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FLSA Designation: Exempt
May, 2005

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) COORDINATOR

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Under direction of the City Engineer, assumes responsibility for mapping services and activities within the City using available technology, including Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Geographic Information System (GIS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), for the development, deployment, and publication of City information; and ensures that data quality and information is reliable and consistently maintained.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
The Geographic Information Systems Coordinator classification is considered a professional with a working knowledge of the assigned industry/technical field. Positions at this level serve as a technical resource providing technical support and analysis to a functional area. The Geographic Information Systems Coordinator works on moderately complex projects where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of variables using specialized technical concepts.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Designs, updates, implements, and manages GIS software applications for deployment of maps and their related information in paper, digital, and web format.
  2. Coordinates all data sharing as well as report and map generation for different departments, agencies, and consultants.
  3. Resolves user problems in the operation of GIS devices or uses of software commands; analyzes causes of problems; provides training and assistance to City staff with CAD, GIS, and GPS programs.
  4. Coordinates with other City departments and other agencies to determine their mapping needs; develops applications and processes hardware and software requirements to meet those needs.
  5. Supervises, reviews, and verifies the work of staff responsible for creating, gathering, and manipulating pertinent geographic data for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications.
  6. Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; establishes schedules and methods for providing GIS services; implement policies and procedures.
  7. Analyses and interprets geographic data; ensures that data quality standards are consistently maintained.
  8. Coordinates GIS data conversion and cartographic production activities; prepares maps, drawings, spreadsheets, data files, and other documentation.
  9. Develops and creates GIS layers/data elements consistent with existing standards; performs digitizing and drafting as required; codes and digitizes maps and geographic feature data into various layers with the GIS; performs quality control checks.
  10. Interprets plans, photographs, maps, and legal descriptions; provides information to the public, other departments, and developers on mapping and various engineering data.
  11. Performs duties using a variety of engineering and mapping software and computer peripherals including GPS, CAD, plotters, printers, and scanners.
  12. Represents the City in public and official meetings with other cities, counties, government entities, professional groups, and vendors on GIS matters.
  13. Participates in the preparation and administration of the GIS budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures; evaluates and recommends acquisition of computer hardware and software as necessary.
  14. Develops and documents GIS and GPS procedures.
  15. Provides various reports on operations and activities.
  16. Files and indexes all incoming plans and maps for input into the database.
  17. Performs related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) principles, theory, re-engineering design and systems development practices, services, activities, and techniques including systems analysis. Geography, trigonometry, geometry, cartography, basemapping, cadastral mapping, geographic information system technologies, and design techniques. Database management and administration including spatial and statistical analysis, methods for implementing and deploying GIS-related applications, and solutions using available technology. A range of software tools for GIS map creation and maintenance, data analysis, and Internet-enabled GIS including City standard software, database and operating systems such as ESRI ArcView, Autodesk AutoCAD Map, Land Development Desktop, and MapGuide. Supervisor, user relations, and administrative, project, and resource management techniques. Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment.

Ability to:
Coordinate continuous database update and maintenance among City departments. Conduct research and field work pertaining to mapping and geographic information projects. Organize materials and maintain maps and other information accurately and systematically. Retrieve and use information using appropriate procedures. Develop City and mission-specific applications and uses for available technology. Train and instruct end users of custom designed applications. Plan, organize, supervise, review, and evaluate the work of technical personnel in a manner that is conductive to independent judgment, high performance, and personal accountability. Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Interpret, explain, and enforce division policies and procedures. Read, interpret, and apply technical publications, manuals, and other documents. Gather, compile, and analyze data; develop logical solutions to complex computer applications programming problems. Utilize Internet, remote communications, and other advanced tools to increase productivity and to perform job functions. Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in geography, computer science, engineering, or a related field.

Experience:
Four years of increasingly responsible experience in database analysis, database design, application development, and/or project management preferably in the local government environment with automated mapping and geographic information systems.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain, professional certificates in Autodesk Map, MapGuide, Land Development, and/or ArcGIS is desirable. Possession of, or ability to obtain GIS Certification Institute certification is desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein 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 job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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