**One-year temporary position with the possibility of a second year, depending on available funding and employee's successful performance.
Continuity and Compliance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is seeking a first-level Business Analyst to join its DegreeCat Project (Degree Planning, Catalogs, Curriculum) team. This position will be part of a team that is working on the implementation of Curriculum and Catalog Management systems and their connections with Degree Planning systems. These business processes are integrated between our current Electronic Course Authorization System (ECAS), the Program & Curriculum Authorization System (PCAS), the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (PSCS) system, and the Stellic Degree Planning system that leverages this core data. The project will use components of Agile and traditional project management methodologies. The project will likely include system security implementation, retrofitting and redesigning integrations, configuring user interfaces and workflows, improving the course and curriculum approval and publication business processes, and managing the change across all five campuses of the University of Minnesota. The Business Analyst 1 position will assist team members on a variety of job responsibilities. The successful candidate will demonstrate good listening skills, attention to detail, and time management skills.
Business Process Analysis (45%)
Employ active listening and critical analysis skills.
Learn about and assist in documenting current Catalog and Curriculum Management practices.
Assist in performing gap analysis between existing functionality and new functionality in the context of desired business objectives.
Take comprehensive, effective notes and analyze outcomes of interviews and meetings.
Document options in non-technical language so that business owners can fully understand business choices and set priorities.
Work with stakeholders to establish best practices that are consistent in meeting business needs.
Work with the team, business leadership, and project governance to develop systematic business process analysis practices that can be scaled.
System Analysis / Implementation (45%)
Learn the features of the upgraded software.
Learn the new system’s data structures, the University technical ecosystem, and support effective data integrations.
Work with team leadership and vendor(s) to coordinate technical and business implementation.
Map updated business processes into forms with workflows.
Assist project manager/team in the development of test plans, writing test scripts, and executing tests.
Test tools, ID defects, help solve problems
Test and troubleshoot web-based tools and interfaces
Contribute as a subject matter expert in the delivery of improvements to student records processes, technical architecture, and user experience.
Professional Development (10%)
Continue to develop technical and subject matter expertise.
Stay current on best practices and technology advancements.
A BA/BS degree in a field related to the position; OR
A combination of related education and work experience in the areas of business or systems process analysis to equal four years.
Knowledge of the student experience with regard to satisfactory academic progress toward a degree.
Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and interpersonal.
Active and reflective listening skills
Able to compose clear documentation.
Familiarity with LEAN or 6 Sigma process management
Skills valuable for business process analysis, or systems analysis.
Technologically-oriented and skilled in the understanding and use of databases.
Analytical mindset with critical thinking skills and some understanding of root cause analysis.
Highly structured and organized with strong attention to detail.
Experience working with University curriculum.
Experience working with students or student records.
Self-starter that isn’t afraid to ask questions.
Internal Number: 341164
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