Principal Applications Developer

  • City of Sacramento
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • May 14, 2018
Full time Government IT / Telecom

Job Description


Note: This position is open until filled. Proof of education must be submitted with your online application in order to be considered. Applications submitted without proof of education will be rejected and considered incomplete.

The City of Sacramento is seeking a Principal Applications Developer with sound project management and technical experience to lead the City's enterprise application system. This position is located within the Enterprise Applications Management Division of the Department of Information Technology and will be responsible for leading a team of application developers in providing complex innovative solutions to enhance business processes throughout the organization. This is a highly technical level position operating in a fast-paced environment. This position will be responsible for the development, configuration, and technical support efforts for managing various systems. The incumbent will be expected to work under tight timelines and competing priorities. This individual will also support the implementation of several large technology initiatives and projects that are aligned with the City's Digital Strategy. 

The Ideal Candidate will have advanced knowledge and hands-on experience with municipal software, business process analysis, configuration, programming, and project management. The Ideal Candidate will also establish, maintain and manage a city-wide project plan for all application functionality requirements including user interfaces and software customizations to meet the needs of the business staff across different departments and divisions. This position will also support new enhancements, and system/data reporting requirements and will make recommendations for implementing new system modules to better support the organization's mission. 

Under general direction, the Principal Applications Developer performs a variety of high-level professional, technical, and analytical duties involving research, evaluation, planning, requirements analysis, design, development, testing, implementation, administration and support of new and existing small and large scale systems and databases in a multi-platform environment that includes mainframe, client server, distributed and web based systems.

This is an expert professional-level classification populated with multiple incumbents. Principal Application Developers provide the highest level of business and technical expertise and knowledge in the performance of their duties. Incumbents are the recognized experts in their fields. The Principal Applications Developer is distinguished from Senior Applications Developer by the increased degree of difficulty of the work assignment, the greater level of business and technical knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the tasks, and the potential consequences of errors. The Principal Applications Developer provides project management and technical leadership, training and informal work direction to lower-lever Applications Developers. The Principal Applications Developer is distinguished from Information Technology Supervisor in that the latter is the first full supervisory level while the former, which may supervise as an incidental assignment, is the highest level technical expert.

General direction is provided by and Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology Manager or other higher-level management staff. Responsibilities may include supervision of technical, administrative staff or project teams.



  • Plans and manages major IT-related projects and leads project teams involving complex applications, systems and processes that have City-wide impact.
  • Consults with city staff on software development principles and techniques in order to design, develop and implement complex software applications to meet specific City business needs.
  • Monitors and tunes city databases and systems to obtain optimum performance; designs/creates database structures; develops and implements data migration/conversion techniques for system(s) conversions and/or upgrades.
  • Applies analytical and design techniques in order to develop new software or systems or modify existing ones; evaluates vendor products for applicability to the City's needs, budget constraints, and business objectives.
  • Prepares requests for proposals, feasibility studies, cost-benefit analyses, users requirements studies, policies, procedures and project plans.
  • Functions as the City's technical expert in areas such as systems requirements and analysis; application design, development, testing and implementation; and database administration.
  • Provides technical leadership to city wide IT personnel and end users through coaching, training and mentoring.
  • Performs other or related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principals and concepts of business process and software design; relational and distributed database technology; networks and communications; and project management.
  • Software development methodologies and life cycles.
  • Project management and planning tools.
  • Current trends in information technology software, business systems, hardware, networks and communications.
  • Commonly used programming languages, databases and operating systems on multiple hardware platforms.
  • Commercially available software, and application evaluation techniques.
  • Applications 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, permitting.

Skill in:

  • The use of design and testing tools and methodologies.
  • The use of various desktop tools.
  • A variety of complex programming languages, databases and operating systems on multiple hardware platforms.
  • The appropriate 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 complex problems.
  • Train and guide others; coordinate and facilitate work with others.
  • Plan and manage multiple tasks, projects, and various other resources simultaneously.



Possession of a Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field.



Six years progressively responsible professional experience in information technology including a minimum of three years at the advanced journey level.

Proof of Education:

Proof of education such as college transcripts and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, or fax to (916) 596-1556. If submitting in person or via fax, please include your name and Recruitment #001828-17-2 on your documents.

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 before you will be considered for any positions


Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver 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. 

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Office;

  • 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 past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 paid 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 required education and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, emailed to, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax at time you apply.

2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire:

  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaire 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.
  • Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee of further advancement in the selection process.

3. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

4. Conviction Questionnaire: Human Resources will notify candidates who met the minimum qualifications by email to complete and submit the "Conviction Questionnaire". The notification will provide each candidate with instructions on how to sign into his/her GovernmentJobs account and retrieve the "Conviction Questionnaire". Promptly follow the instructions and respond to the questionnaire within three (3) business days from the date of the email notification. Failure to complete this step by the deadline will result in your application not being forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

5. Interview Process: Human Resources will forward qualified applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. The Director will review the results, if necessary conduct additional interviews, and forward the recommendation to the City Manager's Office for final action.


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