Employment Opportunity: Project Manager

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) seeks a financial aid expert to join its Business Services team as a Project Manager. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced financial aid professional who is ready for a career change and would enjoy helping NASFAA grow its consulting business, Blue Icon Advisors. Remote candidates welcome. Relocation is not expected.

The Project Manager oversees client engagements and supports Blue Icon through administrative responsibilities. Interested applicants should apply online by April 9.

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Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage assigned client engagements to ensure each project is progressing on time and on budget, as well as meeting the client's and Blue Icon's defined goals and expectations.
  • Oversee the work of the independent consultants assigned to the engagements, including monitoring weekly reports, and checking in with the consultants and client regularly.
  • Support the independent consultants during client engagements by assisting with researching regulatory issues, offering recommendations, and providing other guidance, as needed.
  • Perform project engagement tasks, which may include:
    • Leading or attending client meetings,
    • Coordinating the required project resources,
    • Reviewing the work of the independent consultants,
    • Reviewing and editing project deliverables,
    • Updating tasks in Asana, our project management software, and
    • Monitoring and tracking all Title IV activities and documentation collection for the ongoing third-party servicer audit required by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Work with the team to ensure compliance by building and maintaining required internal systems and documentation for the respective areas.
  • Work with the business development team to ensure client retention.
  • Assist with the recruitment of new consultants by reviewing applications and participating in interviews, as needed.
  • Identify, develop, and provide suggestions for new resource materials and process documents for the independent consultants, as well as suggest improvements to internal processes for streamlining, efficiency, and training.
  • Prepare and conduct virtual presentations and marketing sessions, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • Minimum five years of recent financial aid experience overseeing a financial aid office.
  • Expert knowledge of the Title IV student financial aid regulations and the higher education landscape. Preference given to applicants with NASFAA credentials and/or the FAAC®.
  • Direct experience with major financial aid management systems, such as PeopleSoft, PowerFAIDS, Ellucian Banner/Colleague, WorkDay, or Regent.
  • For remote work, a home office, away from distractions, with high-speed internet, is required. (Laptop, monitor, keyboard, docking station, webcam, and phone software will be provided.)
  • Experience as a consultant or project manager, preferred.

Required Skills

  • Strong attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, time management and prioritization skills.
  • Highly motivated, willing to take initiative from a remote setting.
  • Ability to work in complex environments, independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong project management experience.
  • Strong desire to work with clients and provide exceptional client experiences.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and Google platforms.
  • Asana experience or other project management software, preferred.

Salary

This is a full-time, remote position. Salary is $70,000 - $80,000, commensurate with experience. NASFAA offers excellent benefits, including employee paid health insurance and a contributory retirement plan.  Remote applicants accepted. Relocation to Washington, D.C. is not expected. Interested applicants should apply online by April 9. In your cover letter, please include your salary expectations. Principals, only. No phone calls please.

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About NASFAA

NASFAA is a nonprofit membership association that represents more than 20,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the U.S.  Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators.  At NASFAA, we strive to attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce that will contribute to the association's goals, mission and vision. It is NASFAA's policy not to discriminate against any applicant for employment because he or she is an individual with a disability or has veteran status. NASFAA will provide reasonable accommodations to employees whose ability to perform their job is affected by pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions. NASFAA is an equal opportunity employer.

About Blue Icon Advisors

Blue Icon Advisors LLC is NASFAA's for-profit consulting company. Established in 2019, Blue Icon Advisors provides consulting, coaching, training, and interim staffing services to postsecondary schools across the country. Blue Icon is a separate, limited liability corporation (LLC) wholly owned by NASFAA.

Publication Date: 3/25/2024

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