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GIS Coordinator

City of San Clemente

San Clemente,  California

THE CITY: San Clemente, incorporated in 1928, is a general law city operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The city is a popular southern Orange County beach community which enjoys a year-round moderate climate averaging 70 degrees and is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city is 18.45 square miles in area and has a current population of approximately 65,500. The City has approximately 198 full-time employees.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The beautiful Southern California coastal City of San Clemente is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Geographic Information Systems Coordinator. This position is responsible for the activities and operations involved in developing, enhancing and maintaining the content, accessibility, integrity, and security of the City's Geographic Information System (GIS), and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: GIS Coordinator receives direction from the Information Technology Manager.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques of information technology including Geographic Information Systems.
  • Theories, principles and practices of effective GIS information gathering and sharing.
  • Modern computer applications including ESRI based GIS software, i.e., ArcGIS and ArcSDE
  • Data collection and conversion methodologies;
  • Principles and procedures of computer programming related to GIS.
  • Skills in the use and programming of databases such as MS Access/Excel and SQL.
  • Principles and procedures of data management and record keeping.
  • City Departments and their functions as well as the public sector.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Land based concepts related to parcel management; addressing, coordinate geometry, geo-coding and establishing attributes that are linked to geographic locations.
  • Techniques of drafting and map making.
  • Basic principles of mathematics.
  • Modern office procedures and methods.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to:

  • Coordinate the City's GIS systems
  • Perform complex, integrated computer programming, data analysis and software development for GIS applications, including maintenance of existing systems and research/development for future enhancements.
  • Provide complex and integrated computerized GIS analysis; design complex geospatial applications and web-based mapping solutions.
  • Design, write and test mapping systems and applications.
  • Guide the City in formulating GIS requirements; advise on alternatives and on implications of new or revised GIS software and applications.
  • Document, design, code and test Internet mapping solutions and GIS applications; design and carry out GIS procedures, both simple and complex; perform programming for data creation, analysis, conversion and transfer, graphic production and project reporting.
  • Develop instructional manuals and explain the use of computer and applications.
  • Troubleshoot mapping system problems.
  • Analyze data and develop logical solutions to problems
  • Identify, evaluate, and solve complex computer software application development issues;
  • Prepare and maintain comprehensive records and files.
  • Prepare clear and concise technical reports and recommendations.
  • Operate a variety of computer equipment and software relative to the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Three years of increasingly responsible GIS experience.

Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in GIS, Computer Science, Geography, Planning, Engineering, or a related field.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California C driver's license.

Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Typical Duties:

  • Interact with City staff, outside consultants and contractors to plan, organize and direct GIS efforts for the benefit of all City Departments.
  • Identify Departmental needs for the City's GIS, mapping and related data systems.
  • Provide leadership and vision for the City's GIS strategies.
  • Facilitate the City's GIS Steering Committee.
  • Analyze and implement design strategies for the City's Geographical Information System; audit and edit information collected into the system; ensure quality control and enforce standards.
  • Develop, maintain and support the City's GIS databases.
  • Coordinate system and data interoperability among the layers of the City's geodatabase and other enterprise systems.
  • Design and administer user access and controls with appropriate security levels.
  • Develop, analyze, and interpret a wide variety of maps and datasets for the entire City.
  • Initiate and establish GIS policies, procedures and standards to be applied citywide.
  • Develop new GIS layers and update existing GIS layers, using GIS or computer-aided design (CAD) tools.
  • Develop map and database applications based on user needs and requirements
  • Develop methods and procedures for data collection
  • Provide technical assistance to users and staff related to the operation of Geographic Information System applications
  • Stay abreast of new developments in the field of Geographic Information Systems and determine which to use and how to apply them to the business needs of the City.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Environmental Conditions:
Office environment; exposure to computer screens.

Physical Conditions:
Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time; the ability to distinguish color; general manual dexterity.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE: All applicants must submit a completed City of San Clemente application form and supplemental questionnaire in order to be considered. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email.

Applications must be submitted via the City's web site at All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral exams to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience.

Prior to employment, the prospective candidate must successfully complete a background review, medical examination, including drug screen, and be fingerprinted, all at City expense. If selected, written identification showing entitlement to legally work in the United States will be required.

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