Department of Education software to send and receive aid files
• Previous experience reconciling financial aid discrepancies

The Planet Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Type: Temp/Contract

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts