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The University Advancement systems replacement project is a multi-year program designed to improve Wash U’s operational excellence and ability to make insight driven decisions focused on University Advancement activity. This includes replacement of the Alumni and Development Information System (ADIS), which is the system of record for Washington University alumni and donors, and stores biographical, relationship, transactional, research and activity data for constituents. Critical system functionality supports fundraising and engagement efforts.
The Business Analyst II evaluates business systems and how they align with user needs. Performs tasks to achieve an understanding of business change needs, assessing the impact of those changes, capturing, analyzing, documenting and managing requirements for assigned projects, and then supporting the communication and delivery of those requirements with relevant parties.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prepares business cases working with university partners
Collaborates with the Functional Lead to plan approach to requirements elicitation and methods for requirements management and communication
Ensures business opportunities and objectives are clearly articulated
Plans modeling techniques to be used in requirements analysis (scope, process, rule, data, interface models, etc.)
Works with Project Manager to plans validation of requirements in managing project scope, user acceptance, installation and deployment; helps determine metrics
Performs feasibility analysis as required for projects
Coordinates planning activities to meet objectives and timelines of overall program or project; works with Project Manager to forecast required time and resources
Analysis, Design, Execution
Implements strategies for gathering, reviewing and analyzing data requirements
Performs requirements elicitation using techniques per plan
Documents requirements, establishes scope and objectives and determines strategy for evaluating requirements implementation in systems to achieve business goals
Participates in and guides conversations across stakeholders of various levels of technical proficiency in order to drive decisions.
Organizes requirements by release and other needed categories and sets up traceability matrix; articulates requirements relationships and dependencies
Translates and simplifies requirements for appropriate use; performs gap analysis; performs requirements analysis working with technical team
Prioritizes requirements working with university partners and creates conceptual prototypes and mock-ups
Uses business process modeling, mapping, traceability and quality management techniques per methodology
Performs requirements management and communication; apply best practices for effective communication and problem-solving
Collaborates with project management to obtain requirements approvals per project plan; facilitates go/no go decisions
Validates requirements throughout process per plan
Uses requirements to drive the design or review of test cases, process change requests
Documents use cases based on requirements and manages user testing
Provides consulting to all stakeholders regarding requirements management working with Project Management
Builds knowledge of the organization’s technology infrastructure and specific software applications to help the business address changes through technology
Will take on assignments for small to medium projects, and others as assigned
Helps monitors the technical team solution to ensure requirements fulfillment and solution evaluation
Leads and coordinates activities associated with requirements management vehicles
Coordinates activities with other business analysts
Enables process improvement and/or reengineering
Participates in recommending and implementing continuous improvement plans for business analysis
Develops requirements adoption metrics and other methods of evaluating the long-term performance of the solution
Reviews and monitors the effectiveness of business analysis via test results
Provides status reports
Performs other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology or comparable discipline, or equivalent combination of experience, certification and education
Two years of relevant experience analyzing business processes and data
Other Relevant Skills
Team Skills: Supports teammates at all times and in any way necessary to maintain a productive, energetic, efficient and dynamic WashU IT team. Communicates effectively and frequently both verbally and in writing with other members of the team. Collaborates with other teammates to provide assistance, and expertise, as well as to receive expert input and assistance from others delivering the best solution and experience for the customer.
Customer Service: Must possess an aptitude for patience, professionalism, tactfulness and empathy. Must be enthusiastic and committed to helping others and exhibit the ability to quickly assess the specific needs of the customer to determine an appropriate course of action. Must be able to quickly defuse stressful or anxious situations.
Business acumen coupled with technical knowledge
Experience working on technology and application development projects including developing technical requirements
Strong listening skills
Strong research skills with attention to detail
Experience developing functional and non-functional requirements
Excellent written and verbal communication, including technical writing skills; consultative approach
Ability to conduct cost/benefit analysis and business case development
Recognized within the organization as demonstrating knowledge in business analysis methods and modeling techniques
Familiar with IIBA Guide to the business Analysis Body of Knowledge
ITIL framework and IT product methodologies
Familiarity with testing techniques and software
Prior experience in higher education environments a plus
Data Analysis, Integration and Database project experience a plus
The hiring range for this position is $56,472 - $73,403 annually.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Advancement. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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