The Opportunity

Reporting to the senior vice President for finance and administration, the director of financial aid is responsible for the overall management and administration of all student financial aid as well as the operation of the Financial Aid Office, assuring that the College complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding financial aid.

The Position

Role of the Director of Financial Aid for Moore College of Art & Design

The director is responsible for the management and development of the annual institutional financial aid expenditures of approximately $15.2 million and meeting the budget parameters. Supervising a staff who provide service for the undergraduate financial aid applicants, the director will hire, train, and provide professional development opportunities and mentoring to financial aid staff members. The director will be expected to work closely with all institutional colleagues to meet enrollment and retention goals by developing and carrying out policies regarding the awarding of institutional aid. In collaboration with the Senior Vice President, the director is responsible for the development, oversight, and implementation of the financial aid leveraging strategies, financial aid policies, and awarding practices to ensure the efficient and strategic distribution of aid. The director will be expected to:

  • determine financial aid eligibility and award financial aid for all financial aid applicants;
  • ensure compliance with all federal, state, and institutional regulations governing financial aid;
  • develop and revise policies and procedures for awarding college need-based aid;
  • counsel parents and students concerning the financial aid application process, individual awards, and financing options;
  • work closely with the senior vice president for finance and administration, the dean of admissions and Admissions team members on financial aid related strategies and procedures for prospective students;
  • develop financial leveraging strategy with the goal of maximizing institutional aid in partnership with the dean of admissions and the senior vice president for finance and administration;
  • manage the process of electronic reporting and receiving of information with the Department of Education and the National Student Loan Data Clearinghouse;
  • ensure that the annual application for Title IV and all financial aid reports status are prepared and submitted in a timely manner;
  • serve as liaison with college auditors;
  • become the institutional VA certifying official; and
  • maintain an in-depth knowledge of technical systems required to meet job responsibilities.

History of the Position

The department has been in transition since the departure of the long-term director in February, 2020. An interim is currently assisting Moore while a permanent director is being sought.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

As indicated above, Moore College of Art and Design has recently experienced turn-over in the director of financial aid position. However, it was also noted that there is longevity in many positions at Moore, with professionals working at Moore for upwards of 20 years. A genuine professional collegiality was apparent among the colleagues of the director. It is anticipated that this position will be an on-site position in early 2021, pending Pennsylvania state regulations governing Covid-19 protocols. This will afford the new director the opportunity to interact in person with colleagues across campus who will assist with a smooth transition for the new director.

With a high need population as well as a high percentage of first generation students, this position provides an opportunity for the director to work directly with students and parents while counseling them through what for some is often times a very confusing application process. The nature of interactions with students at Moore fosters a congenial atmosphere in which staff can share in the success—and ultimately, the retention and graduation of the students. Due to its size, Moore College of Art and Design prides itself on the one-to-one counseling that is available for students throughout the financial aid process. It is also a point of pride that staff and faculty members at Moore work together whenever needed, rolling up their sleeves to assist one another and, as a result, enjoy a collaborative, productive, and enjoyable work environment which promotes professional camaraderie and respect for one another.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Moore College of Art and Design, the following will initially define success for the director of financial aid:

  • the director is a visible and engaged leader throughout campus who collaborates with all departments;
  • the director has continued the excellent customer service provided to students in the delivery of information and services;
  • the director is an essential team member and collaborator with faculty, staff, and students who are working toward the achievement of institutional enrollment and retention goals;
  • the director has analyzed, contributed to, and defined plans that are best practices for the financial aid office and the campus moving forward;
  • the director has worked closely with the dean of admissions and the senior vice president for finance and administration on the development of a financial aid leveraging strategy that will maximize enrollment and retention efforts;
  • the director has assessed the efficiency of current programs and practices and initiated changes where applicable; and
  • the director has contributed to the mentoring and professional development of the financial aid staff.

Qualifications and Characteristics

A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred), plus substantial documented professional experience in financial aid office and staff administration, is required. In addition, knowledge of general financial aid theories, procedures, and federal and state financial aid program regulations will be expected. Knowledge of basic management skills and extensive student counseling experience and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of students and parents regarding financial aid will be expected of the director. Knowledge and support of the role of financial aid in the student recruitment and retention processes, knowledge of computer based financial aid packaging and reporting systems—preferably PowerFaids; and the ability to work as part of a team and to provide a high level of customer service to students will be expected of the director.

Stakeholders at Moore College of Art and Design indicated that in addition to the required qualifications for candidates, the following personal characteristics would be sought in the successful candidate for the director of financial aid position:

  • empathy and the ability to listen and support students, but also the ability to say no as needed;
  • energy and a positive attitude;
  • eagerness to collaborate with colleagues across campus to ensure the successful transition and retention of students;
  • good listening skills—ability to counsel students and parents about the financial aid process with professionalism;
  • creativity to recommend events, workshops, or communications to engage prospective and current students;
  • technical skills (experience with PowerFaids a plus) and the ability to pull, analyze, and present data to various institutional constituents;
  • excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • an open door policy;
  • collaborative and efficient;
  • good communicator with all stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff;
  • knowledge of financial aid compliance regulations as well as R2T4 regulations;
  • ability to work well under pressure;
  • ability to admit to mistakes and move on;
  • friendly persona, yet firm as necessary;
  • maintain focus on precision, particularly in awarding student financial aid;’
  • ability to understand that this is a hands-on position and that all staff are expected to step up and help out as other departments need assistance;
  • strong “people skills,” and the ability to work with students, parents, faculty, and staff colleagues in a multitude of settings;
  • well-developed analytical skills and ability to work closely with the Registrar on reconciling data matches;
  • one who is skilled and empathetic in addressing food insecurity with students;
  • great customer service skills;
  • experience working with consultants on financial aid leveraging strategies and ability to assist in developing awarding strategies to maximize financial resources while also serving students well; and
  • experience with PowerFaids, Power Campus, and Slate is a plus.

Overview of the Financial Aid Department

The Financial Aid department at Moore College of Art and Design is staffed by the director and a senior financial aid counselor. Due to the size of the school, this department is able to provide students with personal counseling about the financial aid process and to work closely with prospective students as they move through the admission and financial aid application processes. The hands-on approach to counseling students offered through the financial aid department is also shared by the Admissions, Registrar, and Bursar areas. Students who enroll at Moore College of Art and Design can expect a personalized, individualized experience from administrative areas as well as academic areas throughout their academic career.

Institution & Location

Institutional Overview

Since founding its first contemporary art venue in 1968, Moore College of Art & Design has, over time, evolved and expanded its exhibition spaces to maintain its reputation as an innovative leader in Philadelphia’s cultural community while simultaneously serving as an educational resource to students, faculty, residents, and visitors.

The Goldie Paley Gallery was established in 1983 as an experimental, international exhibition and publications program featuring solo and group exhibitions, in a variety of media, by established and emerging national and international artists. As part of the programming in the Goldie Paley Gallery, the International Discovery Series was established in 1992 as a groundbreaking program that presented major exhibitions, publications, and scholarly symposia focused on artists who were not widely known in the United States. Past artists in the series include: Artur Barrio (2006), Raymond Hains (2002), Valie Export (2000), Roman Singer (1997), Jean-Frédéric Schnyder (1994), and Terry Fox (1992).

In 1987, the Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia was created in response to a mayoral report revealing a “serious lack of support” for local talent. The Levy Gallery Slide Registry, one of the first of its kind in the country, furthered this mission by providing a resource for visiting curators and scholars to broaden awareness of the wide range of artists living in the nine-county Philadelphia area. In 1998, the Registry, with more than 1,500 participating artists, became one of the first online resources promoting Philadelphia-based artists globally via the Internet.

Serving the only art and design college for women in the country, The Galleries at Moore have featured a number of solo exhibitions dedicated to significant women artists and designers including: Jo Baer, Janet Biggs, Dara Birnbaum, Hanne Darboven, Jay DeFeo, Marlene Dumas, Barbara Ess, Valie Export, Viola Frey, Marisol, Jacqueline Matisse, Alice Neel, Adrian Piper, and Faith Ringgold.

The Galleries have also presented a number of major group exhibitions featuring the work of women artists including: Guerrilla Girls Talk Back: A Retrospective: 1985–1991 (1993); The Philadelphia Ten: A Women’s Artist Group 1917–1945 (1998); Painted Faces: Mary Cassatt, Karen Kilimnik, Alice Neel (2002); Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s (2003); Women to Watch: Photography in Philadelphia (2007) and IN REPOSE: Images of Women by Women from the Collection of Dennis and Debra Scholl (2008).

The Galleries at Moore receives generous support from Moore College of Art & Design and the Friends of The Galleries at Moore. The Galleries also receive state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Additional program support comes from the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, The Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation and the Lindback Foundation.

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, and it is the only consolidated city-county in Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 1,526,006. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley, home to six million people and the country’s fifth-largest metropolitan area. The Philadelphia metropolitan division consists of five counties in Pennsylvania and has a population of 4,008,994.

Having played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787, Philadelphia is a city steeped in rich history. In recent years, Philadelphia has shifted to an information and service-based economy. Financial activities account for the largest sector of the metro economy, and it is one of the largest health education and research centers in the United States. Philadelphia’s history attracts many tourists, with the Liberty Bell alone receiving over 2 million visitors annually. The Delaware Valley contains the headquarters of 12 Fortune 500 corporations, four of which are in Philadelphia proper.

Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city, and Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. Gentrification of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods is ongoing and the city has reversed its decades-long trend of population loss.

Situated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (The Parkway) at Logan Circle in Center City, at the center of Philadelphia’s Parkway Museum District, the Moore campus is at the heart of all that Philadelphia has to offer. World-renowned and respected museums surround the campus, including the Barnes Foundation, Academy of Natural Sciences, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Aviator Park is just across the street and Fairmount Park and its more than 9,000 acres of open space is also nearby. The Free Library, the 10th-largest public library system in the United States, is located across the street.

The Moore College environment offers “classic modern” architecture and décor, progressive galleries and an ever-changing backdrop of emerging artists’ work. The Galleries at Moore will host a continuing array of exciting exhibitions throughout the year. For full details, visit:

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Mission and Values


Moore College of Art & Design is an historically all-women’s college; it educates artists and designers to build creative, enterprising careers of significant impact.

They are a forum for big ideas, and a champion for creative expression as a means to connect local and global communities.


  • The founding mission of empowering women by developing their artistic ability, leadership capacity, and marketable skills remains relevant.
  • Affordable access to higher education is the doorway to a successful art and design career that creates better futures for our students and their communities.
  • Moore’s founding principles of inclusivity and opportunity are evident in their policy to admit nonbinary and trans students.
  • Diversity can only be a strength; mutual respect and civility are expected among all Moore stakeholders. They do not tolerate racism or bias in any form.
  • Art and design are disciplines requiring development through rigorous learning and teaching. Their commitment to continuous improvement strengthens all they do and teach.
  • Imbuing gifted artists and designers with leadership skills will enable them to have an impact on the arts and business communities.
  • Artists and designers are essential citizens, deeply engaged with and committed to the necessity and urgency of innovation. Artists show us beauty, hold up a mirror to ourselves, and function as the conscience and chronicler of our civilization.
  • College should be rich with experiences; learning takes place in all interactions at Moore, and the sustained impact of a student’s time at Moore is crafted by the entire community. We must do all we can to assure the health, safety and well-being of our campus community.
  • All faculty and staff have a responsibility to model exemplary professional behavior to the students in the classroom, the studio, and in the hallways, offices, and digital platforms of the college—on the campus footprint and beyond.
  • Graduates of Moore should be proud to call the college their alma mater. We value them as members of our community and connect them with career development, networking, and opportunities to collaborate with each other and the next generation of emerging artists. We encourage them to give back to the college.


Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President

Cecelia Fitzgibbon assumed the office of president in July 2012. President Fitzgibbon serves as executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. She has been a speaker nationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the arts and cultural policy. She was the lead researcher for the Philadelphia component of the National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support Project, a collaborative project with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance that investigated how the nonprofit cultural industry was supported in ten communities across the United States. From 1996 to 2012, she served as the Director of the Graduate Arts Administration program at Drexel University, achieving the rank of full professor. She also served as the chair of the newly formed Department of Arts and Enterprise from 2010-2012, and prior to that as chair of the Department of Performing Arts from 2001-2010.

She was the founding project manager for the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project (now the Cultural Data Project), at the time a collaborative effort of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, the Heinz Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Together with key leaders of the Pew Culture Program, she also conceptualized the original guidelines for the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, a capacity-building program for professional arts organizations in the region currently housed at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

President Fitzgibbon served as executive director of First Night Wilmington from 1995 to 1996. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of ArtsMarket Consulting, Inc., where she conducted program planning and evaluation for clients including the Rochester Area Foundation, Southern Arts Federation, Georgia Council on the Arts, Mississippi Art Museum, New Stage Theater, West Virginia Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Association of Museums, and the Guggenheim Museum Learning Through Art Program.

From 1993 to 1994, President Fitzgibbon directed policy planning, program design, fund raising, communications and organizational development as executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). In this capacity, she instituted the region’s cultural facility fund, a technical assistance program and loan fund for the development of arts facilities, and inaugurated the first year of the New England Artists Trust.

President Fitzgibbon also spent eight years as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, where she led the concept, design, and implementation of a $21.5 million arts stabilization project; the creation of the state’s first economic impact study model; the development of a nationally recognized dance residency program; the evaluation and design of highly-acclaimed arts in education programs; the establishment of an arts standards and assessment commission; and the institution of the agency’s first strategic planning process.

President Fitzgibbon earned a BS from the University of Massachusetts in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and an MA in Arts Administration from New York University. She is married to artist Scott Cameron and has two sons.

Academic Programs

  • 9 BFA Majors
  • 11 BFA Minors
  • 8:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
  • $1,000 paid internship for every BFA student in every major
  • 94% of Moore’s BFA alumni are employed or in graduate school, just one year out from graduation
  • #22 in best colleges for design in America, according to Niche
  • Top 10 for Visual Arts, according to College Magazine
  • 6 free public exhibition spaces in The Galleries at Moore
  • 3 Graduate Studies degree opportunities
  • 9 4+1 Program opportunities (BFA+MA) for every undergraduate major
  • 6 Adult Continuing Education certificate programs
  • 2 Youth Education programs (and 100 years of Young Artists Workshop in 2021!)
  • 172 years of leading the way in equity and inclusion

The Student Body

  • 408 students enrolled in 2019–2020 (95% Undergraduate students, 4% Graduate students, 1% Post-Baccalaureate students)
  • 387 BFA students; 17 Graduate students; 4 Post-Baccalaureate students
  • 100% of BFA students receive some kind of financial aid or support
  • 50% from Pennsylvania
  • 35% from the surrounding states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia
  • 14% from the rest of the United States
  • 1% from international locations

Fall 2020

  • 13% African American
  • 5% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 59% Caucasian
  • 8% Hispanic
  • 2% International
  • 8% Two or More Races
  • 5% Unknown

BFA Tuition & Fees 2020–2021

  • Tuition & General Fees: $45,485
  • Room & Board: $16,836
  • Total: $62,321

Undergraduate Scholarship Aid and Fellowships

  • Extensive financial aid and scholarship opportunities for every student
  • Moore annually grants $3.5 million in scholarship aid to students who demonstrate artistic and academic excellence
  • Competitive leadership and travel fellowships

Unique Paid Internship Fellowships

  • Required internships in every major with Student Teaching Requirement in Art Education
  • $1,000 Internship Fellowship for every student completing the internship or student teaching requirement. Five Competitive Penny and Bob Fox Internship Fellowships awarded at $3,000 each.

First-Year BFA Retention

  • 67% Fall 2019 returned in Fall 2020
  • 72% Fall 2018 returned in Fall 2019
  • 71% Fall 2017 returned in Fall 2018
  • 78% Fall 2016 returned in Fall 2017
  • 73% Fall 2015 returned in Fall 2016
  • 76% Fall 2014 returned in Fall 2015

BFA Six-Year Graduation Rates

  • 55% Fall 2014 graduate in six years
  • 73% Fall 2013 graduate in six years
  • 58% Fall 2012 graduate in six years
  • 57% Fall 2011 graduate in six years
  • 57% Fall 2010 graduate in six years
  • 67% Fall 2009 graduate in six years

Benefits Overview

Moore College of Art and Design offers a very attractive benefits package, including:

Leave Benefit

  • Vacation 4 weeks per year, accrues up to 20 days
  • Sick 2 weeks per year, accrues up to 30 days
  • Personal 3 days per year, reset every July 1st
  • 18 Paid Holidays/Winter Break
  • Martin Luther King Day, 1 day
  • Memorial Day, 1 day
  • Juneteenth, 1 day
  • Independence Day, 2 days
  • Labor Day, 1 day
  • Thanksgiving, 2 days
  • Winter Break, 10 days

Insurance Benefits

IBC, 3 health insurance options

  • HMO 20/40
  • PPO 20/40
  • PPO 20/30


  • Dental Insurance
  • Life/AD&D
  • Long Term Disability, 60% of your pay after 90 days of disability
  • Vision Discounting
  • Employee Assistance Program

Short Term Disability, 80% of your pay up to 90 days of disability

Flexible Spending Account

Moore College Medical Reimbursement – $250 reimbursement for medical expenses through payroll deduction

Retirement Benefit

LINCOLN, the College will match 100% of the employee contribution up to 5% of the employee’s annual salary.

Tuition Benefits

Tuition Remission – tuition wavier for classes taken at Moore College of Art & Design

Member of the Tuition Exchange program

Other Benefits

Free gym membership with Sweat Fitness

Transit Checks

Parking Discount

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

This position is expected to be an on-site position, pending PA state regulations governing Covid-19 protocols. We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct all interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved.

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The College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, handicap or disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other College-administered programs and employment practices. Retaliation is also prohibited. Read Moore’s full compliance statement.