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Departmental GIS Analyst

City of Seattle

Seattle,  Washington
GIS Analyst

Department Overview
The City of Seattle is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Departmental GIS Analyst with Seattle Information Technology's Platform Applications' GIS team.

As a city, Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation and environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is leading local government in environmental stewardship and social justice amongst other things, making our City what it is today and shaping our exciting future. The organization's workforce places a critical role in making this possible.

Seattle IT is the technology backbone of the City of Seattle's complex operations and its ability to deliver a wide array of services for the residents of Seattle. Settle IT is responsible for citywide technology governance, strategic planning and policy development, and programs that promote technology literacy and public access to government information. The is 700 strong professionals in Seattle IT are involved in the full spectrum of a modern IT enterprise. Our vision is simple: be a Best-in-Class Digital Services Delivery Team and set best practices for others to follow.

Position Description:
Seattle IT is seeking employees to perform business and spatial analysis; design and develop new data sets; integrate GIS data and applications with business systems; implement best practices among power users and GIS professionals; deploy tools and applications to aid departmental work flows; develop web maps and web services; design and produce maps, web maps and web services; steward GIS Open Data; administer COTS applications and back-end processes; train and support users.

The work described is performed primarily in support of customers working for Seattle Public Utilities, but assignments may include customers in other departments. This position is expected to provide lead technical direction on both large and small GIS projects, and will frequently interact with users, especially during requirements gathering, design review, and user acceptance testing. The successful candidate should be prepared to work independently (on one person projects), to collaborate with a team on larger projects, and to redirect tasks to other work groups, as appropriate, and track the progress of redirected work.

Job Responsibilities

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities:

  • Business analysis for GIS projects, including business requirements, functional specifications, software requirements, system requirements, training requirements, use cases, workflow diagrams, risk analyses, data dictionaries, business rules, scope and performance metrics, business data models, business process models, CRUD (create, read, update, delete) diagrams, and swim lane diagrams.
  • Conduct initial user interviews, scope projects, perform initial design and options analysis, estimate work effort, and work with stakeholders and colleagues to prioritize work.
  • Onboard of new data sets, including strategy and task documentation, logical and physical data design, data validation and quality control reports.
  • Create and maintain programs which regularly extract, translate and load GIS data, at times integrated with data from other business systems, for use by departmental staff.
  • Address trouble tickets and service requests sent to Service Desk, troubleshoot data and applications issues.
  • Testing, including test plans and test scripts.
  • Perform related GIS duties commensurate with classification level.


Required Qualifications:

NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered for the required qualifications except where specifically noted.

  • 4 years' experience with Esri suite of GIS products (including ArcMap, ArcPro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise).
  • 4 years' experience performing customer interviews and business analysis.
  • 4 years' experience designing and creating GIS-based tools to meet common workflows.
  • 4 years' experience working with relational database management systems such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or other.
  • Demonstrated ability to explain complex technical concepts in clear and common language.
  • Demonstrated success in problem solving and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to internalize and navigate complex data structures and relationships.

NOTE: Submit cover letter & resume along with NeoGov application.

NOTE: Employment contingent upon successful completion of comprehensive background investigation in compliance with Seattle's Fair Change Employment Ordinance SMC 14.17. A CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Systems) level background check may also be required.

NOTE: This position is affiliated with a collective bargaining unit; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 77.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Education: BA or BS in Geography (GIS), Engineering, Computer Science or closely related field.
  • Experience with application of GIS in the Utility industry.
  • Experience performing all phases of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) ranging from requirements analysis through implementation and maintenance.
  • Thorough knowledge of data modeling and system architectures in a GIS context.
  • Experience with Python, Toad, Visio, and with writing SQL queries.

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