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GIS Analyst

Grand Rapids, MI, USA




GIS Analyst

Supervised By: Director of GIS Services

General Summary: Under the supervision of the GIS Manager, performs various technical functions associated with GIS data management, complex data analysis, cartography, user training, research and presentation of GIS applications in multiple disciplines. Manages and delivers a multi-level user training program. Provides support for more advanced GIS applications such ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Collector etc. Duties also include designing and maintaining spatial data layers and associated databases, and recommending workflows to create and maintain spatial data. GIS Analyst also acts as a major participant in the development and implementation of standards. The position also performs project coordination and management for consortium-wide projects.

Hours Per Week: 40

Compensation: Salary $44,090-$52,038 DOQ plus an attractive benefit package.
To Apply: Submit letters of interest and resumes to

The REGIS Organization: Grand Valley Metro Council’s REGIS, is a unique consortium consisting of 19 local governments and government agencies in West Michigan that have worked together to build a shared GIS (Geographic Information System) for sharing of services and costs. The REGIS agency, formed in 1997, is a one-of-its-kind regional GIS service provider consortium. For more information on the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council and REGIS, go to

The Ideal Candidate: Will require in-depth knowledge of GIS concepts and methods and hands-on experience in data editing; excellent communication skills in imparting training and presenting projects in both one-on-one and group settings; GIS project coordination management experience with local governments; and good understanding of ArcGIS Enterprise
Essential Job Functions: An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

1. Manages, maintains and delivers a multi-level GIS training program. Interacts with REGIS participating organizations to determine training needs and to communicate available training programs. Assist support staff in coordinating training schedules. Ensures proper facilities and equipment are available and ready for use.

2. Performs maintenance and conversion of spatial and non-spatial information using sophisticated mapping software. Gathers data from member agencies. Reads engineering drawings, design plans, legal descriptions and maps. Translates submitted information into usable data and enters data into the GIS.

3. Conducts data quality review and works with member organizations to ensure the use of standard data formats.

4. Researches and presents proof-of-concept on potential GIS applications for consortium-wide and member-specific uses.

5. Performs application need assessment and assists the programmer in the design and development of custom applications.

6. Assist with the quality control testing of custom applications. Ensures that applications meet specifications and achieve technical objectives.

7. Maintains all associated documentation on training and use-instructions for GIS software and custom applications.

8. Assists REGIS help desk to support all GIS software, extensions and custom applications. Provides technical support over phone and on-site.

9. Completes special projects as requested by supervisor.

10. Keeps abreast of GIS and related technological developments, information sources, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.

11. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with vendors, department administrators, other employees, professional colleagues, and other interests.

12. Maintains communications with supervisors and co-workers in a professional, respectful and cooperative manner. Establish cooperative relationships with the staff members

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

• A Bachelor’s Degree in geography, computer science, or a related field

• At least three years of working experience with a Geographic Information System preferably with local governments.

• Knowledge of coordinate geometry, geography terms, vector maps, and the general uses and capabilities of Geographical Information.

• Skill in researching, assembling, refining and analyzing data, and in building layers within the GIS.

• Skill in the use of office equipment and technology including GIS relational databases (Microsoft SQL Server), personal computers and related software, and ESRI related projects

• Knowledge of and experience with ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online

• Ability to read and understand survey drawings, design plans and maps, and translate data sources into usable information.

• Ability to design and implement GIS applications.

• Ability to research, identify, cultivate and access sources of data and information for use in the GIS.

• Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with department administrators, employees, vendors, representatives of other governmental units, and professional contacts.

• Ability to critically assess situations, solve problems, and work effectively under stress, within deadlines and with changes in work priorities.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with others in person and on the telephone. The employee must compose and read written and computerized documents, plans and maps. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items of light weight.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in a business office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

To Apply: Submit resumes to by March 15, 2021.

GVMC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, GVMC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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Grand Valley Metro Council
678 Front Ave, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 USA
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