Los Angeles Community College District

Assistant Programmer Analyst (#1145)

$30.93-$38.32 hourly / $5,361.04-$6,641.40 monthly / $64,332.48-$79,696.80 annual


Analyzes, writes, codes, debugs, tests, modifies, maintains, and documents computer applications and programs of moderate difficulty, complexity, and scope and performs progressively more difficult assignments in problem analysis and systems design. Programming responsibilities span a range of servers and client computing devices.

Typical Duties

Compiles, summarizes, and analyzes data related to work processes and procedures being converted to a computer-based system.

Participates in the review, identification, and definition of problems for assigned subprograms and programs.

Prepares flowcharts of difficult programs and clearly defined segments of complex programs.

Writes, codes, and makes modifications to programs of moderate difficulty including but not limited to SAP modules.

Writes and maintains batch and on-line computer programs for mainframes, servers, and personal computers.

Prepares block diagrams, flowcharts, and related documentation describing operations to be performed by computer systems.

Compiles and develops test data and conducts program tests to verify processing accuracy and completeness and corrects errors in programming logic.

Maintains and revises existing programs.

Prepares and maintains documentation for assigned programs.

Designs forms, screens, and report formats.

Corrects or revises assigned programs as system changes or production problems occur.

Communicates with users as necessary to respond to requests for assistance or to explain proper use of programs of moderate complexity.

Analyzes technical programming and system/design problems of a less complex nature and recommends a solution.

Uses database management software to create, store, access, sort, change, retrieve, and format data.

Ensures data security under the guidelines of District policies and regulations.

Adopts new programming language(s) or technology(ies) to current environment.

Assists in the design, development, and maintenance of web sites.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Assistant Programmer Analyst performs routine programming duties and performs progressively more difficult assignments in problem analysis and systems design under the work direction of journey-level programming staff.


A Programmer Analyst performs systems analysis, design, and programming duties involving complex computer applications and programs or segments of highly complex programs; may provide technical assistance to assigned programming staff. 


A Senior Programmer Analyst performs systems analysis, design, and programming duties involving highly complex computer applications and programs; provides technical direction to programming staff on a project-by-project basis.


Immediate supervision is received from supervisory programming staff.  No supervision is exercised.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:


Computer programming techniques


Programming languages such as C, C++, Visual Basic, Java, ABAP, COBOL, ACMS, Visual Basic for


Applications (VBA), etc.


Script languages such as Vbscript, Javascript, Jscript, PERL, etc.


Reporting tools such as MS Access, Crystal Reports, webFOCUS, etc.


Fourth generation languages such as Focus


Database systems such as Rdb, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, etc.


Web page design and development using tools such as SAP Portals, .ASP, Dreamweaver, etc.


Information technology concepts and capabilities


New trends and developments in the field of information technology


Basic methods of systems analysis, design, and testing


Basic principles of program documentation


Techniques of data collection and analysis


English usage, punctuation, and spelling


Ability to:


Compile, summarize, and analyze data and draw sound conclusions


Prepare block diagrams and flowcharts


Write and code moderately difficult and complex programs


Write clear and logical documentation for assigned programming jobs


Perform detailed work rapidly and accurately


Fully utilize the commands, functions, and operations commonly used in mainframe, server-based, client-

based, and other related software


Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with District staff


Respond to routine programming needs/problems accurately and take appropriate action


Effectively communicate orally and in writing


Plan and organize work to meet deadlines


Learn advanced techniques of programming and systems analysis and design


Learn the characteristics of new systems and update skills to adapt to changing technology


Learn features, capabilities and limitations of mainframe computer, application, database, web servers, and other equipment

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:


Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university with a major in computer science, management information systems, computer engineering, or a related field.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 1145; EST: ; REV: 9/20/2011;