Natural Application Developer

    • Philadelphia, PA

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

The Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) oversees most major technology projects for the City of Philadelphia (CoP), ensures continuity of the City's technology operations, and finds new ways to help the public interact meaningfully with technology. OIT uses technology to help City employees do their work better and helps residents get what they need from municipal government.

What We Offer:

Impact - The work you do here matters to millions.

Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?

Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs

Benefits - We care about your well being

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s (DPH’s) mission is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable. 

We provide services, set policies, and enforce laws that support the dignity of every man, woman, and child in Philadelphia. The health department is organized in the following divisions, each of which is responsible for providing service related to its name: AIDS Activity Coordinating Office, Air Management Services, Ambulatory Health Services, Chronic Disease Prevention, Commissioner’s Office, Disease Control, Environmental Health Services, Facilities Management, Fiscal, Human Resources, Information Technology, Maternal Child and Family Health Services, Medical Examiner’s Office, Substance Use and Injury Prevention, and Public Health Laboratory. 

The department also provides nursing homes services, and we work with a broad network of community, hospital, academic and business partners throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. We work together to make Philadelphia a healthy place to live, work and play. 

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the Natural Application Developer is the continuing development and maintenance of the City’s Pension systems which resides in an ADABAS/NATURAL environment. This role will include business analysis and programming expertise, as well as end-user interface and support.  This role will also participate in new development projects and provide guidance and input to various project teams in the development of applications.    

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for on-going support and development of the City’s enterprise wide applications.
  • Help coordinate the implementation of short and long term projects, objectives, policies and procedures for the production and maintenance of all application development related issues.
  • Follow SDLC methodology including requirements gathering, solution architecture, coding, testing, and implementation.
  • Work closely with production control and helpdesk staff to develop operating procedure documentation.
  • Support and maintenance of existing applications.
  • On-call for occasional off-hours troubleshooting and bug fixes.
  • Respond to and diagnose incident tickets.
  • Other duties as assigned

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to:

  • Communicate with managerial, administrative and technical staff to determine information needs, data flows and systems definitions
  • Design and code programs to meet specifications and conformance to standards
  • Code programs in appropriate language
  • Develop policies and procedures related to the support and maintenance of application
  • Work with existing staff, consultants, vendors and clients in an effective manner
  • Work under tight deadlines and reliably deliver work of the highest standards in a timely manner
  • Provide input for strategic planning
  • Evaluate new software
  • Work independently without close supervision
  • Establish effective working relationships with associates, departmental and administrative officials, supervisors, and other data processing personnel
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to learn new skills, adapt to changing environments and show attention to detail

Knowledge / Skills

  • Proficiency in ADABAS/NATURAL
  • Proficiency in TSO MVS/JCL
  • Database theory
  • Documentation procedures
  • Skilled in conceptualizing and documenting creative solutions
  • Skilled in the methods and techniques used in the evaluation and analysis of software, hardware and application systems to achieve efficient system utilization
  • Skilled in management techniques used in project control and analysis
  • SOA Middleware knowledge a plus
  • Latest Visual Studio / .Net a plus

§  PL/SQL a plus

§  Proficiency in Oracle a plus



  • 4 years of experience performing computer programming and analysis work in the area of specialization
  • 2 years of experience working with enterprise wide NATURAL applications
  • ADABAS/NATURAL certification a plus
  • Oracle certification is a plus.
  • Experience with Oracle reporting tools a plus


Additional Information

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available

*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr For more information, go to: Human Relations Website:

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