HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 19-60
Opening date: September 3, 2019
Closing date: December 31, 2019

TITLE: IT Specialist (APPSW), IS-2210, Grade 7; $50,171 - $65,224 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - Financial Management Department
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is only open to eligible candidates residing in the local commuting area.

Note: First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date. Selection will be made at the grade 7 level. This is a career ladder opportunity with promotion potential to grade 12. The selected candidate may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade level, up to grade 12, upon the recommendation of the supervisor based on classification requirements, satisfactory performance and qualifications of the employee.


This position provides end user production support and the overall design, development and integration of core financials, project management, and human resources applications.


Duties may include, but are not limited to:

1. Participate in many other aspects of the software development lifecycle: requirements generation, design, code, verification and test, and maintenance, as well as overall integration of software modules and other subsystem components, both commercial and custom.

2. Support frequently requires troubleshooting and research into reports, process, interfaces and data structures, both delivered and customized.

3. Contribute to design of software following SAO Computation Facility (CF) and SI Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) software design standards, applicable vendorís literature, and established CF practices. Assist with software development interpreting specific software project standards and developing software documentation accordingly, ensuring compliance with applicable standards.

4. Verify and test all generated software and maintain code as part of an overall system.

5. Obtain data necessary to define application and system by working closely with technical and administrative staff.

6. Perform other assignments as required.


To qualify for this position you must possess knowledge of and experience with enterprise financial systems, SQL, Web services, Web-based and database applications development in a multi-user Unix/Linux systems environment; Unix/Linux operating systems and utility software; ability to write concise, readable, user- oriented documentation for software and/or hardware systems, and to write system maintenance documentation; and, ability to work effectively and cooperatively with end users and other technical staff. In addition, candidates must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 5 in the normal line of progress for this occupation, which should demonstrate basic knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials and Human Resources suites or other similar enterprise applications; basic knowledge of relational database management systems and database design concepts; basic knowledge of SQL; basic knowledge of one or more of the principle programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, Java Server Pages, Perl, PHP, and VisualBasic; knowledge of CSS, HTML and XML; and basic knowledge of system software development lifecycles; familiarity with security issues distributed in Windows system.

Experience as a trainee providing basic help desk support to users of PeopleSoft Financials and Human Resources suites or similar enterprise applications would be qualifying at this level.


Applicants can meet the basic requirement to qualify for this position through possession of education or experience. If qualifying based on education, all academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

1 full year of graduate level education OR be eligible for the superior academic achievement provision when it provided the applicant with the criteria necessary to do the work of the position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS

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