Business Analyst, Senior

Northern Arizona University
Assistant Comptroller

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Job Title: Business Analyst, Senior
Location: Assistant Comptroller
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605592
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description
Position Summary

Develops and maintains an understanding of divisional, department, or unit-level needs and their alignment with business goals and objectives. Collaborates with subject matter experts across the division to determine the value and viability of proposed business needs, goals, and objectives. Elicits business needs from subject matter experts and divisional leadership, translates needs into functional requirements, and documents requirements in specifications, business process flows and analysis tools. Evaluates current and proposed future divisional business processes and data to improve business processes and systems within the finance department. Collaborates with business partners and stakeholders to identify goals, best practices, and other methods for gathering and analyzing processes, business applications, and data.

Job Duties

Business Analysis, Functional Design, and Project Delivery – 60%

    Develops and maintains an understanding of unit, department, and divisional initiatives; collaborates with departmental leadership, process owners, and decision-makers on determination of value and viability of proposed initiatives.Gathers information from a variety of sources within the business unit, department, or division; works with a project team of functional and technical staff to create project vision, business cases, work plans, vendor requested documents, and business design specifications.Elicits requirements on prioritized, finance projects independently; projects are generally complex and span/impact more than one business unit or department, or require knowledge of sophisticated business processes involving a number of stakeholders.Acts as a project manager, possesses advanced knowledge of the business process & systems interface in the work units they support, and possesses full analytical knowledge and problem-solving abilities; delegates work to other analysts and subject matter experts assigned to the projects.Designs test plans using advanced cases to assess impact of business process changes on university systems.Mainly works independently and has latitude with decision making about matters of significance; may receive general instruction and clarification on complex problems.
Automation and Efficiency Identification and Analysis – 40%

    Leverages a data-driven approach to create specifications for new business process designs and solutions for presentation to department leadership.Identifies and recommends solutions for streamlining and improving the operations of the organization.Collaborates with finance professionals, business analysts, and stakeholders as necessary to ensure complex projects and reporting are deployed appropriately.Identifies opportunities to improve daily work outcomes, processes, and operations and builds cases for change.Gathers, cleans, and analyzes data to help support recommendations for change.Defines metrics and KPIs to quantify business process efficiencies and effectiveness.Understands and applies appropriate data handling practices with university data.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, MIS, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of related finance, accounting, or business intelligence experience.
  • Any combination of related education, experience, and/or training

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, MIS, or related field.
  • Accounting and/or finance experience in higher education.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Advanced knowledge of business intelligence and analysis techniques, including specification & requirements gathering, data management & aggregation and implementation & testing.
  • Knowledge of translating non-technical requirements into technical business requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge of software design methodologies and database principles.
  • Knowledge of financial analysis and reporting in higher education.
  • Knowledge of business and technology to recommend systems and process improvements.
  • Experience with data summarization tools (SQL, MS SQLServer, Tableau).
  • Experience and familiarity with PeopleSoft, ServiceNow.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Skill in developing stories with complex data.
  • Skill in accounting information systems.
  • Skill in data management techniques.
  • Demonstrates ability to identify automation opportunities for recurring financial reporting cycles.
  • Analyzes complex situations and anticipates issues.
  • Balances competing priorities.
  • Demonstrates problem solving, organizational, and analytical capabilities.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Background Information

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements - Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, NAU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by December 8, 2021. For questions about vaccines and medical or religious accommodations, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


The budgeted salary amount is $72,445 - $80,000.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

Open until further notice.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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