Business Analyst
Creative Business Solutions - Topeka, KS

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Primary Accountability:
The Business Analyst provides key analytical and reporting functions to Washburn University Foundation (WUF) through a customer-service orientated program of analysis and data management to support the organization's overall fundraising efforts. This position will design procedures, conduct work simplifications and provide strategic and technical insight into the proper entry, coding, query/export and reporting from the Raiser's Edge (RE) constituent database. This position will be a key member of the Strategic Advancement Information team which is a dynamic, fast-paced and high-impact part of the organization.

Major Duties:
Key member of the information team impacting overall strategies and fundraising efforts; provides import, export, query and report on data fields quickly and easily from RE to support all divisions of WUF as well as campus partner needs from the RE Alumni and Donor database in which WUF manages.
Develops, maintains, and monitors all data integration and data sharing/output efforts between the Raiser's Edge database and other systems; the goal is to facilitate and support annual giving and other fundraising initiatives and data needs within the Washburn University Foundation and with other campus partners;
Manipulates and assimilates large amounts of unique data into meaningful, informative datasets and/or reports primarily through Microsoft Excel and Access and some use of Crystal Reports.
Understands the database coding structure for gifts and other related information in the RE database in order to create analytical reports, mailing lists, data analysis projects and other related requests based on that information.
Prepares Monthly Management Reports which can include Financial, Action, Solicitor Performance and the overall Fundraising Scorecard.
Prepares Campus Partner Stewardship reports on a monthly basis.
Develops a firm understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Gift Information Specialist position to review the daily gift batches on a regular basis, as well as key gift batches as a backup in times of absences or high gift volumes. Quality knowledge of gift accounting procedures is vital to assist with reporting and analysis projects as well.
Prepares recommendations for implementation of new system procedures.
Reviews reports and confers with management and users about format, distribution and purpose, and to identify problems and improvements.
Works collaboratively with the Director of Strategic Advancement Information and other team members on special projects.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in business, mathematics, accounting, information systems or related degree required.
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills required.
Demonstrated reporting, data analysis and data management skills preferred.
Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Microsoft Excel and Word required; experience with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge preferred.
Strong attention to accuracy and detail.
Strong problem solving skills.
Ability to gather large amounts of data, analyze, evaluate and disseminate in a succinct and effective manner.
Strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
Appropriate interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with colleagues and staff.
Ability to identify and initiate process improvements.
Professional attitude and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.

Physical Demands:
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
Ability to read computer screens and mail

Work Environment:
Innovative, dynamic and fast-paced team environment
Professional and results-oriented environment in an office setting
Interaction with staff and campus partners

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