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HRIS Analyst

Institution: Simmons College
Location: Boston, MA



Position Overview

Simmons College, in Boston, Massachusetts seeks an experienced HRIS Analyst (Analyst). Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, HRIS, Benefits and Payroll (AVP search is underway), the Analyst will be responsible for writing, maintaining and supporting a variety of reports or queries utilizing Workday, Excel and other data analytical tools in support of the day-to-day operations of the HRIS, Benefits and Payroll function of the College.

This role offers the opportunity to assist in developing standard reports for ongoing customer needs; to contribute to the implementation of system upgrades; to access multiple databases; to conduct periodic audits of data in the Workday system and to create and implement plans to correct any discrepancies; and to participate in the process and reporting improvement initiatives that will optimize relevant Human Capital Workday modules. This work will occur during a period when the College is proactively implementing enhancements and improvements of its operations to strengthen the institution’s position within the higher education marketplace. The Analyst will be part of the initiative to redefine the human resource operation of HRIS, Benefits and Payroll infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of the campus community in a changing academic landscape.

Working with the AVP, the Analyst will support the management of the day-to-day administration and operations of the HRIS, Benefits and Payroll functions for the College with a focus on accuracy, urgency, compliance and ownership. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources, or IT;
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of analysis experience; preference for Human Resources data experience;
  • Superior analytical, critical thinking, project management, problem solving and innovative skills, technically savvy;
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint skills; prior experience with Workday preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to develop and present formal documents, reports, presentations and recommendations;
  • Demonstrate a strong ability to interact with all levels of management and diverse stakeholders; and
  • Ability to remain highly organized and efficient in a fast paced, multi-tasking, confidential environment.

Simmons at a Glance

Simmons College has an enrollment of 4,655 (including undergraduate and graduate students) and employs approximately 750 faculty and 450 staff. Supported by an innovative and committed leadership team, Simmons is poised for growth and new approaches to reflect the changing landscape of higher education.

Simmons offers a broad range of undergraduate degree programs: 52 majors, with minors in any of the fields offered as a major as well as 14 other minors. Over forty different Certificate, Masters, and Doctoral degree programs are offered across five graduate schools: The School of Nursing and Health Sciences; the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Library and Information Science; the School of Management; and the School of Social Work. In addition, there are five 3+1 accelerated degree programs in the undergraduate plus graduate schools; and nine degrees offered as 4+1 programs.

The distinguished Simmons faculty includes noted researchers, published authors, Fulbright scholars, health professionals, and community leaders. They advise numerous government, non-profit, and corporate organizations in the United States and around the world, while remaining passionate educators who take pride in personally mentoring their students.

Simmons is proud to have over 48,000 alumni across the globe including philanthropists, CEOs, innovators, thought leaders and high profile professionals in the media, the arts, politics and health care. Philanthropy is vital to Simmons and provides many of the resources necessary to continue achieving the mission. During the past decade, thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends, a culture of philanthropy has taken hold. Cash gifts increased by 17% percent last year, and during the past five years, New Gifts and Pledges have increased by 49%. In the most ambitious capital campaign to date, Making Education Work (MEW), the original goal of $85 million was reached nearly a year earlier than planned. The campaign came to a close in June 2015, having surpassed the revised goal of $100 million.

Other points of pride include the Simmons Leadership Conference, the preeminent and longest-running women’s leadership forum in the country, attracting a national audience of 3,000 business and professional women annually. The Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) has named Simmons College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years. Simmons is one of only 16 colleges in the country – the only one in Massachusetts – to earn the “Honor Roll with Distinction” level for five of eight years since the Honor Roll began in 2006.

College Leadership and Governance

President Helen G. Drinan is the eighth President of Simmons College. Before being named President in 2008, Ms. Drinan served as the Chair of the Simmons College Board of Trustees. A double Simmons alumna from the School of Management and the School of Library and Information Science, her relationship with Simmons spans nearly four decades. President Drinan is a highly regarded executive with decades of leadership experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. During her tenure at Simmons, President Drinan has helped to elevate the academic profile of the undergraduate student body, added new academic programs, improved Simmons’s financial strength, created, built and implemented Strategy 2015, launched fast growing online national programs and is building a team dedicated to transformational change, inspired by institutional success.

Finance and Administration Team

Donna Ng became Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at the beginning of August 2015. An expert in higher education finance and business, Ng was previously Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer at Scripps College, and has served as Senior Associate Provost for Budget and Planning at Wellesley College, and Budget Director at Babson College. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the search for the AVP for HRIS, Payroll and Benefits is now underway.

Please send nominations and applications including a letter of interest
and CV to the Brill Neumann team working on the search:

Andy Evans, Beth Schaefer, and Mo Lashendock

Brill Neumann Associates

As a College committed to diversity, Simmons encourages applications broadly.  Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body and curriculum.

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