Business Analyst and Report Writer - Hybrid or Remote Position - Clark University
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 167981
Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Tue Sep 26 2023 Job Description:
The Business Analyst and Report Writer is a hybrid or remote position which provides functional and technical support to users of Clark's administrative information systems and data management tools. This individual will focus on support for Finance, Student Accounts, General Accounting, and Residential Life departments.
Teamwork, Customer Service, and Project Management
Meet with functional departments to discuss operational goals, options, and capabilities. Analyze user needs and objectives in conjunction with capabilities and limitations.
Consult with business users to define and create specifications for administrative system enhancements; translate data and reporting needs into accurate development requirements.
Act as a liaison between departmental users, IT staff and third-party vendors to clarify requirements, resolve questions and/or or identify tradeoffs between functionality and performance. Consult with other IT staff concerning information systems capabilities and technology. Provide feasibility guidance and cost estimates as needed.
Serve as an analyst regarding system design and/or data management issues; represent design team in meetings; provide input in determining project scope; define design parameters of the project in consultation with functional units.
Develop, implement, and support detailed project management plans aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of campus-wide administrative information systems or implementing new systems.
Work with supervisor to assign priorities to requests and set direction for process and application development.
Technical Support, Reporting, and Data Integrity
Support, integrate, and maintain third party applications and administrative systems that augment the University's central ERP system - Ellucian Banner. Provide business process analysis, technical support, and problem solving for these systems.
Educate functional departments on how to access and manipulate data in various reporting and business intelligence tools.
Develop datablocks and reports using Evisions Argos and SQL to support business users' reporting needs.
Ensure that data standards and administrative office policies & procedures for maintaining data elements within the system are consistently applied.
In cooperation with supervisor and administrative staff users, develop and implement reporting procedures for Federal, State, and institutional reporting requirements.
Develop and/or participate in administrative application training seminars, workshops and short courses; develop supporting end-user documentation.
Other duties as defined by the supervisor.
Teamwork, Customer Service, and Project Management
A successful candidate for this role will have a demonstrated passion for problem solving; strong project management skills and the proven ability to build trust and work well with all levels of management and technical staff.
Excellent customer service skills are required.
Must possess solid decision-making skills necessary to plan all elements of applications development and/or implementation project, develop objectives and requirements justification, assign tasks to project members, and manage the overall project.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; sound judgement; the ability to communicate effectively with people at varying levels of computer/data fluency; and the ability to establish collaborative working relationships at all contact levels of the University are required skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to set priorities and work concurrently on multiple tasks and projects; ability to communicate progress/problems to appropriate personnel effectively.
A high degree of integrity relative to data security and confidentiality of information is required.
Technical Skills, Reporting, and Data Integrity
Strong technical and functional knowledge of Ellucian Banner and/or other complex administrative applications in support of university business procedures desired.
Basic SQL programming skills and experience with enterprise-level reporting and data visualization tools required; experience with Evisions Argos preferred.
Proven technical competency in Microsoft Office products.
Education and Experience
A successful candidate for this role will have experience in functional areas within higher education administration, such as Student Accounts, Finance, or General Accounting with technical capacity and understanding to facilitate communication and cooperation between functional and technical staff.
BS in information management, computer science, accounting or related discipline. A minimum of 3 years experience in a position of comparable complexity and scope. Comparable success and work experience may be considered in lieu of degree requirement.
Ability to work nights and weekends on an as-needed basis is required.
As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses. This is important for your own personal health as well as the health of our community.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.