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BUSINESS OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

SUMMARY:

The Business Operations Specialist is responsible for performing payroll/fiscal and personnel processing functions for an institution. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

Prepares fiscal year/biennium reports such as job audit requests, crossgrade/downgrade requests, and payroll budget projections by processing necessary paperwork and compiling payroll information on each employee to ensure funding eligibility.

Processes payroll documents and performs payroll procedures by collecting information on newly hired employees or making changes for existing employees, computing payroll totals, preparing authorizations, processing and posting vouchers, and processing and disbursing warrants.

Completes and maintains records and reports including payroll-related reports and personnel records by gathering, analyzing, and compiling information.

Coordinates hiring procedures for job vacancies by advertising vacant positions, screening applications for minimum qualifications, and reviewing new hire recommendations to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.

Provides technical assistance to staff by maintaining, updating, and interpreting agency policies and procedures to ensure compliance.

May process purchase orders and vouchers for payment of bills by verifying and coding proper expenditure code, typing vouchers, and processing for payment.

May maintain inventories of equipment and/or office supplies and purchase supplies through state purchasing system.

May supervise or oversee the work of a small administrative support staff.

Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of bookkeeping procedures and methods. Knowledge of state purchasing laws and procedures. Knowledge of state payroll policies, procedures, and regulations. Knowledge of general office practices and procedures. Knowledge of state hiring and employment practices and procedures. Knowledge of the operation of personal computers and the functions of the software used. Ability to prepare written documents and maintain journals, ledgers, and files. Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts. Ability to operate standard office equipment. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to identify and reconcile payroll discrepancies and transactions.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in general business, accounting, business education, or a related field; plus two years of experience in bookkeeping, payroll processing, or a related field.

Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.

OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.


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