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Management Analyst Principal Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Coordinates the analysis, development and implementation of complex management information systems providing the most efficient methods or procedures. Coordinates the process of defining, investigating and solving problems related to administrative systems and special projects with an emphasis on user-related solutions. Acts as project manager.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the Management Analyst Senior by the complex analysis tasks performed, and the supervisory role and project management responsibilities.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans, coordinates and reviews the work of assigned personnel during all phases of the project team's work and coordinates the planning, development and presentation of training programs for users of administrative systems.
  • Counsels management personnel during process of planning, directing and coordinating operational or procedural matters to meet project goals and objectives.
  • Coordinates the development of system design for new or revised administrative systems, including documentation and analysis of input/output requirements, procedural flow between departments, operational audits and organizational structures.
  • Coordinates the analysis of the adequacy and effectiveness of practices and policies and the development of new procedures and policies including the development of user documents and forms.
  • Coordinates the analysis of, or analyzes the existing organizational structure; recommends and implements changes.
  • Coordinates and/or participates in report preparation, explaining and recommending alternatives.
  • Supervises or monitors activities of subordinates.
  • Coordinates extensive studies to assist user in evaluating the potential for automating existing or proposed work functions or processes and assesses the feasibility of writing or modifying computer programs for administrative systems to meet user requirements.
  • Determines whether financial and internal controls are adequate to meet management objectives and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Reviews and evaluates computer hardware and software to determine its usefulness and appropriateness as related to existing or proposed administrative systems and develops preliminary and detailed system design documents for in-house and vendor computer systems.
  • Performs research, including conferring with vendors, to resolve technical questions and problems related to computer hardware and software; oversees the consulting and advising of users in the selection and use of computing options.
  • Reviews, evaluates and documents existing programs and systems to identify and recommend the means of tying together interacting systems extending across organizational or functional lines.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of higher education administrative systems and related business principles (e.g., fund accounting and generally accepted accounting principles).
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques used in conducting management studies and systems analysis.
  • Knowledge of information systems design including mini/microcomputer applications.
  • Knowledge of forms design and procedures development.
  • Skill in analyzing and developing effective solutions for organizational problems.
  • Skill in planning, organizing and directing project team members to meet goals and objectives.
  • Skill in conducting group meetings and interviews with management.
  • Skill in coordinating the development and presentation of user oriented training programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, Business Administration or related field AND five years of experience in procedural management or systems analysis work; OR, Nine years of experience in procedural, management or systems analysis work; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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