The Opportunity

Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
Education and Training
Full-time - Permanent
$47,010 - $52,757 / year

Reporting to the Manager, Registrarial Services, the Financial Aid & Awards Specialist, works independently and as part of a team to facilitate and administer support services to students related to financial aid at NSCAD University. The Financial Aid & Awards Specialist supports loan processes for Canadian Federal and Provincial student loan borrowers and ensures compliance to funding authority regulations and policy, as well as established donor award criteria. Key responsibilities include ensuring awards, scholarships, and bursaries are awarded based on established criteria in alignment with the Student Awards & Financial Aid portfolio's strategic and operational objectives and to ensure that government student aid is administered within the bounds of policy, regulation, and legislation.

What you'll do


  • Coordinates all provincial, federal, agency, and university programs available for NSCAD students.
  • Provides counsel to students and, where appropriate, their families regarding financial aid eligibility, available assistance programs, and their rights and responsibilities associated with these programs.
  • Responsible for assisting with the distribution of information on various financial aid programs available to students and conducting financial aid presentations on campus and in the community.
  • Works closely with Student Accounts to provide financial aid counseling to students, communicating policies and procedures, tracking documentation and awarding financial aid; and assists students with debt management/payment plans.
  • Develops, manages, delivers, and evaluates NSCAD's funded scholarship, bursary, awards, and internship programs ensuring academic and budgetary needs are well-planned.
  • Partners with colleagues in University Relations and Finance and seeks opportunities to reduce and eliminate the financial barriers students face in accessing a post-secondary education.
  • Responsible for all aspects related to student financial assistance and student accounts, ensuring policies, processes and controls are properly designed, always implemented, and followed at all times.
  • Acts as a central point of contact for students, staff and international partners, providing support and offering information and advice. Responds to and forwarding University enquiries to relevant parties within the University.
  • Financial Aid & Awards Specialist will work with the Manager, Registrarial Services and/or the Registrar to become familiar with current database software.

What you'll need


Related Bachelor's degree, or diploma, minimum 3-to-5-years experience working in post-secondary setting or (an equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Skills in Colleague Student Administration and Microsoft Office Suite applications are required. Knowledge of government student aid systems is an asset. Previous experience in the administration of student awards and or financial aid is an asset.

A little bit about us

NSCAD University

NSCAD University and Halifax are in Mi'kma'ki, on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq Nation. NSCAD University is committed to reconciliation and to building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and with the African Nova Scotian communities that have been enriching this region for 400 years. As a small school with three urban campuses, and programs across a range of fine arts, craft, design, and media arts, NSCAD University is an incubator for talent and an active contributor to the arts scene in Canada's fastest-growing city. Since 1887, NSCAD has been a leader in visual arts education in Canada, with distinguished alumni building careers all over the world. This is an exciting time to join us, as we have recently welcomed a cohort of 10 BIPOC faculty members who bring valuable perspectives, ways of thinking, and lived experience to all of our work, and as we look forward to a consolidated waterfront campus in 2030.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

The University will begin considering applicants on February 5, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. We appreciate all applicants, however only those selected to move forward in the competition will be contacted. This position is being advertised internally and externally concurrently. Bargaining unit employees for NSGEU Local 82 are given first consideration.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in this search. NSCAD university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with a disability, women, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.