GIS Administrator

Open Until Filled
Job Class: GIS Administrator
Status: Active
Salary Range: $75,900 – $97,961
FLSA: Exempt

General Description:

The GIS Administrator is responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring, technical maintenance, and day-to-day operations of the agency’s GIS program. This includes responsibility for guiding GIS staff, data management, and PAG map projects in alignment with industry standards. The work performed is of substantial complexity with varied sensitivities which requires quality control and sound judgement. Overseeing a team requires personal initiative and considerable use of independent reasoning.  The GIS Administrator will present, coordinate and administer the GIS projects which include modeling, research, analysis, cartographic, and on-line interactive maps elements.  The GIS program supports functions of most of PAG’s programs and thus involves cross-departmental teamwork with agency project leads, including those of the regional environmental, social services and transportation programs. The GIS Administrator will work in close coordination with the PAG Application Development team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the development of work program elements related to GIS, including definition of goals and objectives, preparation of project budgets, schedules and funding proposals and monitoring of GIS-related program expenditures for PAG’s Overall Work Program.
  • Maintains records and prepares required reports relative to administration of GIS activities.
  • Collects and converts data for use in GIS applications, analyzes data, and prepares and presents technical and progress reports, both written and oral. Presents and reports between PAG leadership, Regional Council elected officials and the GIS team on the program and projects, as well as in public facing events.
  • Oversees PAG GIS staff and coordinates with PAG’s program leads to evaluate GIS needs and issues to ensure PAG’s GIS resources are responsive to internal and external needs.
  • Provides regular status reports to the PAG directors on office GIS needs, issues, and performance.
  • Train and communicate with PAG staff in applying new GIS technologies to facilitate the transfer of geographic-based information within PAG and to other agencies and the public, including assisting staff with GIS training needs and maintaining a GIS library.
  • Identify effective GIS tools to describe, analyze, and present conditions associated with regional planning problems, such as potential air quality problems associated with land use development and transportation activities.
  • Coordinates PAG’s GIS programs, working groups, and projects with those of other governmental agencies and public advisory groups, as appropriate.
  • Works closely with IT in administering data servers and software.
  • Coordinates with vendors for purchase, configuration, and maintenance of GIS equipment, data, software, and use licenses, including requests for proposals and contracts for regional orthophoto and LIDAR acquisitions.
  • Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Preferred Abilities:

  • General knowledge of principles, regulations and practices of transportation, land use planning and regional coordination in a government or municipal setting.
  • Familiarity with available federal, state and local data sources and geographic coordinate reference systems.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software, including networks and operating systems. Proficiency in GIS applications including ArcMap, ArcPro, ArcGIS online, ArcCatalog, Experience Builder and Enterprise system administration including publishing REST services.
  • Expert level cartographic design skills.
  • Strong organizational skills to multi-task efficiently and keep track of priorities and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of computer system administration, geographic information systems, and compatible technologies including GPS, coding, and metadata files. Experience or working knowledge of application development is desired.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Advanced computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises assigned staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities as assigned in accordance with the agency’s policies and applicable laws.

Minimum Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • At a minimum, requires a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities to perform duties AND EITHER a graduate degree with five years of related experience, OR an undergraduate degree with seven years of related experience, OR equivalent.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stand.  The employee is frequently required to drive to locations and participate in outreach events.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essentials functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is required to carry promotional materials to events.


  • This position is eligible for telework. Telework arrangements must comply with PAG’s telework policies, requiring a minimum of 16 hours (two days) of work per week to be completed in-office to perform required office assignments and duties.