ICT Senior Software Developer - Grade VII

The Senior Software Developer can work from Tusla Offices (Tusla operate from office locations nationwide) around the country but will be required to attend meetings in Dublin on a regular basis.   Permanent
Closing Date: 08/02/2018 12:00   IT, Communications and Software
Salary:  See Description for Details


Job Description

About Tulsa:
The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:
• Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
• Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
• Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
• Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
• Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
• Services related to the psychological welfare of children

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

About Tulsa ICT
Tusla has one of the largest ICT networks (managed by the HSE) in the Public Service with almost 4,500 users in over 400 locations. Tulsa are currently developing an ICT strategy and propose to build a team of highly skilled technical professionals that will be tasked with providing the innovation, systems and service required to support Tusla in delivering its services and achieving its business and strategic objectives.
The ICT team will be responsible for delivering the following core expanded functions:

• Applications: Implementation of an application solution architecture and software development capability within the ICT unit to develop innovative applications that support the work of Tusla and assist staff in maximising the use of technology to work efficiently and effectively.

• Infrastructure: Expansion of the current infrastructure team to provide the resources and capability required to ensure Tusla develops and maintains a technical infrastructure that is secure, highly available and fit for use.

• Data: Establishment of a new Data & Analytics function to provide data management and analytics capabilities that support Tusla in obtaining the data analytics and visualisation required for evidence based planning, policy development and programme evaluation as well as gaining administration efficiencies by implementing data management best practice across the organisation.

• Service Delivery: Expansion of capabilities to become self-sufficient in the delivery of ICT services based on ICT service best practice (ITIL) and establishment of a quality driven service delivery function providing users with the ICT devices, systems and support they require to efficiently perform their role.

Job Objectives

Overview of the Role
The Senior Software Developer will work as part of the Applications team in developing solutions to support the work of Tusla and assist staff in maximising the use of technology to work efficiently and effectively.

The Senior Software Developer will primarily have responsibility for the design, development and maintenance of web application and Rest API solutions based on the Microsoft .Net technology stack. The role will also involve configuring forms, rules and workflow for Tulsa’s Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint systems.

Tusla’s Application Development Architecture
Tusla deliver a wide range of Child and Family programmes many of which are currently supported by manual administration processes. Tusla are currently implementing a platform based on Dynamics CRM and SharePoint that will support the core work of the Agency; however in addition there is a requirement to develop a range of ancillary and related systems for both internal and external user on both traditional and mobile devices.
Tusla are establishing an internal software development team (to be led by the Applications Manager) and have recently finalised a set of web application architecture and coding guidelines. In summary the Tusla development architecture will be based on:
• .Net, MVC and SQL Server
• Model View Controller design pattern using code driven design
• ASP.Net MVC authentication with OAuth Integration and programmable SMS integration for 2FA (using twilio)
• JavaScript libraries such as to AngularJS, KnockoutJS and BootStrap for rich and responsive web UI
• HTML5 and JavaScript based UI controls libraries
• Microsoft SharePoint
• Rest API for interoperability with external partners

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The role requires an experienced applications developer with a strong technical skillset in .Net, MVC, SQL Server, Web UI and API development.

Software Development
• Design, development and maintenance of web application solutions using Microsoft .Net technology stack.
• Developing API solutions to support the integration of Tusla’s systems with systems used by our partner organizations.
• Configuring forms, rules and workflows for Tulsa’s Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint systems.
• Contribute to researching emerging software development related technologies and progress innovation.

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack attached to this campaign for full detail.

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:
 Have a third level qualification in Software Development, ICT, Computer Science,
Engineering or a related discipline or a related professional qualification (e.g. Microsoft
Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).
 Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a .Net web applications development with
expertise in MVC and entity frameworks.
 Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience of Web UI development with expertise in
Javascript, jQuery, HTML5 and CSS.
A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of
undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would
indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.
Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good
Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant
within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not
classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

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