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The Woodlands Township Job Description


Job Title:         Senior GIS Analyst

Department:    Information Technology

Reports To:     GIS Manager

FLSA Status:   Exempt

Revised By:     William Pham, Information Technology Director

Revised Date: March 2019

Reviewed By: Susan Welbes, HR Director

Review Date:   February 12, 2019

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Analyzes requests for Geographic / Geospatial Information System (GIS) products and uses and develops software programs to generate maps and reports. Meet with users and perform systems analysis in designing, programming, testing, documentation and maintenance of assigned projects and systems to provide efficient and accurate GIS services.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. (Other duties may be assigned.)

Lead in developing and building topology and business class rules to establish QA/QC procedures of GIS datasets and to assure data conversion accuracy and conformance to set standards.

Assist in development, implementation, updating and adherance of geodatabase versioning policies and procedures in an enterprise environment.

Create and maintain metadata of GIS datasets that conform to geospatial standard.

Monitor and download monthly and quarterly updates from the various County 911 GIS departments, County Tax Appraiser files, research and verify all geographic related data and report discrepancy results.

Lead in updating, processing, creating, enhancing and maintaining various GIS datasets including, but not limited to, parcels, street centerlines, parks, easements, neighborhoods, aerial imagery, plat images, etc., in the correct projection and pre-defined format using GIS software.

Update and maintain WFD public safety mapbook.

Provide GIS technical support and customer support to end-users and other agencies.

Provide Emergency Operation Center (EOC) support in times of emergency or crisis.

Perform detailed systems analysis and design for GIS projects.

Help to trouble-shoot and resolve GIS software issues for customers and end-users.

Determine user needs and required program and system changes.

Develop and maintain comprehensive forms and documentation of system procedures, protocols and policies.

Design and develop new custom scripts, applications and programs using programming tools and enhancement of existing custom scripts and applications.

Implement program changes in response to requests for additional system capabilities and coordinate program changes with other affected users.

Prepare and maintain programs and controls and runs documentation according to established industry standards.

Prepare time estimates of proposed projects.

Provide technical expertise by maintaining a current knowledge of the GIS hardware and software environment.

Conduct training sessions for staff and users to share knowledge.

Provide expertise and assistance in maintaining reasonable security for the GIS, ready file access and effective database and system administration.

Respond to questions and requests from end-users and customers regarding GIS requirements, software, data, and map products.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from an accredited four year college or university in GIS, Computer Science, Engineering/Technology, Environmental Science, Geography or related field and at least 2 years experience as a GIS Analyst or over five years up to and including seven years related experience and/or training in analyzing and programming geographic information systems; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge of ArcGIS Server and SDE, ArcGIS Desktop - ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox. ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and AutoCAD software.

Knowledge of Relational Database Management System, especially SQL databases.


Have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Has the ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Have the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Have the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Has the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Has the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



Decisions regard implementation of policies may be made. Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation sensitive issues or important presentations. Contacts may involve stressful, negative interactions with the public requiring high levels of tact and the ability to respond to aggressive interpersonal interactions.

Likely impact on the organization is high.


The employee normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary.  Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignments may be reviewed upon completion. Performance reviewed periodically.

The impact of action is significant: Considerable benefits or costs in time, money or public/employee relations.


Advanced: Work requires advanced skills and knowledge in approaches and systems, which affect the design and implementation of major programs and /or processes organization-wide. Independent judgment and decision-making abilities are necessary to apply technical skills effectively.

Consequences of work affect large groups as well as the customer-base at large.


Has no budgetary/fiscal responsibility


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 sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Good: Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Office environment and little physical effort is required.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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