Senior Information Technologist

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $91,540.80 - $123,281.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Senior Information Technologist

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is accepting applications until the needs of the department are met. This recruitment may close as early as Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm.

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public and will be used to establish an Open Eligible List to fill an immediate vacancy within the OC Crime Laboratory. This eligible list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

Click here for OC Crime Lab website

This position is working as a supervisor over the OC Crime Laboratory Information Technology unit. This unit provides electronic reports to the public, the district attorney and the defense bar, all law enforcement agencies in the county, as well as receiving all forensic work requests for evidence from every law enforcement agency. The OC Crime also maintains sophisticated scientific software unique to forensics. This software manages all information in the laboratory, supports the main Laboratory Information Management System, interfaces with all chemical and DNA instruments, and supports the forensic reports and statistical data necessary for accreditation and criminal investigations. The supervisor and application developer that this position represents is critical to the operation of the Crime Lab and the casework delivery to all county law enforcement organizations.
This position will allow the successful candidate to supervise the OC Crime Laboratory Information System unit.

The Orange County Crime Laboratory (OCCL) applies sound scientific principles to the collection, evaluation and interpretation of physical evidence to support the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases in Orange County. There are five bureaus in the OC Crime Laboratory:
  • The Criminalistics Bureau which provides crime scene investigation (CSI) services; analysis of seized drugs; trace evidence analyses of items such as fibers, and fire debris; and firearms and tool mark examinations and comparisons.
  • The DNA Bureau analyzes biological material recovered in sexual assault, homicide and high-volume crime cases for DNA to identify suspects in those cases, and analyzes DNA related to the re-investigation of past unsolved homicide and sexual assault cases.
  • The Forensic Chemistry Bureau contains the Breath and Blood Forensic Alcohol programs, and the Toxicology Unit where criminal and coroner samples are analyzed for drugs and poisons.
  • The Identification Bureau provides field services for crime scene investigation, photo lab services, scene and evidence processing to recover latent fingerprints, and latent fingerprint comparisons.
  • The Cal-ID Bureau administers the automated fingerprint identification system to speed the identification of new arrestees and to link crime scene latent fingerprints with known criminals. They additionally assist in the identification of deceased persons.

The Information Systems Unit of the OC Crime Lab serves all bureaus, and provides comprehensive application and web development, full database design and services, networking and routing, connectivity, instrumental interfacing and programming for the Crime Lab. Most software and databases used by the laboratory were developed and authored in-house, including the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), websites for the public and law enforcement clients, purchasing and administrative applications, and database integration with other law enforcement clients. An understanding of scientific principles is not required for this position, but many of the desktop applications have scientific use as applied to forensics.

The ideal candidate will possess three (3) years performing systems analysis, application development, and database administration and a Bachelor's degree in computer science from an accredited university. The position is a working supervisor: will supervise IT staff but also personally handle day-to-day desktop application development, web application development, and daily IT operations with staff. Experience in both areas is desirable. Additionally, expertise would be demonstrated by the following competencies:

Technical Expertise
  • Application development experience in Embarcadero Delphi, C#, or C++.
  • Database administration including SQL language proficiency, especially Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Network administration experience including routing, firewalls, etc.
  • Experience programming with object-oriented techniques and languages.
  • Experience working with client-server application development on Windows-based systems, including familiarity with networking technologies.
  • Must be able to design, author and debug code; including code that others have written.
  • A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Windows server and client technologies.
  • Web application development (including ASP.NET) experience is preferred but not required.
Supervision/Leadership Skills
  • Experience leading a team and coordinating the activities of other application development, web designers, and network administration staff.
  • Maintaining excellent interpersonal relationships with staff, clients, and external vendors.
  • Establishing effective working relationships with management, employees, and the public.
  • Team-player with strong communication and interpersonal skills, possess a high degree of self-motivation and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Mentoring and providing technical assistance to other team members.
  • Experience developing detailed project plans for the implementation of new system or major application modifications, including responsibility for performing needs, analysis, developing requirements, defining resources, and determining timeliness from the completion of projects.
  • Acting as lead for researching new technologies, including creating and maintaining, processes, procedures, and coding standards for staff.
Problem Solving/Analytical Skills
  • Identifying and resolving challenging technical issues and problems through good judgment and decision making.
  • Proactively detect problem areas and recommending/implementing solutions.
  • Analyzing problems and proposing solutions while dealing with changing priorities.
  • Having experience with IT related Project Management.
  • Developing and delivering effective written and verbal communication with stakeholders.
  • Creating rapport and negotiating with vendors/department staff to correct or mitigate contract performance issues or conflicts.

PLEASE NOTE: The competencies listed above will be used to select the ideal candidate. Your application and answer to the supplemental questions should be descriptive, concise and highlight the areas you have developed expertise, matching your professional experience with the specific competencies listed above.

Knowledge Of:
  • Principles of lead supervision, including how to train and motivate staff
  • Advanced principles, methods and techniques used in designing, developing, testing and implementing information technology systems
  • Advanced operations, services, concepts, terms and activities common to a comprehensive, state-of-the-art information systems program
  • Project management principles and techniques such as organizing and managing a project, developing schedules, identifying critical paths, breaking down a project into individual tasks and delegating assignments to project staff
  • Computer hardware and software systems similar to those being used by the hiring department, including operating systems, security systems and backup/recovery systems
  • Advanced concepts and practices of restart and recovery (including disaster)
  • Advanced principles and practices of system security System development lifecycle and design principles using flowcharting techniques and prototype development tools
  • Advanced methods and techniques of evaluating business requirements to provide technology solutions
  • Various application and programming control languages
  • Structured analysis and other database concepts
  • Operational characteristics of local and wide area network systems
  • Operational characteristics of communication systems, equipment and devices
  • Tools and equipment used in testing the functionality of computer systems
  • Principles and methods of troubleshooting computer hardware, software and network problems
  • Principles and practices of customer service Methods and techniques of developing and presenting technical documentation and training materials
Ability to:
  • Assign, direct and lead the work of others
  • Perform advanced level systems analysis and administration duties, including network, server and platform administration
  • Coordinate and administer large, complex information technology projects
  • Gather and evaluate information in order to reason logically, draw valid conclusions, take appropriate actions and/or make appropriate recommendations
  • Analyze, maintain, administer, troubleshoot and repair a variety of system issues using appropriate program testing methods and tools
  • Communicate technical information to a wide variety of users
  • Troubleshoot and repair a variety of complex and difficult system issues using appropriate program testing methods and tools
  • Plan, organize, prioritize and process work to ensure that deadlines are met
  • Interpret and apply complex and technical information pertaining to computer and network systems
  • Adapt quickly to changes in policies, procedures, assignments and work locations
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during the course of the work

Education and Experience
College level education or training directly related to the competencies and attributes required of the position may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience at the rate of three semester units or the equivalent, equaling one month of experience and one hour of training equaling one hour of experience.

College level education or training beyond a bachelor's degree, which is directly related to the competencies and attributes required of the position, may be substituted for up to an additional year of required experience at the same rate identified above.

Three years performing systems analysis at a level that is comparable to the County of Orange class of IT Systems Technologist II.

Depending upon assignment, some positions in this class may require possession of a valid California driver's license, Class C or higher.

Special Requirements
Depending upon assignment, demonstrated professional level competency and/or certification pertaining to the information technologies used by the appointing department may be required.

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Senior Information Technologist classification.

For positions with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, candidates must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Sheriff's Department. Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony or be on any form of probation. All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a thorough background investigation to the satisfaction of the Sheriff's Department.

The background process begins with completion of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, a mandatory polygraph examination, and fingerprinting. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use, credit problems, employment history, professional references, and education verification (i.e., degree, license, or official transcripts). Foreign degrees require an evaluation for U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services (N.A.C.E.S.).

In addition, each candidate who receives and accepts a formal job offer will be required to provide a mouth swab specimen to be used for Forensic DNA Quality Control purposes. This specimen will be profiled and entered into the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) local DNA Database after analysis, and the information will remain confidential. The profile will be used to ensure evidence has not been contaminated by DNA from laboratory personnel; the collection swab and the resulting DNA extract will be destroyed after testing and entry into the OCCL local DNA Database.

The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for applicants who may have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a description of the physical and mental abilities, which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed for any questions.

Physical and Mental Requirements
Frequent standing or sitting for extended periods; frequent walking; occasional driving may be required, depending upon assignment; infrequent pushing/pulling; infrequent bending, kneeling, squatting and crawling; infrequent lifting up to 25 pounds; constant use of good overall vision for reading/close up work; infrequent use of color perception and occasional eye/hand coordination; frequent repetitive motion from writing and using a computer keyboard; occasional grasping, holding and reaching; frequent hearing/talking to others on the telephone and in person; frequent decision making and concentration; occasional public contact; occasional working alone. Additional physical/mental requirements or frequencies may be required, depending upon assignment.

Environmental and Working Conditions
Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment, but occasionally requires travel to other locations. Work environments may include high levels of noise, dust and/or unpleasant odors. Occasional early morning, evening, holiday and/or weekend work may be required.

Human Resources / Minimum Qualifications
The Sheriff's Department screens all applications to identify the most qualified candidates for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the Department. After the initial screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Applications must emphasize all the areas in which the applicant has expertise and accomplishments in the specific competencies related to the position.

Application Appraisal Panel / Application Rating (Refer / Non-Refer):
An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen all application materials and rate for job knowledge, competencies and related experience described above. The more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. (The information you provide will be used as a scoring device, so please be descriptive in your response. "See Resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information)

Written Exam: (Refer/Non-Refer)
Candidates need a passing score on this examination in order to continue in the next step.

The Written Exam is a short and medium written answer test consisting of:
  • Relational Database Concepts
  • Basic database design
  • SQL Language Programming
  • Computer science fundamental topics, algorithms, and object-oriented design basics
  • Programming (code) in C#, C++, or Delphi
Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%)
Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a qualification appraisal panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
After all procedures have been completed, the Sheriff's Department will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Only on-line applications will be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an on- line application. Application information must be current, succinct and related to the requirements in this job announcement. Please note that email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is on your application and only use one email account.
In addition, each candidate who receives and accepts a formal job offer will be required to provide a mouth swab specimen to be used for Forensic DNA Quality Control purposes. This specimen will be profiled and entered into the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) local DNA Database after analysis, and the information will remain confidential. The profile will be used to ensure evidence has not been contaminated by DNA from laboratory personnel; the collection swab and the resulting DNA extract will be destroyed after testing and entry into the OCCL local DNA Database.
Please see below for important information regarding COVID 19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with any State or County Public Health Orders which may apply as follows:
  • Workers who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, may be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, may be required to provide proof of vaccination . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted worker will be required to mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Order. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

EMAIL NOTIFICATION: Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in your application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply. Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Paige West at (714) 834-5859 or email at

Click here to view the OC Sheriff's Department website
Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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