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$53.48-$71.68 hourly / $9,270.00-$12,424.00 monthly / $111,238.40-$149,094.40 yearly


Under direction of the Director of Information Services the GIS Manager will coordinate and manage GIS applications and projects; will oversee and direct County-wide conversion efforts and applications development; will work with and coordinate GIS activities between various groups, agencies, departments, or individuals; will represent the County GIS functions at the local, regional, state and federal levels and do other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This single class position is responsible for planning and managing the County’s Geographic Information System.  The position will act as a liaison with Information Services for technical support, and the various other County departments utilizing GIS or requiring GIS services.  This classification is distinguished from other decentralized information systems managers by the specialization in geographic information systems.  The classification is also distinguished by the necessity to provide GIS services to all County departments, other government agencies and the private sector.

Typical Tasks

Coordinates among the various County departments to promote and maximize the use and activities of GIS technology.  Insures the quality of County’s GIS data, to include currency, geographic and content accuracy, completeness, and registration amount the various map layers.  Directs, through subordinate GIS staff, the activities associated with the maintenance of the County’s GIS technology.  Provides written and oral progress reports and updates to department head, oversight committees, and the Board of Supervisors.  Staffs Departmental Liaisons, and other groups established to coordinate GIS activities.  Insures adherence to accepted GIS data standards (e.g. the FGDC data standard).  Controls access to County’s GIS data as appropriate.  Oversees distribution of GIS data to County departments, other government agencies, and the public.  Directs and participates in the analysis and design of new or revised GIS applications.  Monitors and supervises the development and implementation of such systems by subordinate GIS staff.  Develops and implements GIS strategic, long term, plan for the County.  Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, standards, and work programs for the GIS unit.  Participates in regional GIS data development and sharing efforts.  Directs GIS Service Bureau staff.  Develops and administers GIS budget; administers billing for GIS services; pursues alternate funding sources for GIS.  Promotes use of GIS by County departments and insures that the geographic information needs of all County departments are met with maximum utilization of existing resources.  Assigns requests for GIS services to subordinate GIS staff, according to complexity and technical difficulty.  Administers licensing agreements, memorandum of understanding, marketing agreements, and use agreements.  Reviews and upgrades system hardware and software as system design and requirements change.  Responds to public information requests, and develops public information policies and procedures.

Employment Standards


  • A thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of GIS technology and application.
  • A thorough knowledge of GIS Software.
  • A working knowledge of programming languages used with GIS software.
  • Some knowledge of related technologies, such as GPS, photogrammetry, and remote sensing.
  • Some knowledge of cartopgraphic mapping principles.
  • Some knowledge of computer and network hardware and software.
  • Some knowledge of database software.
  • Some knowledge of survey principles and practice.
  • Some knowledge of principles and techniques of management and supervision, including budgeting.
  • Some knowledge of operation, function, and capabilities of client/server and web based technologies.
  • Some knowledge of the functions and services provided by local governments.
  • Some knowledge of laws governing local records.

 Ability to: 

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Select appropriate hardware/software and implement system enhancements.
  • Establish and implement goals and objectives on schedule and within budget.
  • Analyze, develop and implement geographic information systems.
  • Analyze and solve GIS system problems.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • To administer budgets.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Planning, Computer Science, Engineering, Geographic Information Systems or related field.  A Master’s degree is preferred.


  • Three years experience as a supervisor or lead worker in Geographic Information Systems.  The experience must include the use of GIS software to develop maps, perform analysis, and develop applications

Special Requirements/Conditions:

  • LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:  Possession of a valid California C Drivers License or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:  Must pass a background investigation, which includes fingerprints.

Special Working Conditions:


  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed including weekends, evenings and on call.
  • Ability to perform moderate heavy physical work which includes lifting items up to sixty pounds, climbing ladders to work at elevations from 4 – 12 feet and to work in confined/cramped body positions.
  • Risk of eyestrain and repetitive motion syndrome due to long hours spent at a computer. 
  • Physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the position as summarized in the typical tasks section of this specification.


Bargaining Unit: 11 
EEOC Job Category: 03  
Occupational Grouping: 25 
Workers' Comp Code: 0053
Analyst: ES

CLASS: CV7; EST: 4/1/2002;