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Computer Data Base Specialist Principal Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Designs, plans, analyzes and implements requirements for major data base/data communications facilities involving complex structures. Provides technical support and training to programmers and analysts in the use of data base software systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications. Incumbents provide technical direction, coordinate computer specialist teams performing technical database support activities and supervise data base projects.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans, directs, organizes and schedules the analysis and design of data base formats for computer systems.
  • Design specifications for data access controls for systems to ensure security standards and usage are properly followed.
  • Reviews methods of improving data base/data communications performance and response times; establishes data base and data communication performance standards.
  • Monitors programming tasks associated with data base standards.
  • Advises application programmers and analysts concerning data base/data communications requirements.
  • Plans and directs data base reorganizations and the integration of data base structures; reviews recommendations for data base modifications.
  • Plans and directs installation of vendor supplied data base software releases and updates.
  • Directs data base recovery in the event of loss.
  • Coordinates development of data base standards.
  • Serves as project manager on highly complex data base and data communications projects.
  • Designs database support systems.
  • Identifies data base problem trends.
  • Provides training to lower level staff and to applications programmers and analysts.
  • Ensures the security and integrity of all production data.
  • Serves as backup to the manager during absences or may serve as a management trainee position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, developments, and techniques used in systems analysis, applications programming, and data base/data communications technology.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of project management.
  • Skill in the use of the programming job control and data definition languages specific to the assignment.

Minimum Qualifications:

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


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