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Program Specialist 2 - Financial Aid

$3,643 - $4,865 monthly
  • Clark College
  • Hybrid
  • Jun 10, 2024
PERMANENT Education Financial Services

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, permanent classified Program Specialist 2 in Financial Aid. The work schedule Monday-Thursday on-campus, Friday remote. The hybrid schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the college.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.


  • Independently analyze financial aid applications and documentation for eligibility based on applicable federal, state, and institutional regulations.
  • Evaluate applications and complete required processes for need analysis, verification, and awarding aid within established procedures.
  • Make eligibility determinations for federal, state, and institutional aid programs within established procedures.
  • Determine eligibility and award financial and based on policies and regulatory requirements while adhering to internal awarding polices and compliance regulations.
  • Evaluate student data in multiple databases systems including institutional, federal, and state. 
  • Analyze data for consistency, make eligibility determinations, and adjust aid packages as needed.
  • Manage Work-Study programmatic functions and operations required for federal and stated work-study programs including:
    • Performing reconciliation of accounts,
    • Analysis of program expenditure and forecasting funding needs,
    • Complete annual reporting,
    • Manage job placements,
    • Conduct outreach,
    • Maintain written policies and procedures,
    • Present work study information to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide direct student support through various formats including virtual, email, phone and in-person with excellent customer service skills focused on equity and advancing Clark College’s goals for social justice and inclusion to provide access for our diverse community of learners.
  • Perform related duties as required.



Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Associate degree.
  • One (1) year of financial aid experience, current experience with computer-based systems, and administration of federal and state aid regulations, or related experience.
  • Fiscal/budgetary experience with the ability to reconcile accounts and forecast expenditures.



  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • The initial appointment will include a 6-month probationary period and the employee will earn permanent status after successfully completing probation. 
  • This position is represented by Washington Public Employees Association.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.



  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs. 
  • McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.  
  • Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall. 
  • Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies. 
  • On-campus early childhood education care program (pending registration and availability).
  • Gym and recreation facilities available for membership. 
  • Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events.


Salary Range: $3,643 - $4,865/month | Step A-M (commensurate with qualifications and experience) | Range: 42 | Code:  107I

Successful candidates typically start at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases.

Clark College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes vacation/sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.



Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., June 26, 2024.



  • Clark College online application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed.
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process.


Please apply online at


To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105 or email



Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360) 992-2105 or by video phone at (360) 991-0901.



The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:



If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.


Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.



Clark College Human Resources

June 10, 2024



  • Associate degree.
  • One (1) year of financial aid experience, current experience with computer-based systems, and administration of federal and state aid regulations, or related experience.
  • Fiscal/budgetary experience with the ability to reconcile accounts and forecast expenditures.

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