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Quality Assurance Analyst
Ref No.: 17-10002
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Start Date / End Date: 07/24/2017 to 06/30/2018
Quality Assurance Analyst
Imagine designing world-class online educational experiences for hundreds of thousands of K-12 students, teachers, parents, and school staff in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Education is creating award-winning educational web applications and you can contribute to our success by crafting the very best user interfaces using the bleeding-edge web technologies.

The QA Analyst works closely with developers, product/ project managers and other team members to define and prioritize testing requirements; communicates test results and status reports in a Scrum environment. QA Analyst will ideally be able to think outside the box – instead of just running pre-defined test cases/requirements, ideal QA candidate will understand the business needs, consider the data and develop additional test cases, test tools, and requirements to enhance the QA testing process. Critical skills and recent experience required for all QA Analysts include an intermediate level of SQL, including query writing skills, understanding how to use SQL to pull out specific data from vast databases (will be tested in interview), stored procedures and transformations. Exposure to test automation, analysis of test cases to identify candidate cases for automation, and development of automation scripts in Selenium is highly preferred. A deep knowledge and interest in object oriented programming is a must!

  • Develop, execute and implement test plans, test cases and test scripts for applications built upon a .NET application platform
  • Analyze test cases and understand business requirement documents to become an SME
  • Write, publish and maintain test plans, test cases and test scripts
  • Think critically to evaluate applications for potential scenarios where testing could
  • Publish and communicate test results and test plan statuses using established processes
  • Work closely/collaboratively with cross-functional teams (Dev, PM, Ops)
  • Participate in all aspects of functional, regression, user acceptance and load testing
  • Provide resource estimates, analysis and planning for test efforts
  • Coordinate with Network Services team to ensure required test platforms are available
  • Review processes for compliance
  • Design and maintain test data for projects
  • Participate in software design discussions, reviews and test strategy sessions
  • Integrate test specifications into design specifications
  • Establish test metrics as required by the QA Standards
  • Ensure builds in the various environments meet documented and apparent business needs and user requirements
  • Install, configure and use tools to automate functional testing
  • Other duties as described in summary, as assigned, or apparent.

  • BS Degree CS or MIS or equivalent experience in related roles
  • Five (5) years software testing experience with regression testing, integration testing, load and performance testing
  • Experience writing black box and GUI test cases, designing tests to mitigate risks and helping business experts define requirements
  • Experience in context-based, exploratory, or scenario testing
  • Experience with testing of web services
  • Extensive backend testing, understands data mapping, ETL and write complex SQL/Procs is crucial due to the quantity of data involved in all ADE projects
  • Experience with Enterprise and knowledge of the education system
  • At least one year of experience with scripting languages (JavaScrip), and/or open source test tools (such as Fit, FitNesse, Canoo WebTest, HtmlUnit or others) and/or commercial test tool scripting languages and/or programming in any language
  • Knowledge of and experience with TFS, MS Test and test automation is preferred
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with programmers and business experts required
  • Ability to work as part of a self-directed team, in which tasks are determined on a daily basis in coordination with co-workers, rather than being assigned
  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion and make sound decisions
  • Ability to excel in a collaborative and distributed team environment
  • Ability to work with a minimal amount of direction while being pro-active in keeping their management informed of project related issues
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to respectfully question ideas and share a point of view with others in support of the business requirements and needs
  • Ability to effectively communicate with various levels of employees ranging from entry level to senior leadership
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time and shift priorities quickly
  • Experience working on an Agile/Scrum team preferred
  • Proven strong problem-solving skills, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong aspiration to learn new technologies
  • Proven strong relationship-building and communication skills with team members and business users
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience in the education industry is preferred