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Information Systems Specialist

Recruitment #19-004472-0003


The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), is seeking an experienced and energetic individual to fill the position of IT Programmer Analyst Supervisor (Information Systems Specialist) their Information Technology Unit.




Nancy Grasmick Building 6 N. Liberty Street  Ground Fl. Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The IT Programmer Analyst position for the Commission's Higher Education Information System provides programmatic and database technology support to collect, manage and analyze statewide higher education information. This position must coordinate its functions with other IT personnel to engage in the programming, collecting and editing of data collections from all segments of higher education. Based on specifications and requirements gathering, this position is responsible for internal application design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance using standard information technology tools and coding custom programs using MS Access, Structured Query Language (SQL), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), SQL Server Management Studio, SQL Integration Services, C # Sharp, Visual Basic Script (VBS) and Power BI. Types of applications include implementing automated database systems (i.e. SQL and Access), building applications that meet a specific need, building custom forms, and preparing reports, all to increase effectiveness and efficiencies in day-to-day operations. This position has responsibility for providing data in specific formats for the Stata analytical tool that allow research analysts to perform analysis of higher education information, support longitudinal studies, participate in policy/research studies, and prepare reports, surveys, and presentations. Provide support for internal IT applications.


Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Information Technology, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or other information technology related field.

Experience: Three years of experience designing, developing, testing, implementing and maintaining applications systems and programs using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools.


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 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.


Candidate must possess at least two years of experience using SQL Server v16.0.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology
  • One year of experience working with IPEDS data formats and submissions
  • Experience with use of a data statistical package such as Stata, SPSS
  • Experience with SSRS, Power BI, C Sharp and VBScript programming languages
  • Experience planning, designing, building, implementing and maintaining IT systems, relational databases, batch data collection/transfer applications, and data security.


Employees in this classification may be subject to call 24 hours a day and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where the employee can be reached. Employees may be furnished with a pager or cell phone.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. 

We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.