Applications Developer Job at Sacramento, Sacramento County, California

Applications Developer

City of Sacramento , California

Job Information 


Information Technology

Mid Level


$74,642.92 - $97,937.98 Annually

Application Deadline 


10/28/2020 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



Under general supervision, the Applications Developer performs a variety of professional, technical, and analytical duties involving the design, development, testing, implementation, administration and support of new and existing small and medium sized systems and databases in a multi-platform environment that includes mainframe, client server, distributed and web based systems.


This is a journey-level-professional classification populated with multiple incumbents. The Application Developer's responsibilities involve concepts of systems analysis and design, programming, testing, implementation, and maintenance of new and existing systems. The Application Developer classification is distinguished from a Programmer in that the former performs an increased degree of difficulty of work that requires a greater level of technical knowledge to perform assigned tasks. This classification is distinguished from the Senior Application Developer in that the latter serves as team or project leader and possesses a higher level of technical knowledge and skill.


Supervision is provided by an Information Technology Supervisor or higher-level manager. The Application Developer does not supervise.



  • Assists in planning information technology related projects involving applications, systems, and processes.
  • Assists in designing and/or creating database structures.
  • Participates in developing data migration/conversion techniques for system(s) conversions or upgrades.
  • Participates in the support of existing systems, applications, and databases by responding to user requests for service, enhancement, modification or information and training.
  • Identifies functional requirements for enhancement of existing systems.
  • Assists in monitoring databases and systems for potential problems; documents problems and solutions to assure more efficient database operations.
  • Maintains various tables to ensure that software functionality meets organizational and legislated policies and procedures.
  • Creates and maintains the documentation of the City's business applications.
  • Provides end users with training and continuing support for applications, systems, and databases.
  • Codes and/or tests programs and resolves related problems in small and medium-sized systems.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed may necessarily be performed by each individual holding this classification.



Knowledge of:

  • Fundamentals of business process and software design; relational and distributed database technology; networks and communications; and project management.
  • Software development methodologies and life cycles.
  • Current trends in information technology software, business systems, hardware, networks, and communications.
  • Commonly used programming languages, databases, and operating systems on multiple hardware platforms.
  • Application development and structured analysis methods; data modeling theory and methods; disaster planning and recovery techniques; debugging and error detection.
  • Software applications such as finance human resources, utility billing, geographical information systems, and permitting.
Skill in:
  • The use of design and testing tools and methodologies
  • The use of various desktop tools
  • A variety of programming languages, databases and operating systems on multiple hardware platforms
  • The use of relational and distributed database technology
  • Maintaining good working relationships with a variety of city staff at all levels
Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively orally and in written format in a variety of situations and formats; make group presentations
  • Analyze and develop logical solutions and alternatives to problems
  • Train others; coordinate and facilitate work with others
  • Carry out multiple tasks simultaneously

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years applications development and/or database management experience in a multi-platform environment.

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Information Technology or a related degree.

Additional years of experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.


Should education be used to qualify for this position, then proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to by the final filing deadline. If submitting via fax/email, please include your name and Job # 010703-IT-20-1 on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted by the final filing deadline.


Driver’s License:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.



Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
  • Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees must be submitted online with your application, emailed to, or sent to the Employment Office by fax by the final filing deadline.
  • Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position.
  • If you’re requesting Veteran’s credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran’s credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C
2. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

3. Training and Experience Test: (Weighted 100%) – The Supplemental Questionnaire located at the end of the application is the Training and Experience Exam. Only the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will become candidates and their supplemental questionnaire will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. Therefore, your responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough and complete because the exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the supplemental questionnaire, please note:
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaires will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.
4. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list.

5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.

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