Strategic Information Systems Project Leader (#MADZ11)
$66,489.00 Yearly Min / $83,111.00 Yearly Mid / $99,733.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

This class is responsible for providing the project management expertise to allow for the successful implementation of Information Technology (IT) projects within the State of Delaware in support of various State agencies. Primary responsibilities include leading multiple projects at any given time, including business analysis, strategic process re-engineering, Cloud implementations, and application/hardware upgrades. Position will require an in-depth knowledge of industry and public sector methodologies for the successful implementation of IT projects. Incumbents are highly organized, articulate, detail oriented, has highly developed business acumen, and are comfortable leading and delegating within a cross-functional project team structure.

Nature and Scope

Supervision is provided by a technical/administrative superior. Duties include planning, organizing and managing a major information system project, assigning and monitoring the work of the project team, participating in the selection of contractors, conducting review meetings with users and writing reports. Principal contacts are with Department of Technology and Information (DTI), vendors and the client organization for the purpose of designing an effective information system.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Manages and participates in the development of documentation to include project requirements analysis, information needs analysis, alternate design approaches, cost/benefit analysis, cost and time estimates, programming and testing a major project of strategic importance.
  • Plans, schedules, prioritizes tasks, assigns, coordinates and reviews the work of assigned personnel.
  • Prepares project budget; writes requests for proposals for the services of contractors, participates in the selection process and administers ensuing contracts.
  • Conducts review meetings with users, monitors the project progress and budget, which may include the requisition process(es), and writes monthly progress reports.
  • Responsible for the documentation of data system logic flow, programming, computer operations and user manuals.
  • Reviews current technology on software and hardware, evaluates new products and makes recommendations for purchases.
  • Submit a business case to DTI for approval of any agency information technology (IT) initiative before work begins (this includes work to prepare and publish an RFP). 
  • May support a 24x7 operational environment, which may require extended hours, including engagement outside normal working hours.
  • May lead and/or support IT audit, IT security, and/or IT compliance activities.
  • Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of the mission, goals and business practices of the user agency.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, methods and techniques of system analysis, including information needs analysis, requirement analysis and design alternative analysis.
  • Knowledge of concepts, methods and techniques of system design, program specification preparation and computer programming.
  • Knowledge of the latest generation of programming languages and job control languages.
  • Knowledge of methods, concepts and techniques of supervision and project management.
  • Knowledge of System Development Life Cycle methodology concepts.
  • Knowledge of large scale computer theory, components, operation and configuration.
  • Knowledge of the clients' and DTI/State standards and procedures as they apply to Information Technology (IT).
  • Knowledge of scheduling and status reporting techniques.
  • Skill in the use of computer aided project monitoring.
  • Skill in the use of automated design tools.
  • Ability to prepare and monitor budgets.
  • Ability to plan, schedule, assign, delegate and monitor the work of a major project team.
  • Ability to plan and achieve short and long term goals.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, informative reports.
  • Ability to motivate project team members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare requests for proposals, interview applicants, participate in the selection process and administer contracts.
  • Ability to think creatively and to develop creative solutions to management information system problems.
  • Ability to prepare time and cost estimates.
  • Ability to conduct review meetings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to evaluate new products and make prudent recommendations for purchase.
  • Ability to address all requirements, convey realistic timelines, and ensure deliverables are met as expected.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Strategic Information Systems Project Leader
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Three years' experience in information systems design, configuration and implementation.
  2. Two years' experience in information technology project management which includes planning, scheduling, staffing, coordinating, controlling, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on status of IT projects.
  3. Coursework, training and/or work experience in staff supervision which may include performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others.