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Date:  Jan 14, 2022
Req ID:  13820

Little Rock, AR, US, 72205

Anticipated Starting Salary:  71,704

Position Number: 22177529 
County: Pulaski 
Posting End Date: Open Until Filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: 71,704

IT Department 


Hiring Authority:

#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 501/219-358

Email: jeffery.powell@agriculture.arkansas.gov


As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division.

Position Information

Class Code: D007C

Grade: IT08


Salary Range: $71,703.00 - $103,970.00


The Information Systems Manager works under general direction and is responsible for planning and directing resources in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the computer and network systems for the state. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Directs the activities of a professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate supervisors including: interviewing, hiring, terminating, reviewing performance evaluations conducted by subordinates, evaluating the performance of subordinates, and reviewing and approving/disapproving a variety of actions, policies, and procedures recommended by subordinates, preparing short and long range plans, preparing, implementing, and monitoring operational and biennial budgets. Coordinates team operations with other functions within the agency to ensure the development and implementation of operational procedures. Analyzes relevant new or revised laws and executive policies and coordinates with system users to evaluate current automated systems and determines what changes may be necessary to meet user needs and ensures compliance with statutory requirements. Directs the development of new or revised applications with appropriate entities by providing information on desired results, data base components, informational flow, interfaces with other systems, and screen and report formats. Evaluates the capacity and capabilities of the automated administrative system, investigates technological advances and the compatibility, availability, and costs of products, and develops short and long-range plans for the acquisition of computer hardware and software to support current and future statewide operations. Negotiates and develops vendor contracts for recommendation to senior management staff, designates performance standards and deliverables, and monitors adherence to contract specifications. Plans the implementation of diverse, new and/or modified software to ensure compatibility with existing system and testing requirements and recommend and enforce standards and procedures. Establishes schedules and priorities for system development and monitors development stages to ensure the validity of data and reports and adherence to deadlines. Resolves user or information system problems not resolved at a lower level by investigating the source of the problem and initiating corrective action including contacting vendors if appropriate. Attends legislative committee meetings to respond to questions and coordinates with legislative staff on the drafting and reviewing of legislation affecting statewide administrative processes. Implements special projects by assigning work activities, monitoring progress through supervisory personnel, and preparing status reports or making presentations as required. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the application of systems analysis and programming in automated information systems. Knowledge of state and federal fiscal, procurement, budget, human resources, and payroll laws and processes and administrative practices and procedures. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors. Ability to prepare and present oral and written technical information and reports. Ability to coordinate the development, implementation, and maintenance of information systems. Ability to research, analyze, evaluate data, situations, project outcomes, and resolve problems. Ability to draft legislation, interpret and apply laws, regulations, executive orders, and guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field; plus eight years of experience in computer support, plus three years of supervisory experience OR Completion of technical training in computer science, data processing, or a related field acquired from a vocational, military or industrial setting, plus eight years experience in computer support, plus three years of supervisory experience. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in MIS, Computer Science, or Engineering
  • Knowledge of Microsoft’s Power Platform
  • Fluent in .NET, Python, C#, C+ or Java languages
  • Knowledge of or certified in AWS, AZURE or GCP
  • Experience working with SQL and API connections
  • Knowledge of O365 suite
  • Five years of experience with MS Access development and maintenance
  • Knowledge of state-level Procurement, and Marketing and Redistribution (M&R) process
  • Knowledge of the state budgetary process
  • Experience developing and enforcing IT policy
  • Experience in a laboratory environment
  • Ability to identify and recommend new technology solutions
  • Excellent understanding of computer systems, security, network and systems administration, databases and data storage systems, and telecommunications systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with teams across the entire organization
  • Strong knowledge of project management principles
  • Relevant industry certifications


The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock