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Senior Applications Programmer

Overview

Evaluates defined complex client area requirements and processes (e.g., new, enhancements or maintenance), develops/prepares application programming solutions that may involve diverse development platforms, software, hardware, technologies and tools. Works under general supervision.


Responsibilities
  • Evaluates systems specifications for complex business requirements and develops/prepares computer solutions.

  • Determines and implements the most efficient and cost effective solution consistent with procedures, quality standards and existing resources (e.g., codes new or modified programs, reuses existing code through the use of program development software alternatives or integrates purchased solutions). 

  • Acts as a liaison between clients and applications area to ensure a clear, mutual understanding of business processes, requirements and project status.

  • Analyzes problems outlined by Systems Analysts in terms of detailed equipment requirements and capabilities to determine appropriate solutions and develops detailed program specifications.

  • Prepares test data for trial runs to verify program logic. 

  • Oversees module as well integrated testing activities as assigned.

  • Collaborates with Systems Analysts, Operations technical staff and IS staff to test and debug programs. Participates in the overall systems testing to ensure coordination with all participants.  Conducts module testing and works with project team during the QA and end user acceptance testing.  This involves explaining systems flows and functionality, responding to issues (verbally and in writing) as well as implementing fixes.  

  • Works with Operations technical staff, and supports the implementation of the application into production to ensure operational validity, reliability and/or integration of programs. Monitors system performance and response time and review database to insure integrity.  May be called upon to provide direct user support through a system implementation as well as provide instructions to end users, tester or trainers on system features or functionality

  • Confers with technical staff to resolve issues, obtain better understanding or coordinate activities.

  • Provides procedural and programming guidance/direction to less experienced Applications Programmers to develop their knowledge and ensure their adherence to standards.

  • Participates in special projects and performs other duties, as required.


Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, a related discipline or the equivalent required.

Experience:

  • Minimum of four years of progressive applications program development experience required.

  • Broad knowledge of the system developmental life cycle and a general knowledge of client area’s functions/processes/systems, technical knowledge of two platforms (mainframe, mid or microcomputer) and one applicable programming languages (e.g., COBOL or CICS, ORACLE or PEOPLE TOOLS, VISUAL BASIC or JAVA) for each platform (or one platform and two languages), job control language (JCL) and application program development alternatives required.

  • Effective oral/written communication and analytical skills, and the ability to make sound judgments and work effectively with clients and IS management and staff required.


ABOUT US

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organizations, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost-effective health care in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, health plan members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. On any given day, VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, home health aides and other professionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to approximately 40,000 individuals in our care helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.