skip to main content
The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5119 - GIS Analyst

Job Description

GRADE: 312

Under general supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty in analyzing, planning, developing, utilizing, and maintaining the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and its maps and related data stores for user departments; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for the creation and management of programs and databases, of advanced technical nature, using various GIS and other advanced programming software such as ESRI AML, Model Builder, Python and SDE; SQL and Visual Basic programs and scripts. Some of the principle activities may include managing production work for SMD (Stormwater Management Division) flood plain mapping and assisting with SMD GIS planning, analysis, and development. Work involves meeting with users to develop system or project requirements and researches, develops, updates and maintains GIS database applications in support of departmental activities. General supervision is received from assigned Project Manager.

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.

• Determines required program parameters and languages, writes programs in ESRI ArcGIS AML, Model Builder, Python and SDE, SQL and Visual Basic scripts or other appropriate languages for applications;
• discusses user problems to be solved such as planning, modeling and specific assessment of conditions;
• works with users to analyze and correct problems;
• creates and manages cartographic and tabular databases;
• develops techniques for systems enhancement; performs equipment interfacing and network configurations;
• oversees entry of data into database;
• tests and debugs systems outputs;
• verifies system malfunctions and determines appropriate course of action;
• works with consultants and other GIS personnel to develop programs;
• works with other governmental agencies on cooperative technical programs;
• maintains currency in technical developments by interactions with other professionals and system vendors.
• Maintains product publication sites for SMD GIS.
• Conducts flood plain mapping production steps for various flood plain map series and perform maintenance as required.
• 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:
• GIS and related technical software
• Programming, problem solving and systems work
• Data processing practices, methods and principles relative to the GIS operation
• Internal systems operation and software capabilities
• Software interface capabilities
• GIS models and office automation applications, concepts and terminology
• 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 nontechnical terms
• Using technical programs and languages such as ESRI AML, Model Builder, Python and SDE
• SQL and Visual Basic scripts, ESRI ArcGIS, GPS, and related programs
• Planning, scheduling and coordinating project requests
• 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:
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Prioritize and assigning work
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• 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


Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Geography, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, GIS, or related field and three years in data base management, GIS, systems design or programming; 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.