Director Financial Aid

Westmoreland County Community College in Pennsylvania

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 18, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Director of Financial Aid


Westmoreland County Community College, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Financial Aid. Reporting to the Vice President of Enrollment Management, the Director will lead a progressive and dynamic financial aid department in order to support and advance institutional efforts to increase student access and success. The Director will plan, organize and manage the operations and activities of federal, state, local and privately funded financial aid, monitor and ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, evaluate operations leading to continuous improvement, supervision, and evaluation of the financial aid staff.

Institution Overview:


Since its founding in 1970, Westmoreland County Community College has provided affordable, high-quality, postsecondary education to thousands of southwestern Pennsylvania residents.


Westmoreland is a comprehensive community college serving approximately 5,550 students each fall and spring semester at seven locations and online. The college encompasses the main campus and six education centers in Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene and Indiana counties, strategically located to serve every area of the region.  Also, Westmoreland’s state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center offers education and training for students and incumbent workers in advanced manufacturing.  Occupying 73,500-square-feet-of-space at RIDC-Westmoreland in Mount Pleasant, the center features numerous specialized labs to enhance learning, including computer-aided drafting and design, computer numerical control, electronics, energy, metallurgy and welding/virtual welding.


The main campus is located in rural Youngwood, Pa., a short distance from the New Stanton Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike off Route 119. The 80-acre campus comprises four buildings: Founders Hall, Commissioners Hall, Science Hall, and the Business and Industry Center which contain general classrooms, smart classrooms and laboratories with modern equipment that provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experiences in a variety of career fields. Founders Hall also contains the college bookstore, library, student activities center, gymnasium and fitness center, a state-recognized child day care and preschool facility and more. In addition, there are athletic fields for baseball, softball, soccer and other sporting activities.

Mission Statement, Vision and Values:

Westmoreland County Community College improves the quality of life of everyone it touches through education, training and cultural enrichment.  Westmoreland County Community College is a learning-centered College focused on student success, a catalyst for economic growth, a leader in workforce development, and a hub for cultural and artistic experiences.

Westmoreland County Community College has a framework of cultures and values that embraces:

  • Commitment to Teaching and Learning (personal attention, individual choices, academic excellence, adaptive, promotes curiosity)
  • Accountability (responsibility, stewardship of resources, empowerment, results-oriented)
  • Diversity (respect for self and others, inclusion, value uniqueness)
  • Collaboration and Cooperation (teamwork, community partnerships)
  • Social Responsibility (promotes active interest, awareness of world, being a good steward)
  • Integrity (honesty, ethical standards, dedication)
  • Innovation (creativity, commitment to growth, forward thinking)


The Youngwood, PA and Greater Pittsburgh Community:

Westmoreland County is located in Southwestern Pennsylvania and nestled in the scenic Laurel Highlands. Pittsburgh is 35 miles from the college. This vibrant city has become known for its world-class healthcare facilities, flourishing art and entertainment scene, recreational opportunities and diverse food culture. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins professional sports teams call this city their home.

The region is home to a number of landmarks including the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fallingwater, the Bushy Run Battlefield and historic Fort Ligonier. The city of Latrobe alone is the birthplace of the late golfer Arnold Palmer and the late entertainer Fred Rogers, the site of the first professional football game and the birthplace of the banana split.

Attractions in the Laurel Highlands welcome millions of tourists per year. The Great Allegheny Passage connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. via a 150 mile trail offering some of the best views of the country. Idlewild and SoakZone is recognized as the number one children’s amusement park in the world. The vast Laurel Caverns is the largest cave system in Pennsylvania. To relax and unwind, the area features top-rated Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Seven Springs Mountain Resort, a premier ski resort in the region.

The Director of Financial Aid Position Overview:

The College seeks a dynamic and committed leader to inspire the next stages of Westmoreland County Community College’s financial aid vision and strategies. Working with the Vice President of Enrollment Management and the entire College community, the Director will be called upon to lead all financial aid efforts and initiatives.  By doing so, the Director will ensure that Westmoreland County Community College continues to fulfill its mission in service to its students and the community.

The successful candidate should meet the following qualifications:

  • Seven years of progressively increasing responsibility in a financial aid operation in higher education
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Masters preferred)
  • Proven Success in planning, organizing and managing the operations and activities of federal, state, local and privately funded financial aid
  • Ability to incorporate financial aid into the overall enrollment management plan of the College
  • Ability to motivate and mentor a strong team
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities to effectively utilize databases, word-processing, spreadsheets and online computer transactions
  • Demonstrated knowledge and competencies of the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) system and Ellucian Colleague system
  • Demonstrated success in promoting and fostering a student-centered team

All correspondence relating to the position of Director of Financial Aid at Westmoreland County Community College should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive recruitment consultants:

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President Scott Healy & Associates

Applicants must apply electronically by submitting a cover letter outlining their experience and success in financial aid, a complete and up-to-date resume, and a list of five professional references with title, institutional affiliation, e-mail address and direct telephone numbers. Applications submitted by June 5, 2017, will receive priority consideration.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Westmoreland County Community College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with federal law, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer (presently Sylvia Detar) at 724-925-4190 or in Room 4100D, Westmoreland Business & Industry Center, Youngwood, PA 15697.




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