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Senior Geographic Information Systems Analyst

San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Salary: $88,483.20 - $107,556.80 Annually
Job Type: Permanent - Hourly
Job Number: 0722PM-000149-01
Closing Date: 08/12/2022 11:59 PST
Department: Public Works

About the Position:
The County of San Luis Obispo is offering a rewarding career opportunity for a Geographic Information Systems professional to join an APWA accredited Public Works department. All GIS staff at the County work together to support the enterprise as well as their individual departments. This Public Works Senior GIS Analyst position supervises a GIS Analyst I/II/III and a small team of interns, supporting 300 public works professionals who provide the full range of services across the County. The County primarily uses Microsoft and Esri technology to manage our GIS Enterprise.

Under direction, performs complex Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis, cartographic mapping, graphic communication, and systems management duties; Incumbents in this professional level class determine departmental needs, goals and objectives related to GIS activities; assists GIS Program Manager on enterprise GIS initiatives; may supervise GIS Analysts and performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Tasks and Representative Duties:
(Not in order of importance)

- Provides advanced technical support, assistance and training to County staff on GIS data access and use.
- Develops complex GIS modeling and analysis using generated or acquired datasets.
- Develops GIS modeling and analyzes results derived from spatial databases and external tables using GIS software and other related mapping software and tools.
- Models map layers, performs spatial analysis, generates reports, and performs quality control procedures using GIS software.
- Oversees fieldwork to map, assess, and record spatial data using a Geographic Positioning System (GPS) unit as needed.
- Collaborates with other county departments on projects and data
- Researches, collects, creates, updates, and integrates information and data from various spatial and non-spatial sources
- Reviews work for compliance with established standards, procedures and practices consistent with County ordinances and State and Federal requirements.
- Reviews research compiled by subordinates and interprets parcel boundary and title information from recorded deeds, subdivision maps and engineering surveys
- Assists the public and County staff in locating information related to property surveys, boundaries, easements, ownerships, roads, zoning and similar matters; answers fundamental inquiries related to mapping.
- Designs applications and utilities to automate GIS tasks and integrate new and existing systems.
- Creates and maintains department maps and GIS data in compliance with established standards, procedures and practices consistent with County ordinances State and Federal requirements.
- Provides high quality cartographic maps for customers and staff presentations.
- Directs staff, providing technical support and training in the use of departmental computer systems and equipment related to GIS; coordinates maintenance of mapping applications
- Writes proposals and administers consultant contracts.
- Identifies and defines GIS technology trends, products and concepts to improve County business processes.
- Develops required process changes due to changing GIS technologies.
- Integrates GIS with other departmental and enterprise IT systems.
- Plans, organizes, assigns and evaluates the work of assigned, staff establishes work standards and evaluates performance, makes recommendations to appointing authority regarding selection, discipline and termination.

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have a solid background in Geospatial Information System (GIS) fundamentals, SQL database, web mapping and programing skills. A community that is prosperous, safe, livable and well governed will depend, in part, on how well GIS staff use their skills to map, inventory, and analyze our infrastructure and resources. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader, be organized and able to simultaneously track multiple projects, while leading a team and developing staff. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills for collecting project requirements and presenting findings to department staff and management. Finally, the ideal candidate will have the desire to serve the public with integrity and confidence while fostering teamwork and collaboration, both in the department and with the county and GIS community.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst is not part of the GIS Analyst class series. This class is the advanced professional level classification and is distinguished from the higher level GIS Program Manager in that the Senior GIS Analyst is responsible for Department level GIS activities and supporting the GIS enterprise, whereas the GIS Program Manager has overall responsibility for the coordination of countywide GIS activities.

Employment Standards
Knowledge of:

- Thorough knowledge of personal computers, their operation, terminology, hardware, software and operating systems
- Principles and practices of the design, development and implementation of GIS, including the production of digitized and hard copy maps and statistical data
- Spatial and geographic data resources, cartographic principles and geographic data analysis techniques
- GIS related programs, methods, terminology and database management
- Standards, procedures and practices of the use of GIS data in compliance
- Applicable County ordinances and State and Federal requirements
- Map projections and coordinate systems
- Global Positioning Systems data collection techniques
- Project management methodologies and practices
- Data dictionaries and metadata
- Accepted methods of employee training supervision and work planning

Ability to:
- Supervise, train and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel
- Plan, design, coordinate and implement effective GIS applications
- Work with GIS system applications, environments and interfaces and related hardware
- Read and interpret complex GIS technical documentation and technical reports
- Design and prepare accurate, presentable cartographic maps and graphic products, reports and documents
- Produce materials suitable for conventional and internet publication
- Perform GIS and computer-aided mapping analyses and modeling
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Estimate and meet project time lines
- Complete concurrent projects in a timely manner
- Provide effective mentoring and training to others
- Operate standard office equipment including a computer and assigned specialty software
- Work effectively and tactfully with other staff, public agencies, the general public and advisory committees
- Foster a spirit of teamwork and support when interacting with staff and others
- Maintain knowledge of emerging technologies and adapt to changing technology and constraints
- Compile, organize and summarize information accurately in graphic and written form
- Learn, interpret, apply and explain departmental policies and procedures, rules, laws and regulations
- Work effectively in an environment that includes pressure to meet time sensitive deadlines and critical review of work product.
- Support and follow department policies, goals, guiding principles and Mission-Vision-Values Statement

Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in GIS, Cartography, Geography, Computer Science, Engineering, Planning, or other GIS related field (Job-related experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis); AND four years of experience of increasing responsibility related to geographic information systems or computer-aided mapping. One year of the required experience must be at the level of a GIS Analyst III or equivalent position. OR B: An Associate’s degree or 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university or completion from a job-related, accredited vocational institution; AND six years of experience of increasing responsibility related to geographic information systems or computer-aided mapping. One year of the required experience must be at the level of a GIS Analyst III or equivalent position.

Licenses and Certificates
Certain positions in this classification may require driving. When driving is an essential function of the position, a valid CALIFORNIA driver license will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

How to Apply
Applications, including answers to supplemental questions, must be submitted online by the final filing date. To apply for this position, click "apply" at the top of this page. Most County recruitments require you to respond to supplemental questions as part of the application process. We recommend that you review these questions prior to beginning your application.

An initial application review will be conducted. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are best qualified will be invited to participate in selection activities which may include online assessments, performance exams, written exams, and interviews.

Final candidates will be required to have an in-depth background review performed before proceeding in the process. Please note that references will not be contacted until the end of the process.

Apply online here


County of San Luis Obispo
1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93408 USA
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