Arlington, Virginia
$99,195.20 - $151,486.40 Annually
Jun 18, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Full Time
Position Information
Salary listed above is the salary range effective July 1, 2021.

Arlington is seeking an experienced, innovative, results-oriented Program Manager to lead the Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping Center Unit which produces the official County maps, provides base mapping and analytical services, cartographic expertise, aerial photo analysis, data maintenance and digitizing support for all County agencies. The Mapping Center uses GIS technology for the management, analysis, visualization and dissemination of geospatial data. GIS technical staff provides their own software and hardware support for specialized high-end applications as well as handling database design, administration, management and application development duties. This team is comprised of the Manager/, four cartographers, one GIS Database Administrator, one GIS Applications Developer, two GIS Database Analysts and one intern

The GIS Mapping Center Unit is responsible for setting GIS data standards including specifying file types, data projections, coordinate systems, and data accuracy standards as well as determining how GIS features are defined. In addition, the unit creates, maintains, and backs up all corporate geospatial data. Senior cartographic staff establishes requirements, guidelines and best practices for Arlington County map products ensuring that professional practices such as citing sources, defining symbols and providing comprehensive notes/disclaimers are appropriately used.

The GIS Program Manager is responsible for: leading a team of GIS professionals including developing program goals, long and short-range plans, policies and standards; developing, prioritizing and overseeing the implementation of service initiatives; managing fiscal resources; initiating and overseeing expansion of Arlington's geospatial holdings, including setting and administering data sharing policies; conducting outreach activities to attract new clientele and creating opportunities for improved service delivery within the departments by linking databases to geospatial information; managing contracts; overseeing the contracting process for the biennial photogrammetric update of the County's base map; working with staff to develop new technologies to support web-based access to data and products; participating in inter-jurisdictional initiatives; and acting as primary point of contact for the Office of Emergency Management.

Specific duties of the GIS Program Manager include:

  • Working closely with senior technical staff to provide strategic planning, direction, management oversight, evaluation and implementation of GIS programs and projects;
  • Developing, supporting and documenting long and short-term program goals, objectives, policy, standards and performance measures;
  • Working with GIS staff to establish and implement technical standards to ensure that products produced by staff are in accordance industry standards;
  • Assisting in the development of and ensuring the integration of GIS plans, programs and services with other County agencies;
  • Managing the work of the team to ensure that new and current projects are thoroughly evaluated to determine scope, funding and priority; along with ensuring the appropriate and adequate staff are assigned and trained, and program objectives and activities are monitored; and any issues that arise are resolved in accordance with policies, procedures and standards;
  • Tracking research, development and implementation of new technologies as recommended by technical staff including moving to new platforms and web applications to increase both internal and external customer access;
  • Establishing digital data distribution policies, determining data charges, copyright protection measures, use of data sharing agreements and commercial data licenses;
  • Building geospatial data holdings by networking with external agencies, such as state, county and federal GIS agencies to acquire both imagery and vector data sets;
  • Developing strategies to educate County staff and managers about GIS program services and products; plans technical demonstrations, an annual GIS Day Open House as well as coordinating distributions of GIS maps throughout Arlington County's agencies/departments.
The GIS Program Manager works with the state on a variety of issues including data sharing, storage and back-up as well as establishing conditions for Arlington County's participation in VGIN's statewide effort to establish a data clearing house. In addition, the Program Manager represents Arlington County's GIS interests on funding grants, training initiatives, legislation, and data standardization/distribution matters with state and federal agencies. This position also chairs the County's internal GIS Community of Interest group which provides a county wide perspective on new initiatives, provides a forum for staff to demonstrate technical advancements and leads discussion on possible service initiatives requested by the group.

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Selection Criteria

Minimum : Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration, Geography, Computer Sciences, Urban Planning or a related field plus considerable experience in the following areas: GIS program administration, staff management, program development, and customer services support strategies.

Substitution : Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master Degree in related field and experience in one or more of the following:

  • Working in a local, state, or federal government agency;
  • Budgeting and/or financial management; and
  • Staff evaluation, program development and/or performance measurement.

Special Requirements
In order to be considered for this position you must attach a letter addressing your experience and training and how they match the qualifications of this position. Be sure to include a description of the organization(s) in which you have worked; services provided; size of staff and budget; and significant accomplishments.

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