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GIS Administrator

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

San Bernardino,  California

Under general direction, administers the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) of the agency, delivers GIS databases and map products in support of SBCTA programs and user agencies; maintains GIS hardware and software and performs transportation planning analyses and related work as required.

Supervision Received and Exercised
Receives general supervision from the Director of Planning and Chief of Planning. May exercise functional or direct supervision over technical or professional staff.

Class Characteristics
This is an advanced level class that independently performs the full range of GIS and transportation analysis tasks. The GIS Administrator works under limited supervision and is expected to perform the complete range of higher-level analytical work requiring considerable knowledge of GIS, SQL Server, transportation analysis and mapping practices. Positions at this level work independently, apply well developed technical and analytical knowledge and exercise judgment and initiative serving the agency's mission. This class is distinguished from the Director of Planning in that the latter has overall responsibility for all functions of the Planning Department and for developing, implementing, and interpreting public policy.

Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Maintains GIS systems and data including all hardware, software, and software licenses; ensures all workstations, servers are working efficiently; and ensures data is easily accessible and is properly organized.
  • Performs GIS analysis for all departments; creates maps, spatial databases, web-driven applications, spreadsheets, and statistics; provides maps and graphics to be included in various meeting agendas throughout the agency.
  • Runs and maintains GIS model for growth forecasting within San Bernardino County.
  • Provides demographic forecasts at various geographic levels and presents this to local and regional agencies.
  • Builds and maintains specialized databases to track SBCTA projects and programming funds.
  • Provides GIS assistance and data to agencies working with SBCTA.
  • Creates and maintains ArcGIS REST services and Online applications.
  • Ensures that key datasets are up to date such as the county centerline, countywide aerials, parcels, and jurisdiction/political boundaries.
  • Works with local jurisdictions in completing comprehensive, county-wide dataset such as
  • General Plan, Existing Land Use, and active transportation.
  • Represents SBCTA in technical meetings and coordinates plans with municipal and regional data managers to acquire, exchange, share, and integrate digital data.
  • Identifies GIS issues and strategies; provides recommendations to SBCTA staff and external agencies, elected officials and the public.
  • Assists in the development of goals, objectives, budgets, policies and procedures; investigates, interprets, analyzes and prepares recommendations in relation to proposals for new programs, grants and/or services;
  • Attends, participates and represents SBCTA at interdepartmental, interagency and professional meetings; stays abreast of new developments within assigned area of responsibility; maintains awareness of federal, state and local regulations.
  • Analysis using Synchro Traffic Software.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Theory, principles and practices of GIS including data compilation, database management, graphics applications, and spatial models.
  • Principles and procedures used to design, develop, and maintain relational databases.
  • Project management planning principles, tools, and techniques.
  • Latest Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) programs including ArcMap, ArcPro, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Enterprise.
  • Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel), with particular proficiency in Excel.
  • Scripting language(s) such as, C#, Javascript, and/or Python. Application development using API editor such as Visual Studio.
  • Microsoft SQL Server database creation and maintenance.
  • Windows 2016 Server environment.
  • Quality assurance procedures and documentation standards for database systems.
  • Administration and maintenance principles of network operating domains and specialized software applications.
  • Management and organization of agency policies and procedures.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned programs.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and SBCTA staff.

Ability to:

  • Use ESRI software suite and other specialized application programming languages, including web-based applications.
  • Operate a personal computer using specialized GIS software.
  • Analyze, identify and implement solutions to technical problems.
  • Develop, manipulate and analyze GIS information in a variety of formats.
  • Understand and work with data from multiple organizations.
  • Compile, organize and present technical information in reports and inter-agency meetings.
  • Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate office equipment and computer applications related to the work.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in GIS, computer science, urban planning, earth sciences or a closely related field and five (5) years of experience in developing and managing an Enterprise GIS system and/or transportation modeling systems.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License and proof of automobile liability insurance by time of appointment.
  • Position may require pre-employment background investigation, physical and drug test.

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. This is a sedentary office classification although standing in and walking between work areas may be required as well as attending meetings and events offsite. In addition, the GIS Administrator may be required to lift equipment in setup and maintenance of computer systems. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 75 pounds.

This is primarily a sedentary classification and the employee works in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. The employee interfaces with staff, management, other departmental representatives, transportation and government officials, business representatives, and the general public in explaining SBCTA policies and requesting and providing information.

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