GIS Coordinator

City of Urbana

Urbana, Illinois

Position Summary:
The GIS Coordinator is responsible for coordinating a wide range of technical and administrative functions in the operation and support of the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS). Duties include organizing and executing the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, and modification of the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS). The GIS Coordinator advises City GIS policy and procedures and serves City staff with resources and training to improve utilization of GIS. Work is performed independently under the general supervision of the City Engineer.
Class Characteristics
The GIS Coordinator is distinguished from the GIS Specialist by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees are required to be fully trained in all functions related to assigned area of responsibility, to have advanced technical knowledge of and emphasis on GIS software application/extensions and other GIS software; to have good problem solving and organizational skills; and to have the ability to exercise sound, independent judgment within established guidelines. This position is responsible for coordinating all GIS functions for the City within general policy and procedural guidelines and for adapting specific program procedures and activities to meet the needs of the City, other agencies and technological advances. Successful performance of the work requires proactively planning, administering and evaluating program goals, objectives, and budgets to define and integrate the requirements of various internal and external clients. This class is distinguished from other information services classes by the level of technical knowledge of and emphasis on GIS software applications/extensions and other GIS related software.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • General understanding of geospatial data acquisition to locate city infrastructure systems such as sanitary sewers, storm sewers, lights, traffic signals, signs, parking meters, and other information.
  • Coordinates departmental processes in the development and implementation of city and regional GIS data standards, processes, and best management practices.
  • Performs quality control on GIS data including researching, interpreting, and validating sources of information in order to identify and correct errors or omissions in data and to keep data in compliance with city and regional GIS data standards.
  • Imports, exports, and converts data from various formats and sources for use in GIS and related systems such as enterprise asset management system.
  • Coordinates, creates, modifies and maintains various maps, applications, and other graphic information.
  • Assists in coordinating data sharing, report and map generation of GIS services among City departments and public requests.
  • Creates workflows for city departments to complete tasks more efficiently and make data-informed decisions.
  • Partners with other governmental agencies, regional GIS participants, and citizen groups to deliver beneficial mapping and data services to the public.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact and subject matter expert for all projects related to GIS programs and activities.
  • Researches and investigates geographic information system industry techniques and products; evaluates and recommends GIS software tools.
  • Develops, documents, and supports recommended work procedures and usage guidelines for GIS programs and projects.
  • Participates in the development and review of the Department’s budget by developing forecasts of additional funds needed for planned projects, equipment, materials, and supplies related to GIS services and projects.
  • May oversee and monitor the work of staff as it relates to GIS processes and programs, as needed.
  • Writes documentation for databases, applications, workflows, and other GIS outputs.
  • Performs other duties or assumes other responsibilities as apparent or assigned.

Required / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in GIS, Computer Science, or a closely related field from an accredited college. A Bachelor’s degree in GIS, Computer Science, or a closely related field from an accredited college is preferred.
  • Five years of experience using Geographic Information Systems including ArcMap and/or ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and Web Apps (Field Maps or Collector, Survey123, WebApp Builder).
  • Due to the performance of field duties, the ability to operate a City vehicle will be required; therefore, a valid Illinois Class D driver’s license and acceptable driving record at time of hire and throughout employment in the position is required.
  • GIS Professional (GISP) certification or the ability to obtain within one year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal, ArcGIS Server, SQL Server) and QGIS is preferred.


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Category GIS Coordinator