The work involves responsibility for maintaining and monitoring data communication networks in support of data processing systems linking participating user agencies to the central computer in Onondaga County. Under the general supervision of the Data Communication's Manager, an employee in this class performs technical duties in the planning, implementation and maintenance of the on‑line data communication network for users of the Onondaga County computer. Various systems include the Onondaga Law Enforcement Information System, the on‑line system of county departments, and interfaces with outside agencies. Work is reviewed by weekly conferences. Direct supervision is exercised over a small number of professional employees such as Systems Programmers. Does related work as required.


Uses and maintains monitoring software to analyze the affect of new or updated applications and systems on the network.

Uses the information from monitoring software to determine the effects of tuning procedures on the network.

Modifies the appropriate components of the network software to incorporate now application software and new or upgraded hardware into the network.

Maintains network security to ensure that users have access to only their applications and data.

Performs network testing to insure that the desired level of network performance is maintained when new or upgraded data communication software, related systems software, and new hardware is incorporated into the network.

Advises and assists operations personnel in respect to techniques for efficient operation of the network and the resolution of problems encountered.

Advises and assists programming staff in writing on‑line applications and in modifying and maintaining on‑line applications.

Assists technical support staff with software that has an impact on the data communications network.


Thorough knowledge of computer processing systems, principles and methods of application.

Thorough knowledge of programming and systems analysis as it applies to electronic data processing, with specific emphasis on data communication networks.

Good knowledge of communications methods applied to data processing transmission networks, such as line control and time sharing techniques.

Some knowledge of principles and practices of supervision.

Ability to analyze communications problems and recommend, implement and evaluate solutions.

Ability to plan and maintain data transmission networks.

Ability to train personnel in the methods of network equipment operations and in understanding software utilized.

Ability to plan and supervise the work of a staff of technical subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

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Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Systems Programmer or Systems Analyst.


A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Baccalaureate Degree in Electronic Data Processing, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, and three (3) years of full time professional level work experience in Systems Analysis or Systems Programming one (1) year of which must have been in Systems Analysis or Programming in the area of Data of Network Communication; or,

B) Seven (7) years of full time paraprofessional of professional level work experience in Electronic Data Processing, at least three (3) years of which must have been in a professional capacity in Systems Analysis or Systems Programming and one (1) year of which must have been in Systems Analysis or Systems Programming in the area of Data or Network Communications; or

C) A satisfactory equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

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