Senior Analyst - GIS
Irvine Ranch Water District - Sand Canyon, CA

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Under general direction of the Principal Engineer of Planning, performs a variety of Geographic Information System (GIS) and analytical related projects and other professional, financial, and administrative tasks including preparing reports for other departments, the General Manager or Board of Directors. The Senior Analyst will manage the operation and maintenance of the District’s GIS, consisting of an integrated relational database, CAD, analytical, modeling, and web-based third-party application software. Additionally, this position researches and implements new GIS and database technologies, coordinates the integration of the GIS database with other District systems, and organizes and maintains the District’s record drawing management system. Manage and assist in the layout of complex GIS and CAD duties. Perform basic engineering and administrative duties related to the planning, design and construction of water and wastewater facilities using the District’s GIS and CAD systems. Must be flexible, innovative, self-starter with broad experience and demonstrated abilities to pursue and develop innovative programs.

Essential Job Duties:

The following is a non-exclusive list of essential duties and responsibilities. The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or related as determined by the incumbent’s supervisor.

Manages the administration of the District’s GIS program. With input from management and reporting employees, assign, coordinate, and review the work of GIS technicians and outside consultants. This position is responsible for the administration of the GIS database library, which includes database design, organization, conversion, metadata preparation, and maintenance activities. Assist in researching and implementing new GIS and database technologies, coordinates the integration of the GIS database with other district systems.

Perform planning, scheduling, and installation of GIS applications, tools, and user interfaces for the management of geographic information, data analysis, map production, and enhancements to existing applications.

Manages the updating and maintenance of the GIS facility databases, electronic or printed atlases and maintains the District’s record drawing management system.

Perform planning, scheduling, and installation of GIS and CAD system updates and provide support as required.

Prepare program and system documentation as required.

Assist in the preparing of engineering planning studies and environmental impact assessments.

Assist in the preparation of design plans, specifications, estimates, and reports for construction projects.


A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelors Degree in geography, computer science, or other technical field from an accredited college or university is required. Non-technical degrees may qualify with significant relevant experience.

Seven years of increasingly responsible experience including significant experience in Geographic Information Systems, computer science and project management. Three years of experience in a water related field required. Supervisory experience is preferred, but not required.

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of project management
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation
Principles of economics and public finances
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
District safety policies and procedures

Licenses/Certifications Required

Valid Class 'C' California Driver's License

Additional Information:

The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees and management. Effectively and professionally represent District’s interests with other agencies, regulators, and the public. Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Computer Skills
Proficient in MS Office software including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, or equivalent word processing, spreadsheet and database programs. Proficient in database administration and experience in ArcGIS (Workstation and Desktop) and AutoCAD.

Mathematical Ability
Understand and able to work with mathematical concepts including: statistics and the fundamentals of algebra and geometry.

Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
Ability to use good personal judgment and discretion in performing all job functions.

Physical Requirements
Regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stoop and stand. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. on a routine basis.

Other Abilities
Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of a staff of outside professionals and technicians. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff in a cross-functional project team environment in which reporting relationships may not follow traditional rigid structures.