GIS/ Land Use Data Administrator

City of Morgan Hill | 17575 Peak Ave

Salary Range: $7,159 - $9,409 monthly
Open Date: 03/10/2017
Close Date:

Position Description

GIS/ Land Use Data Administrator
$7,159 – $9,179 monthly
($9,409 monthly Performance Pay)
Council- approved 3% salary increase effective July 2, 2017

Located in the southern part of Silicon Valley, Morgan Hill’s thoughtful planning has made it one of the most desirable communities in Santa Clara County. With a growing population of approximately 44,000, Morgan Hill provides the ideal balance between jobs, housing, recreation, and open space. The City has optimum housing options, abundant shopping, regionally recognized wineries, and an historic Downtown with award-winning restaurants, and charming boutiques.

Morgan Hill is a family oriented, vibrant, and progressive community where residents and visitors enjoy a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities. The City is known for its regional, world-class recreational facilities that attract over 1.3 million visitors annually. The community enjoys public art, many local street fairs, summer music festivals, and holiday parades. Downtown Morgan Hill has become a destination for popular events, including the Mushroom Mardi Gras, Fourth of July parade and fireworks, Taste of Morgan Hill, and the Friday Night Music Series. With an average temperature of 70 degrees, Morgan Hill offers abundant year-round recreational activities including cycling, golfing, swimming, and boating. Nestled next to Henry Coe State Park, Morgan Hill provides easy access to over 79,000 acres for camping, backpacking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Just 15 miles inland from the Pacific Coast, Morgan Hill is surrounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and the Diablo Range to the east. Morgan Hill is just minutes away from the big city amenities of San Jose, and a short one-hour drive to the redwood forests and beaches of Santa Cruz and the spectacular Monterey Peninsula. Caltrain runs weekdays through Morgan Hill and connects commuters both to San Jose’s light rail systems and to BART throughout the Bay Area.

Under direction of the Assistant City Manager for Administrative Services, the GIS/Land Use Data Administrator leads the City in implementation of all aspects of the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related projects. The Administrator will coordinate with and support all City Departments in the management and oversight of the use of the City’s Land Use Data, while developing Citywide systems.

A highly motivated and knowledgeable individual to develop standards for GIS deployment, determining the most appropriate systems to utilize for specific City needs. Leads project teams in producing deliverables related to the projects assigned, and assist in post implementation support and system enhancements.

This position requires strong technical and analytical skills, clear written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and professional level programming and analysis duties involving the development, installation, integration, documentation, testing, and maintenance of GIS systems and database applications; to evaluate user requirements and develop technical solutions; and to do other work as required.

Successful performance of work requires the ability to manage projects, information and applications with a team of co-workers and contractors to guarantee that City GIS infrastructure is developed, maintained, and available at the highest possible level.

Position Qualifications

The following duties are performed personally, in cooperation with the Community Development Department, Information Services Division and in coordination with other City staff, operating partners, other public and private organizations, and community groups. Additional duties may be assigned.

Leads the planning and implementation of Geographic Information Systems for City.
• Development and management of GIS project plans including defining requirements, tasks, and resource assignments ensures high level quality in assigned projects.
• Ensuring that Permitting, Planning, and Asset Management systems have the latest technology.
• Creation of professional, current, and accurate maps utilizing merged GIS and project data enhances customer service and efficiency.
• Ongoing analysis of existing systems sustains and increases features and functions available to operating departments.
• Collaborative leadership style with department project team members and consultants ensures current and future business needs are understood, anticipated, and met.
• Concerns and questions from City staff members are anticipated and responded to through timely, professional, straight forward (non-technical) communications that help departments in their decision making processes.

Coordinates with and supports all City Departments to support integrated citywide deployment of GIS.
• Establishing standards for GIS deployment and use within the City, including multi-departmental coordination, supports cost savings and efficiency.
• Identifying innovative uses for GIS throughout the entire City supports organizational improvement and enhances service delivery.
• Successful management of GIS-related teams of City staff and vendors ensure that GIS project objectives and timelines are met.
• Timely implementation of GIS-related projects supports efficiency in day to day City operations.
• Thorough inspections of City GIS deficiencies and the development of efficient and agile operational processes and procedures for the continual improvements needed to meet the current and future generally accepted principles, standards, laws, and regulations required by City and partner business requirements.
• Training City staff members in using basic and advanced GIS increases organizational capacity.
• Providing the Police and Fire Department systems with the most recent and accurate GIS data enhances public safety.

Participates in meeting City goals and outcomes.
• Collaborative leadership style that fosters teamwork, encourages employee input and involvement in decision-making, and continues to enforce the business unit's process and data ownership.
• Innovative approaches to contain expenses are evaluated and implemented to make meeting City goals both efficient and effective.
• Performs other job-related responsibilities as evident or directed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Education & Experience:
1. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in GIS, Geography, Earth Science, Engineering, Computer Science, or related field; and,
2. Two (2) years GIS experience or working in a similar field with professional-level experience in the design, development, implementation, and administration of geographic information systems, including analysis and database development and integration; and
3. Relevant certification(s) desirable.

Knowledge of:
1. GIS mapping software products including ESRI ArcGIS, Intergraph Geomedia Professional, and Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D. A successful candidate should be familiar with the data requirements and discrepancies of each system.
2. System and data requirements for the various software relating to public safety, permitting, customer request, maintenance, utilities, and asset management.
3. Practices and standards required for maintaining GIS Public Safety data. This includes GIS data for 911 Dispatch, Records, and Emergency Run Maps.
4. Commercial database systems.
5. Imagery formats commonly used for municipal government applications.
6. SQL and its usage to create and modify data sources for the City's GIS.

Skilled in:
1. Estimating costs; developing and implementing project budgets; carrying out work programs, and supervising and directing day-to-day information support operations.
2. Reading plans and specifications and interpreting them to others.
3. Preparing reports, documenting application and data changes, and maintaining records and training staff on new processes and procedures.
4. Planning and scheduling work effectively.
5. Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with City staff and the general public.
6. Evaluating operations for effectiveness and efficiency; recommend appropriate changes for improvement.
7. Communicating effectively, orally, and in writing; including providing succinct and easily understood information to individuals and groups.
8. Providing outstanding customer satisfaction (internally and externally).

Ability to:
1. Understand emerging GIS technologies and their application to improve City services.
2. Make sound decisions concerning GIS technologies as they apply to the City.
3. Analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, and make sound, well structured recommendations.
4. Prepare and present clear and well-organized written and oral reports to City Council, City administration, and other groups as required.
5. Explain GIS-related technical issues and concepts to non-technical staff.
6. Use the Internet, remote communications, and other advanced tools to increase productivity and perform job functions.
7. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, vendor representatives, and others.
8. Plan, manage, and implement GIS-related projects; assessing progress and making appropriate corrections to keep projects on track.
9. Assess the spatial needs of a City department and recommend solutions.


Enhancing Public Safety
Protesting the Environment
Maintaining Fiscal Responsibility
Supporting Our Community
Fostering a Positive Organizational Culture
Preserving and Cultivating Public Trust
Preserving Our Cultural Heritage

RETIREMENT INFORMATION: The City of Morgan Hill participates in the CalPERS retirement system in accordance with the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (2.5% at age 55 for those who qualify as "classic" members as defined by CalPERS; 2% at age 62 for "new" members to CalPERS).


Developing and maintaining a thorough working knowledge of all department and applicable City policies and procedures in order to help facilitate compliance with such policies and procedures by all employees.
Demonstrating by personal example the service excellence and integrity expected from all employees by representing the City in a professional manner within our organization, to the general public, and with other agencies.
Developing respectful and cooperative relationships with co-workers, including a willingness to assist newer employees.
Conferring regularly with and keeping the immediate supervisor informed of all important matters pertaining to those functions and job responsibilities for which accountable.
Working collaboratively within the organization and community to advance the values of teamwork, innovation, customer service, professional development, and meeting challenges.


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The City of Morgan Hill is an Equal Opportunity and does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, medical, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by law. Qualified individuals with a disability will receive reasonable accommodation, as required by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, during any phase of the selection process, providing such request is made to Human Resources at least five working days in advance. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation. Under federal law, all job applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of job offer.

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

How to Apply

APPLICATION and SELECTION PROCESS: If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply immediately as this announcement may close without notice. Please apply on-line at and submit an application, responses to the supplemental questions, cover letter, and resume to be considered for the position. The first screening of applications will be done on March 17, 2017. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 27, 2017.
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