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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5118 - GIS Specialist

Job Description

GRADE: 312

Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty in the developing and implementing of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) capabilities; performs related work as required.

This position supports the development and maintenance of Geographical Information Systems database applications in support of user department activities. Maintain Geographical Information Systems databases and other departmental databases to generate tabular and cartographic output. Work is performed according to general instruction from a Geographical Information Systems manager with latitude for independent initiative and judgment on assigned major projects.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Supports the production of digital mapping programs and data utilizing Geographical Information Systems technology
• Updates the County Geographical Information Systems database
• Creates or assists in the creation of tabular and cartographic databases for multiple applications
• Works with various departments, consultants and engineers to accumulate information and provide technical assistance
• Maintains and updates the County survey control system
• Creates and maintains master files of corner monuments and benchmarks
• Manipulates topographic data to establish benchmarks, cross sections, and boundaries
• Assists County departments and outside agencies to develop new mapping products
• Provides data display, manipulation, and analysis
• Performs equipment interfacing and network connections
• Test and debugs system outputs
• Verifies system malfunctions and determines appropriate course of action
• Uses various Geographical Information Systems software languages such as ARC/INFO and ARC/VIEW to develop systems interfaces
• Utilizes tabular data or rough draft to develop system interfaces
• Keeps abreast of changes and revision by consulting with system vendors
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles methods, techniques and practices of Geographical Information Systems System technology, program languages and database construction
• Operation of computer-aided Geographical Information Systems
• Software interface capabilities
• Engineering, surveying, and Geographical Information Systems models, concepts and terminology
• Cadastral and topographical maps
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Translating or expressing technical functions of electronic data processing systems into non-technical terms
• Using various Geographical Information Systems programming languages
• Design and implementation of large scale mapping projects
• Planning, scheduling and coordinating project requests
• Proactively identify and define business needs and apply applicable technology solutions
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Develop innovative methods to achieve desired results
• Carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form, and to produce desired outcomes timely and completely
• Train end users on system usage and reporting features and system upgrades
• Applies standard project management methodologies within projects along with following change management processes
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Geographic Information Systems, Computer Programming, Urban and Regional Planning or Geography-related field and three (3) years of Geographical Information Systems experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.