JOB TITLE: GIS Manager
DEPARTMENT: Community and Economic Development
CLASSIFICATION: M2 - Exempt
SALARY RANGE: $79,963 to $93,305 2018 pay schedule
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled – first review 1/12/2018
The purpose of this position is to manage Citywide or departmental Geographic Information System (GIS) related processes. The position is responsible for and participates in planning, system design, development, staff coordination, assigning project tasks and responsibilities, implementation, operation, maintenance and related work. The position works within broad policy and departmental guidelines to include managing geospatial and non-geospatial data/information. This position provides direction and training to others.
JOB LOCATION AND EQUIPMENT:
Work is performed in both a fast-paced office setting and the outdoor environment which may include, but is not limited to: construction sites, environmentally sensitive areas which are located in and around public and private property. The following equipment will be utilized frequently: standard office equipment to include personal computer with associated software and peripherals, telephone, measurement devices, surveying tools, safety tools and equipment, and city vehicles.
• Distributes GIS Division’s workload: design, develop, and maintain GIS production schedules; monitor project status to ensure timely completion of assignments. Provides direction and evaluates departmental GIS staff requirements in order to resolve concerns in an expeditious manner.
• Develop, maintain and update databases and assist in ensuring compliance with policies and procedures related to development, use and upkeep of spatial data.
• Operate and maintain GIS hardware and software, and research potential of existing and new devices and applications that will maximize efficiencies, then make recommendations for changes to the organization and develop plans to implement them. Oversee GIS applications development, hardware & software acquisition, and serves as the City’s liaison to vendors, consultants and other agencies.
• Provides guidance and collaborates with GIS department staff or GIS users on multi- departmental projects and will pursue the deployment of an on-line GIS presence.
• Assists in guiding and developing project visions and coordinates GIS process engineering, training and utilization programs that enable GIS departmental staff and GIS end users.
• Serves as the City’s GIS point of contact on GIS matters.
• Prepares and reviews specifications to cover implementation, modification and maintenance of GIS; creates high quality maps for print and digital presentation; identifies, analyzes and resolves technical and administrative problems/concerns related to GIS; and will prepare cost estimates, time schedules, and work flow charts, as necessary.
• Conduct mapping research to resolve conflicting information and ensure accuracy of the data.
• Must be an independent, self-directed problem solver capable of working under tight deadlines and responding to immediate needs of supervisory staff.
• Establishes standardization protocols for the maintenance or analysis of spatial data in the Geo database; supports spatial data maintenance and usage of the City's GIS.
• Assists in development and coordination of long range plans for the evolution of the City's Geo database; and prioritizes and coordinates GIS implementation, utilization and application requests for departments.
• Plans and administers installations, upgrades and enhancements of GIS hardware, software, and procedures; researches and recommends new equipment and software; assess user needs; develops and maintains hardware, software, and systems documentation and procedures.
• Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, in person and via telephone
• Perform field work as required.
• Work independently with little direction.
• Perform other duties assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of, and experience with:
• GIS concepts and analytical techniques, including computerized mapping and digital data conversation, manipulation and analysis, and creation and deployment of interactive on-line maps.
• GIS database administration and management principles, methods and techniques, including quality control methods and practices.
• Knowledge of GIS software tools and applications including but not limited to ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Online, ArcPad, Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office, Trimble Terrasync, and applications of MS Office Suite.
• Principles and practices of GIS analysis and design.
• Concepts of presentation graphics and digitizing techniques
• Principles and practices of asset management and cost allocation
• Knowledge of programming knowledge such as Python, VBScript and practices of automating repetitive processes
• Digitizing and data manipulation procedures for geographic information systems
• Use Esri Arc-GIS software
• Produce interactive on-line maps using ESRI’s Arc-GIS Online
• Use large format digitizer, plotter and copier
• Produce maps and other graphics that present facts clearly in a manner to all ranges of skills
• Perform GIS data editing and analysis
• Design, maintain and update geodatabases
• Gather GPS data and post-process that data to GIS formats and create data dictionaries
• Organize GIS data and maintain metadata
• Oversee GIS data collection efforts in the field
• Plan, organize, integrate, monitor, and maintain a comprehensive GIS program with long range GIS system goals
• Ability to develop and maintain effective customer focused service processes with City management and end users
• Analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound independent decisions within established guidelines
• Train others in the use of GIS applications
• Work collaboratively and effectively with project teams including representatives, outside resources and others encountered in the course of work
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Manual dexterity to utilize a computer and standard office equipment.
• Ability to reach, walk and move about on uneven surfaces.
• Visual acuity to read and compose written and numerical materials and other documentation.
• Hearing and speaking ability to communicate effectively and provide information with others in person or on the telephone.
• Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time; ability to view a computer monitor for extended periods of time.
Formal Education / Knowledge
Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer
Science, Geography, Planning, Engineering, Surveying, Business Administration, or related field.
Over five years progressively responsible experience including three years of managerial experience, supplemented by three years previous experience and/or training involving GIS program operations, use of GIS programming languages, data structures, relational database design, GPS systems, aerial photography, and digital cartography; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
Certification and Other Requirements
Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) required
Must be able to successfully pass a background check and I-9
Driving Abstract acceptable to City
Advanced - Ability to read literature, books, reviews, scientific or technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and/or legal documents.
Intermediate - Ability to deal with systems of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement.
Advanced - Ability to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, technical reports, or critiques.
Receives limited directions. The employee normally performs the duty assignments according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. The assignment may be reviewed upon completion. Performance is reviewed annually.
Prepares budget documents; and does research to justify language used in documents for a unit or division of a department. Will need to recommend budget allocations.
Work requires leading and monitoring performance for a regular group of employees or a work unit
including providing input on hiring and work objectives/effectiveness, and realigning work as needed.
Work requires analysis and judgment in accomplishing diversified duties. Requires the exercise of independent critical thinking within the limits of policies, standards, and precedents.
Interpersonal / Human Relations Skills
Decisions regarding establishment of policies may be made. Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations.
Please apply online at: www.mountvernonwa.gov. Interested applicants must submit a resume with their application. Paper applications may be obtained from City of Mount Vernon, City Hall Lobby, 910 Cleveland, Mount Vernon, WA, M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They can be mailed to: City of Mount Vernon, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 809, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or returned to the Finance Department in City Hall. Interviews will be scheduled with the most qualified candidates.
The City of Mount Vernon provides and enforces a drug free workplace and maintains a smoke free work environment. The City of Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.