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GIS Data Administrator

Washington Technology Solutions

Olympia,  Washington

Who is WaTech?

This is an exciting time to join Washington Technology Solutions. WaTech, as it’s known for short, provides information technology oversight and central services for state government. The agency is a national leader in adopting new technologies that transform the way Washingtonians receive state services.

As a member of WaTech’s experienced team of IT professionals, you will have a unique opportunity to advance the technologies – from cloud services to information security – used by state government to meet the needs of Washingtonians.

Our staff not only have outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also enjoy flexible work schedules, telework options, and a beautiful modern building on the Capitol Campus that offers employee locker rooms and bicycle lockers for bike commuters. The office also is on the free public transit route. Olympia, WA, located on the Puget Sound, is near some of this country’s most scenic national parks and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S.

About the program:

The GIS Data Administrator is part of the Geospatial Program Office (GPO) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). The GPO provides geospatial specific data leadership, guidance, policy direction, and oversight within the Washington state government. The office works closely with Geographic Information System departments and subject matter experts throughout state agencies, local governments, federal agencies, and tribal nations to provide partners and constituents with the geospatial information they require to make informed decisions.

The GPO provides infrastructure and database administration support for five areas of expertise:

- Collaboration resources and policies.

- Geospatial IT Infrastructure and system administration.

- Geospatial data exchange.

- Transactional Structured Query Language (SQL) Databases.

- Geospatial analysis.

About the position:

The GIS Data Administrator will be the lead for creating the new natural hazard mitigation data sharing program and geospatial data platform. The natural hazard mitigation data service will focus on sharing data across multiple state agencies, higher education, and non-profit organizations. The Administrator will work closely with the GIS Program Manager and GIS Architect and will be responsible for creating the new natural hazard data sharing service.

Some of what to expect with this role:

  • Evaluate and test proposed technical solutions to identify gaps, trade-offs, and pros/cons.
  • Negotiate conflicts, changes to the requirements and solutions using an iterative approach.
  • Utilize extensive knowledge of GIS application technologies (especially ArcGIS Enterprise Portal and ArcGIS Online).
  • Document the authoritative data sets for sharing on the platform.
  • Review natural hazard data platform requirements with other interagency teams.
  • Develop organizational change management procedures to assist agencies with the transition.
  • Design the physical storage structure and create/maintain the conventions used in storing hazard mitigation geospatial data.
  • Analyze and resolve complex geospatial data and technology interoperability problems involving multiple system integration issues.
  • Perform capacity planning and reporting for the solution then analyze anticipated changes in data capacity.
  • Design, develop and implement the data retrieval and interface.
  • Automate, test data publishing, data retrieval and correct categorization of the data.
  • Test performance of the system and ensure consistent access to the appropriate data.
  • Establish and document standard data content (including metadata), delivery processes and schedules.

*During the current Covid-19 pandemic, teleworking is approved and encouraged to ensure the health and safety of our staff and their families. As a critical role, there may be times this position’s presence is necessary on site.

Requirements of the position:

A bachelor’s degree in computer science, geography, science, or related field

*Additional years of relevant experience or certification may substitute for the degree.

  • Minimum 8 years of work experience in Geographic Information Systems with emphasis on data management and customer engagement.
  • Three years’ experience with Esri desktop GIS software (may be concurrent with 8 years’ experience above).
  • Two years’ experience working in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise Portal including creating data, organizing groups, and creating dashboards and applications (may be concurrent with 8 years’ experience above).

Preference may be granted to applicants who possess experience with the following:

  • Two years’ experience with ArcGIS Enterprise Portal.
  • Experience with ArcPro Desktop software.
  • Experience managing projects and a strong understanding of project management principles and concepts.
  • Knowledge of environmental and/or science-based business areas.
  • Familiarity with commonly accepted IT industry standards and best practices

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