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Date: Dec 10, 2017

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Houston Independent School District

Specialist Applications Developer - BI (IA)JobID: 45435
Position Type:
Closing Date:
11/16/2017
Technology Professionals/Applications Developer
Date Posted:
8/16/2017
Department:
Information Assessment & Analytics
Date Available:
08/16/2017
Location:Area:Job Category:
Hattie Mae White Bldg.NorthwestTechnology Professionals
Job Code:Contract Type:Months:
30003563None12
Salary Minimum:Salary Maximum:
$73,427$97,291

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  • Specialist Applications Developer – BI (IBM Cognos) (IA)- IT0055
Position Title: Specialist Applications Developer – BI (IBM Cognos) (IA)

Contract Length: 12 Months

Date: 9/29/10

Date of Last Revision: 08/11/17

Job Code: IT0055

Pay Grade: T13

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Family – Information Technology

JOB SUMMARY: The team’s primary products include: An Enterprise Data Warehouse; business intelligence dashboards and reports used by thousands of teachers, principals and administrators; a ‘Power User’ Reporting Environment; and dozens of integrations to/from internal and external systems

Conducts analysis, design, evaluation, modification, testing and implementation of enterprise-wide systems across functional areas. Provides product usability, evaluation and support to development teams, including the analysis and investigation of applications/systems, graphics, web, multimedia, voice response and conversational user interaction. Creates, evaluates and modifies prototypes to support evolving software application development. Leads internal and external clients with Internet, intranet, or extranet-based applications, multimedia applications, database interactions and data modeling tools. Works on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles. Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Contacts pertain to significant matters often involving coordination among groups. May work on issues that impact design success or address future concepts, products or technologies. Often serves as a consultant to management.

Manages, develops, integrates and implements related applications components, including front-end development, server-side development and database integration. Plays a direct role in programming, maintenance, technical support, documentation and administration of the applications. Establishes and communicates standards to manage cost and ensure continuity of applications. Develops and applies software design/usability processes in the investigation of technical problems.

Use of this job family outside of centralized IT requires approval from the Chief Technology Information Officer.

MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

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1. Designs/creates Cognos dashboards and reports according to defined standards. Plans and directs studies of applications and prepares design proposals to reflect cost, time and alternative actions. Develops test plans and protocols for evaluation of system performance. Develops design documents, test plans and documents results. Conducts analysis of systems specifications and uses analysis/diagramming tools to represent business/technical processes. Develops conversion and system implementation plans. Prepares and obtains approval of system and programming documentation. Recommends changes in development, maintenance and system standards. Coordinates system upgrade activity. Trains user personnel in the conversion and implementation of the system.

2. Creates and maintains Cognos packages in Framework Manager.

3. Promotes packages to Production using Cognos Import/Export utility.

4. Creates and maintains Cognos jobs.

5. Creates, refreshes and supports Cognos Transformer models and cubes to support timely operations.

6. Develops Cognos 3 tier models using Cognos FM for reporting purposes .

7. Develops with JavaScript/JQuery to meet requirements that cannot be delivered via Cognos.

8. Implements data level security in Cognos Framework packages and reports.

9. Documents technical requirements in standard formats.

10. Performs data analysis, identifies and escalates any data discrepancies.

11. Translates business requirements into functional requirements.

12. Assists users in generating ad hoc reports.

13. Performs testing as needed

14. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, relevant work experience of four years in addition to the minimum experience requirement of 12 years. Master’s Degree or some graduate work preferred.

WORK EXPERIENCE: 12+ years development experience, K – 12 education experience highly preferred, 5+ years’ experience in IBM Cognos reporting tool suite (Report Studio, Analysis Studio,, Framework Manager, Event Studio, Metrics Studio, Cognos cubes, Cognos SDK) including building/maintaining Cognos reporting security via SDK, Experience working with internal and external customers (vendors, users, SMEs), Experience working with end-users to develop business requirements; conducting business analysis including analyzing the comprehensive situation, understanding business practices and approaches and recommending business process changes, Experience with various SDLC techniques including Agile/Scrum, ETL experience with Informatica a plus, Experience with MotioCI, version control for IBM Cognos, Experience with Cognos Mashup Service

TYPE OF SKILL AND/OR REQUIRED LICENSING/CERTIFICATION: Developing/publishing packages using Framework Manager and validating dimensional models, Very good knowledge of multi-dimensional and OLAP concepts/techniques/ technologies, Strong Microsoft SQL Server RDBMS experience, Understanding of enterprise data warehouse and BI principles, Team player with strong verbal and written communication skills from both functional and technical perspectives, ETL experience with Informatica a plus, Experience with MotioCI, version control for IBM Cognos, Experience with Cognos Mashup Service, Certification in 2-3 IT disciplines, such as SAP, Chancery, PeopleSoft, C++, Java, XML, HTML, SPSS, VB, SQL, Access, ASP) preferred.

LEADERSHIP/SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Work Leadership. Regularly provides project management or team leadership to a group of employees, but does not have formal supervisory responsibility. Leading and directing typically involved monitoring work and providing guidance on escalated issues. Most of work time is spent performing many of the same duties they are leading. Exercises wide latitude in determining objectives and approaches to critical assignments. Specialist level positions are expected to provide work guidance, project management, technical advice, training, and mentoring to other employees. These positions are expected to share information with less senior positions and develop them to higher level positions.

WORK COMPLEXITY/INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT: Work is non-standardized and widely varied, involving many complex and significant variables including significant time spent planning, evaluating complex solutions and issues, and negotiating outcomes. Strong analytic ability and inductive thinking are frequently required to devise new approaches to situations where previously accepted solutions have proven inadequate. Position regularly makes recommendations to management on areas of significance to the division. Supervision received typically consists of providing periodic coaching, advice and feedback.

BUDGET AUTHORITY: Specifies requirements for a plan and/or budget.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Greater latitude and discretion is warranted in making decisions, which affect major areas of HISD and possibly the organization's public image. The job is constantly expected to apply creative solutions to complex problems and develop new ideas and concepts. Reviews and approves decisions and/or recommendations that may have a significant impact on the entire organization.

IMPACT OF DECISIONS: Decisions have considerable impact to multiple divisions or the organization causing risks or improvements to relationships, significant efficiencies or delays in operations, and/or significant financial gains or expenses. Errors are serious and difficult to discover, normally involve decisions not subject to detailed review and will result in excessive costs and/or significant project delays.

COMMUNICATION/INTERACTIONS: Negotiate and influence – interprets department strategies and services, resolves conflicts, influences outcomes on matters of significance for the division, conducts final negotiations and coordinates approvals/decision making below the executive level. Interactions are typically with customers, senior level professional staff, and managers.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS: Leads others in the resolution of highly sensitive and confidential issues on behalf of the department. Acts as a trusted advisor, and becomes involved in the customer's decision making process including presenting alternatives and information and applying persuasion and negotiation skills in the resolution of problems. Monitors customer service standards.

WORKING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unpleasant elements. Repetitive motion: Substantial movements of the wrists, hands, fingers, and/or upper body for sustained periods of time, including using extremities to drag, push, pull or grasp. Sitting: Particularly for sustained periods of time. Work is normally set to specified shifts. This position is expected to be goal and customer service focused. During times of emergencies, outages and project planned work; employees are expected to be on call and available until the event is addressed. During system conversions, extra effort may be required in order to ensure the roll out of the system is successful.




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