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Jobs (Smith and UMass): Information Technology (IT) Analyst, Computer Tech Consultant, Assistant Director for Systems Financial Aid Services

From: Leah
Sent on: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:03 PM
Information Technology (IT) Analyst

Position Summary

Five College’s Human Resources Functions are currently administered through Smith College. This posting is a Five Colleges Inc. position located at Five Colleges Inc. in Amherst.

The IT Analyst is generally responsible for the functionality, integrity, and maintenance of all FCI information systems and databases. The Analyst shall monitor, maintain, and support all internal information systems and provide user and technical support for system issues. Analyst works closely with the Director of IT and other IT personnel to ensure optimal operations of all FCI and Five College Net (FCN) infrastructure. IT Analyst will develop and document methods to integrate and protect information systems and ensure their compliance with relevant policies. This position requires attention to detail, problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and function efficiently under considerable time constraints.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support Director of IT in implementing systems that meet committee and collaborative needs (e.g., online schedule of classes, online directory). Provide programming and data management for all FCI and FCN databases, information systems, websites, and webforms. Provide backend system support to Six-Museum Collaboration including database administration of museum collection system (currently Mimsy and Mobius), complex custom reporting, system reporting, security, and web user interface.

Provide technical support and maintenance of financial systems and payroll service (currently Fundware and Checkwriter); provide technical advice on related new projects; serve as main contact for vendors for system issues (e.g., patches, updates); maintain and upgrade system .

Analyze FCI and FCN hardware and software needs; research, recommend, and implement new systems. Work closely with other IT personnel to maintain and upgrade FCI and FCN hardware and software. Coordinate and help design all technical and operationally related activities as assigned by Director of IT; attend meetings as assigned, serving as FC liaison and/or minute taker as needed; cross-train with other IT personnel to provide seamless IT coverage during absences; and other duties as assigned by Director of IT.


Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or related field and three years of work experience in systems, programming and database management or 7 years work experience in the field in lieu of degree.

Skills: Advanced working technical knowledge of the following— java, PHP, PL/SQL, XML, html, MySQL, Oracle, federated search, and database connections; advanced working knowledge of operating systems (e.g., Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux) and multiplatform network environments. Knowledge of web server, web 2.0 technologies, and at least one content management system (CMS). Demonstrated ability to keep current on new technologies and tools and to learn new tasks and technologies quickly; proven analytical and logical problem solving skills; ability to work with diverse group of people with differing levels of technological abilities; strong interpersonal communication and relational skills, good organizational and project management skills; sound judgment; initiative; flexibility; detail-orientation and ability to perform and complete work with minimal supervision.

The physical expectations of the position include: visual ability to read computer screens and printed materials; hearing and speaking abilities to effectively communicate via the telephone and in person; ability to pack, unpack, lift and carry 30 lbs., move, and relocate computer equipment including monitors, desktop computers and printers.

Preferred Skills:
•Working knowledge of C++ and xHTML
•Working knowledge of Financial Edge, Blackbaud financial system.
•Working knowledge of report writers (e.g., Crystal Reports, Monarch).
•Working knowledge of museum collections systems, preferably Mimsy XG.
•Working knowledge of Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, Sakai.
•Working knowledge of network security and network protocols.
•Experience working in non-profit organizations, preferably Higher Education settings.

Additional Information

This is a part-time, 20 hour per week position.

Computer Tech Consultant

Duties and Responsibilities

The Laboratory for research in Kinematics and Geometry (LinkageLab) at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking a computer professional to support the development of KINARI, a suite of software libraries and web-based applications for rigidity and flexibility analysis of macromolecules. This short-term software development position, starting immediately, is grant funded and may be renewed, pending performance and further funding availability. Qualified professionals with an interest in the research aspects of the projects may join the group afterwards as graduate or post-doctoral research assistants.


Applicants should have a B.S. or M.S. in computer science or related field, programming experience in C++, web-based application development and unix system administration. Interdisciplinary interests, mathematical skills and/or strong organizational abilities are a plus. Good communication skills, attention to detail, demonstrated initiative and independence, and results orientation are required.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

The position is half time, lasting for at least the summer of 2011

Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.




Assistant Director for systems

financial aid services


September 28, 2011

                                               Change in SAP Level





Assistant Director for systems

financial aid services




This position  is responsible for managing computing, information systems for

the PeopleSoft Student Information System and all third party interfaces for the

Office of Financial Aid Services, Additionally, researches designs and

implements new computing applications, of which interface with existing

applications used by the University.  Chief responsibilities include business

process analysis, configuration analysis, design, training, support and

documentation.  Manage on-going bundle testing of all patches/fixes to students





1.  Bachelor’s degree plus four (4) years of related administrative or computing

    experience or Master’s degree plus two (2) years of related experience. 

    Work experience in a higher education setting preferred.

2.  Financial Aid experience considered a plus.

3.  Demonstrated experience working with both technical and nontechnical staff;

    complex business applications as a programmer and/or analyst.

4.  Development and/or enhancement of computerized financial aid management

    systems, and analyzing SQR’s and writing SQL to modify database.

5.  Demonstrates knowledge of end-user reporting tools (PeopleSoft Query,

    particularly its student information system, and MS Access, preferred) and

    should possess strong communication skills, project management techniques,

    developing and writing specification for software purchase or customization.

    Ability to work occasional evening and weekends.


The successful candidate will be subject to a background review, including

criminal background history check.



Hiring Salary Range: $47,400 - $60,000 Normal Starting Salary: $47,400 - $53,700




The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity

without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression,

age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military

status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in

academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who

provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, the

University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative

action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase

opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities,

women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the

University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state

statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative



Send a letter of application, resume and three letters of reference by

October 7, 2011.


ON CAMPUS APPLICATIONS ONLY:  Send application materials to:  Eva Zilinski,

Financial Aid Services, Whitmore Administration Building, University of

Massachusetts, Amherst, MA  01003. 


On-Campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees


OFF CAMPUS APPLICATIONS ONLY:  Send application materials to: Search #R33156,

Employment Office, 167 Whitmore Administration Building, University of

Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-8170.

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