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EDP Systems And Programming Analyst

Salary: EDP Systems and Programming Analyst I (#2550)

$29.03-$35.43 hourly / $5,048-$6,163 monthly / Range: 6086

EDP Systems and Programming Analyst II (#2553)

$32.07-$39.15 hourly / $5,578-$6,809 monthly / Range: 6286

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, designs or modifies, and monitors computer application systems; assists system users with the resolution of computer application problems; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Positions in these classes perform applications analysis work of existing or new systems including programming, testing, maintenance, and implementation. This series differs from the Departmental Data Processing Specialist series in that the Analyst series focuses on the technical design, writing and testing of complex computer programs. Incumbents may specialize in computerized applications used in a particular type of service/program; e.g., criminal records, medical billing, inventory, financial, or personnel systems.

Employees may be hired at either the I or II level of the series. The I level is the entry level of the systems and programming analyst series, occupied by employees who require close supervision while acquiring great technical knowledge and ability to work with clients in needs and feasibility applications analysis. Employees at the II level work from general instruction and consult supervisors for guidance on policy matters and assist in the resolution of difficult technical problems. Employees are expected to gain the knowledge and ability needed to perform at the II level within two years.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Designs and participates in the development, testing, and implementation of computer application systems; consults with current and proposed systems users on the feasibility of proposed systems and changes; analyzes ongoing computerization needs; identifies design alternatives; estimates cost and timing of systems modifications and new systems development; proposes computer based solutions.
2. Monitors and corrects problems with production runs identified by users and computer operations personnel; develops and implements solutions to the problems.
3. Writes technical specifications for system and program design; writes user operating procedures for new and revised computer applications; and confers with departmental staff, vendors, and technical support personnel regarding changes in operating procedures and systems design to ensure applications meet user needs.
4. Modifies, enhances, or adds modules to existing applications; adapts purchased software to hardware used by department and to departmental requirements; provides project and technical supervision of staff assisting in application development and maintenance tasks.
5. Designs procedures for testing new and revised software; conducts tests to evaluate conformance to specifications and to identify and correct problems.
6. Conducts formal and on-the-job training for system users in the capabilities and use of computer applications.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

EDP Systems and Programming Analyst I:

1. Completion of 24 quarter/18 semester units of college level courses in the principles and methods of systems analysis, systems design, computer program design, computer programming using a language utilized by the hiring department, and information system technology, and two years of experience writing business application programs; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

EDP Systems and Programming Analyst II:

1. Completion of 24 quarter/18 semester units of college level courses in the principles and methods of systems analysis, systems design, computer program design, computer programming using a language utilized by the hiring department, and information system technology, and two years of increasingly responsible applications analysis experience with the type of business application and computer environment used by the hiring department; or,
2. two years of experience as an EDP Systems and Programming Analyst I with Santa Barbara County with the type of business application and computer environment used by the hiring department; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Selectees for positions in this class assigned to Child Welfare Services are subject to fingerprinting for the purpose of a criminal record check as authorized by Section 16501 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code and Section 11105.3 of the California Penal Code.

Knowledge of: principles and methods used in analysis and development of data processing applications; principles of systems and procedures analysis; uses and limitations of data processing applications; principles of information entry, storage, and retrieval; programming languages applicable to systems in use; current developments in data processing; operating capabilities of common hardware configurations; principles and techniques of computer programming; basic math to develop simple equations in programming applications and to estimate costs of systems; and basic principles of electronic data communication.

Ability to: define problems, collect and analyze data, validate conclusions, and make recommendations; modify and write programs for efficient applications; write instructions and procedures; write systems and programming documentation; prepare clear and concise memos and written reports; identify and take corrective actions to solve problems in programs and production systems; communicate on technical issues with individuals with varying degrees of computer familiarity; apply advanced programming languages and programming tools; establish and maintain effective working relationships with users and others contacted in the course of work; read and interpret technical instructions used for such tasks as coding and operating systems; organize work and set priorities to meet deadlines; work within prescribed time constraints.

Desirable Qualifications:

II LEVEL: In addition to the knowledge and abilities to listed above, the II level requires:

Ability to: develop data processing systems for efficient operations; plan, coordinate and initiate actions necessary to implement recommendations; and work independently with minimal supervision.

I AND II LEVELS

Knowledge of: basic principles of electronic records management to design or modify programs, bookkeeping to design or modify programs, and budgeting to design or modify programs; principles of project management; basic principles of supervision; and principles of database design.

 



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