Assistant Director, Financial Aid (Law)
Detroit, MI Law Admissions
Job Type

Job ID


Position Classification

FT Administrator

Position Summary

Provide leadership to law school financial aid office to ensure excellent student-centered financial aid services that best position the law school for success in enrolling incoming classes, retaining students, and complying with regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

(1) Financial Aid Advising & Awarding

  • Advise prospective, admitted, and current students and their families on financial aid matters, including international students
  • Direct awarding and adjustment of student financial aid packages, including loans and scholarships
  • Create yearly cost of attendance budget and support individual student budgets
  • Serve as lead for financial aid-related communications, including email and website
  • Oversee work study program
  • Leverage technology to increase efficiency and improve student services 

(2) Enrollment & Scholarship

  • Support Asst. Dean of Enrollment & Communications as requested with incoming class scholarship strategy and roll out
  • Administer named and endowed scholarship program
  • Assist with admissions events
  • Conduct scholarship interviews

(3) Research and Compliance

  • Ensure compliance with financial aid related laws and regulations
  • Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures

(4) Operations and Reporting

  • Manage law school financial aid office, including any financial aid officers and student workers
  • Maintain expertise in financial aid and admissions systems, including Banner and Unite
  • Maintain data and create reports for internal and external reporting
  • Track receipt of FAFSA applications and financial aid awards
  • Post scholarship awarding and renewal criteria in Banner and keep lists of these for future years’ use
  • Improve processes, including those for serving students, maintaining data, and reporting 

(5)Collaboration and Professional Development

  • Collaborate with main campus financial aid team
  • Collaborate with law school colleagues to promote financial literacy and wellness
  • Collaborate with AccessLex
  • Join professional financial aid organizations
  • Attend national and regional financial aid and admissions training and conferences
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A college degree 

Six months to two years (in higher education or financial aid preferred)

Preferred Qualifications

A doctorate degree (JD preferred)
A college degree and a professional certificate or graduate degree (preferred)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• High level of professionalism
• High attention to detail
• Strong customer service skills
• Ability to maintain confidential information
• Strong communication skills
• Strong technology skills, including Microsoft Office, web design, and social media
• Ability to research and understand regulatory and compliance matters

Physical Requirements

Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).

Work Environment

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.


Cannot be in Default on Repayment of Federal Educational Funds in order to obtain access to information in Federal Data Systems.

Salary/Pay Information 

$65,000 Annually

Anticipated Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private University, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.