Job Details

Montana State University
  • Position Number: 3474102
  • Location: Bozeman, MT
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Office of Sponsored Programs Software Engineer

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 23085
For questions regarding this position, please contact: Sandy Sward at (406) 994-2381 or

Classification Title Computer Sftwr Eng/Appl II

Working Title Office of Sponsored Programs Software Engineer

Brief Position Overview The position of Software Engineer for the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at MSU is responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of existing software applications and the design and development of new software to improve the administrative capabilities for managing research awards at the university. The Software Engineer reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Research Administration.

Position Number 4M0857

Department Office of Sponsored Programs Admin

Division Office of Research and Economic Development

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary range of $95,680 to $104,998 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Salary

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement
The Software Engineer is a critical position for the Office of Sponsored Programs and there is a high level of autonomy required in the Information Technology responsibilities. The specific technology and business expertise required for this position is not readily available from other college counterparts, so the OSP developers need to operate with minimal technical input from management. The developers serve as managers for all projects and the position requires experience communicating with business personnel to resolve conflicts and ensure that the project is on schedule. When the university receives upgrades to the Ellucian Banner Database, the software engineer must determine the effect of the revisions on OSP business processes and the extensive OSP custom software that is used in conjunction with Banner. The upgrades can affect compliance with federal, state and private sponsors that require accurate and timely data.

The Software Engineer must take initiative in identifying the best options for research administration at MSU. With about 750 research faculty and $190 million in annual expenditures the OSP Information Technology function must operate smoothly with a high degree of precision and efficiency. Ineffective systems or incorrect data have significant impact on the research community of MSU and that affects our ranking as a research institution. The Software Engineer must also utilize sound judgment to facilitate and maintain our exemplary relationships with approximately 400 external funding agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Perform web and server software development for OSP applications.
Create and maintain OSP Batch reports and OSP Web Reports (SAIS) so OSP fiscal managers and MSU principal investigators and departmental administrative staff have the information to manage sponsored grants in compliance with federal and state regulations.
Create extensive adhoc SQL reports and projection tools for senior administrators in the research department to analyze complex facets of sponsored program activities.
Modify annual year end reports for the OSP Department to calculate expenditures within all major categories of sponsored grants.
Write and maintain Oracle SQL packages to validate daily data entry in Banner modules.
Design and maintain batch report scheduling modules using Automic Application Manager and coordinate the deployment of the modules to production with central UIT administrators.
Write and Submit SQL scripts to UIT database administrators to correct data which cannot be maintained using Banner modules.
Coordinate the testing of new releases of Ellucian Banner modules and develop software system testing and validation procedures for the data entry staff and billing specialists to ensure that revisions meet the needs of the department.
Consult with departmental staff about software system design, enhancement and maintenance.
◦ Work directly with OSP Management, Fiscal Managers, Administrators, and data entry staff to ensure that software products fulfill the business requirements for Research Administration.
▪ Recommend revisions to business procedures based on the capabilities of the software applications.

Assist in the evaluation of information technology needs to administer research grants and recommend solutions.
Maintain diplomacy and establish professional relationships with all departmental personnel, principal investigators, college administrative staff, and public as well as private external agencies.

Required Qualifications –
Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1 Progressively responsible experience with application software development with Microsoft Visual Studio VB.NET, ASP.Net, Java Script, and Oracle.Data Access library or an equivalent combination or education and/or experience.
2 Considerable knowledge and experience in application development using Oracle SQL databases including PL/SQL, with demonstrated ability to design SQL tables, maintain tables, and perform complex reporting from multiple systems.
3 Demonstrated customer service skills for a wide variety of professions including university faculty and researchers, administrative directors and staff, information technology directors and staff, and personnel in federal, state, and private sponsoring agencies.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
1 Three years experience doing application software development in a university research or administrative unit.
2 Application software development using Ellucian Banner SQL tables.

The Successful Candidate Will
Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintain them over time.
Excellent critical and creative thinking skills.
Excellent systems evaluation skills in order to be able to identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance.
Good communication skills and the ability to coordinate the work and activities of others.
Excellent system analysis skills to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the business environment will affect outcomes.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Applications will be: Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position is filled.

Diversity Statement Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website:

Required Documents
1 Resume
2 Cover Letter

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