State of Maryland

HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst Trainee (#003749)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $57,095.00-$95,449.00 Yearly






A HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst Trainee is the first level of work in application systems programming that has no experience or training, but demonstrates an aptitude to perform system analyses, to develop software code and interfaces for new software, and enhance existing software for the Maryland Department of Community Development (HCD).  HCD, as a housing financing agency, offers a broad range of financial services that include bond finance, mortgage lending, municipal and small business lending, cashflow loans, tax credit programs and loan servicing, as well as housing voucher and grant administration for community revitalization.  HCD’s commercial partnerships and stakeholders include community and investment banks, sub-services, trustees and bond holders. HCD's lending and financing programs are inherently time critical, and there are extensive dependencies on personally identifiable information (PII), as well as other sensitive and non-public information.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive constant oversight for their tasks and assignments.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using by the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the classification specification.

The HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst Trainee is differentiated from the HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst I in that that the HCD Application System Programmer Analyst Trainee has no experience or training in application systems programming but demonstrates an aptitude to perform system analyses, to develop software code and interfaces for new software, and enhance existing software technical assignments only under direction and guidance while the HCD Application System Programmer Analyst I performs the duties under close supervision.


Shadows more senior employees as they perform a full range of technical duties;

Develops understanding and proficiency with commodity technologies utilized by agency;

Enables the Department to expediently respond to opportunities and challenges via Information Technology;

Formulates and defines system scope and objectives through research and fact-finding to develop and modify complex information systems;

Prepares detailed specifications;

Designs, codes, tests, documents, and maintains software;

Develops conceptual designs and prototypes;

Implements multi-faceted access control and security in new software systems;

Develops strategies for protecting Personally Identifiable In formation (PII) using encryption data in transit and at rest;

Deploys new software systems, which may be on-premises, or hosted or on the Cloud;

Performs software editing and debugging;

Performs cost benefit and feasibility analyses;

Monitors and tunes enterprise software to achieve optimum performance levels;

Participates in development of IT policies, security controls, disaster recovery, and standard operating procedures;

Performs other related duties.


Limited knowledge of line-of-business programs, their respective missions, and the role of information technology;

Limited knowledge of System Development Life Cycle;

Limited knowledge of computer operating systems, computer networks, hosted and cloud-based solutions;

Limited knowledge of change management and separation of duties;

Limited knowledge of relational databases;

Limited skill in using software development toolkits;

Limited skill in developing in standardized programming languages;

Limited skill in integrating software with domain accounts, such as via Active Directory;

Limited skill in synthesizing multiple products and technologies into a blended, hybrid solution using niche products;

Limited skill in delivering solutions and achieving outcomes via Information Technology;

Limited ability to analyze organizational needs, architect business solutions, and monitor/administer systems/software to optimize performance;

Limited ability to use acquired institutional knowledge to achieve organizational efficiencies;

Limited ability to trace and diagnose application software;

Limited ability to develop software according to AGILE practices;

Limited ability to implement client-server software.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.  

Experience: None.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G, Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes.  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance levels in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class as defined in the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification, and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. 

Date Established

July 1, 2019

Date Revised

August 20, 2021

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003749; EST: 7/1/2019; REV: 8/20/2021;

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