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Business Analyst

Job description

Employee Type:

AP-Administrative Professional

University Title:

Business Systems Analyst

Working Title:

Business Analyst


University Development


University Advancement

Department Link:

WSU Foundation

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Hiring Unit :

Technology and Data Services

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Summary of Duties:

The Business Analyst (BA) will perform detailed requirements analysis, document business processes, and identify areas for process improvements. This position will work with and influence decisions across WSU Foundation, WSU Alumni Association and advancement operations across the WSU system.
The BA position will assist and support Advancement programs in establishing and meeting objectives and project deliverables. The BA will conduct ad hoc analyses, guiding partners in understanding data, conducting testing, and supporting project deliveries.
The BA position must be able to understand business, system and technical issues, and facilitate problem solving and issue resolution. The successful incumbent will need to exhibit keen attention to detail while remaining aware of broader Advancement objectives across the Advancement operation. Additionally, the role requires analytical acumen, while demonstrating the ability to prioritize multiple timelines and competing goals.

Additional Information:

University Overview
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.
The City
Pullman is one of the biggest little cities you’ll ever visit. Full of cosmopolitan amenities and down-home charm, this eastern Washington gem nestled in the Palouse, is also home to the flagship campus for Washington State University. The city has repeatedly been recognized as one of Washington’s safest cities, one of America’s safest college towns, and one of the best college-town neighborhoods for adults. Whether you’re looking to go to school or relocating to the area, Pullman offers a diverse community committed to inclusion, sustainability, and a high quality of life. Pullman is a dynamic hub for higher education, research, and culture. Pullman is part of the Knowledge Corridor that connects WSU to the University of Idaho in Moscow eight miles to the east and Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city, 75 miles to the north. Just a short drive away excellent outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant as well including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating.
Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available, more details at hrs.wsu.edu/benefits.

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Monthly Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management Information Systems, or related field AND three (3) years of professional experience in procedural, management, or business analysis work; OR a combination of education and experience totaling seven (7) years from which comparable knowledge and ability are acquired.

Additional Requirements:

Exceptional time management skills, including the ability to adapt quickly to shifting priorities and prioritize multiple competing tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent organization, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication (verbal and written) skills.
Demonstrated ability to provide effective service to partners at all levels of the organization.
Strong project management, organizational, and planning skills are required, with a keen attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office suite with an emphasis on Excel (PowerPivot), Access and Visio, MS Project, Wrike or other project management software and tools.
Experience implementing or working with Ellucian Advance or other higher education or donor database management systems.
Demonstrated experience performing progressively more complex work in business analysis and requirements gathering.
Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.
Demonstrated knowledge of process, ethics and policies of professional fundraising.

Will this position require a background check?:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

Open Date:


Open Until Filled :


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin October 29, 2020, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for at least three (3) professional references in the application.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
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