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GIS Program Manager

Company: Arlington County, VA
Location: Arlington
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

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.

For details about Arlington County Government and the community, click here. 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.

Additional Information

Work Hours: This is a full-time position, with work hours generally between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Occasional evenings.

Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected.

Applications will be reviewed continuously. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments

All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave: Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance: Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance: A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement: The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:

Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:

Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:

Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:

Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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. I have attached a letter along with my application.

  • Yes
  • No


What is your highest level of education?

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor's Degree in Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration, Geography, Computer Sciences, or Urban Planning or related field
  • Bachelor's Degree in unrelated field
  • Master's Degree in Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration, Geography, Computer Sciences, or Urban Planning or related field
  • Master's Degree in unrelated field
  • None of the above


How many years of experience do you have in GIS program administration or management; customer services support strategies; program and staff management experience?

  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years or greater


Do you have experience in any of the following?

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

Required Question

Agency Arlington County

Address 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511

Arlington, Virginia, 22201

Phone 703-228-3500


Keywords: Arlington County, VA, Arlington , GIS Program Manager, Other , Arlington, Virginia

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