The Forecasting Division conducts research on a variety of issues related to the state budget, public policy, and demographics. The Population unit develops official state and local population estimates and projections for use in the allocation of certain state revenues, growth management, and other planning functions. As the official partner of the U. S. Census Bureau for the state of Washington, the Population unit helps disseminate information about the characteristics of Washington's population, housing, and economy, and provides guidance to a variety of stakeholders in accessing and using demographic information.
This position is an exempt, entry-level GIS professional and will perform a range of GIS analytical and geo-processing functions (data capture, editing, manipulation, programming and analysis) to support OFM's 2020 Census projects.
The work includes collecting address and location data for housing starts, transient living locations, and group homes for the Count Review Operation and New Construction Program; participating in the Local Update of Census Address appeals process; supporting the Boundary and Annexation Survey; and collecting Urban Growth Area boundary data.
This will require the incumbent to derive, calculate and/or determine technical geographic or mapping information and to encode and enter data into a GIS, using standard technical processes to produce data/map products. Ths position is funded through 2019.
Some of the responsibilities include:
- Contacting selected city/county/tribal governments for housing information.
- Standardizing the data into the specified format. This includes digitizing points (address points and lines such as city limits, annexation boundaries, roads, streams and other features typically used in annexation legal descriptions).
- Working in an organized, methodical way.
- Supporting the collection of selected annexation, city limit and UGA boundary data from local governments.
- Reviewing and comparing local government files to state and federal data sources.
- Reviewing legal descriptions as necessary.
- Identifying differences between boundaries, investigating the causes, and working with stakeholders to identify the most accurate boundary representation possible.
- Adjusting polygonal boundaries to match census boundary features from the TIGER/Line files following policies and procedures outlined by the Census Bureau and OFM.
- Reviewing disputed addresses and finding appropriate evidence to prove each address's true location.
- Formatting appeals data for submission to the Census Bureau.
- A Bachelor's degree in cartography, geography, photogrammetry, geographic information systems, computer sciences, remote sensing, land survey, natural resources or closely related field that includes at least one course in cartography, computer sciences or geographic information systems.
- At least one college-level course in cartography and one college-level course in either computer sciences or geographic information systems and two years of full-time experience in technical cartographic or geographic information systems production work.
In addition to the education/experience requirements, the incumbent in this position must have:
- Geographic information evaluation and analysis methods;
- Computer applications and operations of geographic or spatial information; and
- Technical cartography.
The ability to:
- Organize and develop data products and input information into geographic information systems (ArcGIS);
- Communicate the importance of Census 2020 programs to local government officials;
- Keep detailed notes and tracking information on data collection efforts;
- Resolve technical and operating problems;
- Perform conventional cartography assignments;
- Produce maps and/or map/data products when operating procedures are not available; and
- Work with Microsoft Office products, specifically Excel.
- Programming with Python, VBA, or other languages;
- Standardizing address data;
- Doing address geocoding;
- Working with county parcel data; and
- Using census geographic products including the TIGER/Line files.
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