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Job Duties

This position serves the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (Council). 

Reporting to the Senior Director of Research and Policy, the Programmer / Developer provides systems analysis and programming support for state-level data submissions, state financial aid programs and ad hoc projects. The position offers opportunities for advanced training/professional development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Works with programmers in systems and design analysis.
• Maintains and updates existing front-end (C#/.NET) code for applications comprising the agency’s Financial Aid Management (FAMS) system and institutional data file submission system, along with other internally-developed applications.
• Designs, builds, tests, and brings to production new C# web applications using efficient, reliable, and reusable C# and Javascript code, along with CSS to provide intuitive and user-friendly interfaces.
• Supports the modernization of existing applications.
• Facilitates submission, edit checking, warehousing, and reporting on postsecondary institutional data submissions to the Commission through maintenance and development of web interface systems.
• Manages data intake, matching and validation for the statewide longitudinal data system.
• Provides technical support to users.
• Develops and maintains technical documentation for existing and future applications.
• Ensures implementation of appropriate data security and role-based data access protocols.
• Maintains currency of knowledge and skills relating to duties and responsibilities.
• Works collaboratively with other programmers in the division to develop standards and specifications for new and existing applications and contributes to a shared code repository.
• Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field and two years of related work experience are required.

However, an Associate's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field and four years of related work experience may be considered.

Experience must include web application development using C#, .NET framework, Javascript and CSS, as well as, application/web application documentation and training.

Experience with database programming via standard SQL or Oracle SQL+ and PL/SQL is preferred.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Ability to complete diverse tasks ranging from long-term, multi-stage development projects to fast-paced data requests accurately and on time.
Ability to complete time-sensitive projects while adhering to prescribed deadlines.

Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to learn new data analysis, visualization and reporting software. Strong problem-solving skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal acumen, and the ability to work collaboratively and productively in a team environment.

The ability to work with users to understand their needs and translate those into application features. Must be highly organized and detail oriented.

Institution Description

About the Higher Education Policy Commission

The Commission develops and oversees a public policy agenda for West Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. Comprised of a 10 member Board, the Commission works with institutions on accomplishing their missions and carrying out state procedures. A source of support for institutions and students, the Commission’s work includes academic affairs, administrative services, finance and facilities, financial aid, health sciences, human resources, legal services, research and analysis, science and research, and student affairs.


The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Legal Services
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Account
  • 401(a) Retirement Account with 6% Employer Matching Contribution
  • Voluntary Supplemental Retirement Accounts
  • Vacation Days
  • Sick Days
  • Paid Holidays
Application Due Date: 2021-10-25
Job Start Date: 2021-11-29
Salary: $45450 - $63300
City: Charleston
State/Province/Region: WV
Institution: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Reports To: Senior Director of Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Division of Research and Analysis

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