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Business Operations Specialist

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

Business Operations Specialist


Campus: Tempe

Business Operations Specialist

Job Description

Under the direction of the Business Operations Specialist, Sr. for Associated Students of Arizona State
University (ASASU), the Business Operations Specialist performs a broad scope of fiscal duties and
provides guidance to staff in support of ASU policies and procedures for the Undergraduate Student
Government (USG) and its affiliated units.

This position assists with the basic budgeting, planning, organizing, coordinating and oversight of the business operations functions in accordance with established university goals, priorities, timelines, funding limitations and/or
other specifications. This position is intended to cover a broad range of fiscal responsibilities to support
these program areas under Educational Outreach and Student Services.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have a high attention to detail, possess exceptional
organizational and customer service skills, and have the ability to work well in a fast-paced, deadline
driven environment.

What’s in it for you:
Arizona State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes valuable employee
benefits to enhance the total compensation of its staff. This package includes: (Click here to explore

  • Tuition Reduction Program for staff members, their spouses, and dependents, available on day one.
  • Low-cost health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits.
  • Retirement program designed to promote long-term savings and provide income upon retirement.
  • Paid time for volunteer and professional development.
  • 10 Paid Holidays and competitive Vacation and Sick accruals each Pay Period.
  • Wellness program for preventative health education and screenings.
  • Disability and leave program for income protection.
  • Employee assistance for free and confidential behavioral health services.
  • ASU Discounts to sports/events along with discounts with ASU partnerships.
  • Flexible work arrangements are available in an alternative or hybrid schedule but will be based on

the work and the needs of the university and department operations and pending leadership

Days and Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Job Family

Business Operations

Department Name

Associated Students



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$48,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Work independently and exercise professional judgement to serve as a knowledgeable and helpful resource
  • Serve as a Department Time Administrator (DTA) for student workers
  • Keep up to date on ASU and department policies and procedures to ensure accurate output and processing
  • Assist students and staff with their trip requests and expense reports
  • Monitor a variety of account expenditures, maintain and reconcile detailed budgets for various accounts
  • Process departmental supply orders and provides general office assistance, such as scanning and filing
  • Initiate financial transactions in University accounting systems ASU‘s Financial Management
  • Systems in accordance with best practices
  • Provides solutions to problems presented by customers, colleagues and student, recommends changes to methods or procedures to management, utilizing knowledge of University policy and procedure to ensure accurate financial processing
  • Advises and counsels on accounting and procurement matters to department and/or University staff, provides program specific training to campus users as needed, such as financial literacy (cash handling, expense and purchasing guidelines) to new staff, and best practices for student expenditures
  • Maintaining a departmental p-card(s), including daily management, document retention and monthly reconciliations
  • Providing oversight and ensuring accuracy of the purchasing process within departmental units
  • Prepares standard accounting reports and reconciliations, such as detailed cost and financial analysis, forecasts and projections to aid leadership in making informed decisions/recommendations.
  • Assists in maintaining department physical key control system. Processes key requests and maintains accurate inventory
  • Provide supervision to student staff as needed
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three (3) years of related experience; OR, Seven (7) years of related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard office and administrative practices
  • Experience using a financial system, human resource management system and reporting system in a higher education environment (Workday, PeopleSoft and Kenexa preferred)
  • Experience processing payroll and maintaining employee timesheets or serving as Department Time Administrator (DTA) experience (TAS preferred)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ASU Travel policies and procedures, specifically with Concur
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines
  • Experience working with detailed financial and human resources reconciliations
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Experience in customer service
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Experience handling cash, managing a departmental purchasing card and assisting in the operation of a fiscally sound environment
  • Experience in interpreting, educating about and enforcing University, divisional and department policy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ASU travel policies and procedures and Concur travel system experience
  • Experience in preparing detailed reports on a timely basis.
  • Ability to perform detailed work in an open and shared work space.
  • Ability to supervise student employees

Working Environment

  • Work collaboratively across various departments within the University as well as with diverse populations and groups
  • Use computers effectively – including inputting, reviewing and retrieving information, extended periods of viewing screen and using mouse and keyboard
  • Use critical thinking to make decisions and/or analyze data
  • Communicate effectively
  • Walk throughout campus for meetings or events, regardless of the weather
  • Work collaboratively to achieve objectives
  • Climb stairs in locations with no elevator, such as with the mezzanine level of the MU, or Irish Hall
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs.

Department Statement

Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) is committed to enrolling all qualified students at
Arizona State University and assisting them in their academic success. EOSS provides a broad range of
services and support to students and prospective students ranging from outreach efforts with K-12
schools, orientation programs for new freshman, bridge programs to assist the transition to a university
environment, and a wide variety of services, programs and activities for enrolled students. EOSS has
direct responsibility for multiple departments across four campuses, some of which include the Dean of
Students, University Housing, Health Services, Counseling Services, Disability Resources, the Memorial
Union, TRIO programs, Sun Devil Fitness, Student Government, Student Media, Career Services, Access
ASU and others.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU PD at 480-965-3456.

Relocation Assistance – For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit https://cfo.asu.edu/az-resources.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.