Sep 11, 2020

Software Engineer and Technical Lead (IT App Development - Senior Specialist)

  • DSHS
  • Lacey, WA, USA

Job Description


The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) is currently looking to fill a  Software Engineer and Technical Lead (IT App Development - Senior Specialist) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The  Software Engineer and Technical Lead position is the lead systems integrator for the FASS Team integrating COTS/SaaS solutions with existing systems and agency IT architecture. This position provides leadership in the areas of purchased solution architecture support, expert consultation, specialized configuration, application administration, testing, quality assurance, troubleshooting and/or problem resolution for the entire FASS Unit. This position may work alone, but more often leads teams of journey and entry level developers on larger applications, usually highly visible externally, which frequently involve dissimilar or new and evolving work processes and methods; unique solutions are frequently called for.
Top candidates would have provided IT support for software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, would have led technical teams, be good communicators with vendor, business, and technical staff, and have significant experience in computer application development and maintenance.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog. 
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

Agency Mission : Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Program Mission : The Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) is the central provider of strategic and tactical support for the use of Information Technology (IT) within Ecology. The mission of ITSO is to create and support useful technology services that adapt for the future and support Ecology's mission. 
Section Mission: The Enterprise Business Technology Solutions (EBTS) Section is responsible for planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of Ecology's agency-wide geospatial, environmental, financial and administrative applications and data systems. EBTS is comprised of four (4) application development units.
Unit Mission: The ITSO Financial and Administrative Systems Support (FASS) unit, part of the Enterprise Business Technology Solutions (EBTS) section, is specifically tasked with the mission to provide computer application architecture, requirements analysis, design, development, implementation, configuration, and maintenance support services for agency-wide applications in five main business functions:

Financial Services, Administrative Services, Executive office, Legislative and Inter-Governmental Relations, and Human Resources.  
This specific position is located within ITSO EBTS FASS Unit, reports to the Unit Supervisor, and works closely with other unit IT staff and IT vendors. This position supports the agency, ITSO, EBTS, and FASS missions by effectively acquiring, implementing, configuring, and maintaining agency-wide SaaS solutions that support Ecology's mission.
Some of the key work activities of the  Software Engineer and Technical Lead position include: Configuring and maintaining SaaS and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions. Leading the team of Application Developers who support SaaS and COTS solutions to meet diverse business needs. Working with Ecology employees to analyze and to meet Ecology IT needs. Developing and maintaining custom computer applications and interfaces between computer applications. Tracking customer support given, identifing common themes, and developing solutions to problems before the customers encounter them.  
Interesting aspects of this position: This position will help choose SaaS solutions and integrate SaaS solutions with existing Ecology solutions. The position will mature Ecology short and long-term SaaS support strategies. This position offers a variety of work activities, the satisfaction of seeing the positive impact their work produces, and the encouragement that comes from working face-to-face with the people who benefit from their efforts.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 6, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 5, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date .


Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or highly related field


Two (2) years recent professional level experience in computer application development and maintenance of medium to large scale systems.


An Associate's degree or higher in Computer Science; Information Technology OR completion of a two year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related program


Four (4) years recent professional level experience in computer application development and maintenance of medium to large scale systems.


Six (6) years recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance. Experience includes but not limited to analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming medium to large scale software applications.

Desired Qualifications:  

A Bachelor's degree with focus on programming/software development and/or engineering. Three (3) years of experience configuring SaaS or COTS software solutions. Four (4) years of information technology experience programming web-based software applications or developing information systems architecture using Microsoft development technologies such as C#/ASP.Net, SQL Server, and HTML5/JavaScript for mobile applications. At least two (2) of the four (4) years of experience should be within the last four (4) years. Professional experience programming, maintenance and/or support work for high risk software applications and databases.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth 

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Kevin Barbee at: Please do not contact Kevin to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

More than Just a Paycheck! Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits: The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
  Retirement and Deferred Compensation State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Holidays Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
  HOLIDAY DATE  New Year's DayJanuary 1 Martin Luther King, Jr's birthdayThird Monday in January Presidents' DayThird Monday in February Memorial DayLast Monday in May Independence DayJuly 4 Labor DayFirst Monday in September Veterans' DayNovember 11 Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November & Friday after Christmas DayDecember 25 Personal HolidayEmployee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information. Social Security All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Sick Leave Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.

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