CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
PROGRAMMER ANALYST PROJECT LEADER
(COBOL) (FORTRAN) (NATURAL)
This is computer programming and analysis work at the project leader level. Employees
in this class perform the most advanced work and direct the activities of a team which would
usually consists of three or less lower level programmer analysts during a series of projects.
Employees are assigned permanent systems responsibilities and satisfy computer requirements
of users. Employees work in the City's centralized computing agency or in an agency
characterized by two multiple central processing units, mainframe computers, a network of
telecommunication lines and provision of computing services by both mainframes to other city
departments. Employees specialize in a designated computer language. Employees work under
the direction of a technical supervisor.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Receives project assignments from supervisor; confers with supervisor to determine
objectives of the project, user requirements, time frames for project completion and the number
and type of personnel needed to complete the project; collects information necessary to develop
preliminary functional and/or systems specifications for user approval and to plan the work and
make subordinate assignments; assists supervisor in the selection of appropriate personnel for
specific projects; assigns parts of projects to programmer analysts for the duration of the
projects; assists other project members in completion of assignments; reviews analysis and
programming prepared by other project members to insure that work is complete and correct;
presents preliminary results of projects to supervisor; develops preliminary designs for
supervisor to present to users; participate sin presentations to users.
- Performs systems analysis for new or existing user application requests; meets with users
to discuss requests and user objectives; analyzes user requirements; determines how the system
that is to be computerized works manually or reviews the system specification and documentation
of an existing system to determine the current design; confers with system users and managers
and supervisors; prepares a needs or cost benefit analysis; develops systems logic and a flow
chart; determines what modules to include; designs the data base data, file and screen layout,
and determines record number and size; designs user access parameters to provide file security;
writes back-up and recovery procedure to protect against loss of data; evaluates paper flow, task
time, human resources and other external and interrelationship factors that will impact upon the
proposed or modified system; develops a preliminary program specifications, taking all the
collected data and information into consideration.
- Designs program logic to meet specifications and conformance to standards; codes
program in appropriate language; prepares program flow chart; determines the size and number
of files and records; tests programs; creates test data; checks input for accuracy and
completeness; troubleshoots existing programs to identify problems; periodically meets with
users to identify problems; writes narrative explanations of programs; prepares forms and
- May instruct lower level programmer analysts in new analysis and programming
techniques and methods.
- Meets with other city agencies and computer consultants and vendors regarding new
systems; assists other systematizing non-computer projects; trains operating departmental
personnel in the use of computer applications.
- Attends educational training sessions whenever appropriate.
- Performs the above in an environment using at least one of the specified computer
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the theory and practice of systems analysis.
- the theory and practice of systems design.
- the applications and techniques of programming for the
appropriate computer language.
- the principles, methods and techniques used in systems and
program flow chart preparation.
- the theory and practice of organizational analysis.
- the theory and practice of procedures analysis.
- documentation procedures.
- the uses, capabilities and configurations of
electronic data processing equipment, such as multi-central processing units, telecommunications
networks and such supporting devices as disk drives, controllers, printers and card readers.
- the methods and techniques used in the evaluation and
analysis of software, hardware and application systems to achieve efficient system utilization.
- the methods and techniques used in protecting systems
- management techniques used in project control and analysis.
- source code language programming and appropriate control languages.
- at least one data base management system, such as DL/1, ADABAS,
RAMIS DATABASE, ORACLE, IMS, TOTAL, IMAGE, or SQL.
- data base theory.
- either VSAM and KSAM file access methods.
- learn the applications of new software packages.
- interpret technical manuals and apply the information garnered from them.
- think logically and sequentially.
- present ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.
- direct a team of data processing personnel in completing a project within
accepted time limits.
- communicate data processing concept to non-technical personnel.
- analyze complex organizational and procedural problems.
- formulate systems recommendations to improve efficiency.
- prepare systems specifications for submission to programmer analysts.
- complete work within the confines of a time schedule.
- establish effective working relationships with associates, departmental and
administrative officials, supervisors, and other data processing personnel.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 3/89.)
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university, with
major course work in computer science, decision science, information science, or a closely
- Four years of experience performing computer programming and analysis work in the
area of specialization, one year of which shall have been at the full performance level.
Any combination of education and experience which has included completion of a
bachelor's degree program which has included or has been supplemented by eighteen (18)
semester hours of course work in computer science, decision science or information science and
which has been determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
Employees with permanent status in the classes listed below as of 8/23/89 can
substitute extra experience as specified above for the required education.
- Programmer Analyst Trainee
- Programmer Analyst I
- Programmer Analyst II
- Programmer Analyst III
- Programmer Analyst Project Leader
- Programmer Analyst Supervisor
- Departmental Computer Services Supervisor I
- Departmental Computer Services Supervisor II
- Systems Analyst IV
PAY RANGE: EP23
Class Established: 6/1983
Latest Spec. Revision: 11/1989
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 1E78