GIS Coordinator

City of Panama

Panama City Beach, Florida

This is highly responsible, technical work to establish and maintain the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) needs for various departments of the City. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Utilities Director.

Examples of Duties
In addition to the essential duties and responsibilities, other tasks may be assigned:

  • Enters spatial data using established workflows and procedures using coordinate geometry and other methods. 
  • Creates basic and specific maps using ArcGIS software.
  • Collects field data using GPS devices and processes results. 
  • Examines present and future GIS inter-local agreements. 
  • Reviews GIS data for accuracy.
  • Generates and manages data from various sources with supplementary elements and metadata.
  • Executes complex geospatial analysis and geoprocessing.
  • Provides data upon request to both public and private sectors. 
  • Maintains and advances knowledge of GIS functionality, standards, and procedures.
  • Stays up to date of latest trends and advances in the GIS field, database design, and GIS hardware and software.
  • Leads in the expansion of training programs to increase the utilization of GIS.
  • Manages the development of data collection, input, and modeling specifications for GIS data.
  • Evaluates and recommends new and additional GIS software.
  • Performs advanced, complex GIS and related dataset design and analysis.
  • Makes crucial determinations in the development of spatial technologies, design and upkeep of spatial databases, and development of GIS deployment policies.
  • May perform system administrative functions.
  • Performs daily maintenance of GIS enterprise databases including SQL Server spatial database management, patches, and troubleshoots technical issues.
  • Creates automated programs to make routine database maintenance processes more effective.
  • Designs, supports, and troubleshoots intranet/internet web-based GIS applications.
  • Oversees GIS servers.
  • Manages data and asset entry from the City’s Asset Management Software onto the GIS database.
  • Performs related work as required.

Typical Qualifications
Applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography or Information System Management from an accredited college or university. Must have a minimum of five (5) years' experience in progressive designing, executing, and supporting complex geodatabases. Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), Esri ArcGIS Desktop Professional (EADP), Python and HTML are highly desired.
Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License - driving record must be acceptable to the City insurance program.  

A comparable amount of training and/or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications. GIS certification can be used to establish equivalency. 


  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
  • Skill in project management.
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skill in prioritizing and planning.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Knowledge of engineering plan design and preparation principles.
  • Knowledge of map development and maintenance principles.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment.
  • Skill in performing mathematical calculations.


The supervisor assigns work in terms of very general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include FDOT guidelines and department and city policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.   


The work consists of varied GIS operation duties. The need for accuracy contributes to the complexity of the position.
This classification is distinguished by the specialized technical GIS skills necessary to perform complex functions involving analysis, database design and management, as well as project management responsibilities for planning projects with a strong data or GIS component.

The purpose of this position is to develop cartographic and digital maps and relational databases of City assets, properties, facilities, and other geospatial references. Successful performance contributes to the success of department construction projects and the accuracy of maps.


  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city personnel, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit, stand, climb or balance.  The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms, talk or hear, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, taste or smell.   

The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job is ability to adjust focus, close vision and peripheral vision, color vision, and distance vision.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, sometimes in inclement weather, is exposed to fumes, airborne particles, and has some risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



**These are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.



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