GIS Analyst

City of Vista

Vista, California

Positions in this classification are responsible for performing professional geographic information system support activities. This position is responsible for the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping services and activities, including the use of GIS-centric asset management and GIS-centric permits/lands/licensing systems. The incumbent will manage and maintain geospatial data, perform spatial analysis, and support integrated systems to contribute to effective decision-making and streamlined workflows. This position may be designated in the City’s Confidential Employee Group depending on the assigned department.

This is the journey-level classification in the GIS Technology classification series. Positions in this class work under general supervision and are expected to perform the full range of GIS technical and support duties. Responsibilities may include functional supervision of subordinate or contracted staff. This class is distinguished from the GIS Technician classification in that the latter classification performs less complex technical functions and GIS database management procedures.

GIS Analyst Key Responsibilities include:

Geospatial Data Management:

  • Collect, organize, and maintain geospatial data from various sources.
  • Create and document contemporary processes for editor workflows to ensure data quality, accuracy, and consistency.

ArcGIS Enterprise Administration:

  • Configure and manage ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Data Store.
  • Set up and maintain user accounts, security, and permissions.
  • Monitor system performance and troubleshoot issues.

Spatial Analysis and Modeling:

  • Perform spatial analyses using ArcGIS tools and extensions.
  • Create custom geoprocessing models and scripts.
  • Identify patterns, trends, and relationships within spatial data.

Map Production and Data Visualization:

  • Design and create maps using ArcGIS Pro.
  • Generate thematic maps, charts, and tables for presentations and reports.

Creating Web Apps:

  • Leverage off-the-shelf solutions (such as ArcGIS Experience Builder, or Survey 123) to build interactive web apps.
  • Identify user requirements, and incorporate geospatial data layers, widgets, and custom functionality into these web apps.

Integrated Systems Administration:

  • Administer integrated systems such as Cityworks PLL (Permitting, Licensing, and Land) and Cityworks AMS (Asset Management System).
  • Configure and maintain GIS components within these systems.
  • Collaborate with relevant departments to ensure seamless integration.

Collaboration and Communication:

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams (e.g., Public Works, Community Development, Engineering, Fire, Recreation & Community Services) to support projects.
  • Communicate complex geospatial concepts effectively to stakeholders.

Data Integration and Interoperability:

  • Work with other enterprise systems (e.g., ERP, CRM) to integrate GIS data.
  • Ensure data interoperability and consistency across platforms.

GIS Project Support:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of GIS Division projects.
  • Provide technical support to end-users and data editors.
  • Document workflows and procedures.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Designs, develops, creates, modifies, and maintains existing City GIS system. 
  • Serves as administrator for databases and application integration.
  • Monitors workflow, trains employees, and resolves problems within scope of authority, and exercises independent judgment within IT Department policy guidelines. 
  • Assures the integrity, security, and effective performance of the GIS program databases and integrated systems. 
  • Serves as subject matter expert on GIS. 
  • Assures effective communication of GIS development plans and system issues. 
  • Analyzes problems and recommends solutions. 
  • Prepares special and recurring reports. 
  • Develops GIS applications in support of City goals; plans, coordinates and prioritizes GIS Development projects with other City departments and outside agencies. 
  • Works with user departments to develop project objectives. 
    plans development projects to assure that GIS projects meet objectives. 
  • Coordinates development of component layers and structure of spatial data. 
  • Coordinates plans to acquire, exchange, share, and integrate digital data. 
  • Coordinates the continuous development, operation, and maintenance of the GIS, including Database, hardware and software, architecture, and system design. 
  • Plans, designs, develops, implements, programs, tests, and maintains GIS system and specialty applications. 
  • Updates and maintains databases. 
  • Evaluates and corrects data and new integrated data sets. 
  • Performs quality control checks to assure data integrity; determines and establishes quality control standards for GIS data layers for City departments and other agencies. 
  • Monitors system performance, and tunes operating parameters to reduce system errors and enhance system functionality and stability. 
    provides technical support and training for GIS applications, tools, and technologies; analyzes and resolves technical and procedural issues. 
  • Identifies hardware and software solutions; documents work completed. 
  • Maintains work log of service requests, equipment malfunctions, software errors and failures, and technical configurations. 
    identifies and reports trends and technical problems which need to be addressed by improved Methodologies, procedures and policies. 
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

A valid Class C California Driver's License.


  • Principles and practices of GIS theory, design and systems development. 
  • ArcGIS Enterprise platform, including ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store, and ArcGIS Pro.
  • ArcGIS Online platform, including AGOL, HUB, and StoryMaps.
  • Project management principles.
  • Database management principles.
  • GIS concepts such as datum and projections, coordinate systems, cartographic principles, and database relationships.
  • Methods and techniques used for interpreting and digitizing various media such as maps, construction drawings, land records, aerial photos, and data conversion.
  • Software and hardware relevant to GIS and integrated applications.
  • Municipal engineering concerns and concepts.
  • Land development considerations and processes.
  • Infrastructure Asset Management, including road and pipe infrastructure.
  • Current related geographic information systems technologies and developments.


  • Analyzing technical issues, evaluating alternatives, and making recommendations based on findings.
  • Assessing, analyzing, identifying and implementing solutions to technical problems.
  • Administering and maintaining an ArcGIS Enterprise environment, including ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store, and ArcGIS Pro.
  • Developing, troubleshooting, and maintaining automations, queries, and web apps using programming languages such as SQL, Python, ArcPy, Arcade, and HTML.
  • Instructing and developing documentation for end-users on various GIS and related applications.
  • Creating high-quality, accurate, and visually appealing cartographic products and spatial analysis.
  • Geodatabase design, maintenance, management, and automations in a contemporary versioned editor environment.
  • Management and maintenance of ArcGIS Map services, including locators, basemaps, and edit feature services.
  • Developing, manipulating and analyzing GIS data in a variety of data formats and projections.
  • Understanding and working with data from multiple public and private sources.
  • Maintaining accurate and interrelated database records and identifying and reconciling errors.
  • Analyzing complex variables, and effectively communicating technically complex instructions.
  • Quickly and effectively diagnosing and resolving technical problems in a web-based environment.
  • Operating a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices.


  • Coordinate continuous database update and maintenance. 
  • Gather, compile, and analyze complex data; analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations. 
  • Exercise independent judgment to identify and resolve problems effectively and efficiently.
  • Independently conduct research and field work related to mapping and geographic information projects; efficiently organize, plan and complete applications development projects; Troubleshoot hardware and software problems and make or recommend modifications. 
  • Organize materials and maintain maps and other information accurately and systematically. 
  • Plan and conduct effective user training courses; prepare clear, concise, and accurate program documentation, user procedures, reports of work performed, and other written materials. 
  • Interpret and explain division policies and procedures; read, interpret, and apply technical publications, manuals, and other documents. 
  • Utilize Internet, remote communications, and other advanced tools; adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems. 
  • Work effectively as a project team member; understand and follow oral and written instructions. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position. A typical qualifying background is a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Geography, Management Information Systems, Engineering, or a closely related field; and three to five years of progressively responsible experience in geographic information systems. Experience administering ArcGIS Enterprise, Permitting, Licensing and Land Management, and Asset Management software is highly desirable along with a Master’s Degree in a related field. 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to communicate effectively verbally and in a written manner; observe and interpret data, and analyze and solve problems; work under changing and intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City officials, media, citizens groups, employees and others encountered in the course of work. The employee must be able to work indoor office environments/outdoor in the field environments (depending on position); employees supporting Geographic Information Systems may be exposed to outside weather conditions where the employee must hike over rough and uneven terrain. The employee may have to move up to 50 lbs. and transport up to 10 lbs. objects frequently (depending on position). Vision abilities required by this job include the ability to detect, determine, perceive, identify, estimate, and assess work related objects and/or work products based on position specific designated tasks.   The employee may be required to work overtime to complete assignments. Must be able to work a flexible schedule. Use of personal vehicle during employment may also be required.



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