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Montana State University Computer Systems Analyst II in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21181

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Tracy Simonson at 406-994-1902 or

Classification Title Computer Sys Analyst II

Working Title Computer Systems Analyst II

Brief Position Overview

Join the Finance & Accounting Systems team in University Information Technology Administrative Services Group. The Computer Systems Analyst II for Accounts Receivable is the primary report writer and application developer in the team supporting all four MSU campuses, providing the Student Accounts staff with additional functionality, accuracy of data and enhanced future system features. This position will also be the back-up for the Finance/Accounting Computer Systems Analyst III.

Position Number 4M1865

Department Finance & Accounting Systems

Division VP for Information Technology

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE


Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $22.500 - $31.500 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Computer Systems Analyst II is a member of the Finance & Accounting Systems team within University Information Technology. This team provides support and systems services to departments and central offices on all four campuses, ensuring that appropriate decision support systems are functioning, interfaces with the State accounting systems function properly, and that the student accounts/financial users on all four campuses receive accurate, complete information with which to run their departments. The team provides programming support, information retrieval, and data delivery to the central financial & Student Accounts offices, developing more efficient ways of doing business by using new and existing applications. The team interacts closely with the University’s Information Technology Enterprise Systems Group to meet the needs of campus.

The Computer Systems Analyst II is the primary report writer and application developer in the team supporting all 4 MSU campus Student Accounts areas, providing the student AR accounting/finance staff with additional functionality, accuracy of data and enhanced future system features.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyze diverse client needs and collaborate with end users to understand how they utilize AR finance/accounting systems and identify how to improve workflows and systems, reduce risks, increase controls and/or increase customer satisfaction and develop complex new data-processing systems to work with ERP (Banner) such as APEX, SQL, ARGOS, BURT, etc.

  • Collaborate with other analysts to maintain, develop and test complex software to help UBS users perform their tasks, e.g., test new patches for ERP system (Banner), develop new database applications, write scripts to identify problems in AR/finance areas, and investigate new ideas and strategies for AR/finance for a four campus environment. Design, create and maintain numerous reports for the AR finance/accounting systems.

  • Responsible for 1098T processing, printing, and pressure sealing for 4 campuses

  • Documentation of reports and process flows and create procedure manuals for areas of responsibility.

  • Share knowledge of processes and systems with other department staff, pursue cross-training responsibilities within the team.

  • Update job knowledge on an ongoing basis by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks and/or participating in professional organizations.

  • Provide computer hardware support, troubleshooting and problem resolution. Load software onto staff PCs.

  • Provide training and maintenance to various constituents on reports and applications

  • Computer system hardware ordering process and setup

  • Banner to SABHRS monitoring and error corrections when needed

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience programming in widely-used languages such as SQL*Plus, PL-SQL, and/or APEX

  • Experience with relational database technologies.

  • Experience with and proficiency in the Microsoft Office software suite.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience in systems relating to finance, accounting and/or student data

  • Experience working with the operating systems used on the MSU campus including Linux and Windows Operating Systems.

  • Work experience requiring knowledge of Banner and Oracle technical architectures

  • Knowledge of Banner security/ralational database, SABHRS interface, and business services procedures

  • Experience with UC4/Appworx scheduling software

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate the creativity and problem-solving skills necessary to convert existing programs to new technologies and/or make recommendations for new programs.

  • Be forward-looking, able to anticipate customer issues as well as system and technology needs and proactively address them.

  • Understand basic accounting concepts and procedures and be able to communicate effectively with finance/accounting and student accounts staff.

  • Embrace and adapt quickly to changes in priorities, processes and work environment with a positive attitude.

  • Be highly organized with great attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in work product.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple departments, co-workers and managers in a diverse, team-oriented environment; represent the department and the University in a positive, professional manner.

  • Demonstrate excellent, professional verbal and written communication skills.

  • Exercise initiative and independent judgment in solving complex problems and in interpreting and applying policies and procedures.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on March 4th, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; . In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .