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IT SYSTEMS TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

CONTRACTUAL

Recruitment #20-004488-0003

Introduction

Do you lead to inspire and are you committed to process improvement and meaningful change? At State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), we are building a team whose members thrive on imitative, creativity and challenge as the status quo. We want our customers to be able to utilize any of our services from the comfort of their own home. No more standing in line or spending money on stamps and envelopes! To accomplish these goals and more, we need someone with a genuine passion to lead an Information Technology team from supporting a mainframe to developing applications in the Cloud. SDAT takes public services seriously and is one of the leading agencies to great customer service. We need to modernize our legacy systems to leverage new technologies to become a complete customer-centric agency. We invite you to become a part of our team and make a difference in public service. Are you ready to make a meaningful difference in your community and pursue your career passion with a nationally recognized leader?  

ABOUT US   The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation was established in 1959 and was assigned the administrative functions formerly given to the State Tax Commission. The Department has broad responsibilities including:(1) assessing all real property in the State, (2) supervising the areal and personal property tax structure of the State, (3) creating and maintaining State records that establish corporations and other business entities, (4) administering programs for State property tax exemptions and credits, and (5) publishing statistics and reports.

GRADE

19

LOCATION OF POSITION

Department of Assessments and Taxation

Office of Information Technology

300 W. Preston Street, Room 403

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a full performance level of work on both the front end and back end of all State Department of Assessments and Taxation-Information Technology Systems applications. The main purpose of this position is to provide end-user support and application redevelopment of legacy mainframe applications to a cloud environment.

POSITION DUTIES

Plans, designs and develops improvements and new or advanced systems or applications across an entire area of specialization in application, communication, database or operating systems software technology; Performs in-depth analysis of various information technology alternatives to include consideration of technical matters, costs and compatibility with existing hardware or software, and prepares related narrative reports and technical documents.

Develops the structure, methodology and use for major elements of an information technology discipline for use across hardware and software such as data element dictionary, operating system customization user screen definition and use, program development tools and program generators; Monitors the use of the particular information technology discipline in order to determine advances and changes necessary to achieve desired goals.

Provides expert technical advice and guidance to information technology staff such as programmers, systems analysts, operators, technical support specialists, network specialists, database specialists, vendors and supervisory personnel and to departmental management regarding future directions, customization, software or hardware enhancements and software or hardware purchase recommendations in designated area of specialization.

Advises management in matters related to designated area of specialization to maintain efficient and effective information support functions by recommending solutions or alternatives to problems, new projects and changes in objectives in consideration of factors such as availability of resources, cost effectiveness and overall program policies and objectives; Analyzes, designs and models broad projects and studies requiring critical resolution of difficult information technology issues in designated area of specialization.

Performs special assignments such as feasibility studies which involve long-range planning and an understanding and evaluation of diverse technical options in designated area of specialization to determine the course of current and future information technology solutions, methods and standards; Keeps abreast of the state-of-the-art in the specific information technology discipline by reviewing technical journals, attending technical classes, conferences and user groups and maintaining regular communication with hardware and software vendors; Performs other related duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Management Information Systems or other information technology-related field to include coursework in application, communication, database or operating systems software technology.

Experience: Three years of experience designing, developing, testing, implementing and maintaining application, communication, database or operating systems software.

Notes:

1. Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and thirty credit hours from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Management Information Systems or other information technology-related field to include coursework in application, communication, database or operating systems software technology may be substituted for the required education.

 2. Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and one additional year of experience designing, developing, testing, implementing and maintaining application, communication, database or operating systems software may be substituted for the required education.

 3. Experience operating computer systems; or scheduling, controlling input and output to process data on computer systems; or evaluating, implementing and maintaining computer hardware and software; or converting data from project specifications by developing program code using generally accepted computer programming languages may be substituted for high school education on a year- for-year basis.

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

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Desired or Preferred

One year experience with Microsoft SQL 2014+ database development skills.

One year experience with AWS services such as: S3, EC2, VPC, Lambda, API Gateway, Cognito, RDS, Cloudwatch, CloudTrail, and IAM.

One year experience working with business systems analysis, legacy transformation, case management and secure web portal systems.

LIMITATIONS ON SELECTION

Must be willing to work in Baltimore City.

This is a CONTRACTUAL position.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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 Assessments and Taxation, Office of Human Resources Division, 300 W. Preston St., Room 511 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 Department of Assessments and Taxation, Office of Human Resources Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov or 410-767-1140, 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.