GIS Programmer

Recruitment #2305-0735-001


The City of Tucson Information Technology Department (ITD) is seeking a motivated and innovative  Communications and Design Analyst to join our team. The ITD GIS and Data Analytics team assists with overall GIS functions and analytics which spans the City organization to provide centralized access to managed data to find trends and answer questions that improve service delivery and contribute to quality of life. The diversity of business functions makes for a dynamic work environment that is both challenging and rewarding.

This is an in person position with the possibility of a Hybrid work schedule. 

General Description

We are seeking a highly skilled and creative Communication and Design Analyst to join our team. The ideal candidate should possess exceptional writing, communication, and graphic design skills. You will be responsible for developing, analyzing, and communicating data using various tools, including Adobe Creative Cloud, ESRI products (such as ArcGIS Hub and ArcGIS StoryMaps) and dashboarding applications such as Power BI. Additionally, you will be responsible for managing a communications plan that includes newsletters and social media. The role requires a strong attention to detail and the ability to collaborate with team members to create visually appealing dashboards and reports that communicate data insights effectively.

Preferred Skills and Responsibilities
  • Designing and creating visual content: This involves designing and creating visual elements such as infographics, videos, presentations, and other marketing collateral to support communication strategies.
  • Providing design support: This involves creating and editing graphics, layouts, and other design elements to support marketing campaigns.
  • Storytelling: This involves using compelling narratives to communicate complex ideas, engage audiences, and build brand awareness.
  • Enhance dashboards, reports, and other data communication tools to derive meaning from complex data and ideas.
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of data used in visualizations and reports.
  • Collaborate with team members to develop effective data communication strategies.
  • Manage a communications plan that includes newsletters and social media.
  • Provide guidance to team members on best practices for data visualization and communication.
  • Develop and maintain documentation on data communication processes and techniques.
  • Skill in using Adobe Creative Cloud, Esri products, and Power BI.

Essential Functions

The GIS Programmer position designs, creates, modifies, or manages GIS software applications.

Time is divided between the maintenance of current applications and the design of new applications. The GIS Programmer may also be called upon to do mapping.

Provides internet and web based support, as well as technical support to other GIS professionals.

Develops spatial and non-spatial databases.

Position is responsible for effectively integrating GIS with other applications and enterprise database systems.

Administrating and working with data in the ArcGIS Online and Enterprise environments.

Creating and maintaining Python scripts using the Arcpy and GIS modules

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years of experience in programming in Visual Basic, C++ or vendor specific GIS software programming languages 

Special Job Requirements

Ability to interpret user needs into useful applications, and a strong background in GIS and database theory.
GIS technology experience and proficiency required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.  
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills, with the ability to present complex information in a clear and engaging manner. 
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards and guidelines. 
  • Experience with web GIS tools including StoryMaps, Experience Builder, and ArcGIS Hub. 
  • Experience with data visualization tools, such as Tableau, Qlik, or PowerBI. 
  • Experience with accessibility audit and quality assurance tools and processes. 
  • Understanding of good cartographic design. 
  • Familiarity with web design including HTML and CSS. 
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects concurrently. 
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams and coordinating with external partners preferred.  

Selection Plan

Please note: An uploaded resume is required for this application. Failure to upload your resume will be considered an incomplete application. The uploads will need to support the information selected/provided in the submitted application.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and their responses to their supplemental questions. The most qualified applicants will then be invited to participate in the following assessments:

  • Virtual Oral Boards with Portfolio Review will be held June 8, 2023

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:  

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your panel board interview  

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the time of your Oral Board interview.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicated characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.