GIS Manager (City of Atlanta)


Posting expires: 03/08/20

Salary range: $63,200 – $105,400

Here at the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Building Inspectors keep our Citizens safe. Our Public Works Staff keep our City clean and help to maintain, build, and improve our City’s infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life. Our Engineers help to keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating, and our buildings maintained. Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta! If you’re seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

General Description and Classification Standards

Develops, implements and manages geographic information systems for an assigned department or for a centralized IT function. This is an experienced managerial level charged with responsibility for one or more activities within a department. Position manages a group of employees, typically with intermediate supervisors, or a smaller group of specialized professional employees. Areas of responsibility are typically unique within the department.

Supervision Received

Normally receives guidance regarding overall mission, short-term and mid-term objectives, scheduling, unusual priorities, etc. but is free to set work methods, timetables, performance standards, etc.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned. 

  • Provides management direction to the GIS function including the development and implementation of the GIS program for assigned department.
  • Establishes operating and project priorities and allocation of GIS resources for the organization; balances ongoing responsibilities and special projects as assigned.
  • Coordinates and facilitates activities and commitments with other departments and/or functions.
  • Develops and tracks project schedules.
  • Prepares and monitors departmental budget.
  • Selects, trains, coaches, recommends salary increases, administers corrective action and reviews performance of department employees.
  • Maintains knowledge of current technological developments in GIS and assures that staff skills are updated and enhanced as needed.

Decision Making

Establishes team organization and processes within policy limitations. Selects technical methods.

Leadership Provided

Has managerial authority over a group of professional employees and/or technical employees.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list. 

  • Extensive knowledge of concepts, processes and tools of IT and GIS. Leadership and motivational skills.
  • Skill in identifying operating issues and developing solutions.
  • Ability to apply experience and professional knowledge to carry out most assignments in GIS; ability to apply general IT and GIS knowledge across organization or discipline lines.


Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in GIS, geography, computer science or engineering (equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis).
  • 5 years professional experience in GIS.

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in GIS, geography, computer science or engineering
  • 5 or more years of directly related GIS professional work experience.

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

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