State of Maryland

HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst III (#003752)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $89,727.00-$150,415.00 Yearly






A HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst III is the senior performance level position responsible to perform system analyses, to develop software code and interfaces for new software, or to enhance existing software for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).   Employees in this classification provides timely and creative solutions to end-user computer and networking problems of a complex nature to ensure end-user productivity.  HCD, as a housing finance 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 have extensive interaction with software/database developers, and stakeholders at partner organizations, and all levels of program (line-of-business) staff. Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive minimal supervision.

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 I, HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst II, and HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst III are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervision exercised by the supervisor over these employees.  The HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst I performs the duties under close supervision.  The HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst II performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed.  The HCD Application Systems Programmer Analyst III performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


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

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

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

Develops conceptual designs and prototypes;

Implements 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;

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

Performs cost benefit and feasibility analyses;

Monitors/tunes enterprise software for optimum performance;

Participates in the 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;

Knowledge, at the expert level of proficiency, of business’/function’s needs for software;

Skill in determining accepted programming languages;

Skill in providing guidance and training to lower-level HCD Application Systems Programmers, evaluating their work and performing quality reviews;

Skill in 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 from an accredited college or university.

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.


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 graduation from an accredited high school or possession of 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 graduation from an accredited high school or a possession of high school equivalency certificate and fifteen credit hours 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.

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.  

Date Established

July 1, 2019

Date Revised

August 20, 2021

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003752; EST: 7/1/2019; REV: 8/20/2021;

Powered by JobAps