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Financial Aid Accountant

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Job Location:
Denver, 80217-3362
Financial Aid
Location: Denver, Colorado
Financial Aid

Salary for Announcement

We anticipate the qualified candidate to be placed between $49,900 - $66,000. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

This position reports directly to the Executive Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships and is responsible for the preparation, processing, reconciliation, reporting, and maintenance of financial and accounting documentation and records for federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs - over $135 million annually.



50% - Works closely with the Director of Operations to manage the fiscal operations of the financial aid programs. This includes but is not limited to budgeting, monitoring, reconciling, and reporting federal, state, and institutional financial aid funds, including work-study. Prepare and submit financial aid state, federal and institutional reports including SURDS and FISAP. Federal responsibilities include oversight and coordination of federal funds draw downs. Reconcile Banner FA systems with the Federal COD systems, including Workday. Assist in the Direct Loan Program reconciliation process. Involves working with Accounting and Business Services, Scholarship Area, Internal Audit, Federal Department of Education and Colorado Department of Higher Education. Provides leadership in working with management team to prepare draft responses to yearly audit findings. Is department account expert on drawdown of federal and state funds.

20% - Conduct internal fiscal audits and provide recommendations to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships management team on the detected fiscal issues of federal, state, and institutional financial aid rules and regulations as they relate to current or proposed office policies and procedures.

10% - As the accounting expert for financial aid, provides support to operations staff to resolve processing errors. Determine source of errors, make recommendations for corrections to sub-systems and/or train staff by explaining issues and resolutions. Compiles and submits other reports/analysis as requested.

10% - Processes check requests in the federal Stafford Loan program. Sets up and creates new fund codes on Banner directly working with Accounting and the Bursar's office.

8% - Works with Director of Operations and Director of Systems & Reporting to compile, analyze, and submits detailed spending and awarding plans for student aid program accounts for senior management staff and makes recommendations for necessary modifications in spending levels of state and institutional funds.

2%- Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • Experience working with office operating budgets or accounts payable.
  • Experience facilitating collaboration and teamwork
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills and judgment
  • Experience handling numerous complex and routine tasks simultaneously
  • Strong human relations skills
  • Experience working with a diverse group of individuals and complex long- and short-range concurrent planning for overlapping fiscal years.
  • Experience collaborating with a management team to develop and recommend policies and procedures, preferably for institutional, state and federal financial aid programs or operating and accounts payable
Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • AA Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and 10 years of experience in Accounting with 5 - 7 years of those specifically in Accounting Financial Aid Funds, or BA Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and 6 years of experience in Accounting with 3 years of experience specifically in Accounting Financial Aid Funds, or Master's degree with an emphasis in Accounting and 3 years of experience in Accounting with 0-2 years in Accounting Financial Aid funds
  • Experience with the Department of Education's fiscal, reporting, and cash management requirements for Title IV aid
  • Experience with the Colorado Department of Education's fiscal, reporting and cash management requirements for Colorado state aid
  • Experience using the Federal Government COD (Common Origination Disbursement) system and G5 fund drawdown.
  • Experience with draw down of state and federal financial aid funds.
  • Experience with Accounting and Financial aid Banner system.
  • Experience with Access for reporting.
  • The successful candidate must work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population
Work Hours
  • 40 hours per week
  • This position offers a hybrid schedule (on-campus and remote) which is subject to change based on business needs and/or campus events occurring on campus
Instructions to Apply

For full consideration, please submit the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire. 

If you are an Internal applicant, please apply via the Career tab within the WorkDay Menu

Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting Representative
Carlos Alcala

Posting Representative Email


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Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
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