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GIS Analyst

Dept of State Health Services

Austin,  Texas
GIS Analyst

The GIS Analyst is responsible for initiating, planning, and conducting complex geospatial projects as part of the geographic information systems (GIS) team within DSHS’ Center for Health Statistics. The position works with public health subject matter experts, other GIS analysts, and executives to complete projects related to the opioid pandemic.

This position regularly interacts with internal and external partners with an interest in the opioid epidemic to elicit their GIS needs, establishes timelines for responding to these needs, and accurately develops and prepares geospatial data and products for customers. The position may be responsible for geocoding large public health and other data files, for example those of the agency’s health registries and hospital utilization data. The work further requires the management and manipulation of geospatial data to create, maintain, display, and update maps and data visualizations on opioid use and other related data.

The position works to document all processes and procedures, create appropriate metadata to ensure complete and accurate data, and updates and maintains spatial databases for agency-wide use.
Additionally, the position works proactively to identify needs to include web mapping and geospatial analyses. Such efforts apply statistical and geospatial analytic methods to measure the confluence of epidemiologic, population, and other data sources, resulting in innovative solutions and resources based on scientifically sound principles.

  • The position will prepare and conduct research presentations, will develop and prepare technical papers informing public health initiatives, and will coordinate with the GIS team lead to propose and implement long-term projects. Work is performed with limited supervision and with considerable latitude for professional creativity, initiative, and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • EJF 1: Maintains and utilizes current knowledge on geospatial techniques and implements new methodologies as appropriate. Performs geocoding of opioid-related data, prepares maps, data visualizations, web mapping applications, and other products for the use of clients, including agency executives, and external agency documents. (35%)
  • EJF 2: Coordinates the acquisition, documentation, creation, and management of GIS datasets and other data files necessary to complete GIS projects. Develops and implements data management policies and methods. Documents all procedures used, validates data for accuracy and completeness, and completes approved metadata forms. (25%)
  • EJF 3: Initiates and conducts, in collaboration with the GIS team lead, advanced geographic/geospatial projects, including producing innovative spatial analyses and online mapping applications, related to national, state, and local opioid-related datasets, including vital statistics data, hospital utilization, and other health or epidemiologic initiatives. Applies, tests, and evaluates appropriate and innovative methods to statewide and research data based on scientifically sound geospatial principles. Will prepare and conduct research presentations and write technical papers based on findings (20%)
  • EJF 4: Communicates with customers, agency staff, and management regarding GIS requests and develops parameters for specialized mapping requests. Provides technical assistance to public health subject matter experts, agency GIS analysts, and other customers. (15%)
  • EJF 5: Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. (5%)

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

  • Knowledge of cartographic and visualization theories and best practices
  • Knowledge of relevant GIS terms, concepts, and methods
  • Knowledge of data management principles
  • Knowledge of geocoding principles
  • Knowledge of the variety of health status and demographic measures used in public health activities
  • Skill in using geographic information systems software, specifically ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online
  • Skill in creation of complex queries, views, and stored procedures
  • Skills in technical writing and documentation
  • Skill in both verbal and written communications
  • Skill in logic and complex problem-solving
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to respond to data requests, interpret results, communicate with data users, track requests and document all procedures.
  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate with stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity, initiative, and innovation.

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