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Applications Systems Analyst Principal Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, organizes, and directs multiple or large project teams involving all phases of work on major or multiple computer systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications. Incumbents supervise and control the analysis, design, development, and implementation of major system applications and enhancements. This class is distinguished from senior analysts in that the incumbents coordinate multiple projects and activities of the senior analysts working within a department, unit or specific system.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinates the activities of subordinates.
  • Plans, directs, organizes, and schedules system analysis functions of project leaders and other subordinates; allocates resources including personnel and equipment based on priorities as established by the system users.
  • Coordinates and oversees the design, development and implementation of software applications.
  • Confers with and assists computing personnel, vendors and/or manufacturers' representatives in resolving complex procedural, operational and technical problems.
  • Establishes and controls quality and quantity standards, procedures, and guidelines for design, development, testing, implementation and maintenance of application software.
  • Evaluates hardware and software products, and programming languages to determine their applicability to the system and/or project.
  • Completes various reports and summaries for management and/or users including status reports, problems, progress summaries, and system utilization reports.
  • Develops alternate project plans, problem resolutions, and budget projections based on user needs, financial, and personnel constraints; makes recommendations to users.
  • Answers questions and provides technical assistance and/or training to team members and system users.
  • Reviews and analyzes system problems including system documentation and production output to identify solutions and/or make appropriate referrals.
  • Participates in the development of system and programming standards.
  • Modifies and/or writes program code and/or job control language as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices developments and techniques used in systems analysis and applications programming.
  • Knowledge of the functions and capabilities of data computing.
  • Skill in the use of programming and job control languages specific to the assignment.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in planning, organizing and directing project work to meet desired objectives.
  • Skill in leading the work activities of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Computer Science or related field AND five years of systems and/or programming experience, including one year lead experience; OR, Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field AND four years of systems and/or programming experience, including one year of lead experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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