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Financial Systems Analyst, Senior

Salary: Financial Systems Analyst, Senior (#3514)

$36.69-$44.80 hourly / $6,382-$7,791 monthly / Range: 6556

Financial Systems Analyst, Senior - Restricted (#3515)

$38.00-$46.39 hourly / $6,609-$8,068 monthly / Range: 6626

DEFINITION: Under general direction, leads the development and implementation of county-wide mission-critical automated financial applications; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is found only in the Auditor-Controller's Office. The Financial Systems Analyst, Senior is distinguished from the EDP Systems and Programming Analyst, Senior by its unique combination of technical programming skill and knowledge of accounting and financial systems. It is also distinguished from the Financial Systems Analyst II by its greater knowledge of programming and system design and analysis and by its responsibility for leading other Financial Systems Analysts in the design and implementation of the core programming architecture for the most complex and/or critical financial systems. It is further distinguished by its responsibility for project outcomes.


1. Leads the development of mission-critical county-wide financial applications; makes core architectural decisions on the data and programming methodology based on technical and accounting requirements; guides other Financial Systems Analysts and programmers in the implementation of selected architecture.
2. Writes complex programming code for financial applications using up-to-date technical tools and languages; develops core programming architecture for application team to follow; oversees development of various application modules and provides oversight and technical assistance as required; responsible for overall outcomes and milestones.
3. Leads special projects such as researching and recommending new technologies to the department head that will help achieve the goals of the department; serves as the expert on new technologies and develops training program for other developers and staff.
4. Provides high-level troubleshooting and problem solving for all Auditor-Controller supported applications; provides high-level assistance to other developers as needed to successfully solve system problems; makes core programming changes to all major Auditor-Controller applications when required by changes in use, technology, or accounting practices.
5. Provides SQL Server database administration for the Auditor-Controller's Office; makes decisions on roles, permissions, restores, and disaster recovery, including setting policy for back-ups and hardware selections; make recommendations on infrastructure including hardware and network set-up, disaster recovery, and security issues on mission-critical applications.
6. Oversees the development of user guides for various Auditor systems and modules; creates and maintains system documentation that describes technical architecture and system design; creates and maintains database documentation to be used as a reference guide.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, computer science, or a related field, and five years of increasingly responsible experience in the design and implementation of financial accounting system applications, including two years of experience performing complex programming of financial accounting systems; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to Financial Systems Analyst II with Santa Barbara County; 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.

Knowledge of: systems analysis and computer systems design; advanced programming languages used in financial accounting systems; SQL Server database administration; principles and practices of project management; advanced database technology and database design methods; relationship between program code and the database technology; system design, testing, and implementation process; generally accepted accounting principles, including internal control systems; generally accepted auditing standards; standard English usage and grammar.

Ability to: gather and analyze data, develop solutions, project consequences, and evaluate results; plan, organize, and prioritize own and others' work; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of County staff and vendors; communicate effectively with staff who may have limited computer knowledge; prepare a variety of written documents; communicate effectively both orally and in writing to individuals and large groups; learn principles of governmental accounting and County accounting policies and procedures; provide direction to other programmers; establish work guidelines and priorities; delegate work; exercise independent judgment; coordinate the work of others to achieve common goals; represent the department with tact and diplomacy.


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