Lead Application Developer (ITAS6)

State of Washington Dept. of Enterprise Services - Olympia, WA3.4

Full-time$6,000 - $7,900 a month

Please note: The salary listed does not include the 2% Cost of Living Adjustment effective January 1, 2019

What you will be doing:
You will be leading development efforts for ETS as well as providing technical and organizational leadership in IT solutions delivery by setting high standards on software development process. You will work closely with the other ETS teams, including but not limited to Business Analyst, Desktop Support, Infrastructure and other business owner and/or executive branch that oversees all the applications for several or more agencies throughout the State of Washington. You will serve as a mentor, coach, and trainer to others. You will work toward the future of IT application and whenever required will lead and provide expert guidance to migrate the application and data to use cloud technologies.

Who we are looking for:
We want someone that possesses advanced technical as well as business knowledge and has a grasp of the overall impact of this specialty such that they are trusted by management to independently deal with high risk/high profile initiatives that may impact significant/fundamental services. You need to have the ability to translate technological options into business terms and interact with customers to create technology solutions for mission critical business problems.

Allow us to explain why you, a skilled professional, would want this unique job:
If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with a high performing team, and love the idea of being a mentor, constantly challenging yourself, and learning new things. If you enjoy staying busy, but like a variety of duties, we promise you won't get bored. If you want to work in a place that truly values you and your ideas to improve processes and allow us to exceed our customer expectations, this job is for you.

While you will work independently to resolve issues, you are part of a collaborative team that you will get to learn from as well as teach and share information with. Here, you will be encouraged to be yourself and trusted to handle situations.

If you are a creative thinker who enjoys working in an environment that is challenging, diverse, fast-paced, and unique we'd love to meet with you!

Who we are:
At the Department of Enterprise Services you will join a team that encourages creativity and works smarter. We do not believe in the notion, "this is how we have always done it", instead we actively embody, "how can we do it better?"

As a DES team member you are trained to listen to our customers and develop work processes around their satisfaction. We build and maintain a human centered culture, a work place where our customers are heard and matter and you are appreciated for the skills you bring to the team every day. We look for new team members who are dedicated to learning how we listen and understand our customer's expectations to create the solutions they need.

We are an agency passionately focused on "The Big Three":
Customer Satisfaction,
Team Member Satisfaction, and
Financial Health.
We measure our success and continually work to improve our performance based on these measures. We want to ensure both current and new team members see themselves in our Big Three, as well as our six key values (Download PDF reader) beginning with respect for people.


Some of what you will do will include:
Manages application lifecycle(s) and the customer relationship to help drive the strategic direction of the assigned portfolio.
Leads project team consisting of but not limited to developers, configurators and testers for a collection of applications.
Suggest a new framework, come up with the scenarios, and enable/influence teams to utilize them.
Coaches and mentors staff to grow their skills in multiple areas, solve complex problems, present completed staff work, and build a strong group dynamic.
Assesses training needs of staff and arranges for or provides instruction.
Works closely with customers/Business Analyst team to understand business needs of customers, establish priorities and coordinate the timely delivery of IT services
Own accurate costing for team's engineering activities, and execute with high accountability to schedule and quality.
Work with project managers, contracts specialists and business analysts on project charters, cost/benefit analyses, requests for proposals, and evaluation responses for major systems.
Analyze industry-wide trends and make recommendations for improvements and efficiencies in system performance.
Operate in a DevOps model while engaging modern engineering practices.
Ensure high quality code as per standards. e.g. including but not limited to enforcing Design Documents, Coding guidelines, Source control, Code reviews, error logging, monitoring solutions, automated Unit tests, integration tests, automating build and deployment process etc.
Ensure following tenets of development are considered as part of the design: Accessibility, Security, Privacy & Safety, Application compatibility, Performance and Manageability.
Ensure automated maintenance and monitoring tools are shipped with the application in a way that application support can be transferred to helpdesk team.
Leads cloud management strategies and design of the applications that will be migrated to the cloud.
Works closely with quality assurance staff to coordinate testing in order to ensure products meet requirements and standards.
Independently, or works with others, to develop alternative and innovative solutions and recommendations for complex technical issues.

(Experience may run concurrently)

Seven (7) or more years of software engineering experience. This experience MUST include:

Seven (7) or more years of software engineering experience.
Seven (7) or more years of experience working with complex systems projects that are strategic in nature.
A broad background in technology platforms and computing environments.
Excellent written/verbal communications skills and problem-solving skills.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.


A Bachelor's degree with major emphasis in information technology, computer science, or related field
Five (5) or more years of software engineering experience.
Five (5) or more years of experience working with complex systems projects that are strategic in nature.
A broad background in technology platforms and computing environments.
Excellent written/verbal communications skills and problem-solving skills.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • Experience may substitute for education
Ability to develop positive, productive, relationships with staff and stakeholders.
Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with diverse customers and stakeholders.
3 years of experience developing and enhancing applications using Visual Studio, .net or similar frameworks, including languages C#, C++. Python etc.,
3 years of experience developing web applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET using frameworks like MVC, Entity framework, OR similar technologies like Java, Angular, Bootstrap, etc.
3 years of experience testing or overseeing testing of applications.
3 years of experience with database development and performing data analysis.
2 years of experience using Microsoft Office Suite or similar product.

Master's degree with major emphasis in information technology, computer science, or related field.
One (1) or more years of experience leading professional staff.

Supplemental Information

Please attach the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

A letter of interest that shows your personality and voice to describe why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
Current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

NOTE: Prior to any new appointment into the Department of Enterprise Services, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded.

For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.

We thank you and are grateful for your service

The Department of Enterprise Services celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or jobs@des.wa.gov.