Business Analyst

Fargo, ND
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Nov 06, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

The Business Analyst position for the Enrollment Management Administrative Systems (EMAS) department is situated in the division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM) at NDSU. The EMAS department works with NDSU departments to support the SAEM mission of providing students with inclusive, comprehensive services and co-curricular experiences. The EMAS department shares the SAEM vision that our work, from recruitment to graduation, prepares students to lead meaningful lives and contribute to society. The values of Collaboration and Teamwork, Community and Inclusion, Growth, Integrity, and Service serve the foundation of our service to the institution, decision making, and relationships and communication.

EMAS provides support for data reporting and analytics; business process development, automation, and maintenance for SAEM departments; and system support for student information systems and document imaging and third-party systems.

The Business Analyst position primarily works with NDSU departments to compile data, design and maintain processes to increase efficiency and promote automation, and provide support for Student Information System (SIS - PeopleSoft Campus Solutions) used by the North Dakota University System. This position works with PeopleSoft Query Manager environments to query data for many processes and reports. A successful candidate will have experience querying and compiling and analyzing data. The Business Analyst works extensively with Microsoft Excel and Access applications and future development is leaning toward Excel (Power Query\PowerPivot) and Power BI. Basic programming knowledge is helpful but not required. Strong communication skills and a focus on diversity and inclusion are important for maintaining effective relationships for the many people this position supports. The business Analyst will often be called on to convey complex information or concepts to a broad audience. In all capacities, the Business Analyst must ensure data and processes are compliant with University system, NDSU, Federal, and State policies and regulations. This position works with a broad range of departments but is focused as the point position for the office of Financial Aid. Knowledge of Federal and State financial aid regulations and aid processing processes in a higher education setting is a strong asset for this position.

A successful candidate for this position would bring a growth mindset, an attention to detail, and a passion for supporting student success.

Advertised Salary: $48,000+/year

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience with data management/reporting, business analysis, and/or business process automation
  • Basic understanding of methods for extracting and compiling data from different sources,
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Access, and/or PowerBI
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated adaptability to change and commitment to personal and team growth
  • Clear and Effective oral and written communication

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Related Experience in a higher education setting working with student data
  • Peoplesoft campus solutions and/or Peoplesoft query experience
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel Power Query (M), Access VBA and/or PowerBI (DAX)
  • Experience with scripting languages (VB, VBA, Python, JavaScript, etc.)
  • Experience with Financial Aid office operations

Applicant Materials Required:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
    • Please detail professional experience for minimum and preferred qualifications in cover letter or supporting documentation
  • Names, address and phone numbers of 3 professional references


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.

Additional Information

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. ยง 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

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