GIS Coordinator

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POSITION:   GIS Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Infrastructure & Development

REPORTS TO:         City Planner

JOB CATEGORY: PAT (Professional, Administrative, Technological)

MAXIMUM SALARY: $44,755 through May 31, 2023 (Includes $ 5,838/yr. of additional grant specific duties.)

                                        $38,917 beginning June 1, 2023

STATUS:                          Full-time

FLSA STATUS:                Exempt

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  The City of Richmond provides accommodations to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete the application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

Serves as GIS/Beacon (hereinafter, GIS) Coordinator for the Department of Infrastructure & Development, responsible for maintaining geographic information system (GIS) in conjunction with other city departments, Wayne County Government, developing applications, and supporting users. Also is responsible for providing comprehensive plan implementation assistance, long-term project oversight, and communication for civic outreach events and programs.


Responsible for coordinating projects, grants, and implementation for City of Richmond Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives.

Serves as I&D staff liaison for Richmond’s Environmental Sustainability Commission.

Produce research, data compilation, document production, civic engagement event and communication materials, and graphic renderings of completed projects and analysis.

Working knowledge of comprehensive planning processes, civic engagement, and project management.

Assists with grants and other community development related functions.

Coordinates planning, implementation and maintenance of geographic information system (GIS) throughout City departments/offices, including overseeing/monitoring construction and maintenance of features and attributes, system maintenance and backups, activity logs, and organized documentation files.

Evaluates GIS software applications, defining functional limitations.  Designs, develops, and documents GIS applications to meet specific needs, resolving problems as needed. Installs/configures/upgrades GIS and related software as necessary.

Coordinates and executes data exchanges with other organizations, including reviewing and extracting/integrating data, metadata, and schema information.  Periodically assists in GIS data archival/translation/backup, logging activity, and maintaining organized documentation files.

Coordinates and provides GIS training and technical support for City employees, vendors and the public as requested.  Provides GIS services to departments without GIS expertise, including creating and maintaining features and attributes, thematic mapping and plotting.  Determines need and loads GIS software as required.  

Creates and maintains access and geodatabases for all City departments, importing GPS points from field crews to data sets and compiling data from map files, contractors, vendors, City departments and civic groups to produce digital maps, GIS themes, and coverages for City GIS layers.

Attends and participates in Geographic Information System Technical and Standards Committee meetings, Resource Inventory Council meetings, and City/County GIS meetings, making recommendations and negotiating with various departments regarding GIS use and impact on City computer systems.

Develops, maintains and expands City’s online permitting and violations system using GIS/Beacon for planning and zoning, building permits, exterior maintenance and other applicable development related permits.  

Maintains an inventory of GIS and GPS hardware and software and manual files of City GIS licenses.

Prepares various reports and maps for City boards and commissions as required.

Assists staff with BS&A, Beacon, and GIS software.

Imports property data into BS&A weekly.

Troubleshoots inconsistencies between Beacon and BS&A.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Directs and supervises Heat Relief Coordinator.

Assists with City’s heat management task force.

Responsible for oversight and guidance in the development of a heat management strategy for city operations and community needs.

Responsible for implementation of heat management strategy.


Baccalaureate Degree in geography, urban planning, public administration, information science, or related area is required.  Advanced degree with one to three years in municipal government preferred.  

Working knowledge of and ability to make practical application of principles, practices, terminology and technology of GIS implementation and maintenance, including, but not limited to, object-oriented and linear programming, relational databases, computer operation, hardware maintenance, and software support.

Ability to apply knowledge of people/locations, plan and layout assigned work projects, and read detailed prints, layouts, specifications and maps.

Working knowledge of and ability to make practical application of geography, relational databases, and basic functions and relationships of City/County departments.

Working knowledge of standard office procedures and ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks and operations.

Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to prepare correspondence and written reports as required.

Ability to work in a complex network environment, and properly operate a variety of standard office equipment and large format scanner and plotter.

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other City/County departments and department heads, vendors, neighborhood associations and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.

Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements.

Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written or oral instructions.

Ability to compile, analyze and evaluate data, make determinations, and present findings in oral or written form.

Ability to file, post, mail materials, and maintain accurate and organized records.

Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment, often under time pressure, and on several tasks at the same time.

Ability to occasionally travel out of town for meetings/conferences, but not overnight.


Incumbent's duties are broad in scope, and are of substantial intricacy, with many variables and considerations. Incumbent performs according to broad policies and professional standards, exercising independent judgment in coordinating development and maintenance of GIS applications and Comprehensive Planning projects throughout City/County organization.


Incumbent has a substantial impact on overall City/County GIS operations and long-term planning projects, and requires only administrative direction in performing duties.  Incumbent establishes own standards of performance, limited only by City policies and budgets and regularly makes decisions in the absence of policy.  Work is reviewed primarily for technical accuracy.


Incumbent maintains frequent contact with co-workers, other City/County departments and department heads, vendors, neighborhood associations and the public for purposes of exchanging information and providing training/instruction.

Incumbent reports directly to City Planner in the Department of Infrastructure & Development.


Incumbent performs duties in a standard office environment, involving sitting for long periods, sitting/walking at will, lifting/carrying objects weighing 25 to 50 pounds, pushing/pulling objects, keyboarding, close/far vision, bending, reaching, crouching/kneeling, hearing sounds/communication, speaking clearly and handling/grasping/fingering objects.   Incumbent occasionally travels out of town for meetings/conferences, but not overnight.

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