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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team Lead

Dept of State Health Services

Austin,  Texas

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team Lead, under the limited direction and guidance of the Agency Analytics Unit Manager of the Center for Health Statistics (CHS), plans, initiates and conducts advanced geographic information/geospatial research and projects. The GIS Team Lead provides advanced (senior-level) strategic oversight of the GIS Team, including planning, scheduling, supervising, evaluating, and training team members. Work involves managing the input and manipulation of geospatial data to create, maintain, display and update maps and related representation of health-related data. Performs geocoding of vital statistics and health related data for large statewide databases. Applies highly specialized statistical and geospatial analytic methods to demonstrate the layers and confluence of epidemiologic, population or vital statistic data. Conducts consultations and coordinates responses to requests from both internal and external stakeholders. Serves as an agency resource for geospatial analysis. Accurately and within agreed upon deadlines develops and prepares geospatial data for customers. Provides parameters for digitizing and maintaining spatial databases of relevant information. Documents all procedures, creates necessary metadata and validates data for accuracy and completeness. Works with GIS team members to complete projects and ensures GIS team products are created using best practices. May prepare and present research materials, develop and prepare technical papers for publication; proposes long-range research objectives and implements new research ideas.

Essential Job Functions:

EJF 1: Initiates and conducts advanced geographic/geospatial projects related to state vital statistics data, community health status, and other public health or epidemiologic initiatives. Projects typically involve highly specialized geospatial techniques and specialized computer software. Provides parameters for digitizing and maintaining spatial databases of relevant information, documents all procedures used, validates data for accuracy and completeness, creates metadata and produces maps from the resulting information. Position prepares high quality maps, reports, and other geospatial products in formats that facilitate information transfer and program policy development. (40%)

EJF 2: Serves as team lead over professional level staff of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team. Coordinates, prioritizes, and manages team projects and staff training. Coordinates creation of analytic products and maps requested from the public, agency staff, public health researchers, news media, upper management, legislators and others. Manages and responds to mapping and information requests for the GIS Team. Implements team goals and objectives with limited guidance from the Agency Analytics Unit Manager. Helps mentor and train analysts throughout DSHS on geospatial analysis best practices. Ensures quality assurance for GIS Team products. Provides progress updates to CHS and DSHS leadership and strategic planning for the GIS Team. (30%)

EJF 3: Provides technical assistance to DSHS data programs and data users related to GIS methodologies and best practices. Remains current on geospatial techniques and implements new methodology or research ideas. Coordinates with other program staff in the collection and generation of specific CHS data, specialized research study data, or data related to programmatic initiatives. Provides consultative and technical services to internal departments, outside agencies, community organizations, and the general public. Acts as a primary content expert and contact Provides thought leadership on best practices and effective approaches on the appropriate utilization of GIS data systems for public health data. (25%)

EJF 4: Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. (5%)

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

• Advanced knowledge of terminology related to geographic information systems, including legal descriptions, cartography, engineering, and aerial photography.

• Knowledge and proficiency in information visualization theories and practices.

• Knowledge of the variety of health status and demographic measures used in public health activities.

• Skill in creation of complex queries, views, and stored procedures.

• Skill in using geographic information systems software, with specific emphasis on ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online.

• Skills in technical writing and documentation.

• Skills in troubleshooting system issues.

• Skill in both verbal and written communications.

• Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.

• Ability to strategically plan.

• Ability to plan, assign and oversee the work of others.

• Ability to respond to data requests, interpret results, communicate with data users, track requests and document all procedures.

• Ability to manipulate or analyze public health data.

• Ability to effectively interact, and communicate with stakeholders and wide variety of audiences.

• Ability to work in a team environment.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

• Ability to demonstrate creativity, initiative, and innovation.



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