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Salary: $6,110.00 - $8,030.00
Posted: 07/23/2013

Job Description:

Your state application must indicate you are applying for Systems Software Specialist (Technical) position 042-038-1367-001. Please explain your eligibility (i.e. lateral transfer, on a list, etc.).

You must have current certification, list, lateral, or reinstatement eligibility to apply for this vacancy.

Under the administrative direction of the Data Processing Manager III, Enterprise Application Services, the Systems Software Specialist III (Technical) serves as the technical lead for major application development project initiatives for California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). The incumbent works independently as the recognized technical specialist on the development and maintenance of the most complex software systems and software projects, and/or acts as a technical leader on projects involving the conversion to complex software configurations. The incumbent supports complex application integration infrastructure and statewide enterprise application integration efforts which may include planning, analysis, design, development, testing, deployment, user training, support and maintenance of assigned application integration services and technologies.

35% - Provide technical leadership in the planning, analysis, design, development, testing, training, support and maintenance of complex, mission critical health care solutions. Lead a team or teams of state staff and consultants from cross-functional organizations through a software development life cycle (SDLC). Participate in the analysis of project concepts or service requests to understand the business needs and identify potential alternatives with associated cost-benefit analysis. Organize the team(s) to plan the scope, resource, budget, schedule and project spend plan; and present the recommendation to management for approval. Analyze business and technical requirements to create feasibility study report (FSR). Lead effort to develop request for offer (RFO)/ proposal (RFP) and selection criteria to evaluate contractor and technology for the projects/programs. Act as a system architect providing architectural direction for complex enterprise initiatives.

30% - Plan, prioritize, design, develop, test, deploy and support complex enterprise solutions and services. Work with business program areas to analyze business requirements and translate them to detail functional and system requirements. Collaborate with CCHCS partners, business and IT subject-matter experts (SMEs) to create requirements document, traceability matrix, high-level solution design, business workflows, use cases, forms definitions, report specifications, business rules definition, and conceptual data model. Coordinate the review process to get buy-in and sign off on the architecture artifacts from various governance boards and stakeholders. Support other projects and efforts by reviewing the project documents to ensure they meet CCHCS standards and industry best practices. Maintain CCHCS policy, process, standards, practices and other architecture products.

20% - Work with application test team and business stakeholders to develop test plan for user-acceptance testing (UAT). Plan, coordinate and facilitate UAT testing for new solution deployment as well as software releases. Track defects, issues, risks, and change requests appropriately. Develop training manuals for various user types. Deliver training in person or virtually. Assist other projects and efforts with importing their requirements and artifacts into the requirements management tool (RMT). Support and maintain the RMT. Develop new functionality as required based on user requests. Monitor, debug and fix tool issues as they arise. Apply patches and hot fixes on a regular basis as well as necessary. Follow CCHCS SDLC process in the development and maintenance of the RMT. Upgrade the software to stay current with vendor support timeline.

10% - Evaluate new technologies, develop technical analysis and provide support to project implementation. Act as subject-matter experts (SMEs) for enterprise initiatives in developing concept proposal for management consideration. Analyze system architecture and design to understand impact to the business programs, projects and other systems in the environment. Reverse engineer systems to develop business and technical requirements, business rules definition, application architecture, data model, report design and system requirements. Augment the technical work of other staff and consultants when required by assuming responsibility for completing the tasks. Develop and provide presentation to executives, senior management and peer groups.

5% - Responsible for staying current with the latest developments in software and methodology trends and considering their application and benefit within CCHCS. Advise management of problem areas or areas in need of improvement. Travel as needed. Other related duties as required.

Knowledge of: Information technology systems (software) programming, equipment, and its capabilities and interfaces between hardware and software; and the requirements for the installation and implementation of the most complex information technology software systems.

Ability to: Write complex programs; develop detailed program specifications; analyze data and situations, reason logically and creatively, identify problems, draw valid conclusions, and develop effective solutions; apply creative thinking in the design and development of methods of processing information with information technology systems; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; work under pressure; communicate effectively; prepare effective reports; coordinate the activities of technical personnel.


Knowledge of: Software development life cycle (SDLC); industry system and business analysis frameworks such as FEA, TOGAF, BABOK and DMBOK; health care domain standards and code sets including CCHIT, HIPAA, HL7, CPT, ICD, LOINC, etc.; the State IT Governance Policies and Security Standards per the State Administrative Manual (SAM); industry web standards and technologies; Service Oriented Architecture (SOA); requirements analysis, business process re-engineering, alternative analysis, and data modeling.

Ability to: Solicit high-level business requirements and translate them into detailed functional and technical requirements; Develop feasibility study report (FSR) and budget change proposal (BCP); Provide alternative analysis using the Strength-Weakness-Opportunity-Threat (SWOT) model; Perform business process and data modeling leveraging tools such as Erwin, Troux, or Enterprise Architect; must have at minimum 5-year hands-on experience developing systems using MS .Net, MS SQL Server, Oracle Middleware, Oracle Database, Requisite Pro, Jama Software, Erwin, Troux, ClearCase, HP Quality Center and MS TFS.

Special Personal Characteristics: Ability to work independently and in a team environment, act tactfully and be articulate in high-level meetings. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to act independently; flexibility; tact; and the ability to act effectively under pressure.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to lead by example and gain the respect of others.

Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to exert up to 40 lbs. of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

Benefits information can be found on the California Human Resources website,, and the CalPERS website, .

In order to apply and be considered for this position, all applicants must submit a completed Standard State Application Form (Std. 678) available at , under “How to Apply.”

All Methods of appointment may be considered. Applications will be screened and only the most competitive will be invited for an interview.

This posting may be used to fill other vacancies that occur during the job advertisement.

Applications may be screened and only the most competitive will be invited for an interview. Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be selected.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Systems Software Specialist III (Technical) 042 - 038 - 1367 - 001
Location County
8260 Longleaf Drive, Elk Grove SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
CCHCS - IT Solution Development & Support
PO Box 588500 (bldg c)
Elk Grove, 95758
Kelley Ellyson

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