Information Technology Systems Architect

Modified: October 23, 2017 9:15am

COUNTY OF ERIE - DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
invites applications for the position of:

Information Technology Systems Architect

#19-209 - Open Competitive (open to the public)

Salary: $90,000 -$110,000 Annually
Opening Date: October 23, 2017
Closing Date: November 15, 2017
Application fee: $20.00

Residence Requirements:

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS:  THERE ARE NO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill one anticipated vacancy at the Erie County Medical Center.

Examples of Duties:

An Information Technology Systems Architect plans, desigs, implements and advises on highly-technical aspects of the Information Technology strategic direction of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation; 

Participates in the development of ECMCC’s Information Technology technical strategic direction, incorporating ECMCC’s mission, goals and budget;

Plans, designs and implements new and updates to information technology hardware, software systems and processes in order to ensure organizational success in technical strategy;

Performs analysis on current systems and technology in order to recommend potential changes or enhancements that will assist in adhering to technological strategic direction;

Creates processes and procedures for integrating new information systems with existing systems;

Ensures compliance with applicable procedures, laws, rules, regulations and accreditation standards in creating and implementing the technical direction;

Assists in creating and implementing policies and procedures to ensure systems and technology support organizational goals, financial objective and information technology security needs;

Defines and performs functionality tests; reviews and analyzes tests results and develops corrective solutions;

Participates in daily technical operations work such as systems analysis and engineering, network design analysis and engineering, application analysis, security analysis and general technical troubleshooting;

Oversees the maintenance of ECMCC’s fleet of information technology equipment;

Trains and leads lower-level staff on the implementation of new technology;

Assists in developing annual budgets and short- and long-term planning and manages applicable vendor contracts;

Prepares and presents various reports related to systems and related technology;

Keeps abreast of industry information and trends related to information technology systems, attends and participates in continuing professional education courses and programs;

Attends and participates in meetings, committees, seminars, training sessions and in-services.

ADDITIONALLY, IF ASSIGNED TO NETWORK FUNCTION: Creates firewall rules, performs VPN configuration and assists virtualization team with remote access concerns related to network or network security; performs troubleshooting of data networks ; ability to perform packet captures.

ADDITIONALLY, IF ASSIGNED TO VIRTUALIZATION FUNCTION: Creates and configures virtual machines; oversees balancing of server workloads across host servers while complying with licensing limitations.

ADDITIONALLY, IF ASSIGNED TO DATABASE ADMINISTRATION FUNCTION: Assists in web application development to include current markup languages, scripting languages and relational databases such as SQL; creates and maintains databases as needed, including maintenance plans and performance optimization; works with other IT staff to ensure database backups are maintained and maximized for database availability and uptime.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must meet the following requirements on or before December 13, 2017:

A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s Degree and two (2) years of experience in healthcare IT systems analysis or network engineering which included clinical systems analysis or informatics analysis, one (1) year of which included administrative or supervisory experience; or:

B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and four (4) years of experience in healthcare IT systems analysis or network engineering which included clinical systems analysis or informatics analysis, one (1) year of which included administrative or supervisory experience; or:

C) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s Degree or sixty (60) semester credit hours and six (6) years of experience in healthcare ITsystems analysis or network engineering which included clinical systems analysis or informatics analysis, one (1) year of which included administrative or supervisory experience; or:

D) An equivalent combination of training and experience as set by the limits of (A), (B) and (C).


Notes:

NOTES: 1. *Administrative experience is defined as the responsible planning, management and control functions of an organization or organizational unit including the development and/or approval of operating policy and procedures. 2. **Supervision – Responsible direction and control of subordinate employees.  This involves the assignment of work, approval of work, training, evaluation and discipline of employees.  The supervisory aspects must be an integral part of the job, not incidental or occasional.   3. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements. 4. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. A grade of "D" or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee.

Notice to Candidates:

Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.

All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

A medical examination may be required before appointment.

VETERANS: PROOF OF SERVICE MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE LIST IS ESTABLISHED TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL POINTS. (See application for more information.)

NOTICES TO APPEAR FOR THE EXAMINATION ARE MAILED APPROXIMATELY ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION DATE
NO CELL PHONES ARE PERMITTED AT THE EXAM SITE.

Examination date:

December 13, 2017

Applications Must Be Postmarked By:

November 15, 2017

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. 

 

Subjects of Examination:

The examination will consist of two parts: a rated evaluation of training and experience and a qualifying PC-administered test. You must pass the evaluation of training and experience in order to take the qualifying PC-administered test. You must pass both tests in order to be considered for appointment. Only your rating on the evaluation of training and experience will be considered when computing final scores

Rated Evaluation of Training and Experience

You will complete a questionnaire that asks for specific information on your information technology education (formal degrees, IT-related training courses, certifications) and experience. You will also be asked to briefly describe a significant achievement in each of the job's areas and to provide the name and contact information for someone who can verify your information. The information you provide about your experience will be rated against the following areas:

User Support

Network Administration

Data Communications

Business/Systems Analysis

Qualifying Tests:

Only a sufficient number of candidates needed to fill the present vacancy will be called to take part in this qualifying portion of the examination. As additional vacancies occur, other candidates who pass the evaluation of training and experience will be invited to take the qualifying tests. 

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Qualifying Multiple-Choice Test of Logical Reasoning and Interpreting Instructions for Computer-Related Positions

These questions test for ability to reason logically and interpret instructions in a computer-related context. They cover verbal and quantitative reasoning, flowchart interpretation and applying written directions. The verbal and quantitative reasoning questions include logical implications (e.g., if A and B, then C) and relations (e.g., greater than). Knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is necessary, but neither mathematical sophistication nor computational speed is needed. The flowchart interpretation questions require prior knowledge of flowchart conventions. The interpreting instructions questions provide the instructions and specific rules for applying them. All the information needed to answer the questions is presented with the questions.

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Qualifying Simulation Test on Working Effectively with Others to Solve Job-Related Problems

This test requires candidates to assume the role of a staff member in an Information Technology work group who is working with colleagues during a time of change in policy or procedure, in a particular agency. During the test, candidates will be required to deal with obstacles within the working environment, which includes peer relations and the demands of handling multiple tasks. Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to be flexible, creative and persistent as a team player. They will also need to demonstrate the ability to cooperate, show initiative, and establish positive working relationships with peers and administrators.

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Qualifying Simulation Test of User Support and Training

The test requires candidates to assume the role of a staff member in a Help Desk support unit. Candidates will be presented with a users problem. During the course of handling the problem, candidates will be required to: demonstrate communication skills, apply troubleshooting practices and tools, determine the appropriate level of training needed by the user, and educate the user on the proper use of computers.

 

Qualifying test scores may be banked and applied to future examinations for titles that require the same test plan.

WAIVER POLICY FOR QUALIFYING TEST: If a candidate has previously passed an IT qualifying Test prepared by the New York State Department of Civil Service within the last two years and using the same test plan as announced, the qualifying test may be waived. A candidate requesting such a waiver must submit verifiable evidence of passing the qualifying test, including the name of the Civil Service agency that administered the test and the test date.

Retest Policy:  Candidates who fail the qualifying PC-administered test may request one retest by writing to the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Personnel.  A waiting period of 6 months is required before the retest is administered; scheduling for retests  is based on needs to fill a present vacancy.  

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES WHO ARE ALSO TAKING ANOTHER CIVIL SERVICE EXAM(S) ON THIS DATE (See Below)
(IF YOU ARE TAKING 2 OR MORE ERIE COUNTY EXAMS ON THIS DATE IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CALL)
INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

APPLICATION FORMS: You may obtain these forms in person at the Erie County Personnel Department, Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo. Forms are also available in the libraries and at Town, Village and School District administrative offices.

Mail your application form when completed to the Erie County Department of Personnel, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

Candidates who submit incomplete applications and documentation may be disqualified. The Erie County Department of Personnel reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period.

MILITARY STATUS: Active duty military personnel may file an application for this exam. A special military make-up examination will be conducted for any member of the armed forces of the United States who has duly filed a timely application but who was deprived of the opportunity to compete in the scheduled exam due to active military duty. Special conditions apply to these requests and may be reviewed at the Erie County Department of Personnel.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled veterans as defined in Section 85, New York State Civil Service Law, will have 10 and 5 points, respectively added to their earned scores if successful in the examination. You must claim these credits when you file application but you have an option to waive them any time prior to appointment. If you have already used these credits for a permanent position in NYS, you may not claim them again.

In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent their taking examinations before sundown on Saturday and physically handicapped candidates who require special examination facilities should so inform the Erie County Department of Personnel, by a separately mailed letter at the earliest possible date before the test.

MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. **For this exam, please complete and submit an Erie County EXAMS CROSS-FILER Form with your Erie County exam application to alert Erie County Civil Service about your additional exams being held at other locations on the same day.** The Cross-Filer Form is found online at: www2.erie.gov/employment/index.php?q=applications or call (716) 858-8484. All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test will be conditional as review of application for minimum requirements may not be made until after the written test. Call or write this Department if you have not received your notice 3 days before the date of the test. You may not be admitted to the examination room without official notice.

RATINGS REQUIRED: Tests are rated on a scale of 100 with a passing mark at 70. Unless the announcement states otherwise, you must pass the written test and the oral test, if any. Test instructions may further divide the tests into parts and set minimum standards for each part.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: If a subject of the examination, training and experience may not be rated if all passing candidates are expected to be immediately reachable for appointment. If rated, training and experience will be based on the statements in your application subject to verification. If this examination includes a qualifying written test, candidates admitted to the test will have conditional approval only. Final decision regarding the qualifications of candidates rests with the New York State Department of Civil Service.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: You may be required to take a medical examination to determine if you are medically and physically capable of performing the duties of the position. In accordance with State Law, Governor’s Executive Order 6, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended the County of Erie does not discriminate against handicapped persons in access to employment, during employment, or in any of its programs and activities.

VERIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates may be investigated or called for an interview to verify information contained on the application. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience may be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

ELIGIBLE LIST: The eligible list resulting from an examination may also be used for appointment to the same title or to any other title deemed to be similar and appropriate. Eligible lists are active for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years from the date established.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Candidates may be subject to a thorough background investigation to determine suitability for appointment. Applicants may be required to authorize access to educational, employment, criminal history and other records check as part of such investigation. Criminal convictions or other offense are subject to evaluation and may result in disqualification. Applicant will be required to submit the necessary fees for the fingerprint processing, where required.

**IMPORTANT APPLICATION FEE - READ CAREFULLY**

A $20.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.

All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification: form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement. The form is available at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY (Room 604) or can be downloaded from the County’s website at www.erie.gov. Click on “County Departments and Agencies”, then “Erie County Civil Service.”

This examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service,
and held in compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law
and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service.

Frequently Requested Information

Contact

Phone: (716) 858-8484
Erie County Civil Service Exam Line: (716) 858-8729

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 6th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202