By: Heidi Goldsworthy, FAS Senior Consultant
Saying “yes” to becoming a Director of Financial Aid is a big step. Preparation is key.
Taking the opportunity to say “Yes” to moving up to a leadership position within Financial Aid can be both exciting and unnerving. What are the questions you should ask as you consider becoming a director? What does a management position as a director really entail? I have heard many Associate or Assistant Directors state that the responsibility as a director is too big, unsupported by administrators, and a major disruption to one’s personal life. I have also heard individuals state that becoming a Director of Financial Aid has been the best challenge ever. Personally, I wouldn’t change the Director opportunities that I have had over the 40 years in this profession. The opportunity to use my knowledge, critical thinking, and personnel management skills has had ups and downs but I wouldn’t change the director experiences of my career.
So, what experience or information does it require when becoming a director? Here’s a checklist to consider when navigating this important career decision: