McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “40 Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News & World Report top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Founded as one of the nation’s first independent, coeducational institutions of higher learning, McDaniel College’s evolution is characterized by academic excellence, extraordinary administrative and faculty dedication and resourcefulness, and increasing student selectivity and diversity. And yet, throughout its history, McDaniel College has remained committed to expanding accessibility and opportunity to first-generation college students. McDaniel College is located in Westminster, Maryland, on a hilltop ideally situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just 30 miles from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and 60 miles from Washington, D.C., McDaniel students enjoy the resources of major cities, yet reside on a campus where the scenery inspires visitors to state that McDaniel College is “one of the loveliest campuses in the U.S. and convenient to everything on the East Coast.”

The Position

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, 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 director is responsible for the management and development of the annual institutional financial aid budget of approximately $42 million and meeting the budget parameters. Supervising a staff of four who provide service for the undergraduate and graduate financial aid applicants, the director will hire, train, and provide professional development opportunities and mentoring to all 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 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.

Additionally, the Director of Financial Aid serves as a trusted member of the Enrollment and Marketing Division’s leadership team, providing division-wide leadership and participating in strategic planning related to the overall division goals.

Responsibilities of the Director of Financial Aid include, but are not limited to:

  • administer a financial aid program that offers personal and quality service to McDaniel students and their parents;
  • coordinate efforts with Bursar, Registrar, Information Technology, Admissions, Graduate programs, and International Programs and other offices on campus;
  • 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 Vice President for Enrollment Management and Admissions team 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 VP for Enrollment;
  • complete all external financial aid reports and surveys and serve as liaison with college auditors;
  • maintain in-depth knowledge of technical systems required to meet job responsibilities;
  • assess office needs and hire, train, supervise, and provide professional development opportunities to all Financial Aid staff;
  • represent the college on the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association Financial Aid subcommittee and other internal and external committees as needed; and
  • actively participate as a member of the leadership team of the enrollment and marketing division, providing input on strategies to achieve division-wide goals.

Qualifications and Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

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 as well as knowledge of basic management skills and counseling techniques will be expected of the director. Exceptional written, verbal, and presentation skills will also be required.  It is expected that the new director will be an energetic catalyst who will endeavor to collaborate with all offices across campus as part of the institutional team. Financial aid staff members are eager to engage with all offices and to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the students and families they serve.

In order for the new director to enjoy success in this position and to grow the financial aid office at McDaniel College, stakeholders indicated that the following personal characteristics and skills would positively impact the candidate’s potential for success in the position:

  • be a change agent who will inspire confidence and trust in the staff, empowering them to be proactive;
  • be student-focused and invested in understanding who McDaniel’s students are;
  • have the ability to multi-task with ease and re-prioritize as needed mid-cycle or mid-project;
  • maintain a big picture viewpoint balanced by the way in which the regulations fit in;
  • operate from an excellent customer service expectation and perspective;
  • have the ability to discern risk and potential exposure for the college and to understand the grey areas;
  • have an approachable leadership style and be willing to collaborate across campus;
  • maintain a strategic vision for re-engineering of processes for efficiency and a more positive student experience;
  • have the ability to teach and to impart knowledge to individuals who have no depth of understanding of financial aid;
  • have the ability to empower people to do their jobs;
  • possess emotional intelligence;
  • be flexible and have a hands-on approach and open door policy for staff and colleagues;
  • possess a balance of compassion and knowledge of compliance and regulations;
  • have the ability to hire, train, delegate and mentor staff members;
  • have empathy for all students and families;
  • be willing to assist all students in their journey through all campus offices;
  • be a diplomatic and empathic manager;
  • be professional and inspire confidence in the team;
  • maintain a strategic vision and have the desire to continue to build the financial aid office and team in response to the increasing needs of the students;
  • be dynamic and flexible, not a “top-down” manager;
  • be technologically savvy (knowledge of Colleague, the College’s SIS, a plus);
  • be familiar with financial wellness/financial literacy programs;
  • be analytical and make data-driven decisions;
  • being proactive and willing to train the front line staff as well as other offices on answering basic financial aid questions; and
  • create a fun and productive office with an excellent reputation across campus for excellent customer service.

History of the Position

The former Director of Financial Aid had been at McDaniel College since 2015 and resigned in July, 2018. An Interim Director of Financial Aid has been hired through Financial Aid Services and started at McDaniel College on September 4. She is expected to remain in the position until the position is filled or through December 31, 2018.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

One of the most apparent challenges of the office is the current staffing level. There is currently an Interim Director, an Associate Director, a Coordinator, a Financial Wellness Coordinator, a Receptionist and a vacant Counselor position. The staff have not been cross-trained in all functions within the office, including awarding and counseling students; thus they have recently been unable to keep pace with the awarding and distribution of financial aid awards as well as the volume of phone calls and emails they receive on a daily basis. New procedures have been implemented to address the processing delay in awards. An assessment of individual skill levels of the financial aid staff vis-à-vis the number of students the office is expected to serve will be a top priority for the new director. The Vice President for Enrollment Management is keenly aware of the inadequate staffing situation in the office and will work with the new director to establish documentation regarding staffing levels and service expectations and will provide support for future staffing requests. It was noted that the office is very compliant with federal and state financial aid regulations, and maintains a current policies and procedures manual. The office has operated very separately from other offices in the past, and the staff and their institutional colleagues are anxious to collaborate more, to be more responsive to all students, and to be cross-trained in all aspects of the office’s operations.

An Overview of the Financial Aid Department

The goal of the financial aid department is to ensure that all students enjoy a smooth financial aid application process.  McDaniel College administers an institutional financial aid budget in excess of $42 million annually in grants and scholarships to ensure that students from all financial backgrounds are able to experience a McDaniel education.

The College supports a program of financial aid to eligible students on the basis of both need and merit. More than 90 percent of students receive financial assistance. Seventy-five percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $31,289. Students who have been accepted by the College and can demonstrate financial need as required by the federal government may be eligible for assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and opportunities for student employment. Typically an award is a package of these four resources tailored to the student’s needs.

Academic scholarships covering partial to full tuition are available for qualified students based on their academic records, SAT-I or ACT scores, and extracurricular involvement. The College also offers partial and full ROTC scholarships.

https://www.mcdaniel.edu/undergraduate/admissions/finance-your-education

The College keeps its fees within the reach of students coming from families with moderate incomes while offering a liberal arts education of outstanding value. Tuition for 2018–2019 is $43,260, room and board are $11,430 and personal expenses (including books and transportation) are estimated at $2,500 per year.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

McDaniel is a private, selective college of the liberal arts and sciences offering a personalized undergraduate and graduate education delivered by expert faculty in small class settings on a spectacular hilltop campus ideally located near Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Students also have the opportunity to study at McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary.

Founded as one of the nation’s first independent, coeducational institutions of higher learning, McDaniel College’s evolution is characterized by academic excellence, extraordinary administrative and faculty dedication and resourcefulness, and increasing student selectivity and diversity. And yet, throughout its history, McDaniel College has remained committed to expanding accessibility and opportunity to first-generation college students. Situated on a scenic hilltop in Westminster, Maryland, its ideal location is just a short distance from the nation’s capital and Baltimore provides a warm, friendly campus community with boundless opportunities for global learning and engagement.

Transcending the traditional classroom, the McDaniel experience encompasses the laboratories, the lounges, the athletic fields, and the residence halls, which 80 percent of our 1,600 undergraduates call home. Our students’ learning reaches beyond McDaniel’s 160 acres to a European campus in Budapest, Hungary, and study abroad partnerships on virtually every continent. Our promise to students is to guide them on their individual educational path and quest for personal development. The McDaniel Plan – an integrated program of studies in the liberal arts and sciences – is the centerpiece for customized learning and academic excellence at the College. A January mini-mester of uncommon courses, and options for self-designed majors provide learning opportunities beyond the norm.

Post-baccalaureate programs have also evolved to meet the changing needs of professionals in the region and across the nation. Over 20 master’s degree programs including Deaf Education, Gerontology, and Human Services Management further distinguish McDaniel College.

McDaniel College is nationally recognized as one of the eight colleges in the Northeast that changes lives, according to former New York Times education editor Loren Pope in his book Colleges That Change Lives.

Westminster, Maryland

Thirty miles northwest of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and 56 miles north of Washington, D.C., the campus overlooks historic Westminster, MD, Carroll County’s largest town and county seat. Within walking distance are gift boutiques, book and music stores, art galleries, and restaurants which line one of America’s longest main streets. Both nearby metropolitan cities offer students opportunities for learning and leisure – art and history museums, internships on Capitol Hill, Baltimore Orioles and Ravens games, and bayside seafood and nightlife.

Incorporated in 1838 and founded by William Winchester in 1764, historic Westminster continues to evolve. Cultural events, special events, movies, classes and more are offered through various organizations within our fair city. Within a charming historic small-town setting, Downtown Westminster provides unique shopping in its one-of-a-kind, locally-owned, independent businesses. You’ll love the taste of Westminster! No matter what you’re in the mood for – fresh seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, home-style country cookin’ or international fare – you can find it here. Popular, national, and regional restaurant chains are located along the MD140 corridor while you’ll find wonderful, locally-owned establishments in our downtown. Many restaurants, particularly those in downtown, offer seasonal outdoor dining and great weekend musical entertainment following the dinner hour. The city has 14 parks totaling 50 miles. Nine parks have play equipment for Pre-K and school-age children. Other resources in the parks include four multi-purpose fields, four basketball courts, seven tennis courts, climbing boulders, six pavilions, two plazas, and a skate park. The city also has a walking trail that runs from Uniontown Road to Long Valley Road. The trail is approximately two miles long.

For more information about Westminster, MD and the area, visit the Carroll County Chamber at https://carrollcountychamber.org/

Mission and Vision

McDaniel College is a diverse student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts & sciences and professional studies. With careful mentoring and attention to the individual, McDaniel changes lives. We challenge students to develop their unique potentials with reason, imagination, and human concern. Through flexible academic programs, collaborative and experiential learning, and global engagement, McDaniel prepares students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.

McDaniel College was founded in 1867 as the first co-ed college just south of the Mason-Dixon line. Our motto, E Tenebris in Lucem Voco, means “I call you out of darkness into light.”

McDaniel College believes that liberally educated men and women think and act critically, creatively, and humanely. McDaniel’s First Principles guide our approach to learning and teaching.

First Principles:

McDaniel College believes that liberally educated men and women think and act critically, creatively, and humanely. They take charge of their lives and develop their unique potentials with reason, imagination, and human concern. They take their place in the global community, understanding their responsibilities to aid individuals and to contribute to the larger society. McDaniel College accepts the challenge to provide an academic and social environment that promotes liberal learning by stating the following:

  • We strive to place students at the center of a humane environment so that they may see and work toward their personal goals while respecting others and sharing the responsibility for the common good.
  • We provide a foundation of knowledge about the past and present so that students may be informed about the world.
  • We provide various approaches to knowledge and personal achievement so that students can think critically about, respond creatively to, and form sensitive, intelligent decisions concerning the world and its future.
  • We provide instruction in fundamental skills so that students can express themselves for their own satisfaction and to the larger community.
  • We provide solid and respected professional programs for the committed student, and, more important, we provide a liberal arts education as an integral part of professional training so that students will be more flexible, more successful, and happier in the world of work.

In the classrooms, in the residence halls, in the laboratories, on the playing fields, and in the lounges, McDaniel College works to disseminate these First Principles.

Dr. Roger N. Casey, President

Dr. Roger N. Casey has served as the ninth President of McDaniel College of Westminster, Maryland, and Budapest, Hungary, since 2010. During his tenure, Dr. Casey has overseen the donor-funded construction of Kenneth R. Gill Stadium and McTeer-Zepp Plaza. He has supervised major renovations of Gill Physical Education Learning Center, Englar Dining Hall, Hoover Library, WMC Alumni Hall, and five residence halls. Under his leadership, McDaniel received the largest scholarship bequest in the College’s history (~$6M), which funds the Dorsey Scholars. He currently leads “Enduring Commitment,” a $50M fundraising effort in celebration of the College’s 150th anniversary.

Dr. Casey’s initiatives include creating the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO), a single office comprehensively supporting experiential learning; Global Fellows, a program allowing students to internationalize any major; The Encompass Distinction, an entrepreneurship curriculum; and the Legacy Scholarships — Educators, Military, Alumni — $100,000 scholarships for children of school employees, veterans, or alumni.

Dr. Casey teaches cultural studies, drama, and leadership. He has spoken around the globe to over a hundred organizations and authored the book, Textual Vehicles: The Automobile in American Literature. His cultural analysis has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, and on CNN, ABC, and CBS. His current scholarship addresses generational issues in organizations. A Kellogg Fellow, Dr. Casey has traveled to over 100 countries, studying the role of vision in creating diverse communities.

Dr. Casey chairs the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), sits on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and vice-chairs the Centennial Athletic Conference. He also served on the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) steering committee to assess the future of independent colleges.

A Phi Beta Kappan and first-generation college graduate, President Casey holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and a B.A. from Furman University in his native South Carolina. He previously served as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rollins College in Florida and as Associate Dean and professor at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. He also co-founded the Associated Colleges of the South’s Teaching and Learning Workshop, earned Distinguished Teaching awards from Birmingham-Southern and Florida State, and was nominated for the Carnegie National Professor of the Year. He is married to Robyn Allers (former director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum).

Ms. Janelle Holmboe, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Janelle Holmboe joined McDaniel College in July, 2018 as a member of the leadership team responsible for developing and implementing the College’s enrollment management, financial aid and marketing strategies. Previously Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, Ms. Holmboe built a high-functioning enrollment and marketing division that developed and implemented multi-year strategies such as an institutional rebrand and a comprehensive website redesign and launch.

Ms. Holmboe earned her bachelor’s degree in English as well as her certificate of enrollment management at the University of Southern California and her MBA from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. She has served as a board member of the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts and a member of the Ruffalo Noel-Levitz 2016 advisory committee. Earlier this year she presented “Maximizing Search and Partnering Effectively with Marketing” at the College Board National Enrollment Leadership Academy, where she serves as a faculty member.

The Student Body

McDaniel College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,559, with a gender distribution of 49 percent male students and 51 percent female students. In sports, McDaniel College is part of the NCAA Division III.

The key to college life is involvement. Eighty percent of students live on campus; more than one-third compete on one of 24 athletic teams, and all enjoy activities sponsored by more than 90 diverse student groups including an active Greek system.

There are over 90 organizations for students interested in alternative film, outdoor recreation, environmental action, politics, women’s issues and multiculturalism. For vocalists, there’s the College Choir and the Gospel Choir. For musicians, there’s the Jazz Ensemble, the African Drumming Ensemble, and the only Electric Bass Ensemble south of New York City, among others. For aspiring diplomats, there’s the Maryland Student Legislature. For writers, there’s Contrast, the literary magazine. And for journalists, the McDaniel Free Press newspaper published online and in print.

Ten fraternities and sororities thrive on campus, plus a variety of service organizations, including Best Buddies, which mentors people in the local community with developmental disabilities. Canine Companions for Independence trains puppies to become service dogs for the disabled. The Westminster Boys and Girls Club enjoys a special relationship with the McDaniel community and dozens of students get involved in mentoring young people there each semester.

The Academic Program

The student-faculty ratio at McDaniel College is 10:1, and the school boasts that 68.9 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at McDaniel College include: Social Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.

The College’s distinctive academic program, the McDaniel Plan, challenges students to become liberally educated men and women who think and act critically, creatively, and humanely. An expansive curriculum enables students to acquire a broad base of knowledge in the areas of humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences and also to pursue learning in depth in one or more of the 70 fields of study. The program links wide-ranging educational experiences with strong career preparation and extensive internship and community outreach programs in the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO).

McDaniel emphasizes interdisciplinary studies. Our pre-professional studies help prepare students pursuing a vocation in allied health fields, legal careers, and medical, dental, and veterinary professions. Students collaborate with professor on research projects and gain more valuable work experience at an internships or externships. Students can apply to the Honors Program to tap into a community of scholars who take advantage of unique research opportunities, departmental honors in your major, plus a senior honors project and colloquium. Special opportunities include Study Abroad, Jan Term, Encompass Distinction, and Global Initiatives.

Among the 73 buildings on the 160-acre campus are Hoover Library, offering access to materials from rare books to DVDs and a 24-hour computer lab and study commons; Hill Hall, featuring the Writing Center and multimedia presentation classrooms; Peterson Hall, which offers a modern photography lab, a graphic arts computer classroom, and art gallery for the College’s permanent collection as well as visiting exhibitions; and WMC Alumni Hall, home to the performing arts program. Eaton Hall, a $13-million biology and chemistry lab building was opened in fall 1999, and, in 2002, the lower level of Baker Memorial Chapel was renovated to accommodate a new World Languages Computer Lab, classrooms, and seminar rooms. Merritt Hall, adjacent to Hoover Library, is the home of the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies, Education, Psychology, and Student Academic Services. Wireless access is available in all residence halls and academic buildings.

Faculty members – 151 professors, almost all of whom hold the most advanced degrees in their fields – devote themselves to classroom, lab, and studio teaching. Many conduct research and involve students in their work. Professors generally teach three courses each semester and spend ample time with students outside of the classroom helping them plan academic programs, arrange internships, and prepare for careers. An average class size of fewer than 16 students encourages discussion and learning that is collaborative rather than competitive. Faculty members also serve as advisors to many student organizations.

Faculty advisors offer guidance across the curriculum and work closely with their advisees in planning their academic program about course selections and planning strategies. Students may receive additional guidance from the Office of Academic Affairs, Student Academic Support Services, and the CEO, which offers vocational testing, counseling, and guidance.

Benefits Overview

Benefits of working at McDaniel College:

The Director of Financial Aid will enjoy exposure to the entire enrollment management division, camaraderie in a culture based on the college’s mission to provide access to everyone, a culture of genuine caring for students with a solution focus that looks for creative financial options for students, and a great student body.

In addition to the above, the McDaniel College Benefits Plan is designed for employees and eligible dependents, and addresses health and financial planning issues, both current and long term. The health plans emphasize prevention and wellness, contributing to a longer, healthier life, while the 403(b) Retirement Plan helps employees plan for a comfortable, secure future.

Benefits include, but are not limited to

  • Medical and Rx Benefits
  • Voluntary Dental Benefits
  • Voluntary Vision Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life and AD&D/Disability Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Additional benefits, such as Tuition Remissions Programs

For a more detailed look at the McDaniel College benefits, click here: https://employment.mcdaniel.edu/helpers/server/php/files/benefits/Full%20Time/2018%20McDaniel%20College%20Guidebook.pdf

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 ked@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the McDaniel College website at www.mcdaniel.edu

McDaniel College, in compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations governing affirmative action and non-discrimination does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its education programs and activities as defined by law.