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Applications Developer Supervisor

We are looking for an Applications Development Supervisor to manage and oversee applications development staff.  This is a full time position with competitive benefits and a salary range of $70,000 to $86,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This position will be open until filled.

KPERS provides disability and death benefits to protect public employees while they are still working, and guarantees them lifetime benefits when they retire.  Our membership includes people from all walks of life in a variety of jobs with one thing in common - serving Kansans. The fiduciary standard is our guiding principle and driving force. That means we put the interest of our members first and foremost and are committed to providing them the best possible service.

Duties of the Position

Responsible for the direct supervision, including hiring and disciplinary actions, professional development, team building and evaluation for staff within the Applications Development Unit. Must establish and maintain a positive and effective team environment conducive to collaboration, communication and high morale.

Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the application development staff.  This requires the ability to coordinate tasks and assignments, set goals, monitor progress, and pursue improvements that allow the end user to be less dependent on IT for special inquires, or provide solutions that make the agency more efficient (ie., multiple use reports, modules/queries, etc.).  The incumbent will ensure succession planning is practiced so adequate staff are able to provide solutions and allow for staff absences.

Participate in KPERS’ information technology planning effort. Work with Information Technology and agency management in developing tactical and strategic plans in support of the agency’s mission and business plans. Plans will include the 3 year Information Technology Plan and the Business Continuity Plan.

For a complete job description call 785-296-1476 or email [email protected].

Benefits

  • Health, Dental, & Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid Holidays & Leave
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Covered Parking
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Education Required

An undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related field is required. A master’s degree in Computer Science or a related field is preferred.  Experience may be substituted at the discretion of the agency.

Experience Required

Five years of experience coding, testing and debugging application programs with three years of supervisor/lead worker experience in an applications development environment. Education may be substituted at the discretion of the agency.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of windows platforms using Object oriented programming languages like Embedded C and C++, C#, Microsoft .Net framework, Python, XML, SQL Server, Angular and web services and multithreaded programming.
  • Strong knowledge of Windows multi-tier application development, including a basic understanding of ‘Active Directory’, II-S web servers, n-tier technology and TCP/IP protocol.
  • Strong knowledge of relational database technologies including Basic Query Language (SQL), primary key and foreign key relationship, data normalization, table joins, stored Procedures, database tuning and database security.
  • Application Programming Interface (API) development skills.
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting services knowledge
  • Management of code deployment using Microsoft Team Foundations
  • Knowledge of Data Visualization tools
  • Ability to convey complex and sensitive information in an understandable manner.
  • Ability to problem solve with strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service.

To Apply

Complete these steps to apply for this job. All required documents must be submitted for your application to be complete.

For questions on how to apply got to Career Job Aids, email [email protected] or call 785-296-1476.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. More Info

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.  KPERS is an ADA/EEO employer.

 

Applications Developer

We are looking for an Applications Developer to provide support for the agency business applications system known as the KPERS Integrated Technology System (KITS). KITS involves online and web based modules and objects as well as database access. This is a full time position with competitive benefits and a salary range of $70,000 to $86,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This position will be open until filled.

KPERS provides disability and death benefits to protect public employees while they are still working, and guarantees them lifetime benefits when they retire.  Our membership includes people from all walks of life in a variety of jobs with one thing in common - serving Kansans. The fiduciary standard is our guiding principle and driving force. That means we put the interest of our members first and foremost and are committed to providing them the best possible service.

Duties of the Position

Provides KITS application maintenance support by resolving low to high complexity Problem Incident Reports (PIR’s) logged by staff. Works closely with the user community to determine the agency’s needs.

Works to develop new features and functionality within the KITS system. Performs technical troubleshooting of the existing system code. Research issues in order to manipulate data and rewrite objects, applying knowledge of computer capabilities and subject matter. Performs unit/system testing of the programs and software applications to ensure they will produce the desired information and that the instructions are correct.

Provides technical assistance to users by resolving problems associated with KITS functionality and data issues. Respond to problems within the KITS user community to assist them in resolving issues disrupting production work. Provide help desk support for the KPERS network by such things as troubleshooting and fixing/configuring hardware/software issues for the staff at KPERS and assisting employers/members that are having issues with connectivity to the KPERS websites.

Monitors daily batch and server processing. Runs batch jobs and assist in any ad-hoc activities, including running KPERS benefit jobs on a weekly and monthly basis.

Participate in KPERS’ information technology planning effort. Work with Information Technology Division and agency management in developing tactical and strategic plans in support of the agency’s mission and business plans. Plans will include the 3-year Information Technology plan and the business continuity plan.

Perform other duties and special projects as assigned in order to meet the objectives of the Information Technology Division and KPERS.

For a complete job description call 785-296-1476 or email [email protected].

Benefits

  • Health, Dental & Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid Holidays & Leave
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Covered Parking
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Education Required

Successful completion of 12 hours in computer science coursework is required. A bachelor’s degree in computer science is preferred. Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.

Experience Required

Two years of experience coding, testing, and debugging application programs is required. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

KPERS prefers candidates that have experience using C# ,“.Net”, Visual Studio or other object oriented programming such as JAVA, coding, testing and debugging application programs.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency in C# “.Net”, Visual Studio or other object oriented programming such as JAVA, coding, testing and debugging application programs.
  • Working knowledge of relational database technologies including a basic understanding of SQL, primary key and foreign key relationships, data normalization, table joins and stored procedures.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical language to users in an understandable manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships and team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service.

To Apply:

Complete these steps to apply for this job. All required documents must be submitted for your application to be complete.

For questions on how to apply got to Career Job Aids, email [email protected] or call 785-296-1476.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate
Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. More Info

KPERS is an ADA/EEO employer.  KPERS is not hiring individuals for this position who require sponsorship for employment visa status.

Manager of Training and Education

We are looking for a Manager of Training and Education to oversee KPERS statewide comprehensive educational program for members and employers, as well as Benefits & Member Services staff.  This is a full time position with competitive benefits and a starting salary range of $64,500 to 79,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This position will be open until filled.

KPERS provides disability and death benefits to protect public employees while they are still working, and guarantees them lifetime benefits when they retire.  Our membership includes people from all walks of life in a variety of jobs with one thing in common - serving Kansans. The fiduciary standard is our guiding principle and driving force. That means we put the interest of our members first and foremost and are committed to providing them the best possible service.

Duties of the Position

Develops, implements and administers educational and training programs for more than 300,000 members and representatives from about 1,500 employers, including general informational seminars, pre-retirement seminars for members, group counseling sessions,  annual employer workshops or conferences (general), annual workshops for new employer representatives, webinars, e-learning programs, one-on-one counseling and interviews.  Develops annual educational calendar and establishes and monitors performance objectives for educational and training programs.

Recommends new programs and expansion or refinement of existing programs to meet the changing informational and educational needs of members and employers. Includes programs designed to promote KPERS benefits by life or career stage, to improve knowledge of retirement benefits and planning, and personal savings or to establish employer outreach teams. Coordinates development and maintenance of educational and informational materials with Communications Officer and staff.

Promotes awareness of KPERS benefits and programs and coordinates retirement planning services. Plans and implements enhanced educational opportunities for members and employers which emphasize retirement readiness and integrating personal retirement savings with benefits provided by KPERS, the Kansas Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (KP&F) and the Judges Retirement System.

Manages and conducts presentations, seminars, e-education programs, webinars and counseling sessions as needed throughout the State of Kansas to members, employers and other stakeholders, including management responsibility for ensuring appropriate scheduling and staffing of events and presentations. Travels with education team throughout the state, occasionally outside of regular business hours, to evaluate effectiveness of educational programs and presentations.

Designs, implements and enhances training curriculums for KPERS Benefits and Member Services staff. Includes coaching, mentoring and developing Benefits and Member Services staff and overseeing new employee training. 

Provides personalized retirement information and assistance to legislators and other state and local elected officials by phone, in person or through written correspondence.  Completes special projects as assigned by the Chief Benefits Officer or Executive Director to carry out the mission and goals of the Retirement System.
Incorporates general knowledge of defined benefit plans, and specific knowledge of the KPERS, KP&F, and Judges’ retirement systems, personal retirement savings, the KPERS 457 deferred compensation plan, and new legislation into educational and training programs.  Emphasizes KPERS core values of service, integrity, respect, accountability, innovation and teamwork.

Manages the affiliation process for new and prospective KPERS and KP&F employers. Oversees affiliation applications and acts as a liaison between prospective employers and KPERS and its consulting actuary. Provide group and one-on-one counseling regarding KPERS benefits, transactions, forms and publications for newly-affiliated employers. 

Plays an active role in fostering an environment where team members are encouraged to share ideas, collaborate and innovate. Provides oversight and direction to Benefits and Member Services staff in accordance with established policies and procedures with emphasis on effectively delivering benefits to our members and provision of excellent customer service.

Responsible for the direct supervision, including hiring and disciplinary actions, professional development, team building and evaluation for staff within the Education and Training Unit. Must establish and maintain a positive and effective team environment conducive to collaboration, communication and high morale.

For a complete job description call 785-296-1476 or email [email protected].

Benefits

  • Health, Dental & Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid Holidays & Leave
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Infants at Work
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Covered Parking
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Education Required

An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in business, management, public administration or relevant field.  Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.

Experience Required

Five years of experience in public, retirement or benefits administration with two years of professional supervisory experience.  The agency prefers professional certification such as CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist), CAPPP (Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy) or similar certification. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public retirement administration or benefits administration.
  • Strong commitment to providing exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex benefit and statutory information in an understandable manner.
  • Ability to assist others to learn through formal or informal methods, to identify training needs and learning styles and to provide constructive feedback.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with others, including coping effectively with individuals who may be hostile or distressed.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to speak before large groups, the public and stakeholders and to tailor messages based on needs and knowledge of the audience.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships in a team environment.
  • Ability to interpret federal and State laws, regulations, policies and directives.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively manage workload of multiple, dynamic projects and assignments.
  • Ability to complete work under critical timelines to meet objectives and deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel with occasional overnight in-state travel.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.

To Apply:

Complete these steps to apply for this job. All required documents must be submitted for your application to be complete.

For questions on applying visit Career Job Aids, email [email protected] or call 785-296-1476.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate:

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. More Info

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.  KPERS is an ADA/EEO employer.

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Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
611 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603
Toll-free: 1 888 - 275-5737
Email: [email protected]


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