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SOFTWARE SUPPORT SPECIALIST

SUMMARY:

The Software Support Specialist is responsible for developing computer applications from detailed requirement specifications. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

Writes or follows a program specification using structured code to develop an application software program to production status.

Responds and assists users with questions and concerns relating to a particular area, such as hardware, software and network stations.

Develops and maintains current expertise in a variety of application software packages.

Installs, configures, and maintains network, hardware, and software at various levels, and tests and debugs programs as necessary.

Prepares program logic layout, data flow outlines, and narrative descriptions in developing applications.

Evaluates and makes recommendations for necessary adjustments to applications to satisfy user requirements, and provides recommendations on the purchase of user hardware/software.

Assists in planning, preparation and conducting seminars on software, hardware, network, or other computer related topics.

Assists other Software Support Specialists in the coordination of activities associated with computer support services.

Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of application programming techniques and the execution and maintenance of automated information systems. Knowledge of data structures and the ability to learn new programming languages.

Knowledge of Visual Basic, Javascript, HTML, XML, Web Services, SQL, JCL, CICS, IMS, DB2, Business Intelligence Configuration and Design, Scripting Languages, and Configuration Management Tools. Ability to modify and document program code to correct errors or enhance program capabilities. Ability to test programs and make amendments. Ability to devise or modify procedures to solve complex problems. Ability to prepare documentation for users of the system. Ability to coordinate work activities.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, or a related field; plus one year of experience in computer software programming or a related field.

Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.

OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.


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