Director of Financial Aid

Director of Financial Aid


Pitzer College (Pitzer), a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college that is part of The Claremont Consortium, invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Director of Financial Aid (DFA).


The Director of Financial Aid (DFA) provides overall leadership, management, and financial and strategic direction of the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). The position reports directly to the Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid (VPAFA) and manages a team of 7, including the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Specialist, as well as student assistants. The DFA will bring a deep understanding of the challenges of the dynamic financial aid environment, be an effective manager of people and processes, and be a collaborative and strategic problem solver. This individual assists the VPAFA with the administration, supervision, strategic planning, and analysis of the enrollment activities of the College. Knowledge and understanding of federal compliance and the use of institutional methodology is required for this role.


The DFA must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed. They will possess at least five years (7 years preferred) of financial management experience, including academic experience, certifications, lending/credit analysis or financial aid administration, combined with at least three years of supervisor experience. An understanding of the challenges and opportunities for selective small liberal arts colleges and a perspective on the role of financial aid in college enrollment decision-making for all levels of undergraduate study is a plus. A valid driver’s license is required. Experience with College Board Powerfaids and Technolutions Slate is preferred.


Pitzer College is a nationally-ranked, residential, private liberal arts college in Claremont, California.  Pitzer produces engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, liberal arts education emphasizing social justice, intercultural understanding, and environmental sustainability. The College offers majors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. Pitzer enrolls nearly 1,200 diverse and talented students and is home to approximately 100 faculty, in addition to more than 50 jointly appointed faculty in its intercollegiate science department.


Pitzer has embraced a spirit of innovation, democratic participation, and challenge to the status quo since its founding in 1963. Pitzer was one of the first colleges in the nation to divest its endowment of fossil fuel stocks and to adopt test-optional and test-free admissions. The College is committed to a socio-economically diverse class. Pitzer College packages 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated need for financial assistance through a variety of federal, state and institutional financial aid sources.

The Search Profile, with additional information about the College, the opportunities for the DFA, and instructions for application, may be found at:




For full consideration, applications should be received by July 7, 2023. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.


Candidates should provide the following:


  • Letter of interest stating how their experience and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the leadership profile.
  • A curriculum vitae/resume.
  • A statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Five professional references with email addresses and phone numbers are provided (references will not be contacted without prior permission from the applicant).

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically in PDF format to:   


The search is being assisted by:


Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Plympton, Principal / 484-554-4542


Ms. Monica Burton, Principal / 917-825-2961


Pitzer College adheres to both the letter and the spirit of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other College-administered programs, and employment policies. Pitzer strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.