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Business Analyst – Administration & Finance

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass President's Office
Campus Location: Beacon Street-Boston
Department: Administration & Finance
Categories: Business & Financial Services, Accounting and Finance, Accounting/Finance/Budget
Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
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Job Summary:

The University of Massachusetts Office of the President is seeking a Business Analyst in the division of Administration and Finance (A&F). A&F develops, analyzes, and manages the University’s financial planning and resource allocation activities, including the annual budget, five-year financial forecast, and capital plan – ensuring the financial stability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the system. The Business Analyst will support strategic planning and provide analytical support to A&F leadership, spanning all A&F functions including Budget, Controller, Treasury, Human Resources, Enterprise Risk Management, Unified Procurement Services Team, Employee Services Team, etc. 

The ideal Business Analyst will be an analytical thinker, excited by public service, eager to learn, and motivated to communicate complex ideas clearly.

Reporting to the Management Analyst, with regular supervision and assignments from the Associate and Senior Vice Presidents for A&F, the Business Analyst will frequently collaborate with colleagues at A&F, the broader President’s Office, and campuses. The A&F team strives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the University and is constantly researching and implementing new strategic initiatives to aid the University in its mission – to which the Business Analyst will be an integral part.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct insightful data discovery, analysis, and modeling to investigate ongoing or one-time business and/or financial issues.
  • Draw insights from data and clearly communicate them verbally, in writing, and visually to stakeholders and senior management through reports, dashboards, and visualizations.
  • Interpret and evaluate research data and develop integrated business analyses and projections for incorporation into strategic decision-making.
  • Assist in the research, development, and analysis of budget or other financial initiatives or policies, including relevant data and impact on the campuses, system office, Board, legislature, executive office or other state and federal agencies.
  • Using data, make recommendations to management in an effort to improve systems, procedures and/or processes.
  • Conduct research to assess peer information and best practices.
  • Build strong relationships with and collaborate with campus and President’s Office colleagues to identify, define, and resolve a variety of complex business problems and to support various University initiatives.
  • Effectively communicate insights and plans to cross-functional team members and management.
  • Maintain user confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Manage competing priorities while monitoring deliverables and ensuring timely completion of projects.
  • Develop and maintain reporting tools.
  • Design, document, update, and maintain processes.
  • Gather critical information from meetings with various stakeholders and produce useful documentation.

Other Functions:

  • Support other projects and initiatives of the System Office as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Public Administration, Public Policy, or a related field.
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in business analysis or project management.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Experience in higher education, government, or other public sector setting.
  • Experience with data reporting, including developing data visualizations as dashboards and presentations for internal and external audiences using applications such as Tableau.
  • Proficiency using the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Detail oriented, analytical, and inquisitive.
  • Extremely organized with strong time-management skills.
  • Strong problem solving and project management skills while having the ability to manage multiple evolving priorities in a highly interactive and confidential environment.
  • Must be able to interact effectively within a team environment and work independently.
  • Ability to recommend changes in policy or practice based on data.
  • Comfortable learning new systems.
  • Prior directly related experience.

Working Conditions:

  • Hybrid work environment. Primarily located at One Beacon Street offices, with regular remote work.
  • Weekly travel to Shrewsbury site.
  • Must be able to travel occasionally to all UMass campuses.
  • Typical office environment.
  • May require occasional hours on nights and weekends.

Additional Details:

Salary commensurate with experience up to $65,000.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.