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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Chief Information Officer is responsible for overseeing all activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems,

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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. 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; 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. Resolves user of 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. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of data processing and systems analysis and development. Knowledge of the personal computers, software, functions and computer systems interactions, intricacies, capabilities, and limitations. Ability to manage disk space for personal computer systems to ensure effective utilization of data, space, and equipment. Ability to install, modify, and maintain systems hardware and software. Ability to conduct training sessions and communicate information of a specialized nature. Ability to write moderately complex applications to fulfill requirements or select appropriate off-the-shelf software and modify to suit. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in computer science, business administration, or a related field; plus five years of work experience in data processing and systems analysis and development.

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