State of Maryland

HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst III (#003752)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $73,541.00-$118,085.00 Yearly




As a housing finance agency, Housing and Community Development (HCD) 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 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.  

An Application Systems Programmer Analyst III is the senior, full-performance level position responsible to perform system analyses, to develop software code and interfaces for new software, or to enhance existing software. Employees in this class do not supervise. They have extensive interaction with software/database developers, and stakeholders at partner organizations, and all levels of program (line-of-business) staff.

The employees in this classification receive minimal supervision, provides timely, and creative solutions to end-user computer and networking problems of a complex nature to ensure end-user productivity.

Application Systems Programmer Analyst I, Application Systems Programmer Analyst II, and Application Systems Programmer Analyst III are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervision necessary, autonomy and complexity of assignments.


Enable Department to expediently respond to opportunities and challenges via Information Technology;


Address business challenges by analyzing computer resources, capacity and limitations, operating time, and required outcomes;


Demonstrate high technical proficiency for designing, coding, testing, documenting, and maintaining software;


Develop conceptual designs and prototypes;


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


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


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


Perform cost benefit and feasibility analyses;


Monitor/tune enterprise software for optimum performance;

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

Performs other related duties.


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

Knowledge of SDLC and change management;

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

Knowledge of relational databases and SDKs;

Expert knowledge of business’/function’s needs for software;

Skill in determining accepted programming languages;

Skill providing guidance and training to junior programmers, evaluating their work and performing quality reviews;

Skill integrating software with domain accounts, such as via Active Directory;

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

Skill in delivering solutions and achieving outcomes via Information Technology;


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


Ability to use acquired institutional knowledge to achieve organizational efficiencies;


Ability to complete all phases of a project;


Ability to trace and diagnose application software;


Ability to develop software according to AGILE practices;


Ability to implement client-server software.


Education: Typically requires a Bachelor's degree


Experience: Four or more years of experience performing software development and system analyses for multi-tiered client-server software in an organization with extensive level of program integration and reliance on technology

Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute six credit hours of coursework in application analysis and programming using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools for six months of the required experience.

 2. Candidates may substitute completion of high school or a high school equivalency certificate and eighteen months of experience converting data from project specifications by writing program code using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools for the required education.

 3. Candidates may substitute completion of high school or a high school equivalency certificate and fifteen credits from an accredited college or university in systems analysis and application programming using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools for the required education.

 4. Candidates may substitute experience in one of the following areas: operating computers, scheduling, controlling input and output or maintaining backups or data storage, processing data on computers, evaluating, implementing and maintaining hardware and software, on a year-for-year basis for a high school education.

5. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Computer Systems Programming classifications or Computer Systems Programming specialty codes in the Information Technology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


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.

Date Established

July 1, 2019

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003752; EST: 7/1/2019; REV: ;

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