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GIS Section Manager

State of Colorado

Denver,  Colorado
GIS Coordinator

The Geographic Information System (GIS) position will manage the GIS Section consisting of three (3) work units. This position will prepare and administer annual work plans and budgets; establish staffing patterns and work units; develop multi-year program goals; provide personal and technical leadership across all its units and business activities; and supervise three (3) unit managers.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and supervise three (3) Unit Managers and manage personnel and program activities;
  • Prioritize and assign work, develop and sign performance plans and conduct employee appraisals; initiate promotional and/or disciplinary or corrective actions, develop and administer budgets; and implement annual work plan and establish work standards and second-level supervisory duties;
  • Identify training needs for personnel and staff development opportunities;
  • Provide overall leadership and management to the GIS program;
  • Manage a large budget for the annual work program covering staff and unit operations;
  • Represent CDOT through written and oral communications and attend meetings with internal staff and external organizations;
  • Develop and support geospatial data acquisition and management applications;
  • Manage a variety of projects, including the ongoing development of configurable applications, custom software and geospatial databases that support CDOT decision making and business activities across the agency;
  • Lead, design and implement geospatial data governance activities across CDOT;
  • Serve as the Division's lead coordinator with the Chief Data Office, and serve as CDOT's technical expert and manager for Geospatial applications and data systems;
  • Work with CDOT IT and OIT staff to develop and maintain systems to manage requests for and provision of user licenses across CDOTm and serve as CDOT's focal point for education concerning the need for and capabilities of geospatial tools and systems, including presenting recommendations to executive management weekly;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:
Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday

Travel required
Occasional overnight travel 1-3 times a year throughout Colorado
Required to operate CDOT vehicles

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
This experience must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in geography, urban planning, civil engineering,computer science, or a closely related field (a transcript showing degree conferral must be included with your application to verify this requirement).
AND at least six years of full-time professional work experience in strategic planning, managing large volumes of information, and policy development. This experience must include ALL of the following:
At least one year of experience as a supervisor, showing a progressively responsible professional career track record of leadership and vision which included fostering a high performance team and managing professional and support staff;

A combination of setting and executing program/project goals and objectives, developing and managing a budget, allocating resources to achieve goals and objectives, and providing leadership.
A current valid driver's license is required for this position as it requires operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.
Second Level Supervisor Definition: Second Level Supervisors are accountable for multiple units or groups through the direct supervision of at least two subordinate supervisors; the subordinate supervisors manage three or more employees. Typical responsibilities may include: having signature authority for actions and decisions that directly impact pay, status, and tenure; signature authority for corrective/disciplinary actions and performance appraisal plans; initiating the hiring, promotion or transfer process.

Substitutions: A combination of professional work experience which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the Bachelor's degree. A Master's or Doctorate degree in one of the fields of study listed above will substitute for the undergraduate degree and one year of the required professional experience.

NOTE: A legible copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

The Exceptional Applicant will be successful and possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;
  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
  • Strong, effective listening, interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Possess Analytic thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills;
  • Ability to identify and analyze critical, complex, or sensitive problems, develop new insights into situations and apply innovative solutions;
  • Knowledge and experience in the development and management of human resources;
  • Supervising, coaching and mentoring professional and support staff;
  • Ability to work with the professionals, consultants, vendors, stakeholders and staff, with sensitivity to their needs and priorities;
  • Facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Skill in negotiating to find mutually acceptable solutions and modifications; building consensus through give and take;
  • Strong time and project management skills;
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances;
  • Working effectively in both independent and team situations;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail and SAP and ability to quickly learn new software
  • Experience using ERSI GIS software, relational database management software (SQL or Oracle)


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