Applications Development Manager

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on May 13, 2022
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As the Applications Development Manager you will be in charge of the information technology management of the ACCESS Sonoma County initiative, which employs the use of multiple enterprise applications across various County Safety Net departments, to support the health, safety, and well-being of our community.  You will be responsible for the coordination and assignment of resources from the ISD applications team as well as the vendor, IBM; and be the ISD project manager liaison for a wide variety of business applications used in several County departments.  While you are in this role the support model can vary, and may involve the RFP process and procurement coordination, and leading new software implementations or performing upgrades.  Additionally, the services you will be coordinating include programming, software and solution development, and vendor and product management.

At an Enterprise level, the Applications Development Manager participates as a member of the ISD management team, helping set and implement strategic plans for the department, in support of the County’s strategic goals and direction. In order to effectively oversee team members and work closely with multiple County departments to ensure the business needs of the County are being met, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Significant professional-level experience with IT software development and project management methodologies, including recommending solutions to business problems
  • A broad programming and technical background
  • Proven application development skills
  • Working knowledge of newer technologies such as Cloud architecture
  • Strong team building skills and knowledge of team dynamics
  • Effective written and oral communications skills with the ability to connect well with all levels of County staff.


Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:


  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits Directory.
The County of Sonoma Information Systems Department employees 117 staff who provide technology solutions that support and enhance the service delivery systems of Sonoma County. Please visit the department's website:
Please note: This position will be required to have access to secure department facilities and/or view data or work with information systems for these departments. This requires that a more extensive “Security Clearance” be performed, after hire, by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. Successful completion of the probationary period will be contingent upon passing the security clearance, which includes a Live Scan fingerprint based check of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) criminal records. If you are offered a position which requires a security clearance, the job offer letter will clearly specify this as a condition of the probationary period.

We are currently transitioning from a public health order to a County Telework policy. At this time, under the direction of our department head, we may work up to three days remotely and two days on-site per a week. Some positions may require more on-site presence. 
This recruitment is being conducted to fill a position in the Information Systems Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list.  Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.  The Civil Service title for this position is Information Systems Project Manager.



Minimum Qualifications


Education: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in computer science, information systems, electrical engineering or a closely related field would provide this opportunity. Additional highly relevant experience, formal training, and/or certifications directly related to area of assignment may be substituted for the required education.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, four years of technical professional experience involving systems analysis, programming, systems support, systems engineering, or similar field in a multi-platform information systems environment, including two years of experience either supervising other employees or functioning as a team leader on various projects. Specific experience related to the work of the assigned division may be required.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Considerable knowledge and understanding of: the inter-relationship of mainframe, PC, LAN, Network and telecommunications systems including hardware components, software applications, operating systems, and documentation; methods to analyze and recommend business solutions to meet customer needs and requirements; principles, methods, and techniques of systems analysis; techniques, tools, and principles of project management. Depending on assignment: database design; structured coding and analysis; application development products; specific programming techniques and languages; computer operations, including operating systems and software products; local and wide area network design, management, and operation; methods and techniques of troubleshooting hardware, software and inter-connectivity problems; principles of data security; methods and techniques of providing support to users; design and maintenance of wireless communication systems; telecommunications systems and applications including voice, data, video, fiberoptics, and other components.

Working knowledge and understanding of: requirements and methods of procurement, contract negotiation and preparation; principles and practices of personnel supervision and management; budgeting principles and procedures.

Ability to: plan, organize and manage the activities of assigned staff; design, coordinate, and manage complex projects, systems, and/or operations; adapt to and plan for changes in technology and work environment; analyze customer's problems, develop effective business solutions, and prepare cost estimates; work cooperatively and effectively with staff, customers, vendors, and the public; perform a variety of tasks in a consistent and accurate manner; analyze and evaluate information, problems, and situations and develop an effective course of action; prepare clear, concise and accurate oral and written reports.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.