Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist – Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services

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Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist – Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services – (1801058)

About the Department

Are you ready to join a team that is “Building Community Through Fun?” Are you ready to make a difference? San José’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department (PRNS) is looking for people who want to make San José a better place to live. Our mission is to build healthy communities through people, parks, and programs, and our vision is to be a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces. We are guided by the principles of accessibility, inclusiveness, affordability, equity, diversity, sustainability, and flexibility.

We create and activate quality places where people want to live, work, play, and learn: 50 community centers, 200 parks, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, and more. We take a fun approach to public service, and value the public’s trust. Our team is collaborative, supportive, and innovative. We are a fast-paced organization that acts decisively after thoughtful planning. To learn more about us, click here.

Positions & Duties

GIS Services under the Capital Facilities Development Division of PRNS provides decision support throughout the department and manages the City’s inventory of parks, trails, and recreational facilities. The Department’s GIS program is growing and will soon empower teams throughout PRNS with web-based applications, mobile data collection tools, and integrated business intelligence. PRNS aspires to better serve the San José Community with smart place-based solutions and information sharing using new ESRI tools like Story Maps, ArcGIS Online, and Operations Dashboards.

The Senior Geographic Systems Specialist will be a member of the PRNS Capital Facilities Development Division. He or she will oversee GIS services for the entire Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. Geospatial intelligence is essential to a number of projects and programs including asset management of the City’s parks and recreation system, business and operational intelligence, capital budgeting, web applications, and strategic and long range planning.

The selected individual will be a strategic thinker, system builder, and effective in designing and delivering reports, visuals, and recommendations to the benefit of various end-users. He or she will be an effective collaborator and supervise one(1) or more support staff. Specific responsibilities may include:

– Management of Geo-Data for various PRNS feature classes and asset inventories; knowledge of the Local Government Information Model (LGIM) and understanding of relational databases is essential.

– Establishing workflows, training programs, review processes, typologies, and Enterprise GIS best practices to ensure data quality, accessibility, and overall consistency.

– Analyzing data (i.e.: conditions, replacement history, capacity, etc.) to identify service gaps, infrastructure needs, opportunities for workflow efficiencies, and to provide recommendations to  management and executive level staff.

– Integration of PRNS Geo-Data with the Department’s Infor EAM asset management and business intelligence system.

–  Providing systems and application support to Department staff and utilizing the City’s base maps, aerial photography, and outside data sources for design and operational support.

– Working with vendors and other departments to tailor software products that meet the Department’s needs.

– Overseeing and supporting the functions of the support staff, including: data digitization, database entry, response to data requests, and map creation.

– Coordinate a department-wide data model to enable dynamic database connections and provide coordinated geospatial intelligence across diverse relational datasets.

– Develop and champion the use of GIS tools throughout the department, including web applications, collector tools, ETL, remote sensing, and spatial analysis.

– Collaborate with departments throughout the City on major GIS projects, including the Emergency Operations Center and Enterprise GIS system.

– Lead innovation toward data-based decision making, utilizing techniques such as predictive analytics, machine learning, or data science to improve departmental governance, efficiency, and accountability.

– Expertise in ArcGIS/ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and database systems will be essential for success in this role.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Education:  A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Geographic Information Systems, Engineering, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Physical Science, Geography, Geology, Urban Planning or closely related field.

Experience:  Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in computer programming, geographic information systems or transportation planning, including one (1) year in special and/or asset database management. A GIS or GISP certificate from a certifying body acceptable to the City of San José is highly desirable.

Acceptable Substitution
Possession of a valid GIS or GISP certificate from a certifying body acceptable to the City of San José may be substituted for one (1) year of experience in computer programming, geographic information systems or transportation planning

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

JOB EXPERTISE: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices; knowledge of GIS applications, programming, and relational database model; knowledge of design techniques and tools to produce maps, graphics, and models; ability to perform computer programming, data analysis, or software development for GIS applications; Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

INITIATIVE: Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

TEAM WORK AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Develops effective relationships with   co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

FLEXIBILITY: Makes effective decisions and achieves desired results in the midst of major changes in responsibilities, work processes, timeframes, performance expectations, organizational culture, or work environment.

TECHNOLOGY USE/MANAGEMENT: Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness.

SUPERVISION: Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.

Describe any experience you have working with Infor EAM or other large asset management database, highlight any integration of this database with other datasets and the Local Government Information Model (LGIM). Include details such as the purpose/ benefit of the database, asset types, server language, any applicable data maintenance workflows, data modeling, dynamic data services, and the scale of the asset system.

In this position, you may be supervising support staff coordinating with work groups. Describe your experience supervising others and/or coordinating between teams, as well as how you have leveraged team work for concrete results. Include: number and level of staff supervised; types of work assigned; workplan management style; and your approach to providing feedback and development opportunities.

Indicate your level of proficiency with the following platforms (Beginner, intermediate, or expert for all that apply). Select 1-2 platforms and briefly describe an example of how you have employed that software to drive innovation, create efficiencies, or adapt to unexpected situations or timelines:

ArcGIS Desktop/ArcGIS Pro and Arc GIS Online Platforms
ArcGIS Server/SQL database
Auto CAD/Microstation(or similar)
Feature Manipulation Engine (or similar)
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, illustrator, or InDesign)

If you have questions about the duties of this position, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Manjit Atwal

Additional Information


PRNS website:

The application deadline is 11:59 PM on July , 2018.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application.  Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.

Job: Information Technology
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Standard
Job Posting: Jun 14, 2018, 2:44:11 PM
Minimum Salary: 78,540.80
Maximum Salary: 95,721.60
Bargaining Unit 1: City Association of Management Personnel
Closing Date: Jun 29, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

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