This class is responsible for the management of a section of Base Technology within the Office of Information Services or the Department of Health and Social Services.
Supervises technical experts in a 24 x 7 operation that provides for the installation and continuous support of all complex hardware/software associated with mainframe and client server environments.
Manages, directly and through teams, a staff to provide expert service in one of the following technologies: Database Software (e.g., Oracle, DB2), Disciplines (e.g., artificial intelligence, security), End User Computing (e.g., Word, Web browsers) and Platform Technology (i.e., hardware and environmental software, e.g., operating systems, system utilities, and system tuning), Profession Specific (e.g, CAD, and GIS) and Technology Science (e.g., Systems Development Life Cycle, Electronic Data Interchange, Image processing).
Nature and Scope
Supervision is provided by the Director of Base Technologies, OIS or the DHSS Manager of Base Technologies. Work includes responsibility for providing leadership and expertise necessary to plan, coordinate, implement and monitor the selection of technologies for managing information. Selections of technologies are performed in accordance with State architectural methodologies, policies and procedures. Incumbents are responsible for preparing and monitoring budgets, preparing management reports, maintaining state-of-art systems and planning for further requirements, through interaction with customers, clients, vendors and peers, and facilitation of teamwork, mentoring, and contract negotiation and resolution. Additional duties are recommending and participating in the selection of new products via the RFP process, acting as hardware/software advisors to State agencies including problem resolution and conducting short and long term planning for IT solutions. Principal contacts are with directors and managers, state IRM's and other state Information System personnel, managers and vendors.
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.
Ensures the unit's long and short term goals and objectives are met by establishing schedules and operational priorities and recommending new/revised policies and standards.
Provides adequate planning and coordination of unit activities to provide for new or improved service levels to users to include estimating hardware, software, personnel and time required for proposed projects.
Ensures employee performance is maximized to provide effective and efficient operations. Provides adequate and related training for new hires and current employees to ensure maximum performance standards and needed resources are available within budget.
Prepares, administers and monitors the unit's budget to ensure proper funding levels and justifiable expenditures; writes requests for proposals for contractual services and participates in the selection process.
Coordinates activities with directors and managers to ensure the provision of integrated services to customers.
Conducts meetings with staff and users to discuss work in progress and anticipated needs or problems.
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 concepts, methods and techniques of computer information system project management including project scheduling, staffing, coordination, control, monitoring, evaluating and status reporting.
Knowledge of multiple computer platform operations, hardware/software functions and capabilities.
Knowledge of the theory, components, configuration and operation of mainframe, large scale and client server and end-user platforms and their associated peripheral equipment.
Knowledge of the implementation, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and tuning for basic computer science software.
Knowledge of hardware/software acquisition policies and procedures.
Knowledge of a wide range of system software including knowledge of control programs controlling the operating system and database of applicable platforms.
Knowledge of the tools available which aid in the diagnosis of computer system performance.
Knowledge of the architectural policies and standards of the State.
Knowledge of state contractual policies and procedures.
Knowledge of the concepts, methods and techniques of systems analysis including information needs analysis, requirement analysis and design alternative analysis.
Knowledge of the latest generation of programming languages and job control languages.
Ability to diagnose complex technical problems and effect a solution
Ability to read and comprehend complex technical manuals.
Ability to translate technical terms into layman's language.
Ability to plan, schedule, assign, delegate, monitor and evaluate the work of a Base Tech unit.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Manager of Base Technologies Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Three years experience in information technology project management which includes planning, scheduling, staffing, coordinating, controlling, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on status of IT projects.
Three years experience in maintaining computer platform operations, components, configurations, and hardware and software functions for base technologies such as database software platform technology, disciplines, or technology science.
Knowledge of budget administration which includes managing, developing, analyzing and implementing budgets; developing strategic plans and establishing internal control.
Knowledge of contract administration which includes overseeing the development and negotiation of contracts and bid specifications; managing bid openings; awarding and executing contracts.
Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.