The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Functional Analyst


Department: Student Information Systems, Office of the Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning

FTE: 1.0

Status:  Permanent

Competition No.:  17197-M

Salary Information: The salary range is $60,410 to $94,391 (Specialist Professional, Phase 2) per annum.  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: To provide functional expertise in student related processes for the University’s student information system (SiRIUS) and complementary applications, including the Degree Works student advising system and the student operational data store.  

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Associate Registrar, this position works as part of a team to support and guide various administrative and academic units in the collection, storage and retrieval of student information. The successful candidate will need to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the SiRIUS and Degree Works systems, related technologies, and relevant business processes. The work is highly collaborative and involves working with academic and administrative clients, as well as functional and technical staff.


  • Understands and documents business requirements and processes and models them in SiRIUS or Degree Works
  • Takes responsibility for the functional configuration of primary SiRIUS and Degree Works features and helps with configuration of secondary SiRIUS and Degree Works features
  • Investigates and resolves problems in SiRIUS, Degree Works, and the student operational data store
  • Identifies and provides recommendations for possible procedure and / or policy changes and improvements to business units
  • Exercises discretionary decision making with respect to system configuration as well as resolutions to gaps in functionality
  • Develops and takes responsibility for the execution of test plans to ensure that SiRIUS, Degree Works, and the operational data store meet user needs as documented
  • Provides change management support to SiRIUS, Degree Works, and operational data store end-users through training, documentation, and second-line support efforts
  • Takes responsibility for the reliability, integrity, and security of applications and databases
  • Provides input into the definition of priorities of and deadlines for the department's work
  • Meets deadlines and follows defined priorities
  • Helps with the development and maintenance of the student operational data store and associated reports through functional specification and testing
  • Develops and executes simple reports and queries using Crystal Reports or similar tools, as required
  • Maintains productive and professional working relationships with other SIS staff members
  • Works in conjunction with other project teams as required during configuration, implementation, and support efforts
  • Develops and maintains excellent working relationships with colleagues and all levels of academic and administrative staff

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.  

Experience: A minimum of three years of work experience in student related processes; experience in providing training and support to end users of a student information system; experience in producing and maintaining procedures manuals for use by staff; and experience in running reports and queries from a student information system. Experience in the use of the Banner Student product, the Ellucian Degree Works product, and Crystal Reports would be an asset.  An understanding of the roles of administrative staff, academic staff, faculty, and students in recording and accessing student information would be a strong asset.


  • Demonstrated familiarity with processes related to advising, exams, graduation decisions, transfer credit, and transcript production
  • Demonstrated detailed knowledge of university and college processes with respect to course offerings, student records, registration, grades, and faculty actions
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team; ability to acquire new skills quickly
  • Enthusiasm for new challenges and an ability to share that enthusiasm with others
  • Strong organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and work to deadlines
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to create and deliver effective presentations of complex material in a user-friendly way
  • Ability to think creatively and find innovative solutions
  • Change management and process re-engineering skills

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Please apply no later than April 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Rose von Schilling at 306-966-2566.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.