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IT Systems Analyst/Developer

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. Swarthmore College was recently ranked number 3 in the 2021 US News Best National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings -

Who We Are:

We are the Administrative Information Systems group which is part of Information Technology Services. The Administrative Information Systems group is responsible for information technology that supports the core college business functions such as admissions, financial aid, registration and student life, the business office, human resources and payroll, and alumni services. These key functions are supported through the use of the Banner system provided by Ellucian. Additionally, AIS provides custom applications that extend the capabilities of the basic Banner functionality and provides integration services for systems requiring access to the college database.

The opportunity:

The IT Systems Analyst/Developer provides expertise regarding the application programs and systems supporting the administrative operations of the college including, but not limited to, Admissions, the Registrar, Finance, the Dean's Office, Housing, Advancement, Accounts Receivable, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Public Safety, the Provost’s office, and Institutional Research. Responsible for the successful resolution of complex and non-routine technical support questions escalated from staff in administrative offices and other ITS staff. Bring awareness of cross-departmental requirements; assess and communicate the impact that decisions made for one department may have on another, or on the College as a whole. This position has the opportunity for remote (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland only)/hybrid work arrangements with appropriate approvals and in accordance with the policies, procedures, and needs of the College.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Maintains a thorough understanding of business practices as they relate to the College’s administrative systems.
  • Maintains relationships with constituents, reviews technical requirements, advises on best practices, evaluates needs, identifies and recommends solutions.
  • Supports Ellucian’s Banner ERP in addition to third-party administrative applications.
  • Supports database architectural structures and custom-developed applications and systems.
  • Develops and designs new systems and reports which interface between the database and related systems. 
  • Provide integration for various third-party systems, for example, the applicant tracking system, benefit administration system, identity management system, one card system, prospect management system, time clock system, student medical record system, etc.
  • Represents Administrative Information Systems on committees, providing business process analysis and recommendations.
  • Provides on-going operational and technical support of all College administrative information systems.
  • Provide documentation and training materials to end-users.
  • Serve as a technical liaison between outside vendors and individual departments.
  • Serve as a resource to departments and administrators on issues relating to the use of technology and automated business practices.

Who you are:

  • Provide technical solutions, investigate alternative methods for problems and issues raised by changes in technology, system methodology, or outside regulation; must adapt existing systems to provide required information for external sources, such as federal, state, and local governments and agencies.
  • Research and implement new technologies which improve the productivity and efficiency of College staff
  • Anticipate and identify developments in your own field, industry, and area of specialty.  Monitor trends and developments in your respective area of expertise, especially where those developments may be impacted by advances or changes in technology.
  • Interact effectively with departmental liaisons and coordinate activities between several departments working towards a common goal. 
  • Think creatively and critically to consider the impact a decision has on a particular department or individual. 
  • Communicate technical information and procedures to a wide range of personnel with varying levels of technical expertise clearly. 
  • Maintain confidentiality to highly sensitive data containing information on students, faculty, staff, and the financial status of the College.
  • Enjoy working independently and to organize, track, and prioritize workload.

What you bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Computer Science or Information Systems.
  • 4-7 years of experience designing and programming large-scale application systems, which may serve in place of degree.
  • 3-5 years of experience supporting an enterprise-wide software system, preferably in a programming/analysis role.
  • Experience with higher education software applications is highly desirable, preferably Ellucian’s Banner, and Oracle Application Express (Apex).
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience using Oracle, SQL, and PL/SQL required.
  • Working knowledge of UNIX, Mac, and Windows operating systems.
  • Experience with systems integration, document imaging systems (BDM), reporting solutions, an ETL tool, and web development tools (CSS, JSON, JavaScript, XML, HTML).
  • Be available on a reliable basis to work beyond regular office hours as work demands.

What You Will Get:

You’ll work at one of the world's most renowned liberal arts Colleges, with incredible benefits, a stunning 420-acre campus, and a hybrid/remote work environment. You’ll join a team of passionate, creative, and supportive people who work hard and have fun supporting the technological needs of the College.

If you are excited about this role, we want to hear from you!

For full consideration, submit applications including resume and cover letter with pay expectations by August 12, 2022.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Swarthmore College, a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, has supported thinkers and doers for more than 150 years. Since 1864, it has lifted students to their full intellectual and personal potential so they can apply their knowledge with meaning and purpose.Swarthmore college main

Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia in the borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Swarthmore has been co-educational since its founding by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Our Quaker founders believed in the practical application of knowledge for the common good. While Swarthmore is no longer a religious institution, these Quaker roots anchor and inform how Swatties learn and work. 

The College offers two degrees: the B.A. in the arts and sciences and the B.S. in engineering. With a student/faculty ratio of 8:1, Swarthmore ensures that its students have close and meaningful contact with their professors.

Swarthmore’s alumni body is small (about 20,000 living alumni) but distinguished. Five Swarthmore graduates have won the Nobel Prize; Swarthmore is also among the top five highest producers of doctorate recipients in the humanities, life sciences, and all sciences combined, with 20 percent of Swarthmore graduates going on to earn a doctorate degree. Some prominent Swarthmore alumni are acclaimed artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby ‘04, novelist Jonathan Franzen ’81, Ashesi University founder Patrick Awuah ’89, Chris Van Hollen ’83, U.S. Senator from Maryland, fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra ’05, and noted sociologist Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot '66.Swarthmore college main

As of June 30, 2016, the College has an endowment of approximately $1.7 billion. Swarthmore's robust financial aid program ensures the College’s commitment to providing access to an exceptional liberal arts education for all qualified students without regard to their ability to pay and allows the College to meet each admitted student's demonstrated financial need. With one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country, Swarthmore awards aid -- without loans -- to more than half of its students.

True to its Quaker heritage, Swarthmore maintains a commitment to service and the common good. Students find support for service projects through the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and in the nearby communities of Chester and Philadelphia and around the world. In addition, Swarthmore is one of 10 charter members of Project Pericles, which supports students who propose and implement projects to identify issues and advance solutions.

Swarthmore's residential campus features more than 425 wooded acres, including rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails which are maintained by staff horticulturists as the nationally registered Scott Arboretum.

Swarthmore College, a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, has supported thinkers and doers for more than 150 years. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.

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