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GIS Coordinator
Vista, CA

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Effective July 1, 2019, this position will receive a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) with a new salary range starting at $6,864 to $8,343 per month or $82,368 to $100,116 annually.

Are you a highly energetic, motivated, creative, outside the box thinker who gets excited at the thought of continual improvement? Come discover what makes the City of Vista an amazing place to work!

Positions in this classification are responsible for performing advanced professional geographical information system support activities. This position is mainly responsible for the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping services, servers, databases, licensing, and activities, including the management of GIS-centric asset management and GIS-centric permits/lands/licensing systems. The incumbent will ensure the data is reliable and consistently maintained. This position may be designated in the City's Confidential Employee Group depending on the assigned department.


This is the advanced classification in GIS Technology classification series. Positions in this class work under general supervision and are expected to perform the full range of GIS technical and support duties. Responsibilities may include functional supervision of subordinate or contracted staff. This class is distinguished from the lower classified GIS Analyst classification in that the latter classification performs less complex technical functions and GIS database management policies and procedures.

Examples of Essential Functions:

Designs, develops, creates, modifies, and maintains existing City GIS system; serves as administrator for databases and application integration; assigns tasks and projects to GIS staff, monitors workflow, trains employees, and resolves problems within scope of authority, and exercises independent judgment within IT Department policy guidelines; assures the integrity, security, and effective performance of the GIS program database; serves as subject matter expert on GIS; assures effective communication of GIS development plans and system issues; analyzes problems and recommends solutions; prepares special and recurring reports; develops GIS applications in support of City goals; plans, coordinates and prioritizes GIS development projects with other City departments and outside agencies; works with user departments to develop project objectives; plans development projects to assure that GIS projects meet objectives; coordinates development of component layers and structure of spatial data; coordinates plans to acquire, exchange, share, and integrate digital data; coordinates the continuous development, operation, and maintenance of the GIS, including database, hardware and software, architecture, and system design; plans, designs, develops, implements, programs, tests, and maintains GIS system and specialty applications; updates and maintains databases; evaluates and corrects data and new integrated data sets; performs quality control checks to assure data integrity; determines and establishes quality control standards for GIS data layers for City departments and other agencies; monitors system performance, and tunes operating parameters to reduce system errors and enhance system functionality and stability; provides technical support and training for GIS applications, tools, and technologies; analyzes and resolves technical and procedural issues; identifies hardware and software solutions; documents work completed; maintains work log of service requests, equipment malfunctions, software errors and failures, and technical configurations; identifies and reports trends and technical problems which need to be addressed by improved methodologies, procedures and policies; and performs related work as required.

Qualifications and Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position. A typical qualifying background is a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Geography, Engineering, or a closely related field; and five (5)years of progressively responsible experience in geographic information systems with at least two (2) years providing lead direction or serving as the technical lead on application development projects.

Experience working with MSSQL Server, T-SQL Programming, python scripting, database analysis, database design, application development, and/or project management with geographic information systems is highly desirable. Experience specifically working in ESRI's software suite and Cityworks at an Enterprise is preferred.


A valid Class C California Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record is required.

A GIS-P Certification is preferred.


Principles and practices of GIS theory, design and systems development; geography, cartography, base mapping, caesural mapping; principles and practices of systems analysis and design, including graphical user interface (GUI); database management and administration techniques including spatial and statistical analysis; software tools for GIS map creation and maintenance; computer programming principles, techniques and procedures for business and technical system applications; standard programming languages and utilities; hardware, network and operating system architectures and design; wide area network architectures and protocols; standard applications development tools and utilities; project planning, prioritizing and scheduling techniques; systems troubleshooting principles and practices.


Analyzing technical issues, evaluating alternatives, and making recommendations based on findings; assessing, analyzing, identifying and implementing solutions to technical problems; using GIS / ESRI software suite programs and application programming languages; using Azteca Systems Cityworks AMS and PLL; developing, manipulating and analyzing GIS data in a variety of data formats and projections; understanding and working with data from multiple public and private sources; maintaining accurate and interrelated database records, and identifying and reconciling errors; analyzing complex variables, and effectively communicating technically complex instructions; quickly and effectively diagnosing and resolving technical problems in a web-based environment; operating a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices.


Coordinate continuous database update and maintenance; gather, compile, and analyze complex data; analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations; make sound independent decisions within established guidelines;

independently conduct research and field work related to mapping and geographic information; projects; efficiently organize, plan and complete applications development projects; plan; organize, and lead the work of technical personnel; troubleshoot hardware and software problems and make or recommend modifications; organize materials and maintain maps and other information accurately and systematically; plan and conduct effective user training courses; prepare clear, concise, and accurate program documentation, user procedures, reports of work performed, and other written materials; interpret, explain, and enforce division policies and procedures; read, interpret, and apply technical publications, manuals, and other documents; utilize Internet, remote communications, and other advanced tools; adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems; work effectively as a project team member; understand and follow oral and written instructions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to communicate effectively verbally and in a written manner; observe and interpret data, and analyze and solve problems; work under changing and intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City officials, media, citizens groups, employees and others encountered in the course of work. The employee must be able to work indoor office environments/outdoor in the field environments (depending on position); employees supporting Geographic Information Systems may be exposed to outside weather conditions where the employee must hike over rough and uneven terrain. The employee may have to move up to 50 lbs. and transport up to 10 lbs. objects frequently (depending on position). Vision abilities required by this job include the ability to detect, determine, perceive, identify, estimate, and assess work related objects and/or work products based on position specific designated tasks. The employee may be required to work overtime to complete assignments. Must be able to work a flexible schedule. Use of personal vehicle during employment may also be required.


A City application form and supplemental questionnaire MUST be submitted and received by the closing date. Please apply online at All other employment inquiries can be directed to the City of Vista, Human Resources Office, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA 92084. Telephone: (760) 726-1340.


Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, and oral exams to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and fingerprinting.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in the announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

The City of Vista is an Equal Opportunity and ADA compliant employer. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply!


Friday, June 21, 2019 5:30 p.m. - Recruitment Closes

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - Initial Interview Panel

* Please note, all dates and/or timeframes are subject to change.

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