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It Senior Mainframe Developer - Olympia/remote 🔥


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve, and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity.

We are searching for an expert Senior Mainframe Developer to maintain mission critical applications in support of the DCYF Mission to “protect children and strengthen families so they flourish.” Our IT Team enjoys a creative, collaborative, and inviting office environment full of dedicated and talented individuals all working toward a common goal. We are dedicated to our vision, that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community."

The Opportunity:
Are you an Application Developer who is searching for a way to put your skills towards a noble cause? Come join us and support our mission-critical applications where you will lead development activities, enhancements, functions, and features. This individual will design, develop, and maintain DCYF IT technology platforms, and serve as a subject matter expert in Mainframe Development. If you enjoy working on a team of hard-working individuals who are connected to a noble mission, we encourage you to apply and join our DCYF IT family.

Some of what you will get to do:

  • Create, upgrade, maintain, enhance, and test existing applications using Unisys, COBOL, UCOB, MCB TIP Programs, and ECL.
  • Perform database administration tasks for Unisys mainframe database such as data modeling, data architecture, sustainability, training, and mentoring.
  • Participate in iterative process improvements regarding the System Development Life Cycle.
  • Design and develop interfaces with business partners.
  • Use software development methods and tools to integrate and support custom-off-the-shelf software and services.
  • Evaluate Commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS) and Software as a Subscription (SaaS) solutions to make “build or buy” decisions to integrate, and accelerate development of new and existing systems.
  • Recommend, design, and develop technical solutions.
  • Collaborate with DevOps teams to ensure regular, controlled deployment of updates to existing database driven applications.
  • Decompose high-level business and user requirements into functional requirements.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex application, interface, and data related issues.
  • Monitor health and function of applications, react, and respond to problems.
  • Participate in technical reviews, design reviews, and functional documentation reviews.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science or closely allied field including 9 semester or 15 quarter
hours of computer science courses


Two years of experience Problem solving as a developer designing, developing, or maintaining large-scale applications with mission critical business functions using Unisys COBOL, UCOM, MCB TIP Programs interfacing with Web Services, 2200 Executive Control Language (ECL), DMS 2200 database software, SSG, and supporting tools or .NET C# SQL Reporting Services, Transact SQL, Web based programming, and supporting tools.

Experience can substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.

In addition to the requirements above, our ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following experiences, knowledge, and abilities.
  • Experience maintaining and supporting IT applications in a 24-hour availability situation.
  • Agile Training or Certification.
  • Experience with SSPS or other payment systems.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Team Foundation Server.
  • Knowledge of DevOps concepts related to configuration management, automated testing, continuous integration, and continuous delivery.

Ready to apply?
To be considered for this position you must complete your applicant profile and attach the following to your applicant profile.
  • Letter of Interest describing why your skills and experience make you the best person for the job
  • Resume
To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.

Supplemental Information:
Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a condition of employment. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to become/remain a DCYF employee. You may request an accommodation if you are unable to meet the requirement due to a medical or religious necessity.

The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple opportunities.

DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or (360) 280-4751 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

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