Vice President for Student Life

Kansas State University

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Manhattan, KS 66506-0102


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Business Systems Analyst


The Business Systems Analyst will evaluate, devise, and design systems for departments within the Division of Student Life.  This involves researching and analyzing data in support of business functions, processing knowledge, and systems requirements.  The position is responsible for facilitating and capturing business requirements, creating detailed wireframes, documenting processes, and coordinating system upgrades and implementations. The position functions as a liaison between the Student Life departments and university-wide IT personnel, as well as coordinates with project managers, vendors, and other computing personnel to ensure project deliverables are on time and within scope and budget. The Business Systems Analyst reports to the Director of Information Management, Division of Student Life.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform analysis and serve as systems consultant to offices within the Division of Student Life by identifying functional and technical specifications of new systems.  Develop and maintain positive relationships with staff and vendors.  Responds to problems in a tactful and expedient manner.  Identify training needs.  Able to make effective presentations on general topics to Division staff as requested.
  • Partner with functional users in identifying solutions and assessing the costs and benefits to determine whether the money spent will be balanced with improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, and overall usability.
  • Thoroughly document business and system requirements and use cases for support in the coordination of projects.  Assist in compiling specifications to use in the contract bid process for VPSL departments.
  • Identifies and documents business and system requirements.
  • Proactively collaborate with end users, programmer/analysts, project managers, database administrators, and network support staff to formulate solutions that balance user and systems requirements.
  • Analyzing user requirements and procedures to automate processing or to improve existing systems. 
  • Work with users, other IT staff members, and vendors to coordinate and schedule application changes; develop impact.
  • Serve as a systems consultant to the units within the Division of Student Life.
  • Coordinate with IT project managers to ensure projects are on time and within scope and budget.
  • Monitor and test new systems and modifications, work with end users to verify expected results, trouble-shoot problems after implementation.
  • Respond to VPSL requests to coordinate issue resolutions.

 Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information systems, or related field.
  • One-year experience in computing related field.
  • Knowledge of business and technical requirements analysis, and business process modeling/mapping.
  • Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Ability to effectively organize, prioritize, and execute tasks while under pressure.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to communicate with non-technical and technical staff, includes the ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms.

 Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • One year of experience in higher education environment.
  • One year of experience as a systems analyst.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft, Talisma CRM, or comparable systems.
  • Experience with prototyping, creating wireframes, and developing system process flow diagrams.

 Salary and Benefits

This is an unclassified, exempt position. Salary range is $50,000 and includes a Kansas State University benefit package including a retirement plan, group health and life insurance plans, worker’s compensation, vacation and sick leave, and other benefits.

 Starting Date

December 1, 2014

How to Apply

Candidates shall provide an application letter, résumé or vita, and contact information for three work-related references. Applications should be e-mailed to Screening of applications will begin September 22, 2014, and continue until position is filled.


Call Jan Elsasser at 785-532-6237 or email to

Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check required.