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GIS Analyst

Pinellas County Government

Largo,  Florida
GIS Analyst

Under general direction of the Safety and Emergency Services IT Manager, manages GIS systems and datasets and tasks related to spatial information; performs a variety of professional and technical duties in designing, developing, analyzing geodatabases and GIS data systems to meet internal agency requirements. The Senior GIS Analyst serves in a lead role to coordinate GIS projects and integrations with primary systems such as the County’s Computer Aided Dispatch system (CAD), performs complex GIS-related analytical assignments, and works in conjunction with Application Developers, County Enterprise GIS (eGIS) team and other support personnel.

The incumbent will be working with our leading/world class Geographic Information System administered by the eGIS team. Pinellas County has an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) with Esri which avails the County to training opportunities, professional services, Esri staff experts, and the full suite of productivity software. Expert knowledge of ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online Services, and ArcGIS Desktop is required. The incumbent must have a forward-looking perspective for how GIS can support and inform decision making and stay up-to-date on evolving GIS technology changes. The Esri ELA provides access to ESRI’s extensive training options and Pinellas County values continued education and fostering skill development.

This position requires working both independently and collaboratively on a team. Good project management and documentation skills are necessary as this position works closely with the County’s eGIS team to complete development projects following proper governance workflows. The GIS candidate will be required to communicate effectively with technical IT staff, system users, and management. The candidate must also be comfortable facilitating training and conveying technical information to people of varying technical backgrounds.

Essential Functions

  • Maintains critical datasets and features in ArcGIS used by emergency services and producing GIS reports, maps and analyses for business staff and others on an as-needed basis.
  • Coaches, mentors, and teaches department staff in the use of GIS technologies and products
  • Represents SES departments interest to the Pinellas County Enterprise GIS Working Group
  • Incorporates emerging GIS technologies to enhance departmental mapping capabilities.
  • Coordinates multiple IT projects as assigned, implementing standard project management methodologies.
  • Participates in project work providing support to project teams, with the ability to lead efforts.
  • Meets with customers to analyze requirements and formalize functional specifications.
  • Utilizes beneficial technology, industry best practices, champion its adoption, and provides direction/ leadership while working through appropriate channels/processes.
  • Maintains and builds positive relationships within the SES Team and with members of other County Agencies and Vendors.
  • Performs related work as assigned, or required.

Position Specific Requirements

Experience: Technical and professional Esri GIS experience in the analysis and management of an information systems in one or more of the following areas: 911, Computer Aided Dispatch, Emergency Services.

Education: Degree in information technology, computer science, computer technology, or related field.

  • 7 years of experience as described above.
  • Associate degree as described above, and 5 years of experience as described above; or
  • Bachelor’s degree as described above, and 3 years of experience as described above; or
  • Master’s degree as described above and 1 year of experience as described above.
  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
  • Ability to pass CJIS background check.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in GIS, engineering, computer science, or closely related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of 911, CAD and life safety systems and/or emergency service practices.
  • At least 5 years’ experience with GIS data analysis/information systems using ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap and /or ArcGIS Pro).
  • Experience building web applications/dashboards using ArcGIS Enterprise Suite and/or ArcGIS Online.
  • Knowledge of ESRI Community Analyst.
  • Highly proficient in the use of computerized office equipment and programs (e. g. Office 365 to include Access or other database program, MS Windows, Adobe products).
  • Possess effective verbal and written communication skills in the English language.
  • Knowledge of county or local government operations and services.

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with peers and others.
  • Ability to communicate with tact, patience and courtesy at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to assist lower level personnel with training of new technologies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships, both inside and outside of the work section.
  • Ability to self-develop relevant job-related skill(s) for current and future roles.
  • Ability to understand, follow, and to provide specific instructions, prioritiKSAs, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to identify, to take ownership of, and to troubleshoot and solve complex problems.

Physical/Mental Demands

The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Visual ability: Sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; and to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.
  • Hearing ability: Sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recording on transcription device.
  • Speaking ability: Sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.
  • Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
    Working Conditions

Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs.

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