Strategic Information Systems Project Leader (#MADZ11)
$59,252.00 Yearly Min / $74,065.00 Yearly Mid / $88,878.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

This class is responsible for the management of major information systems projects of strategic importance as mandated by the State's Chief Executives.

  • Projects are of multi-year duration with costs over $1,000,000.
  • Project teams consist of data processing technical personnel and user Steering Committees.

Nature and Scope

Supervision is provided by a technical/administrative superior. Duties include planning, organizing and managing a major information system project, assigning and monitoring the work of the project team, participating in the selection of contractors, conducting review meetings with users and writing reports. Principal contacts are with OIS data processing specialists, vendors and the client organization for the purpose of designing an effective information system.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Manages and participates in the development of documentation to include project requirements analysis, information needs analysis, alternate design approaches, cost/benefit analysis, cost and time estimates, programming and testing a major project of strategic importance.
  • Plans, schedules, prioritizes tasks, assigns, coordinates and reviews the work of assigned personnel.
  • Prepares project budget; writes requests for proposals for the services of contractors, participates in the selection process and administers ensuing contracts.
  • Conducts review meetings with users, monitors the project progress and budget and writes monthly progress reports.
  • Responsible for the documentation of data system logic flow, programming, computer operations and user manuals.
  • Reviews current technology on software and hardware, evaluates new products and makes recommendations for purchases.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of the mission, goals and business practices of the user agency.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, methods and techniques of system analysis, including information needs analysis, requirement analysis and design alternative analysis.
  • Knowledge of concepts, methods and techniques of system design, program specification preparation and computer programming.
  • Knowledge of the latest generation of programming languages and job control languages.
  • Knowledge of methods, concepts and techniques of supervision and project management.
  • Knowledge of System Development Life Cycle methodology concepts.
  • Knowledge of large scale computer theory, components, operation and configuration.
  • Knowledge of the clients' and OIS standards and procedures as they apply to data processing.
  • Knowledge of scheduling and status reporting techniques.
  • Skill in the use of computer aided project monitoring.
  • Skill in the use of automated design tools.
  • Ability to prepare and monitor budgets.
  • Ability to plan, schedule, assign, delegate and monitor the work of a major project team.
  • Ability to plan and achieve short and long term goals.Ability to write clear, concise, informative reports.
  • Ability to motivate assigned personnel.
  • Ability to prepare requests for proposals, interview applicants, participate in the selection process and administer contracts.
  • Ability to think creatively and to develop creative solutions to management information system problems.
  • Ability to prepare time and cost estimates.
  • Ability to conduct review meetings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to evaluate new products and make prudent recommendations for purchase.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Strategic Information Systems Project Leader
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Three years experience in database management concepts and systems development lifecycle methodology. 
  2. Three years experience in information systems analysis and design. 
  3. Six months experience in information technology project management which includes planning, scheduling, staffing, coordinating, controlling, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on status of IT projects.
  4. Six months experience in computer programming languages including the latest generation.
  5. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.