Business Systems Analyst
Number of Vacancies
86 - Development & Alumni Affairs
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Essential Functions (Job Duties)
Reporting to the Associate Director, Analytics & Reproting, the
Business Systems Analyst is responsible to design and develop
reports to extract data from the administrative system using
various reporting tools, based on end-user requirements and
specifications. Validate and verify accuracy of reports, ensuring
that reports are presentation-ready. Identify, troubleshoot, and
resolve system related issues. Participate in the analysis of
business reporting needs and the implementation of data hygiene
strategies in the Division of Development and Alumni Affairs.
Prepare and maintain inventory of existing standard certified
reports from various sources (such as COGNOS). Document report
specifications including input, output, filters, conditions and
Work with end-users within the division to ascertain desired report
contents, determine report parameters and perform required analysis
to ensure accurate extraction of data from the enterprise data
repository to meet the business needs of the end-users.
Write ad-hoc reports based on approved user requests using a
variety of reporting tools, including COGNOS. Analyze business
needs and track ad-hoc report usage to assess and recommend report
development priorities for the division. Design, develop, validate,
and verify new standard reports.
Troubleshoot and facilitate problem resolution for the division's
administrative database(s), often in partnership with colleagues
from the university's Computing & Information Technology
Assist with analyzing data sets to identify data integrity issues
based on business rules, university policy and best practices for
data governance. Identify syntactical and semantic data errors.
Recommend solutions to management, and work with colleagues to
improve data input and integrity. Participate in regularly
scheduled data integrity task force meetings.
Assist in the implementation of system upgrades, including testing
and validation. Perform regular data maintenance updates and assist
in the acquisition and verification of new data and subsequent
Adhere to confidentiality and data usage policy for the
Special projects and related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree
Additional Education Information: Graduation from an accredited
college or university with a degree in information technology,
computer science or related field.
Additional Experience Information: Minimum of 2 years experience
working with relational data and database management systems,
preferably in a higher education advancement or nonprofit
SQL programming experience required.
Experience writing reports utilizing COGNOS, or similar reporting
Professional understanding of, or interest in, Development and
Alumni Affairs best practices and general operations.
Positive and collaborative professional philosophy, recognizing
that this position is integral to the achievement of the goals and
objectives of Development and Alumni Affairs.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED
COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS: Ability to communicate clearly, concisely
and professionally both orally and in writing. Strong interpersonal
skills are a must. Experience communicating with professionals from
PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: Ability to manage several projects
simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting
respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management
ANALYTICAL AND PRESENTATION SKILLS: Ability to evaluate, interpret,
and present complex information effectively in professionally
prepared documents or presentations. Must possess a demonstrated
attention to detail in order to achieve a high degree of
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Proficient in the use of complex administrative
systems software, preferrably in the higher education or nonprofit
environment. Proficient with Microsoft Office suite. Demonstrated
ability to translate user requirements into technical
specifications and systems.
LEARNING AGILITY: Independent and innovative self-starter who
displays an ability to learn quickly and easily adapts to changing
situations. Experience researching topics to gain knowledge and
understanding when information gaps exist.
TEAMWORK: Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues within
the division and other units to gain full understanding of the
project and desired outcome. Ability to produce high quality and
consistent results with assistance of team members. Provide support
to teammates when tackling complex projects.
This position requires a high level of commitment and enthusiasm.
The incumbent must be willing to work extended hours as
Professional/Administration & Supervisory/Management
Duration of Posting
Fiscal Year of Job Open Date
Job Open Date
(When job is posted in the system)
Job Close Date
(or until suitable candidate is found)
Until Suitable Candidate is Found
Is this position reposted?
None (New Posting)
Background Check Requirements
University policy requires certain persons who are offered
employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal
history check, before starting to work. If you are offered
employment, the University will inform you if a background check is
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