GIS Analyst

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

We are seeking a GIS Analyst who will report to the GIS Manager and is responsible for activities associated with the department’s GIS databases, applications, and tools. The GIS Analyst is involved in creating, maintaining, and supporting GIS data and related products, including maps of campus, documentation, and geospatial web applications. The GIS Analyst is responsible for planning, managing, and leading GIS projects, with the guidance of the GIS manager, and by communicating with stakeholders to understand and define the project requirements. The GIS Analyst presents and instructs department and public users of GIS products, systems, and services, on their proper usage, functionality, and interpretation. Presentations and communications should be expected in large, medium, and small meetings, both with department staff and the wider University community, and individual troubleshooting scenarios.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Interface with other University-wide data interest groups to promote awareness of data resources, products and services among staff and University offices through outreach and embedded activities.
  • Develop and lead instructional sessions for JHU staff about the use of various GIS data resources and tools, and best practices for data access, collection, management, and preservation with a targeted focus on utility and construction planning data.
  • Publicly present, explain, and demo departmental GIS or data topics and products in person and/or virtually at small, medium, and large events.
  • Manages, edits, delivers, and supports GIS, SDE, and SQL databases and related datasets, feature classes, and layers. Ensures records are updated and accurate.
  • Prepares written documentation of GIS systems, such as Standard Operating Procedures, and participates in cross-training/knowledge sharing with colleagues and end users.
  • Produces detailed maps on request by extracting and manipulating data from GIS databases.
  • Design and create geo-databases, develop content and provide training.
  • Develop processes, document workflows, and identify and define repetitive tasks that are candidates for automation or delegation.
  • Coordinate with project managers and IT colleagues.
  • Works with Junior GIS staff on GIS tasks in coordination with the GIS Manager.
  • Edit and maintain cartographic representations in GIS products.
  • Provide support for real-time mapping applications.
  • Perform quality control checks of spatial data, web maps, and geo-based applications.
  • Participate in geo-data repository data evaluations, metadata creation/updates, data loading, and troubleshooting as needed.
  • Conducts GIS field work using GPS and mobile-mapping devices to support updating, editing, and improving Facilities’ GIS.
  • Support operations and software installations/maintenance.
  • Maintain floor plan conversion process.
  • Act as data publisher for Facilities’ mapping portal.
  • Effectively manages multiple responsibilities and tasks with varying deadlines and priorities.
  • Works independently on a range of GIS tasks with minimal direct supervision.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Monitor the landscape of GIS data management plans and design support services to respond to these requirements.
  • Develop and maintain awareness of data-centered strategies and technologies across Ivy-plus universities and attend relevant conferences and workshops for his/her continuing professional development.
  • Conduct informal and formal service- and resource- needs’ assessments of assigned departments in an interactive, ongoing fashion, and communicate these needs via committees and various channels.
  • Develop program for curriculum-based instruction sessions about GIS information resources and topics for assigned users or departments.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Python, SQL, ArcGIS ModelBuilder, and ArcSDE.
  • Experience with managing GIS and surveying projects using Esri geo-processing tools.
  • Experience with GIS or other field survey data collection.
  • Strong analytical, mathematical, and logic thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational, project/process management, and data management and analysis skills.
  • Interest in learning, using, and demonstrating software systems/technologies; service-orientation.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and build consensus with a diverse group.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other equipment on a frequent basis.
  • Ability to navigate campus for GIS field work carrying GPS and mobile-mapping devices.
  • Ability to frequently communicate with coworkers.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.
  • Ability to move about.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably the equivalent of two full-time semesters or eight 3 credit courses of coursework in GIS, Information systems, databases, or computer science.
  • Three years related experience including experience with GIS or geospatial technology.
  • Direct programming experience while pursuing education may count towards related experience. Significant undergraduate programming coursework or independent project can be considered as related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years' experience with Esri’s ArcGIS Pro and extensions.
  • One year of experience with SaaS platforms.
  • One year experience with ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online.


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