GIS Analyst 4

City of Kent
United States
$8,717 - $10,622 USD monthly

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

We are currently seeking applications from candidates qualified for the position of GIS Analyst 4.  The ideal candidate will be proficient in providing expertise regarding the implementation and operation of the City of Kent’s geographic information system.  This position requires the performance of a variety of highly technical work on a wide range of GIS analysis and services to multiple work groups throughout the city. A strong application of GIS theory and principles will be necessary for success in this role. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree in geography, computer science, planning, engineering, surveying, or a related field, along with at least six (6) years of increasingly responsible GIS work experience. If you are competent in the identification of requirements, technical issues, and training needs and you can act as a GIS lead in implementing related technology, this might be the perfect opportunity for you!

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

There is one (1) full-time, benefited position that will be filled by this recruitment process.  This is a non-represented position.  

The selection process to fill this vacancy will consist of at least one panel interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be held the week of February 5th-9th.

Applications for this position will be accepted through January 19, 2024.


$8,717.00- $10,622.00 monthly, depending on experience

For a listing of benefits, please visit the following link: Employee Benefits | City of Kent (kentwa.gov)


Under the direction of the GIS Supervisor, or designee, perform advanced technical work in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software and workstations. Under general supervision, plans, organizes, coordinates and participates in the development and implementation of the City’s GIS system; directs and participates in the long-term development and enhancement of GIS information technology to meet City mapping and end user service objectives; supervises and performs GIS modeling duties; provides expertise, support, assistance and guidance to City staff and external contacts; and performs related duties as assigned.

The GIS Senior Analyst role is responsible for providing technical expertise, implementation and operation of the GIS within the context of the programs and policy directives requiring a strong application of GIS theory and principles. The GIS Senior Analyst completes standard professional level work assignments or projects. The position's duties require interacting with multiple internal and/or external customers, individuals and departments to meet City work requirements and objectives. The incumbent must have sufficient job content knowledge in the functional area of GIS to ensure City standards are met.

GIS Senior Analysts independently perform responsible analytical work in support of the City Geographic Information System and other management goals and objectives. Assignments are typically received in terms of expected outcomes and incumbents are expected to act independently to develop required information, including selecting approach and analytical techniques, and to provide sound analyses and recommendations. Assigned projects may include analysis, application development, database design or other areas specific to the assignment. The GIS Senior Analyst keeps the GIS Supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters or far-reaching implications. Work is reviewed only in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.

This classification is part of a series and incumbents may also perform duties at the entry and/or intermediate level as needed to complete GIS objectives.


Assist in the maintenance and operation all GIS related products, manage all components of system database design, and ensure achievement of all phases for projects. Evaluate current and future needs and make recommendations for GIS development.

Works closely with end users to identify GIS requirements, technical issues and training needs; analyzes current business processes and recommends best practice solutions; constructs information technology definitions based on identified needs of the organization.

Lead development (and advanced use) of QA/QC automation scripts for GIS databases using GIS programming languages (SQL, Arcade, Python).

Maintain and implement map services for internet and intranet applications.

Coordinate with City departments in the development of GIS and associated software to produce, display and analyze geographic information.

Train and assist GIS users; provide technical guidance and support for the user group and departmental staff on GIS systems, applications and procedures; provide general guidance, instruction, and interpretation on the uses of GIS data.

Lead the development of training programs for City staff of various levels.

Design GIS project methodology for assigned projects to include primary staff assistance in identifying needs and acquiring GIS products and services.

Act as GIS technical lead in implementing GIS technology.

Support the GIS capabilities of the City’s asset management system and other GIS integrations with City software.

Participate in a wide variety of special projects as they relate to GIS applications.

Operate computer hardware peripherals, such as plotters, operating systems, and associated software packages that form the City’s GIS.

Maintain current knowledge of trends and developments in the geographic information systems field. Incorporate new technologies into GIS platform support and standards.

Present GIS projects, workflows, and data to internal and external audiences.

Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.


Perform related duties as assigned.



  • GIS concepts and analytical techniques, including computerized mapping and digital data conversion, manipulation and analysis

  • GIS database administration and management principles, methods and techniques, including quality control methods and practices

  • Geographic Information Systems, specifically ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.X or above

  • Window operating system, MS Office, and Adobe Acrobat

  • Existing and emerging GIS software included in current City software standards of ESRI ArcGIS

  • Principles and practices of GIS analysis and design

  • Municipal government policies, procedures, and structure; and applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances

  • Hardware and software applications development methods, tools and utilities applicable to the GIS system

  • Contract administration methods and techniques

  • Basic principles and practices of effective training and supervision


  • Geographic Information Systems

  • Using current GIS and operating system programming languages

  • Utilize Python to develop queries within the GIS applications 

  • SQL to develop queries within the GIS applications

  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing

  • Interpersonal skills with a tactful, patient, and courteous manner

  • Using correct office practices, procedures, and equipment


  • Plan, organize, integrate, monitor, and maintain a comprehensive GIS and its related applications to meet City wide mapping and customer service objectives, including developing long-range GIS system goals

  • Develop and maintain effective customer-focused service processes with City management and end users

  • Understand, analyze and define user requirements and recommend cost effective systems solutions

  • Analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound independent decisions within established guidelines

  • Train others in the use of GIS applications

  • Organize, plan and complete projects efficiently

  • Work collaboratively and effectively with project teams including user representatives and outside resources and other encountered in the course of work

  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing using correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary as it pertains to the job

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of work

  • Maintain confidential and sensitive information


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Geography, Computer Science, Planning, Engineering, Surveying or related field;

Experience: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible GIS experience.


  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check; successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record

  • Experience with ESRI products preferred

  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry


Standard and specialized hand and power machines, tools, and equipment used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including, but not limited to, GIS software, workstations, digitizing equipment, and plotters.

The incumbent may also use typical business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer and related software such as word processing and spreadsheet programs, printing and lettering machines, telephone, fax and copy machines, calculator, paper trimmer, squares, and engineer scale.

In addition, the incumbent may be required to operate a City vehicle to conduct occasional fieldwork.


The physical demands described here 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 functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit for extended periods of time and type on a keyboard for extended periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/ or move up to 30 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is usually performed in an indoor office environment. Occasionally, the employee will be required to drive offsite for field work. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or vehicle traffic. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the office and loud in the field.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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