University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 192796
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 08/19/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The School of Medicine (SOM) has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Computer Specialist.

The Operations and Financial Reporting Department, Office of the Dean, provides financial oversight and analysis of the Dean's Office departments as well as academic departments financial activities within the SOM.  Under the general direction of the Assistant Director for Departmental Computing, the Senior Computer Specialist serves as a flexible resource that works independently to develop reports and supporting data sources, examine and analyze administrative systems, fiscal and/or administrative records, and institutional practices.  The Senior Computer Specialist will develop reports to management on results, provides impact assessments, and recommends training and improvement in operations and information systems.  This position has a wide range of responsibilities to include report development, application support, functional requirement gathering for projects, financial reporting and analysis, operational assessments, and documenting projects, systems, and processes. This position acts in an advisory capacity to senior management in the School providing research and analytical support on data and reporting issues.

Development and Report Design
Apply user-centered design practices, interview stakeholders and system users to determine functional requirements for new and existing reports and systems.  Facilitate discussions with stakeholders and subject matter experts to research and analyze the end-users needs.  Create documentation to support understanding of business needs and document the project requirements.
Identify, develop and evaluate reporting solutions encompassing a variety of automated and manual techniques, considering programming complexity, on-going technical support requirements and department end user workflow where applicable.
Develop reports range from low to high complexity using applicable platforms: MS Excel, MS Access, SSRS, PowerBI.
Review new or existing reports, including documentation, diagram, and flow chart, to determine if the report will perform to meet user needs.  Create project documentation as necessary to support agile development techniques.
Analyze information systems, database models and/or interface needs. Evaluate information gathered from multiple sources and ensure accuracy and completion of the data.  Collaborate with developers to test and validate the data.
Provide support with analytical, design, and development tasks associated with the implementation of information system solutions.
Help prioritize, troubleshoot, and resolve system and service problems, in order to provide very reliable and highly available computing services.
Collect and assemble data needed for various SOM surveys.
Cross train and participate in running month-end processing and other data operations.

Project Management/Business Analysis
Serve in a project management capacity over low to moderately complex projects.  Work with formal and informal project plans, and work independently or in a group to meet deadlines.
Must demonstrate effective project management analysis and sound business judgment.
Identify appropriate level of oversight and resource requirements, facilitate team member activities and communicate project progress with management, developers, customers, and users.
Provide on-going support to clients by correlating user needs with information system design and reporting, and coordinating with the departments developers.
Use solid judgment to determine appropriate escalation and resolution of issues within project structure. Work with management to evaluate and communicate business issues and impact.
Help managing competing stakeholder priorities and assist in identifying best approach to meet expected deadlines.

Other Related Duties as Assigned
Complete special projects for the dean and executive leadership.
Develop cross-training for staff on reporting, databases, and external resources.

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science or related field. At least four years of relevant experience.

Additional Requirements:
Experience in data and process modeling.
Experience in relational database applications such as MS SQL and Access.
Experience in SQL, MS Access, SSIS, and PowerBI.
Demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions for complex financial reporting situations.
Demonstrated experience working in large, highly structured environments.
Proven leadership and strong communication skills (end-user orientation).
Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity.
Ability to create accurate, cogent reports.
Proficiency with various computer programs and databases.
Excellent communication skills, demonstrating diplomacy and tact.

Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

Proficient in SQL and VB Scripting, MS Access, SQL Server Reporting Services and Power BI, or similar (C#, etc.)
Knowledge of University of Washington financial systems.
Experience with academic medical center financial reporting.
Recent experience with financial reporting applications (such as general ledger) conversion or installation.

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


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