GIS Coordinator Job Description

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Under the general direction of the Manager of Information Technology, carries out all assigned duties. Performs Geographic Information Systems (GIS) duties in accordance with the needs of all City departments. Incumbent must exercise independent judgment and is required to act in a supervisory capacity. Assignments are made orally and in writing, and are carried out in accordance with general work instructions and professional knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of Geographic Information Systems. Works with customers to develop project charters, scope of work documents, and project plans. Uses GIS and management skills to manage project roles, identify resource requirements, meet training needs, define project deliverables, provide customer satisfaction and reporting structures and insure quality of projects. Works with the customers and engineering staff to identify the technical approach to be used on a given project and manages the system development process. Documents opportunities to integrate systems and resources to fulfill project requirements. Ensures effective communications and relationships between customers and project team members are maintained. Duties may require 24 hour, seven days per week on-call responsibility for project support. Work performance is reviewed through observation, conferences, periodic reports, and for results obtained. Performs other related work as required.



Works with appropriate customers to identify and coordinate new GIS system developments and/or enhancements.

Works with appropriate customers to develop project charters, scope of work documents, and project plans that include an analysis of benefit, cost, work schedule and any related risks.

Administers the GIS software and hardware, including the ESRI Spatial Database Engine.

Leads GIS staff comprised of two GIS Technicians.

Oversee the preparation of GIS maps, programs and reports for City Management and various City departments.

Assists Police, Fire, Community Development, Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Code Enforcement, and Public Works & Utilities with GIS mapping and application development.

Interacts with all departments to determine current and future GIS needs, including data and software.

Researches issues, prepares reports, and correspondence on GIS issues.

Answers questions and provides extensive employee training in GIS.

Develops and supports GIS applications for the desktop, web, and mobile platforms.


Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Information Systems, Business Administration, Public Administration, Urban/Regional Planning, Geography, Natural Science, Engineering or closely related field plus two (2) years of professional experience in Geographic Information Systems; or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training, as determined by the Manager of Information Technology.

Experience using ESRI ArcGIS Server and Desktop or other major GIS system. Knowledge of Python, Microsoft T-SQL, HTML, CSS, and JAVA script.


Considerable ability to interpret technical procedures to customers, public officials and other lay personnel.

Considerable ability to give clear and consistent instructions to team members.

Considerable knowledge of and ability to utilize current word processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail and Internet software.

Reasonable knowledge of current hardware and software technologies and uses.

Considerable writing proficiency and visual design skills.

Considerable oral presentation skills.

Considerable ability to develop, lead, motivate and supervise individuals and teams.

Considerable problem solving and decision-making skills.

Ability to present information both orally and in writing to associates, the public, and before local boards.

Knowledge of statistical principles and their application.

Knowledge of municipal government functions.


Ability to read and comprehend technical manuals.

Ability to gather, compile, and analyze data.

Ability to plan and organize work to quickly and accurately to meet multiple and/or short deadlines.

Ability to be flexible and change priorities at a moment’s notice.

Ability to deal tactfully with deadlines and interruptions.

Ability to control behavior when encountering stressful situations or short deadlines.
Ability to maintain high level of concentration despite constant interruptions.

Ability to work independently and with little supervision.

Ability to work regularly scheduled and unscheduled overtime work hours

Ability to hear and comprehend conversation spoken in English at various tones of voice and various speeds.

Ability to see, write quickly, speak and comprehend conversation and symbols in English.

Ability to read fine print on computer paper and computer terminal and see lights on equipment.
Ability to use hands, wrists, and fingers to write and type.

Skill in use of personal computers.

Skill in multiple software applications for personal computers.

Skill in use of GIS software.

Skill in performing mathematical calculations.

Ability to gather, compile, and analyze data.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, fellow City employees, and the general public.

Ability to make decisions independently.

Ability to measure and dimension plans using an engineering scale.

Ability to walk, stand and sit for periods of time not to exceed two hours consecutively.

 Ability to work in heat, cold, confined spaces, around noise and other undesirable environmental conditions.

Ability to lift and carry items not to exceed fifteen (15) lbs. and for distances not to exceed 20 yards items.

Ability to walk, stand, stoop, kneel, bend, grasp, and climb stairs throughout the working day.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle with valid driver’s license in order to review sites.

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


Revision Date - 10/17/2014