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To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019.

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of UW HELP and the Senior IS Systems Development Architect, these positions function independently with limited supervisory review of technical recommendations and solutions. These positions independently resolve conflicts and problems through the skilled application of theoretical and practical knowledge of the specialized area; as well as the application of general policies, UWSA and campus partner IS policies and standards. Work assignments are challenging and complex. Positions at this level interact with division administration and IS customers as well as other professional IS managers and staff in the completion of assigned responsibilities.

Major Responsibilities

Major responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

Systems Analysis and Design:

  • Staff intra- and inter-institutional development projects for new systems, integrations, and migrations; lead and form teams in the design and development of complex systems.
  • Consult with users, facilitate discussions and explore responses to define and document information and application requirements; recommend and discuss alternatives; and evaluate impact to existing operations and applications.
  • Prepare project plans for complex projects and systems. Review detailed specifications; and estimate time and costs based on project complexity.
  • Perform detailed analysis and design. Analyze requirements and provide written specifications detailing development issues, proposed solutions and implementation alternatives.
  • Design application architecture, database structure and user interfaces for applications.
  • Diagnose and resolve complex problems with the use of a complex or emerging technology within a new or enhanced system.
  • Conduct feasibility studies for specialized, division/institution-related, complex automated systems.
  • Develop and review detailed systems specifications to ensure the development of new systems and enhancements of existing systems is consistent with division development methodologies, standards, and policies.
  • Develop and coordinate complex integration test plans.
  • Coordinate data modeling as part of the development process.
  • Provide information and training in appropriate systems development, adaptation, use, techniques and methodologies for development to IS Professionals at the senior level or lower and other IS staff as needed.
  • Review detailed specifications; estimate time and costs based on project complexity.
  • Recommend changes or improvements.
  • Work collaboratively with IT leaders across division, Central IT and UW System campuses to maintain application, technical architecture, and platforms.
  • Develop standards, policies, procedures and methodologies for application development.

Application Development and Enhancement:

  • Design, write, debug and test complex application programs and modules.
  • Design and utilize relational databases and their capabilities in development activities.
  • Utilize available development tools and a wide variety of utility programs to rapidly write, debug and test programs.
  • Prepare documents for internal and external users, internal technical operations and application development.
  • Prepare, execute and oversee test plans to ensure quality in newly designed or enhanced applications.
  • Oversee pilot projects to evaluate client/server development approaches.

Program Maintenance and Application Support:

  • Revise procedures/scripts and system documentation.
  • Collaborate with users to clarify and update information and provide technical and functional support of the applications.
  • Develop and produce reports, monitor automated processes, and maintain data.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to design and optimize business processes and integrate business processes across disparate systems
  • Strong knowledge of OOAD, database designing, and SDLC
  • Knowledge of integrations, third-party integration tools, and integration enterprise systems
  • Ability to effectively adapt to rapidly changing technology and apply it to business needs
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Team player with client-oriented focus.
Minimum Qualifications

In order to be considered for this position, a candidate must have:

  • Associate degree in computer science, computer information systems or related field.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience in implementing technologies such as VB, COM, COM+, MSMQ, VB.NT, C#, ASP, ASP.NET, XML, XSL, Web services and SOAP, SQL server, and Oracle.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate complex technical/functional information, scenarios, or specifications and tailor it to the audience.
  • Ability to engage in cross-functional teamwork
Preferred Qualifications

A well-qualified candidate will also have:

  • Strong background in design/development of large internet or client server systems, or complete software product lifecycle exposure.
  • Extensive Javascript, JQuery, HTML design and development experience.
  • Background in User Experience.
  • Experience in Web services development.
  • Experience with mobile platforms and frameworks such as React Native.
Conditions of Employment

These positions are full-time, exempt (salaried) academic staff positions.  The successful candidates can expect to make between $58,000 – $75,000 on an annual basis commensurate with qualifications and experience. UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package.  To learn more about the UWSA comprehensive benefit package, please access ALEX, the UW System’s on-line virtual benefits counselor.  In addition to ALEX, you can read our benefit summary guide: Summary – Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited Appointees. Furthermore, the UW System Total Compensation Estimator is a tool designed to provide you with total compensation information.


SPECIAL NOTE:The UW System conducts criminal background checks for final candidate(s).  It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.  For individuals selected as finalists, a presentation on a selected topic will be required.

More information about the IS Specialist Multiple Vacancies Position Announce July 2019 pdf can be found in the complete advertisement.

To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019.

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