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GIS Specialist Senior

Historic Franklin Tennessee

Franklin,  Tennessee
GIS AnalystGIS Developer

Purpose of Job

Contributes to the design, development, and maintenance of Geographic Information System (GIS) graphics and mapping applications. Generates graphics, maps, and statistical reports.

II. Essential Job Duties

A. Coordinates GIS System Maintenance

  • Supports information system contractors and staff members in GIS and data-integration activities.
  • Designs, implements, maintains and organizes activities involving GIS spatial/attribute components for the department.
  • Reviews and implements technology to ensure that the department meets its GIS, data warehousing and system goals.
  • Coordinates and develops the accuracy, integrity, and structure of spatial/attribute data necessary to support GIS functions.
  • Develops geoprocessing models and/or scripts to expedite routine GIS procedures.
  • Makes budget recommendations for GIS operating and training expenses for hardware, software upgrades, and new purchases.
  • May assist with coordinating with vendors for new programs, training, upgrades, and changes to GIS.

B. Maintains GIS related databases.

  • Ensures the accuracy, integrity, and availability of GIS data.
  • Coordinates developing new data bases and migrating existing data into a GIS format; researches legal documents to obtain data for input into GIS.
  • Coordinates with appropriate departments to develop and maintain base maps; develops and perpetuates a shared, computerized database of maps and land-related information.
  • Imports and converts, as necessary, CAD drawings prepared by others.
  • Utilizes GIS to update utility maps, blueprints, plat books and related documents.
  • Coordinates the use of GPS to create, maintain and verify map and GIS accuracy.
  • Downloads field data into GIS system and reviews it for accuracy.
  • May update street addresses from field survey; assists other departments, the public, 911, the telephone company, and the post office with correct addresses; notifies the appropriate persons and agencies of incorrect addresses; maintains records of assigned addresses.

C. Generates Maps, Graphics, and Reports

  • Maintains the accuracy of GIS base maps; develops standard base maps for ready reproduction and distribution; creates PDF maps for viewing on the City’s website.
  • May prepare sketches for the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and the Franklin Board of Zoning appeals.
  • May greet and assist the general public, contractors, developers, and engineers in search of GIS information.
  • Prepares GIS based detailed maps, graphs, charts, records and reports; researches GIS data bases as requested to obtain and report information such as dimensions of parcels, right-of-way, and easements.

D. Provides GIS Technical Support to City Departments

  • Provides technical assistance to GIS database users. Assists in training other employees in developing, utilizing, and applying GIS.
  • Disseminates GIS data as necessary. Coordinates with other staff members, as necessary, pertaining to information system projects related to GIS.
  • As requested, investigates the feasibility of implementing new technology or software to aid GIS users.
  • Participates in committees concerned with specific data warehousing or GIS-related software issues, such as Law Enforcement Management or Fire Planning programs.
  • Analyzes GIS data to assist in problem solving, including but not limited to the transportation network, 3D, spatial, and statistical analysis.
  • Creates procedures and datasets for specific geographic analysis to be used as an aid in municipal decision making processes.

E. Contributes to computer network and applications development.

  • Provides support to information systems staff in the analysis, design, and maintenance of LANs and WANs related to departmental GIS.
  • Strives to effectively model the department’s business rules and processes into relational databases and integrated software applications.

F. Serves as Project Leader for assigned Projects

  • Estimates materials and resources needed for projects.
  • Facilitates team member involvement.
  • Facilitates definition of GIS related user requirements
  • Writes and review project specifications.

G. Serves as Liaison with External Agencies and Contractors

  • May coordinate GIS sharing data with Williamson County, City of Brentwood, and State of Tennessee department information systems departments in the sharing of information to ensure continuity of digital submissions.
  • May assist in coordinating the activities of outside engineers and private contractors.

III. Other Job Duties

Performs other job duties as assigned, including:

  • Assists in providing varied information system support as needed.
  • May perform GIS and engineering related duties in the field, including checking field data related to the development of GIS data; investigating complex problems and/or complaints and provide recommended solutions; may assist a surveying crew, as needed.
  • May assist with the installation and maintenance of workstations and peripherals related to GIS servers, personal computers, printers, scanners, and plotters.
  • Administers GIS related contracts as assigned.
  • Writes bid specifications for computer equipment and peripherals,
  • May participate in planning special events or other activities for which knowledge of GIS database is helpful.

IV. Primary Job Challenges

Primary challenges of this position include maintaining knowledge of many advanced software applications.

V. Equipment Operated

Computer keyboard, mouse, printers, copiers, scanners

Key Competencies Required

  • Job Content Knowledge: Is knowledgeable of cartography, geographic analysis, engineering drafting/design, mapping practices as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. Is knowledgeable and skillful in the use of advanced PC workstations utilizing GIS and CAD applications, GPS survey equipment and associated hardware/software. Has considerable knowledge of applied client-server technology in a networked workstation environment. Extensive knowledge of GIS software necessary to maintain topology and attribute information related to GIS data. Is capable of using zoning, land use, sewer and water maps. Must be able to read blueprints. Is knowledgeable of OSHA and safety rules and procedures. Has knowledge of project management techniques. Must be able to work independently. Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operations, equipment needs and policies, etc., as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Is able to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors, and all other groups involved in the activities of the department. Is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) at the highest level. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Teamwork: Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others. Encourages others to express their ideas and opinions. Provides input into identifying and solving problems. Anticipates need of others for information about job tasks and work environment and provides it to them in a timely manner. Willingly assists others with job tasks when appropriate.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Physical Demands: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires the incumbent to:

  • Occasionally and walk.
  • Regularly sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and reach with hands and arms
  • Frequently talk or hear.
  • Occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires:

Occasional exposure to outdoor weather conditions

The work environment is moderately noisy (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic).


Education and Experience: The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are acquired through attainment of a Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology, geography, geoscience, computer science or information technology, plus a minimum of four years of GIS experience, and attainment of the GISP certification; or attainment of a Master’s degree in geography, plus a minimum of four years of GIS experience in lieu of the GISP certification; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Proven competency in ESRI software-Arc/Info and ArcView is a must.

Required Certifications/Licenses:

CJIS – Or obtained within one year of hire with the City of Franklin

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