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City of Reno, NV GIS Manager in Reno, Nevada

GIS Manager


Class Title

GIS Manager

Class Code



$94,087.86 - $120,054.48 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Section, including Infrastructure Management System (IMS) and multiple Maintenance Management Systems (MMS), as well as lead and oversee the work of staff responsible for performing tasks related thereto; serves as a system matter expert responsible for analyzing, designing, and implementing, and improving workflow processes for asset and maintenance data management and GIS/IMS/MMS tasks; responsible for spatial database and asset and maintenance database creation, assembly and accuracy.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the GIS Section.

Serve as the primary point of contact in the department for asset data management and maintenance management systems; coordinates with key stakeholders to develop and deliver a vision for the system which addresses engineering, maintenance and operations, technology, financial, business, and regulatory/compliance needs.

Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

Plan, direct, and review the services assigned to GIS including development and maintenance of the geographic information system for City maps; oversee database and base map design, application, and development; assign work activities, projects, programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

Select, train, motivate, and evaluate GIS personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the section's annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.

Develop maps in accordance with technical guidelines and department needs.

Identify needs for GIS applications including mapping and geodatabase development, maintenance and automation and make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the asset data management and maintenance management systems, and oversee the implementation of the recommended improvements.

Create workflow processes to integrate asset management with maintenance management data with GIS/IMS/MMS. Determine and execute the appropriate workflow sequence for completing complex tasks. Coordinate with IT staff and asset management data vendors for proper acquisition, installation, operations, and maintenance of related resources.

Serve as an administrator of various Public Works infrastructure GIS/IMS/MMS systems; manage user access and accounts for various data sets and systems.

Manage, develop, and review reporting requests and requirements, key performance indicators, and data standards related to databases; coordinate efforts with other stakeholders and system representatives to ensure data integrity and synchronization efforts.

Provide technical support to employees on asset data management, maintenance management and GIS/IMS/MMS software, their related issues/requests, and maintain open communication with internal users.

Develop and present oral and written presentations pertaining to the asset data and maintenance management applications, as well as provide system training for users.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of GIS and Asset Management System (IMS/MMS) and associated applications.

Methods, techniques, tools and instruments used in map making.

Principles and practices of computer programming related to GIS and Asset Management system (IMS/MMS) applications.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.

Principles of surveying, mapping, global position systems (GPS) and use of aerial photography and satellite imaging.

Cartographic technology and GIS/IMS applications.

Predictive maintenance programs and condition monitoring for above- and below-ground asset management programs.

Best management practices related to Public Works assets, such as road systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm water conveyance systems, building/facilities and related systems, vehicle fleets, environmental control, and/or traffic management systems.

Asset management practices to include life cycle costing, gap and risk analysis, work planning, forecasting, and budgeting.

Experience in maintenance operating and administration of the following systems/software: ArcMap and ArcGIS desktop and online tools, Autodesk Mapguide/Auto Infrastructure Map Server desktop applications, Feature Manipulations Engine (FME) desktop application, Computer-aided design/drafting (CAD) software, Computer-aided mapping and graphic techniques.

Maintenance management practices to include work requests, work assignments, work protocol management, process reporting and management, and customer feedback.

Ability to:

Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive GIS and Asset Management System (IMS/MMS) and City mapping program.

Manage geographic data, spatial analysis, and map creation.

Manage asset life cycle data, including utilization of forecasting and trending models.

Manage maintenance management data, including data analysis and report generation and automation for department managers.

Supervise personnel, including training, assigning, and reviewing work, administering discipline, and conducting performance evaluations.

Interpret and apply regulations, policies, and procedures.

Resolve complex technical issues related to the asset management databases and other databases and/or related software.

Design and implement mechanisms that will allow for inter-database communications.

Read and interpret technical specifications, plans, engineering drawings, surveys, legal descriptions, maps and aerial and ortho photographs.

Participate in the development and administration of section goals, objectives, and procedures.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Draft scaled and proportioned maps to provide visual illustrations to developers and planners.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelors' degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, engineering, information systems, or a related field.


Five years of increasingly responsible experience in developing and implementing automated geographical information system, asset management systems or maintenance management systems including two years of administrative and/or supervisory responsibility.

Supplemental Information


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

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

RAPG Admin


Last Update: 9/2018

(Formerly GIS Administrator)

JD 11/2018

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change.

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents.

City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match.

Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.


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