Heartland Co-op Director of Application Development in West Des Moines, Iowa

Job Descriptions:

The Application Development Manager’s role is to plan, coordinate, and supervise all activities related to the design, development, and implementation of organizational information systems and software applications. The Application Development Manager is also responsible for maintaining, supporting, and upgrading existing systems and applications. This individual will apply proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of best practices to guide his/her development team on issues related to the design, development, and deployment of mission-critical information and software systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead pre-testing phase of development by evaluating proposals in order to identify potential problem areas, and make the appropriate recommendations.

  • Ensure that development projects meet business requirements and goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and identify and resolve systems issues.

  • Review and analyze existing application effectiveness and efficiency, and then develop strategies for improving or leveraging these systems.

  • Manage the development and deployment of new applications, systems software, and/or enhancements to existing applications throughout the enterprise.

  • Ensure that any new software integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance, and interface specifications.

  • Collaborate with analysts, designers, and system owners in the testing of new software programs and applications.

  • Manage and provide direction for the application development team in support of business operations.

  • Evaluates and verifies employee performance through the review of completed work assignments and work techniques.

  • Develops and maintains technology policies, standards and procedures manual.

  • Develop and maintain a change control system for all electronic media and Systems.

  • Identify and resolve program errors.

  • Provide technical leadership to project managers and programmers working on development project teams.

  • Liaise with network administrators and software engineers to assist with quality assurance, program logic, and data processing.

  • Cultivate, disseminate, and enforce functional policies, procedures, and quality assurance best practices.

  • Design, develop, and install enhancements and upgrades to systems and application software. Coordinates with other system administrators as needed to ensure on-going interfaces between systems remain stable during periods of upgrades and enhancements.

  • Designs or writes program specifications based on consultations with supervisor, systems analysts, other programmers, and end users.

  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and commercial insurability at all times.

  • Other duties may be assigned.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

  • Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Demonstrates attention to detail.

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.

  • Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

  • Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance.

  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Demonstrates group presentation skills.

  • Team Work - Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit.

  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs.

  • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Prepares and supports those affected by change.

  • Delegation Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well.

  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

  • Dependability - Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.

  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Required Experience:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or four to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

Math Ability:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a working knowledge of IBM OS/400 system and skills in CLP, RPG, RPGIV, & RPGILE. Should be able to write a computer program using subfiles, procedures, and binding directories.

Certificates and Licenses: No certifications needed. Must maintain valid driver’s license and commercial insurability at all times.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job supervises the software development team.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision and Ability to adjust focus.

PCP Level: 2

Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. Required walking or standing to a significant degree; or requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls.

Keyword: Director of Application Development

From: Heartland Co-op