Senior GIS Database Administrator

Southern California Association of Governments

United States, Remote

General Summary
The purpose of this classification is to oversee the design, implementation, monitoring, maintenance, and performance of the SCAG Enterprise Geodatabase; and lead data automation and maintenance efforts and contribute to detailed database design, improvement, and maintenance standards related to data entry and updating.  


The Senior GIS Database Administrator job is the advanced level within the career family.  Individuals in this classification are responsible for GIS enterprise-wide database systems and possess specialized and technical expertise. This may be demonstrated by creating management methods and systems and implementing recommendations to improve GIS database management and data automation efforts. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • Supports the administration of ArcGIS Enterprise, including data maintenance, publishing, user setup, user support, security, service registration, and upgrades
  • Designs, architects, develops, and manages Geo Datasets
  • Monitors relational databases to ensure optimum performance and implements required improvement to database structures and processes 
  • Troubleshoots data and database problems using well-developed troubleshooting techniques
  • Modifies database structures and designs as appropriate
  • Develops automation protocols for loading spatial data using data modeling and attribute mapping and manages the defined workflow routines
  • Develops and establishes procedures to monitor and maintain Enterprise GIS Architecture, Arc GIS Server and other related databases
  • Performs reasonably related duties within the scope of the classification as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required skills, knowledge, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be with 5 years' experience in geodatabase administration and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.


  • ArcGIS Enterprise
  • Software maintenance 
  • Various programming languages 
  • Data design


  • Providing user support and troubleshooting 
  • Written and oral communications
  • Attention to detail
  • Organization and time management 
  • Leadership


  • Provide GIS analysis
  • Configure related software applications
  • Develop and/or review clear, concise communications and reports
  • Use basic to intermediate features of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Supervisory Responsibilities
Classification has no level of supervision in the scope of work but may provide occasional direction to interns, temporary employees, and consultants.

Human Collaboration & Job Impact
This area describes the personal interaction with others outside direct reporting relationships as well as the impact the job has on organization, the division, the department, and business unit objectives including the output of services, or employee or public satisfaction.

Classifications at this level may influence policy implementation decisions through interactions. Communication may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations. Contacts may involve stressful, negative interactions with internal stakeholders and/or external stakeholders requiring high levels of tact, humility, and the ability to respond to challenging interpersonal interactions.

Fiscal Responsibility & Risk
This section describes the accountability and participation if any, as it relates to the fiscal accountability, level of risk, and impact of financial/budgetary errors within department or assigned area(s) of responsibility.

Limited fiscal responsibility. 
Classification has limited fiscal responsibility. Responsibilities may include: (1) assisting in the collection and preparation of data in support of recommendations for budget allocations, typically within an assigned department; (2) monitoring and documenting project budgets and expenditures; (3) supporting purchasing needs through ordering inventory and monitoring spending.  Risk at this level is limited as errors can be identified and resolved quickly and may result in loss of incumbent’s time to correct the error or minor financial loss.



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