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20-68 Application Designer (Systems Analyst V)

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Job Description Summary
Performs advanced (senior-level) planning and design work centered around the development of a Texas Water Data Hub, a web-based application for identifying, cataloging, and disseminating water information. Assesses the requirements of a data hub and of other similar efforts around the state to ensure coordination and compatibility of systems. Works with key Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) personnel and stakeholders to document and design an intuitive system based on FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data principles. Focuses on the human factors of a data hub, including how people would and should use the system, resulting in a clean and easy to understand user interface and a positive user experience. Works closely with application developers, data analysts, and managers to understand requirements and constraints associated with the project and to recommend a phased approach for development and implementation. Organizes and conducts meetings with stakeholders and key staff members and solicit feedback that will help shape the overall design elements of the system. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Deputy Executive Administrator of the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS).

Essential Job Functions
·        Works with the TWDB water data coordinator to conduct a water data inventory across Texas water agencies.
·        Develops criteria to identify the most important datasets for inclusion in the Texas Water Data Hub; rank and prioritize them accordingly. 
·        Defines and develops a user interface and data delivery, security, and scalability requirements for the Texas Water Data Hub.
·        Develops recommendations for data standards for different data types to be represented in the hub.
·        Develops a conceptual framework for ingesting or integrating data from each contributing data source into the hub.
·        Identifies, acquires, and/or develops software for data storage and cataloging as required by the project.
·        Works with developers to outline the data ingestion processes or the extract, transform, load (ETL) functions to input and maintain data in the system.
·        Convenes stakeholders to compile and formalize use cases of value to Texas water policy and planning.
·        Selects and develops conceptual frameworks for use cases based on stakeholder feedback.
·        Identifies potential data visualizations and tools for selected use cases and develop wire frames for data visualizations.
·        Develops story board designs that illustrate the user interface and use case functions.
  • Develops guidelines following FAIR Data Principles that set expectations for data sharing and use for stakeholders.
·        Works closely with data hub coordination team and developers to create data schemas and integration strategies
·        Produces and maintains detailed design and technical documentation and present solution briefings to management and other development team members when necessary.
·        Works with application developers and graphic designers to develop look and feel concepts.
·        Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
·        Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
·        Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
·        May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
·        Performs other duties as assigned.        

Minimum Qualifications
·        Graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Computer Science, Website, Graphic, or UI/UX Design, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, or similar.
·        Three to five years of experience with web application design, development, programming, or similar.

Preferred Qualifications
·        More than five years of experience with web application design and development.
·        More than 2 years of experience with UI or UX design.
·        Experience with graphic design tools/software and methods.
·        Experience evaluating and resolving complex business and technical problems across multiple disciplines.
·        Experience with agile methodologies or similar software practices.
·        Experience using source revision control, issue tracking systems, and continuous integration or similar systems.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
·        Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to TNRIS; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
·        Knowledge of the open web, e.g., CSS, HTML, or similar.
·        Knowledge of graphic design tools such as Adobe CS or similar.
·        Knowledge of data schemas, data mapping services, and Extract Translate and Load (ETL) processes.
·        Knowledge of relational database concepts, common data standards, and data management practices.
·        Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
·        Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
·        Skills in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
·        Skills in communication, presentation, and documentation for audiences of all technical levels.
·        Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave, and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
·        Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
·        Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
·        Ability to communicate both technical and non-technical issues clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
  • Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
·        Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
·        Ability to provide prompt, courteous, and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders, both verbally and in writing.
·        Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
·        Ability to manage multiple tasks.
·        Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
·        Ability and willingness to travel 5% of the time, primarily within the state of Texas.
·        Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
·        Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
·        Ability to train others.
·        Ability to learn new technologies and frameworks, adapt strategies when necessary, and get things done.
  • Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze data.
  • Ability to meet public/government officials to initiate collaborative efforts and to request data for integration into work products.