Salary: $65,374.40 – $101,420.80 Annually

Closing: 11/19/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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The City of Tacoma Information Technology department is seeking a GIS Analyst that will support the Department’s GIS-related work including geodatabase administration and data cleaning, maintenance, modeling, and publishing. The GIS Analyst will work collaboratively with a team of GIS analysts, system and data administrators, and customer support staff to deliver mission critical applications to several City departments and external users, across various technologies and platforms. They will play an important role in utilizing GIS to support the City’s Racial Equity Action Plans (REAPs) reach vulnerable populations and promote equity.

This is an entry-level position that provides an excellent opportunity to grow and develop GIS skills under the direction of the GIS Supervisor and/or Lead, while doing meaningful and impactful work. The incumbent will maintain City geographical data assets and implement QA/QC procedures and data sharing workflows and strategies, while applying industry standards and best practices as needed.

We are looking for someone interested in maintaining the integrity of GIS data and skilled in analyzing data to create and visualize interesting insights and StoryMaps. The GIS Analyst will also collaborate at various levels with the GIS team and internal and external stakeholders.


  • Develop and maintain data and metadata quality and standards using industry best practices for an enterprise GIS architecture.
  • Develop and maintain strategies, architectures, protocols and workflows for publishing and sharing data with Tacoma residents and with collaborating agencies such as Pierce County and Metro Parks.
  • Identify opportunities to consolidate and replace legacy data and application integration methods with reusable, standards-based integration solutions that connect other systems and can serve multiple purposes.
  • Work with City department users to evaluate business needs, identify appropriate GIS analyses, build GIS-based solutions, and provide customer service, troubleshooting and support.
  • Contribute towards the development of various GIS visualizations, templates and standards, internal and public facing, in various formats. These may include dashboards, posters, web apps and StoryMaps.
  • Work collaboratively on project teams and the GIS team to build capacity among GIS users in the City.

Candidates should have excellent technical and analytical skills, as well as strong communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

City of Tacoma:
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma boasts the state’s highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city’s vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

Tacoma’s natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Working in the Information Technology Department and supporting local government departments which directly serves the residents of Tacoma is a fulfilling and satisfying career.

The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:

  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • Flexible schedules.
  • A great pension plan.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma’s diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma’s entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


An equivalent combination to:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Technology, Engineering, Geography or related field


An Associate’s Degree in these fields and two or more years of directly related GIS work experience.


  • 3+ years of experience building GIS solutions using various ESRI products such as ArcGIS Pro, Desktop, StoryMaps and Enterprise.
  • 3+ years of experience managing spatial data in enterprise databases.
  • 3+ years of experience developing and maintaining metadata quality and standards.
  • GIS Professional (GISP), ESRI Technical Certifications or any other GIS Certification Program.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Troubleshoot computer hardware, software and system difficulties; propose solutions, track and assure resolution through appropriate follow-up methods.
  • Perform maintenance and systems changes that improve efficiencies, performance and reliability.
  • Provide solutions and resolve less complex systems issues.
  • Understand concepts of information technology including computers, peripherals, operating systems and applications.
  • Knowledge of principles and concepts of total quality process improvements and problem solving methods.
  • Knowledge of computer technology principles, their application, and troubleshooting techniques.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your responsibilities as it relates to the responsibilities of this position.
NOTE: Applications received without the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran’s Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran’s Preference points, with redacted birthdate and social security numbers.

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the supplemental questions evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts. These questions will be scored on the basis of information provided; therefore, it is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully list all pertinent experience and training related to this position. The evaluation committee will not have access to the candidate’s application. Providing false information will result in disqualification. Candidates must pass this evaluation in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 120. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders. The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend an hour or more entering the required information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted before the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before the closing date.