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GIS Manager


Salary Range

$48,360 to an annual maximum of $71,531 will be determined based upon qualifications.

Job FLSA Status


Public Safety


Job Details

Under administrative direction of the City of Covington Engineer & the Newton County Director of Development Services, this position performs professional level management related to the development and implementation of systems, networks, databases, and macros to create, maintain, display and update a local government Geographic Information System.

Job Duties

• Coordinates and manages GIS project implementation and development ensuring the continued advancement in related technology and procedures to maintain the highest accuracy of GIS data, equipment, and systems. • Plans, develops, coordinates and modifies systems to create and maintain a comprehensive geographic information system for city departments and related local agencies. • Confers with and acts as the liaison with departmental staff to determine current and future needs as related to GIS, coordinate system integration and define required output and user documentation. • Plans and sequences processing steps for database creation, application, display and document production; performs complex network modeling activities to ensure appropriate program development and application utility. • Manages data and database infrastructure insuring appropriate and accurate data is being collected, stored, and maintain properly. • Develops systems, networks and applications documentation, user-training materials and quality control procedures; prepares a variety of technical reports, correspondences, manuals, procedures and other written materials. • Plans and develops data collection procedures for mapping utilities such as water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and general infrastructure using GPS equipment or conventional surveying equipment. • Manages the work of GIS Technicians performing data entry, data management, GPS and mapping work. • Performs a variety of analytical studies to the development and implementation of the GIS system; evaluates alternatives, makes recommendations and prepares technical reports. • Performs detailed analysis of GIS data as needed, allowing more educated decisions to be made by city and local departments. • Designs, documents, implements, and test end user applications. Have the ability to manage, develop and/or customize desktop and web-based applications. • Makes presentations regarding the GIS system; explains system hardware and software and ensures that GIS applications are appropriate for their intended use. • Monitors developments in the field of geographic system usage, determines their potential effect upon the city system; recommends procedural and equipment changes to ensure system updating. • As Manager – he/she must contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the GIS department’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team. • Attends training meetings and upgrades knowledge of GIS system uses; applies and documents new techniques as they are implemented.

Job Qualifications

Knowledge of • Understand principles and practices of computer-aided mapping or graphic design, including applicable hardware and software. Understand applications programming principles, techniques and documentation practices. Principles and practices of mapping coordinate systems, projections and scale. • Understand principles and practices of database design and management. Record keeping principles and practices. Have basic surveying principles and practices along with engineering and cartographic mathematics. • The principles and practices of systems analysis and development, geographic systems hardware, software and applications as utilized by the city and county policies are understandable and can be implemented. Applicable laws, codes and regulations apply. • Understand principles and practices of surveying, engineering, cartography, and environmental science. Skill in: • Implementing GIS application projects. Learning and using the application program languages and system hardware & software utilized by the city GIS system. Instructing non-technical users in work procedures. Analyzing user systems, developing and programming applications to meet those needs. Preparing clear and concise program documentation and user procedures. Working without close supervision in standard work situations. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. • Planning, conducting, coordination and implementing complex GIS conversion projects for various city departments and local agencies. Organizing own work, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines. Managing personnel in development and maintenance of GIS system. Using initiative and independent judgement within established procedural guidelines. Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities. • Using GPS equipment for surveying purposes. Mental and Physical Abilities • Read, analyze, and apply technical manuals for use of computers, software applications and technically advanced equipment. Perform advanced mathematical calculations. Write reports, correspondences, and procedure manuals. Communicate clearly and effectively, both oral and in writing. Read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations. Must be able to facilitate between departments. Hearing ability sufficient to understand conversational tones and respond to telephone ringers. Vision ability sufficient to see shapes and outlines of close objects; color recognition required. Vision ability sufficient to see and interpret typed documents and computer screens. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to walk indoors/outdoors, sit at a desk or in a vehicle, stand for long periods of time, reach with hands and arms; bend, crouch, kneel, stoop and stretch.

Job Education

(A) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in geography, computer science, earth science, civil engineering or related technical field. At least 40 CEU’s of specialized GIS Software Training. (B) Two or more years of progressively related experience in management of a GIS project, relational databases, GPS data collection, and GIS web related technology. (C) Or any equivalent combination of related education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Job Computer Skills

City Of Covington Department

Engineering & Stormwater

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