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Look at a situation. Take it apart and find its core. Rebuild it, making it better. Know that what you do is crucial to enabling our world-renowned university to react strategically to a changing world. All along the way, work with a nimble technology team and motivated, knowledgeable customers.
That's the life of a Business Analyst in the Student Information Systems (SIS) Program at the University of Washington.
The SIS Program has responsibility for the enterprise systems that directly support the entire student lifecycle, including admissions, academic planning, registration, financial aid, and student accounts, as well as those that enable it, such as curriculum management. We are currently seeking a Senior Business Analyst with project management experience to support our efforts in modernizing these systems.
The Senior Business Analyst will lead the functional analysis for various projects by gathering and organizing requirements, managing functional scope, and effectively communicating business needs to the software development team. The projects are typically complex enterprise software implementations and require a high degree of analytical understanding of both customer needs and software capabilities. Additionally, the Business Analyst will serve as an Adjunct Project Manager as required by the ebb and flow of our collective projects. In this hybrid role, sh/e will also lead the delivery of a project, managing timeline and budget in addition to scope.
To thrive in this role, you'll need to enjoy (and initiate) rapid switches from wide-ranging discussion to disciplined analytical thinking to detailed requirements documentation to creative problem-solving. You'll be someone who instinctively collaborates closely, quickly, and openly with others. You'll communicate effectively across technical and non-technical audiences, both in meetings and through tools like swimlane diagrams, workflow models, use cases and wireframes. You'll like the way Agile development works, and be flexible on how it is implemented. You will feel inspired to support cutting-edge research, high-quality education, and diverse student experiences.
If this sounds like you, we're eager to meet you.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Business Administration, or similar degree or related experience.
Minimum of four years of experience performing progressively more complex business analysis activities such as scope definition, requirements gathering/discovery, business process re-engineering, requirements management, system configuration, contributing to build cycles, and training.
Experience as a business analyst and key contributor in both project and operational support environments.
Experience as a functional leader or key contributor in complex, enterprise-wide collaborative technical projects that have required significant business process change.
Proven ability to represent business stakeholders effectively, and translate between business and technical requirements.
Experience working directly with business stakeholders at all levels in the organization.
Experience working with both internal and contract resources to solve business problems and implement solutions.
Experience preparing for and managing organizational change.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including mastery of communication tools such as swim lane diagrams, workflow models, use cases, wireframes, etc.
Ability to speak and write about technical issues for both technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to navigate in a complex technology environment.
Experience with Agile software development methodologies/concepts.
Knowledge of project management best practices.
Ability to manage time effectively while working back and forth between project and operational support tasks.
Comfortable working with diverse teams, and willingness to promote inclusivity in the workplace.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. Familiarity with Higher Education in general and the student administration domain in particular.
Working knowledge of SQL.
Relevant course work in business analysis, business requirement documentation, standards-based modeling technologies, or quality assurance.
Demonstrates excellent written/oral communication skills, user liaison skills and personal interaction abilities.
| Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check. |
Ongoing employment will be dependent on performance, as well as availability of funds.
This position contributes in a collaborative team work environment. Collaboration is supported through a shared space working environment, ad hoc meetings focused on problem-solving, and the use of a variety of communication tools. Responsibility to work varied hours as needed to meet project deadlines and to accomplish work assignments on which others' activities depend. Expectation to go over and above as necessary to achieve agreed upon goals and outcomes within the student program. Daily interactions with other team members, subject matter experts and stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.