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GIS Specialist - Public Works & Utilities

at City of Westminster

Pay: $61419.5 to $78622.2/year
$61419.5 - $78622.2
Posted: 8/12/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2533762
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The GIS Specialist position in the Department of Public Works and Utilities is responsible for data management, design, and implementation of a Geographic Information System.  Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, providing stewardship to the  GIS utility data, creating maps and displays, and online web content creation and management.  Additionally, the work involves the application of professional skills to a wide variety of planning, design, programming, and implementation of projects, and will support the GIS needs of all Public Works and Utilities divisions.
The full salary range for this position is stated above. The starting range of pay is dependent on qualifications and experience of each individual candidate. The City of Westminster offers a bonus of up to $1,500 per year depending on the employee's fluency in Spanish, Hmong, and/or Laotian.


The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT.  Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City's core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.
This position supports the goals of the Community Development Department, which plans, promotes and sustains an attractive and high quality living and working environment by facilitating appropriate land use and infrastructure decisions ensuring that the community is developed in a safe, aesthetically pleasing and maintainable manner.  
Every employee is accountable to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
  • Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
  • Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision
  • Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty and ethical behavior
  • Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
  • Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility and takes calculated risks when appropriate
  • Participate in personal growth opportunities and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
  • Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
  • Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
  • Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences
Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to:
  • Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses and target areas for personal self-development
  • Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
  • Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
  • Achieve goals, handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
  • Demonstrate accountability for work and take ownership in job performance
  • Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product
Job Specific – Every employee in this position must be able to:
  • Operate a variety of computer equipment and software packages
  • Use judgment and initiative in developing work methods and solutions
  • Demonstrate considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of GIS, spatial and statistical analysis, database design and data modeling, ArcGIS software suite including ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcServer, ArcGIS Data Reviewer and ArcGIS Online
  • Communicate GIS concepts and procedures to other GIS users
  • Understand GIS web-based mapping interfaces
  • Train users on GIS, Cityworks, Sedaru and other related software programs
  • Work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Plan, design and implement GIS projects and applications
  • Understand the sources of information, research techniques, and reporting standards used in GIS
  • Digitize utility data effectively and efficiently


Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Develops, maintains and makes enhancements to the City's GIS utility (potable, wastewater, reclaim, and raw water) SDE database
  2. Performs quality control checks on the City's utility data using a variety of tools such as ArcGIS Data Reviewer, SQL reporting, and ArcGIS Utility Network/ Geometric Network
  3. Assists with maintaining and administering the City's asset management system (Cityworks)
  4. Maintains the City's utility GIS map products including web, digital and hard copy
  5. Develops and maintains ArcGIS solutions for Public Works & Utilities, including data updates, mobile application implementation and related projects
  6. Supports a variety of software integrated with GIS data including asset management, sewer televising, permitting, records management, utility billing, backflow prevention etc.
  7. Provides technical assistance to GIS users
  8. Ensures internal and external customer satisfaction through constant follow up, expedited service and daily communication
  9. Maintains regular and punctual attendance
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Attends regularly scheduled departmental/division meetings and other technical meetings, user group meetings, etc.
  2. Remains current on emerging technologies that relate to associated applications, systems and hardware
  3. Develops and maintains knowledge of water, wastewater and street systems, maintenance and rehabilitation
  4. May be required to transport documents to and from City buildings and other agencies
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion.


Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses and Certifications

  • Education and Experience as follows:
    • Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in GIS or related field AND At least three (3) years of experience in a GIS position using design, and implementation of the GIS program including database management, data quality control, and content creation; OR
    • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with major coursework in GIS or related field AND at least two (2) years of experience in a GIS position using design and implementation of the GIS program including database management, data quality control, and content creation.
  • Must be able to study for and pass the Class 2 Distribution and Class 2 Collections State Certification within 18 months of hire, or be working towards obtaining this certification by testing regularly
  • Must possess a valid driver's license, provide proof of a safe driving record, and maintain a safe driving record for continued employment
  • Experience using ArcGIS Model Builder
  • Previous GIS experience in a municipal utility or related industry
  • Experience working in Microsoft SQL Management Studio to create data views and query data
Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
Work is sedentary in nature and requires sufficient physical stamina and strength for:
  • Constant sitting to perform daily tasks; occasional walking through a multilevel facility to retrieve information; frequent standing sometimes for extended periods
  • Frequent squatting, reaching above shoulder and twisting to file documents and lift supplies and material; occasional bending, kneeling, climbing, balancing and reaching below shoulder to store documents, material and supplies
  • Constant light grasp, fine manipulation, and handling to perform daily duties; occasional firm grasp to safely use equipment
  • Frequent lifting, carrying, push/pulling of up to ten (10) pounds to move material and supplies; occasional lifting, pushing/pulling of up to twenty-five (25) pounds with dollies and carts
  • Occasional standing and walking on uneven terrain in various conditions to perform job functions; occasional squatting, bending and kneeling to perform functions at various sites
Work is constantly performed indoors is primarily sedentary office work.  Occasionally work is performed outdoors with occasional exposure to extreme temperatures.  Must demonstrate the ability to meet the physical demands of the job including the ability to retrieve information from various locations in the office when needed.  Exposure to periods of high activity and high stress under demanding conditions.  The position requires a great deal of communication with City employees, the public, and outside agencies.
Required Materials and Equipment
Windows GIS work station, HP Design Jet plotter, scanners, GPS devices, copy machines, personal computers and keyboards, telephones, and other standard office equipment.
  • Background checks will include employment references and criminal history and when applicable, credit check, driver's license record, education verification
  • Pre-employment drug screen
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the United States