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Senior Data Analyst - Financial Aid and Compliance
Company: Azusa Pacific University
Location: Azusa, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 12/02/2021
Expire Date: 02/02/2022
Job Categories: Accounting/Auditing
Job Description
Senior Data Analyst - Financial Aid and Compliance
APU is seeking employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is pleasing to God and edifying to one another.

The Senior Data Analyst is responsible for the configuration and day-to-day management of the PeopleSoft data system within a designated module. This data expert understands the configuration, regular use, and data of the PeopleSoft module and translates between business, data, and technical resources. The Senior Data Analyst writes and/or modifies departmental queries, letters, and reports as appropriate with the escalated assistance of EDM. In addition, this position sets standards for use of software in the unit and serves as the liaison between the department and the EDM Systems Analyst when technical issues need escalation. This position is tier-one technical and systems support for Undergraduate Financial Aid. This person troubleshoots, researches, and proposes solutions for any systems issues that are reported before escalating to the EDM Systems Analyst if necessary. The Data Analyst is involved in testing the quarterly updates to the system.

As the Senior Data Analyst, this position is also responsible for the training and support of the regular Data Analysts while they perform all the duties listed above. This position also trains and supports the Data Processing Associate. They help to oversee, coordinate, provide support for, troubleshoot, and evaluate projects and processes among them. The Senior Data Analyst will also provide a key role in implementing, planning for, and supporting new projects.

Required Education

Bachelorís degree or equivalent work experience required.

Required Experience

3-5 years experience configuring and managing a Data System for a higher education institution or similar institution.
Experience with Financial Aid preferred but not required.
Experience with PeopleSoft preferred but not required.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

Support and train Data Analysts and Data Processing Associate
Help to oversee, coordinate, and evaluate projects and processes.
Assist Associate Director in evaluating employee performance and workload
Technical liaison and support for the department. Works with the Systems Analyst in EDM to coordinate all technical issues.
Take on projects, changes to processes, and see them through to completion.
Responsible for configuration of specific data module. Coordinates configuration updates and changes for each academic year.
Creates and runs queries, develops letter merge processes, analyzes data, and audits business processes as needed by staff.
Participates in troubleshooting a break when it occurs in the module or any other financial aid process and then assist in the fix.
Processes external files upload between departments and outside agencies.
Works with EDM to coordinate and test periodic patches and bundles to the PeopleSoft system.
Trains staff within specific module to use functionality of specific module software and researches improving software processes.
Maintains training and procedure manuals.
Regular punctual attendance as required by the supervisor based on department needs.
Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Computer and word-processing skills.
Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external professionals at all levels.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities with minimal supervision.
Strong interpersonal, collaborative, organizational and problem-solving skills.
Advanced Excel and relational database skills.
Ability to understand complex databases with a large number of tables.
Ability to use data reporting software.

Mental Demands

Ability to use sound analytical judgment when troubleshooting and solving financial system issue.
Ability to work under pressure with a high degree of initiative, good judgment, priority setting and decision-making.
In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.
Ability to analyze, calculate and interpret complex statistical reports.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to counsel and provide customer service to employees.
Ability to strategize, develop and manage projects and programs.
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to walk, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, and computer keyboard.

Visual Demands

Computer monitor and reading.


Pleasant office setting, comfortable temperature.


Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, and Excel.


Grade 12: $30.67-$39.87/hourly
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.
Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

You can learn more about APU by watching the stories of faculty, staff, and alumni as they carry out our mission here: http://www.apu.edu/stories/

Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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