SOFTWARE ANALYST/PROJECT MANAGER- POSTING #13-40-1

  • Austin, TX
  • Full-time

Company Description

Agency Information

The Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. The agency's key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. The agriculture commissioner oversees the agency and is elected every four years. The current commissioner, Todd Staples, was first elected in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010.
TDA is a diversified state agency that provides value-added services through our regulatory and marketing and initiatives. TDA is headquartered in Austin and has five regional service offices, six satellite offices, six laboratories and six livestock export facilities.

Mission: TDA's mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives. 

Job Description

CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Systems Analyst IV                                SALARY: B23 $4,834.00-5,300.00/MO.

CLASSIFICATION NO:  0257                                                                              FLSA:  Exempt

LOCATION:  Austin

 

JOB OBJECTIVE: Perform advanced project management and computer systems analysis work for the Texas Department of Agriculture(TDA). Project management work involves overseeing multiple projects and ensuring the team knows and executes their roles, adheres to scope and guidelines, keeps all stakeholders informed, and communicates key deliverables and issues to management.  Systems analysis work includes facilitating joint application development sessions; developing, documenting and communicating requirements for system enhancements or new systems to programmers; communicating program policy requirements to programmers; and working closely with Information Resources (IR) staff.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Develop, manage and maintain projects, project teams and budgets.  Manage risks and conflicts.  Facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables and project tasks.  Assemble and coordinate project staff and schedule project timelines.
  2. Provide direction and support to project team, implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs.
  3. Create and present project reports defining project progress, problems and solutions, consistently monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders.
  4. Assist end-users with documenting existing processes and benchmarking the times and resources associated with those processes.
  5. Use process maps, re-designed forms, and joint application design (JAD) sessions with end users to document detailed system and reporting requirements; gain approval from end-users on the requirements.
  6. Act as lead project manager on all new development/enhancement projects; including working with systems analysts and end-users to ensure all functions are properly tested, all defects are properly documented and tracked, and testing results are communicated to developers in a timely manner.
  7. Analyze existing processes for possible efficiencies and ensure the processes support statutes, rules and regulations; document the updated processes using process maps.
  8. Communicate system requirements and requirement changes to developers in a timely manner.
  9. Follow all IR documentation standards and quality assurance procedures.
  10. Keep staff, manager and IR leads apprised of project status, including any issues.
  11. Manage post-implementation benchmarking projects on major projects to document the time and resource savings found.
  12. Recommend improvements to procedures and standards used by IR.
  13. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  14. Follow all TDA safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met.):  

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (one year work experience related to the essential job duties may substitute for one year of college);
  • Minimum one year recent work experience as a project manager for IR projects;
  • Minimum one year work experience gathering and documenting requirements from end users;
  • Required to travel up to 5% of the work period.

Additional Information

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met.):

  • Knowledge of Project Management tools and techniques;
  • Knowledge of Application Software Development Lifecycles;
  • Knowledge of Project Management standards, Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing;
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels, including executive level management, vendors and a diverse group of constituents, both technical and non-technical;
  • Ability to foster a positive work environment, and provide leadership and high levels of motivation and accountability without authority;
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers;
  • Ability to effectively solve complex problems;
  • Ability to write and revise standards and procedures;
  • Ability to work successfully under pressure in a dynamic, multi-tasking environment;
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;
  • Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
  • Experience developing Gantt charts and Project plans;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.

 

ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:  Normal office work environment.  May require working some evenings and weekends, as needed.  Also involves travel, occasionally overnight. 

 

A skills exercise will be conducted at the time of the interview.

 

The Texas Department of Agriculture is an   equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,   color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in recruitment,   selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel   action or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities which   it sponsors.  Applicants should   communicate requests for disability-related accommodations during the   application process to our Human Resources Office at 512-463-7648.  1-800-RELAY TX (for hearing impaired).

 

Section 651.005 of the Government Code   requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective   Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a   condition of state employment.

 

As part of the employment process, TDA   may conduct a driving and criminal background check.  Unsatisfactory information relevant to the   position may disqualify the applicant from employment.

 

Only applicants interviewed will be   notified of their selection or non-selection.    Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application.

 

Website: www.TexasAgriculture.gov                  Email: hr@TexasAgriculture.gov

 

TDA participates in   E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if   necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each   new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
 
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* E-Verity Participation Poster (Spanish)
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  * Right to Work Poster (Spanish)

 

Employment

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) accepts applications exclusively through the WorkInTexas.com website. Fill out application form completely. If fields are not applicable, enter "NA." Do not leave any fields blank. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information about registering with Work in Texas and submitting an electronic application, you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the WorkinTexas website. Questions directly related to the job posting may be directed to TDA’s Applicant Services Office at (512) 463-7648.