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  • 504403
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jan 23 2022 at 23:55 MST


Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.

Division of Technology Services (DTS)

Job Location:

Address:  1400 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $59,971.39 to $83,110.14 

Grade: 26

Closing Date: January 23, 2022

Job Summary:

Under general supervision of the team lead. the AZCCATS Mainframe Applications Developer will complete work assignments which include acting as a application developer performing complex analytical tasks, meeting with end users/customers, assessing business needs, defining and documenting system requirements, developing design specifications and system reviews. The position will coordinate IT work from inception to conclusion through the development and management of project plans, developing cost, resource projections, schedules and assessments of resources to determine any limitations that may prevent the timely completion of project deliverables.

Job Duties:

● Construct programs, prepare test plans and test data, conduct program and system testing to ensure specification compliance.
● Analyze overall system requirements, interfaces and constraints. Design and document systems in accordance with DTS development standards. Maintain solutions: Develop and document detailed specifications in accordance with DTS standard, to present at user review meetings.
● Gather and document system requirements through interview/studies, interface with customers for enhancements, maintenance and problem resolution on existing systems.
● Design efficient programming and testing methods; help other programmers and provide on-the-job training as required.
● Conduct end user demos, obtain approval of design documents, assess impact of changes to design, modify as required. Enhance competence of systems design and development skills and current technology. Attend project staff meetings, update project work plans and status reports.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

● Knowledge in multiple programming languages, multiple database management systems, and multiple development platforms, such as Natural, COBOL, CICS, TSO, JCL with ADABAS and DB2.
● Knowledge in principles and practices of system analysis and design.
● Knowledge in Software development life-cycle (SDLC).
● Knowledge in computer hardware, software, and operation systems capabilities.
● Knowledge in departmental policies, procedures, and standard for software development.
● Knowledge in Microsoft Azure Dev Ops.
● Knowledge in Agile/Scrum methodologies.
● Skills in oral and written communication
● Skills in analytics and problem solving.
● Skills in identification of problems, analysis, formulation of alternatives, and making realistic recommendations in a multi-platform environment.
● Skills in authoring design documents in collaboration with business analysts and project managers.
● Skills in writing and publishing feasibility documents, requirements documents, design documents, testing and training documents.
● Skills in conceptual design, modifications and documentation of projects.
● Ability to work independently and adapt to changing environment and technologies.
● Ability to assess progress and prioritize assigned work.
● Ability to analyze highly complex customer requirements or business problems.
● Ability to analyze complex user needs and design and develop effective modifications and/or system enhancements to existing and/or new applications.
● Ability to apply creative solutions to business problems to ensure business needs are most effectively met
● Ability to estimate a project and have interpersonal skills to work within a project team.

Selective Preference(s):


Pre-Employment Requirements:

● Bachelor's degree plus 5 or more years of programming and analysis experience (or equivalent experience).
● Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all
newly hired State employees.
● Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the
above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
● ARS 41-1969 Each employee or contractor of the department of economic security who is employed in an information technology position shall have a valid fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to section ARS 41-1758.07.
● Travel may be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) AND have an acceptable driving record for the last 39 months including no DUI, suspension or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. If an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months, a copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required prior to driving for State Business. Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.


We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Tuition reimbursement
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.

On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:

For questions about this career opportunity, please contact Frank Topor at ftopor@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480.536.3791. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.