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QA Analyst/Release Manager
Ref No.: 14-00639
Location: St Paul, Minnesota
Housing Finance Agency
St. Paul, MN
6 Months


Business Need
Minnesota Housing is seeking Professional/Technical Services to augment staff for the quality assurance needs required by its business units, including single family, multifamily, and communications. Minnesota Housing has developed complex systems that are unique to its finance business and help it maintain its status as the number one producing housing finance agency in the nation. These applications must include functionality to interact with affordable housing programs, rent and income restrictions, property risk management and related matters pertaining to state and federal mortgage loan programs.
Seeking a Quality Assurance Analyst to work with PM, BA, and developers to test applications and verify that features and functionality meet the business requirements
Quality testing solutions will be provided that meet the application needs of Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
Stakeholders for the development of projects include the Leadership and Management of BTS
QA's role is to provide quality testing expertise for ensuring correct and accurate business applications
All applications tested are to benefit the MHFA strategic plan
Release Manager is responsible for the cross-technology domain release management, process design, optimization and policy.
Release Manager oversees the process by which the production environment is updated, upgraded, and maintained.

Project Deliverables
Test plans including objectives, scope, approach, assumptions, dependencies, risks and schedule for the appropriate test phase or phases
Test cases related to each business requirement by application
Defect tracking and documentation. Documentation should include the description, severity, and impacted area.
Status reports for pass/fail execution of the test plans
Delivery of documented Release Plans for each migration thru the environments



Project Requirements
Quality Assurance testing of complex data-intensive Windows, web and web service applications that include the functionality to work with the interactions of affordable housing programs, rent and income restrictions, property risk management, collecting rental and property operating data, compliance monitoring, tracking and resolving violations, and related matters concerning the numerous available state and federal mortgage loan programs.
QA of user-initiated enhancements work on Minnesota Housings Property On-line Reporting Tool for deferred loan, tax credit and HOME compliance;
Understanding in Multifamily funds requests application
Understanding in Interest Rate programs and Home Help Calculator application.
Release Management process overseas the process by which production environment is updated, upgraded, and maintained.
Develop, audit, monitor, and enforce established release management processes and policies in support of cross-domain configuration integration, testing, completeness and consistency.
Coordinate release program activities and functions
Leads release coordination consistently interacting with BTS and business leadership



Required Skills (to be scored as pass/fail)
Required minimum qualifications: Role Function - QA Years of Experience
Expert knowledge of QA methodology and industry-standard testing and bug tracking 7
Lead and train BA's, PM's, and subject matter experts thru testing strategies 5
Create, execute, and maintain comprehensive test plans 7
Experience reviewing and understanding technical specifications 5
Ability to troubleshoot problems 5
Development of Test strategies 7
Create and perform functional, usability, platform compatibility, and stress tests on software applications, systems, and websites 7
Write automated scripts to perform stress and performance tests 5
Expertise with Microsoft Excel including testing applications 3
Microsoft Office 2010 3


Role Function - Release Manager Years of Experience
Develop, audit, monitor and enforce established release management processes 4
Coordinate release program activities 4
Function as a subject matter expert in release management 4
Served as a gatekeeper to the UAT and production environments 4
Leader of release coordination with consistent interaction between Technology team and business management 4
Experience creating and tracking the release improvement process to be applied across technology team 4


Desired Skills Role Function
Years of Experience
Selenium IDE 1
TFS 2
Bug tracking software, such as Bugzilla 2