County of Alameda

Geographic Information Systems Analyst,Zone 7 (#4957)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Zone 7 General Mgmt (U53)
$58.70-$71.32 Hourly / $4,696.00-$5,705.60 BiWeekly /
$10,174.67-$12,362.13 Monthly / $122,096.00-$148,345.60 Yearly

Under general direction, documents, coordinates, plans, installs, implements, tests, and maintains databases and applications of the Agency Geographic Information System (GIS); provides training and technical support to Agency staff; coordinates GIS activities with Agency, outside agencies, businesses, and the community; coordinates and monitors consultants/contractors who perform the highly technical functions on the System; and performs other duties as assigned.


Geographic Information Systems Analyst, Zone 7 is a single position class responsible for independently performing the full range of professional level work in support of the Agency Geographic Information System. Incumbent is expected to perform the most complex spatial analyses using multiple attributes to arrive at the desired results.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Develops and customize GIS and related web applications and systems using a variety of programming languages, including developing infrastructure applications that enable staff to perform work easier and more efficiently.

2. Provides consultation and technical support to GIS users; supplies users with GIS software, installs and uninstalls software and upgrades; provides classroom training to GIS users.

3. Designs and produce cartographic products, reports and customizes applications based on staff requests and maintain GIS library for storing data.

4. Develops systems, networks and applications documentation, quality control procedures, standards, and metadata.

5. Participates in the modification and development of systems to create and maintain a comprehensive spatial related information system; develop spatial and tabular data and designs based on staff requests.

6. Prepares and coordinates GIS consultant contracts; monitors contract work to ensure technical accuracy and compliance with contract agreements.

7. Diagnoses GIS related software and hardware problems and resolves the problems if possible.

8. Interacts with a variety of other agencies and contractors to obtain and share data, to ensure the data and software meets Agency standards and are compatible, and to exchange knowledge and technology.

9. Attends and participates in professional and other group meetings and training; stays abreast of new GIS trends and innovation, evaluates alternatives, and makes recommendations to management on the benefits of new products and trends.

10. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major coursework in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Geography, Environmental Studies , or a field related to the work (An Associate’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Geography, Environmental Studies, or a field related to the work and two years of geographic information systems experience may substitute for the four-year education requirement).



The equivalent of two years full time progressively responsible experience in geographic information systems and database management, cartography, mechanical drawing, civil engineering, drafting, or a related field.


Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• GIS concepts and analytical techniques, including computerized mapping and digital data conversion, manipulation and analysis.
• Principles and practices of system documentation.
• Principles and practices of project management, records management, and data collection techniques.
• Modern office practices and procedures.
• Correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
• Pertinent federal and state laws and regulations.
• Database administration principles, methods and techniques, including applicable software such as ARCGIS, MapInfo, or Map Cad.
• Application development methods, tools and utilities applicable to the GIS system.
• Programming languages including Visual Basic, or Geo-processing scripts.
• Mathematical and statistical procedures commonly supported by system applications.
• Principles and practices of computer programming.
• Methods and techniques used in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of software applications.
• Spatial projection techniques and standards.
• Principles and procedures of quality assurance and security related to computer information systems.
• Operational characteristics and capabilities of database management systems.

Ability to:

• Provide training and technical assistance to District GIS users in the areas of database analysis and the use of GIS software.
• Prepare cartographic maps based on customer requests.
• Understand, interpret and analyze user GIS requirements and develop more routine custom GIS application solutions using several computer programming languages.
• Perform various GIS database administrative functions, including developing standards and methodologies for use of the enterprise GIS database.
• Detect, isolate and resolve information systems application problems.
• Install, troubleshoot and upgrade District GIS applications.
• Learn and begin to perform spatial analysis using multiple attributes/experimental and virtual scenarios to arrive at the desired results.
• Prepare clear and concise program documentation, user procedures, reports of work performed, and other written materials.
• Make sound independent decisions within established guidelines.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationship with those contacted in the course of work.
• Produce accurate information in short timeframes.
• Meet deadlines when managing multiple and changing priorities.

Requires willingness and ability to:

• Work nights, weekends, and holidays, in emergencies.
• Requires sufficient physical strength and agility to computers and carry audio-visual equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.

RC:po 3/7/07
Newspec: 4957.doc
CSC Date: 3/14/2007


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.