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GIS Coordinator

Town Of Cary

Cary,  North Carolina
GIS Coordinator

Cary is seeking a qualified GIS Coordinator to be a part of a local government unlike any other. We adaptively manage GIS data and projects to create great outcomes for our community and support Cary’s overarching goals and vision. The GIS Coordinator will lead a full complement of initiatives and must be able to bounce between projects, adjust on the fly, and be open to change. While the primary focus is on utility GIS, opportunities to be involved with all types of Cary GIS data may be available.

The GIS Coordinator’s primary purpose is to plan, design, manage, and maintain utility geospatial information to support activities such as utility system operations and maintenance, plan review, asset management, modeling, and master planning. Work is performed under the supervision of the Utility Engineering Supervisor and in association with Cary’s two Utility GIS Specialists.

The right candidate is dependable, needs limited direction, takes responsibility, and follows through on tasks. They must also be an effective communicator who can deliver Cary’s message to staff, citizens, design professionals, contractors, and elected officials. As a GIS Coordinator, they must be able to take large, complex projects and break them into the manageable pieces necessary to achieve the principal goals. Caring about the community and its values, showing leadership within their role, and using sound judgement are all essential to success in Cary. 

Anticipated Hiring Range: $68,120 - $81,432 (Promotional Range Varies)

Full Salary Range: $68,120- $105,580

Typical Tasks

  • Provides GIS leadership for the planning, design, management, improvement, and maintenance of Cary’s utility GIS systems and data.
  • Coordinates and monitors daily tasks and activities of the two Utility GIS Specialists and provides technical training and guidance.
  • Serves as the utility GIS program liaison, technical support contact, and subject matter expert, both within the Utilities Department as well as Cary-wide.
  • Manages periodic GIS improvement projects and GIS data acquisition surveys.
  • Creates and maintains utility GIS standards, procedures, and best practices for data collection, integration, editing, management, and archiving.
  • Trains and educates staff regarding the use of GIS and assists with GIS analysis and problem resolution.
  • Coordinates communication and data interaction between utility GIS and other Cary data sources such as Salesforce, ESO fire software, SAS, and Naviline.
  • Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge and strong capability with ArcMap 10.X, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online.
  • Experience working with the ESRI Local Government Information Module (LGIM).
  • Experience with Survey 123, Collector, and other ESRI apps.
  • Skill with scripting languages such as Python, Arcade, VBScript, Jscript, and/or Perl.
  • Experience with water/reclaimed distribution systems, sanitary sewer collection systems, and stormwater systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction, record, and plat drawings as well as surveys and deeds.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical information verbally, in writing, as well as in a simplified form for less technologically oriented staff.
  • Ability to create customized reports using GIS.
  • Ability to identify business processes that could benefit from GIS.
  • Proven research skills and the ability to keep and maintain accurate records.
  • Proficient with Salesforce.
  • Analytical skills to diagnose and identify solutions that will resolve complex technical problems; Ability to model spatial data including network modeling and/or complex spatial analysis; Ability to exercise good judgment, decision making, and creativity; Ability to work independently and as part of a team; Ability to readily grasp complex architectural environments; Ability to work from general direction in the development of detailed solutions.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a four-year college with a bachelor's degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Geography, GIS, Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience working with ESRI software.
  • Experience related to engineering and utilities principles and practices.


  • Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification strongly preferred.
  • Salesforce certification desired.
  • Valid North Carolina Class C Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record.

This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position. Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment. 

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