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Systems Programmer Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Analyzes, implements and integrates major systems software projects. Provides technical assistance to other computer specialists performing technical systems support activities involving operating systems software.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from lower level systems programmers in that incumbents have in-depth technical expertise in assigned systems.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinates maintenance or developmental projects for operating systems or related software to include installations of new software or equipment, modifications or system software fixes.
  • Analyzes and writes specifications for possible improvements of operating system software; designs, develops or recommends new or revised systems or system utilities as necessary.
  • Prescribes system backup procedures and directs recovery operations in the event of destruction of all or part of the operating system or other system components.
  • Analyzes and prepares documentation concerning the adaptation of complex software systems and processes to the computing equipment.
  • Coordinates with computer users to provide information about system capabilities and to recommend changes in procedures or other solutions to improve efficiency and resolve problems.
  • Coordinates between personnel using the computer systems and vendor support personnel.
  • Revises, enhances, updates and installs vendor supplied systems software components to optimize performance of the computer systems.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to all appropriate computer personnel on hardware/software features associated with the computer installation, operation and maintenance.
  • Diagnoses operating systems software/hardware failures by reviewing system logs, dumps and other information from users or technical personnel; confers with vendors; identifies and/or develops solutions.
  • Coordinates with administrative and technical personnel concerning installation and implementation of operating systems and related software.
  • Performs research on specific technical software and related questions from management, programming, operating and systems personnel as required.
  • Ensures the security and integrity of all systems and data.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of systems and application programming.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and capabilities of software and operating systems features currently available.
  • Knowledge of multiprogramming computer operating methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of computer security procedures.
  • Skill in the use of the programming and job control language specific to the assignment.
  • Skill in communicating technical matters verbally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field AND three years of systems and/or applications programming experience; OR, Associate's degree in Computer Science or related field AND four years of systems and/or applications programming experience; OR, Five 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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