Gardner-Webb University maintains a policy of non-discrimination. No aspect of employment will be influenced by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, age, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

Gardner-Webb University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity within its faculty, staff, and students.

Student Financial Planning Specialist

Gardner-Webb University is seeking an energetic and dedicated professional with excellent communication skills to serve as Student Financial Planning Specialist.

The Student Financial Planning Office is dedicated to providing students and their families with friendly, efficient and responsible services.  We continually strive to be innovative in financial aid delivery as well as help support institutional enrollment and retention goals.

While maintaining compliance and upholding office policies and procedures, the Student Financial Planning Office assists students in obtaining resources to achieve their educational goals through the administration of federal, state and institutional aid and educates them regarding financial and academic responsibilities associated with the receipt of that aid. The Student Financial Planning Specialist is the first point of contact for providing immediate service to students and serves as an integral part of the office team in meeting campus goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibility is to support the financial planning office in performing the following:

  • Provide exceptional customer service through all modes of communication (calls, emails, and social media) with students, parents and all internal and external campus constituents.  
  • Guide, counsel and assist students through the financial aid process and applicable institutional policies and procedures.
  • Manages front desk operations including email, fax and other correspondence for the office. Other duties include data entry, organization, scanning/indexing and the processing of materials provided by financial aid applicants.
  • Maintain Financial Planning Website and Facebook Page.
  • Assist with the awarding of outside scholarships and resources
  • Assist with disseminating notifications to students and gathering documentation from students and parents for federal, state and institutional aid awards and programs.
  • Complete and create various forms or letters, as needed.
  • Assist with special projects and recruitment events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

qualification requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Previous financial aid office experience preferred.
  • Experience with Banner or similar student software and Microsoft Office products preferred.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Excellent customer service and public speaking skills required.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team-based environment, manage conflicting priorities and work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and handle confidential information in a discrete and professional manner.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills, and professional office, email and telephone etiquette.
  • Team player that shares our commitment to enhance the student experience and give exemplary customer service.

Gardner-Webb University is a coeducational, residential, private institution with a strong emphasis in the Liberal Arts, located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina with easy access to Charlotte, Asheville, and Greenville-Spartanburg. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 3,600 students.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should complete the application using the link below and include a letter of interest, resume, and three references with their application submission.