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Financial Systems Analyst, Office of Development and Alumni Relations

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Development & Alumni Relations, Full Time



The Financial Systems Analyst directs and supervises the activity for all cash management in gifts and records administration.  This position analyzes processes and develops strategies for improvement/automation to reduce manual effort and time spent on daily operations. The individual gathers requirements, assists with design, performs testing, and oversees implementation of solutions.

The incumbent will have analytical problem-solving skills in order to approach data challenges. Excellent communication skills are essential to successfully communicate with technical staff and non-technical users to deliver effective solutions. The incumbent will assess the environment to gain a deep understanding of the as-is business process and principal pain points to develop process improvements using technology-based solutions.


Major Responsibilities: 

  • Functions as primary authority within Development and Alumni Relations on fund account reporting standards for all gifts.
  • Manages account codes, data integrity and accounting data in the DAR Advancement CRM to ensure alignment with accounts in the UD Financial Systems.
  • Oversees all cash management and processing functions and systems.
  • Supports the production of data exchanges, maintaining the daily schedule of the core financial data interface.
  • Maintains and generates gift and pledge reports for the Executive Vice President, University Finance, and General Accounting to project University receivables.
  • Advises and develops related gift recording and valuation policies and documentation.
  • Designs and implements computer-based information systems to meet design requirements and specifications for reconciliations.
  • Partners with University Finance and University Cashiers to ensure proper recording of gifts and resolution of discrepancies.
  • Advises management on Fund Accounting related issues, recommending and initiating new policies or procedures where appropriate to maintain compliance with tax receipting protocols.
  • Oversees auditing process and provides in-depth background knowledge to University Auditors relative to gift records.
  • Oversees the testing of programs and systems to ensure they work properly and to determine that systems meet university policies and reconciliation procedures.


  • Bachelor's degree and four years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance, Information Systems or other related discipline preferred.
  • Working knowledge of financial systems, reporting, administrative policies and procedures.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytic skills, with ability to understand complex processes with multiple touch points to understand how best to automate and/or re-engineer a process.
  • Strong partnership skills; experience working with technology partners to design and develop solutions that meet optimal quality and value.
  • Proficiency with advanced techniques in word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software. High-level of proficiency in Excel is required.
  • Project management skills, with the ability to prioritize, plan, and organize a work process, as well as the ability to analyze and solve problems and make administrative/procedural judgments.
  • Experience with software development life cycle.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • In-depth understanding of institutional financial policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of financial reporting, administrative policies and procedures in a University setting.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of accounting, cash reconciliation and internal control protocols.
  • Experience with Ellucian Advance, CRM platforms (Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, etc), PeopleSoft.
  • Experience working in a database and running reports and queries with SQL
  • Experience with BI data visualization, dashboard and infographic tools (e.g. Tableau, Qlik, SAS BI, Data Studio, Cognos).

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