Placer Employment Opportunities

Information Technology Analyst - I

Recruitment #2022-15715-01

Introduction


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn. For more information about Placer County, please visit www.visitplacer.com.

This recruitment is open until filled. To be included in the first screening, completed application materials must be submitted by Friday, August 19, 2022 at 5:00pm. After this date, applications will be screened on a continuous basis.

POSITION INFORMATION

This classification received a general wage increase of 4% effective 7/2/2022 and is scheduled to receive subsequent general wage increases of 4% in July 2023 and 4% in July 2024.

The Placer County Information Technology Department is seeking an individual to join the Application Support team. The position requires a high degree of customer and team-oriented focus to work with various departments and external agencies in support of department-wide applications maintained by Information Technology. The assignment functions include designing software applications, supporting reporting needs, and third-party and in-house designed applications, assisting with user support, system troubleshooting, and business requirement gathering.

Placer County is also currently accepting applications for an Information Technology Analyst - II in Application Support. Each level in this job series has different minimum qualifications. 

To be eligible for more than one level in the series, you must complete and submit separate applications and supplemental questionnaires for each recruitment: 

Information Technology Analyst - I        #2022-15715-01

Information Technology Analyst - II       #2022-15716-02

Placer County has an established telecommuting policy.

BENEFITS

Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.

DEFINITION

Performs professional duties related to the analysis, development, maintenance and administration of computer hardware and software systems to meet business needs.  Incumbents may perform any of the following functions: analyzes, designs, monitors and administers servers and related platforms; designs, maintains, configures and monitors network and/or telecommunications infrastructures and related system components; consults with departmental customers to identify and analyze business functions that can be improved by the implementation of new hardware and/or software solutions; translates business requirements into system deployments, including the development of design specifications; performs professional-level systems maintenance and customer support duties; and performs other related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the entry-level class in the Information Technology Analyst series.  Positions in this class are typically distinguished from Information Technology Analyst II by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the series.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Incumbents work initially under immediate supervision from an assigned supervisor while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as the procedures and processes of the assigned areas of responsibilities are learned. Incumbents may also receive technical and functional supervision from a Senior Information Technology Analyst. Incumbents may provide technical and functional supervision over technical and/or para-professional staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following. Incumbents assigned to the Information Technology Analyst I classification initially perform the following duties in a learning and/or on-the-job training capacity.

 

  • Evaluates customer technical needs and recommends solutions; plans, determines requirements, designs, builds, customizes, tests, implements, maintains and/or enhances a variety of hardware and software systems, integrating County network infrastructure and/or other systems; considers protocols, acceptable system security risk, and other related elements.
  • Provides professional customer support for system-related software and/or hardware issues, needs, or requirements. Interacts with clients to analyze system requirements; recommends technology solutions to improve operations.
  • Determines and develops cost benefit analyses related to recommended technical solutions; evaluates risk options; ensures project compliance with County procedures or protocols, budgetary constraints and staff/resource utilization.
  • Is responsible for the coordination and completion of projects that are limited in scope and/or specific to area of assignment; develops and monitors project budgets and resources; interfaces with clients to define project scope and review project activities, recommendations and outcomes; coordinates the use of project resources based on project requirements; designs and implements project testing and quality assurance processes. Project-related duties may include:
    • determining and developing cost benefit analyses for project justifications; developing projected budgets and resources needed to conduct the work; evaluating risk concerns and options; providing technical input into the development of specifications for “requests for proposals” pertaining to external services; reviewing vendor submissions and providing recommendations on vendor selection;
    • monitoring vendor performance to ensure compliance with County specifications; ensuring project compliance with County procedures or protocols, budgetary constraints and staff/resource utilization;
    • serving as the primary client interface on assigned projects; reviewing recommendations with clients and receiving approval to proceed; reviewing final outcomes with the client and obtaining their sign off that all work has been conducted in accordance with client requirements;
    • coordinating the activities of contract personnel and/or vendors, consistent with project plans; identifies and resolves obstacles to progress;
    • designing and directing project testing and quality assurance processes for assigned projects;
  • Coordinates information technology activities of County department(s), division staff, and/or vendors consistent with project plans; identifies and resolves obstacles to progress, prepares for and manages delivery and installation.
  • Prepares technical documentations, procedural plans, reports, correspondence and other documents; participates on committees and task forces; attends meetings, conferences and training sessions.
  • Builds and maintains positive and professional working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, vendors, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Exercises technical or functional supervision over technical and/or para-professional staff. Exercises functional supervision over other professional staff on a project basis.
  • Provides technical and functional supervision of contractors/vendors.
  • Provides after hours technology support as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Functional Assignment Areas

(While the majority of duties assigned to a position typically fall within one of the following areas, incumbents may also be assigned duties that cross multiple areas)

 

When assigned to Business Systems Analysis/Application Development (In addition to general duties) duties may include but are not limited to:

 

  • Interacts with clients to analyze their business requirements and recommends technology solutions; identifies and maps business processes; gathers user requirements and translates non-technical business requirements from the Business Process Analyst or other assigned management staff into technical software specifications.
  • Writes application and/or system design specifications, designs application and/or system flow diagrams, schematics, file structures, reports, forms and menus; prepares a definition of the problem, the desired output, and performance requirements.
  • Coordinates design, development and implementation processes with system programmers, network analysts, database administrators, and server administrators to implement new or modified application software.
  • Designs, develops and maintains websites, including the design of website navigation and application frameworks and creates database connections.
  • Performs various system quality assurance activities; tests, troubleshoots and debugs system issues using appropriate technology; prepares and executes testing plans to validate functionality and resolve issues.
  • Serves as main client interface on all aspects of application development projects. For third party software, coordinates project activities with vendors; maintains effective communications with users regarding vendor activities, problems, status, timelines and other details; ensures compliance with County specifications and drives resolution of identified software bugs and deficiencies.
  • Writes, revises, and maintains computer programs based on established specifications, using various computer languages and/or database platforms.
  • Conducts training pertaining to the use of new applications or systems for users and/or other information technology staff.
  • Provides professional systems support to users of particular applications.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances; position occasionally requires travel to other locations. Work environments may include noise, dust and/or unpleasant odors, marked changes in temperature and humidity, and may occasionally require work in confined spaces. Occasional evening, holiday and/or weekend work may be required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One year of experience with applications and operations of computers.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in computer science, information technology or a closely related field.  Additional relevant technical experience that demonstrates the ability to perform analytical duties in assigned technology area may substitute for the required education on a year for year basis. Possession of one or more approved information technology certificates and/or completion of other approved technology-related training may substitute for some or all of the required education.

Required License or Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Depending upon assignment, demonstrated technical competency and/or certification pertaining to the information technology used by the appointing department may be required.
Notice: Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • General operations, services, concepts, terms and activities common to a comprehensive, state-of-the-art information systems program.
  • Principles, methods and techniques used in designing, developing, testing and implementing computer hardware and software systems.
  • Data processing techniques, including the types of hardware and software currently used to process data with different levels of complexity.
  • Structured analysis and database concepts.
  • Computer hardware and software systems similar to those being used by the hiring department.
  • Tools and equipment used in testing the functionality of computer applications.
  • Principles and practices of troubleshooting computer hardware, software and network problems.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.
  • Methods and techniques of developing and presenting technical documentation and training materials.
  • Principles and practices of record keeping.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and equipment.

Ability to:

  • Gather, analyze and evaluate data and information in order to reason logically, draw valid conclusions, take appropriate actions and/or make appropriate recommendations.
  • Learn to research, design, implement and maintain various hardware and software technology solutions, including new technology, in order to improved County processes or services.
  • Communicate technical information to a wide variety of users.
  • Learn, interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Recognize that changes made on a local level can affect services and equipment at the system wide level and take appropriate precautions.
  • Plan, organize, prioritize and process work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Learn and utilize specialized terminology if needed by the specific assignment.
  • Interpret and apply technical information pertaining to computer and network systems.
  • Adapt quickly to changes in policies, procedures, assignments and work locations.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during the course of the work.
  • Learn to prepare and maintain documentation for procedures, processes, and tables related to area of assignment.
  • Read, comprehend, and retain technical information on computer products and systems.
  • Provide on-call service during off hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Functional Assignment Areas

When assigned to Business Systems Analysis/Application Development (In addition to general knowledge and abilities) knowledge and abilities may include but are not limited to:

Knowledge of:

  • Information system development lifecycle and design principles using flowcharting techniques and prototype development tools.
  • Basic principles and practices of business operations and work flow analysis.
  • Various programming and scripting languages.

Ability to:

  • Learn to conduct business process and needs analysis and propose technology solutions.
  • Learn to develop information system designs, flow charts, report layouts and screen designs.
  • Learn to read and interpret source code from one the County’s commonly used programming languages; develop a working knowledge of new programming languages.
  • Troubleshoot and repair a variety of application issues using appropriate program testing methods and tools.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Mobility – frequent standing or sitting for extended periods; frequent walking; frequent to occasional twisting; occasional pushing/pulling, bending, kneeling, squatting, climbing and crawling.

Lifting – frequent lifting up to 20 pounds, occasional lifting up to 80 pounds.

Vision – constant use of good overall vision for reading/close up work; frequent use of color perception and eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision.

Dexterity – frequent repetitive motion from writing and using a computer keyboard; frequent grasping, holding and reaching.

Hearing/Talking - frequent hearing/talking to others on the telephone and in person.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.

SUBSTITUTE LISTS

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.

EMPLOYEES OF OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES

Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic charact