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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Architect

IT/Software Development Jobs
Washington Technology Solutions

Job Summary

Part Time
Posted on
October 18, 2019
Expired on
December 17, 2019
Washington Technology Solutions
Olympia, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$36.06 - $47.31 Hourly

About Washington Technology Solutions

Need Help Applying? Contact Jamie Robinson| Recruitment Specialist at 360.407.8810 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State Government offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits: Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with very affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending plan which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website (link is external) Retirement and Deferred Compensation WaTech employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems (link is external)' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (link is external)(DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing Vacation starting your first month of employment and are able to take leave after six months of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State generously supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year.

Contact name
Jamie Robinson

Job description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Architect
Journey – IT System Administration


Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) operates the state's core technology infrastructure, the central network and data center and supports enterprise applications.  WaTech also houses the State Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Office of Cyber Security.  Our customers include state agencies, county, city and tribal governments as well as nonprofits.  We enable public agencies to better serve the people of Washington through technology.
About the Office of the Chief Information Office (OCIO):
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) within Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) is looking for someone who shares our passion for making a difference.  The OCIO's unique role in state government is to:

  • Provide independent oversight, accountability and transparency to major IT projects conducted by state agencies

  • Build supporting structures so that state agency projects can be successful in achieving intended outcomes using sound project management

  • Create clarity and alignment for IT investments across state government through the state's portfolio management and enterprise architecture programs.

  • Establish standards and policies for efficient and consistent technology practices and operations within state agencies

  • Educate and inform policy leaders on the health and status of the state's overall technology portfolio

  • Operate the state's data privacy and open data program

The Geospatial Program Office within the OCIO leads, manages and implements strategic direction, policy and outreach regarding geographic information systems for the state.  The program provides leadership and support for multi-agency collaboration on organizational issues, policy decisions and technical collaboration regarding connectivity, data standards, change management protocols and professional development.  The program also maintains centralized, foundational services that are used throughout other state agencies, county agencies and the public. 

What would you be doing in this role? 
The GIS Architect within the Geospatial Program Office serves as the Geospatial Architect and Systems Administrator and reports to the OCIO Geospatial Program Manager.  In this role, you will work with dedicated GIS professionals who support delivery of services to other State agencies local government and the public. This position is expected to be innovative, creative and a team player.  You will be responsible to:

  • Create, develop and administer the GIS infrastructure and tools to support the statewide use of centralized GIS services

  • Maintain security, server patching, server monitoring and storage requirements for data, including but not limited to, imagery and the Washington Master Addressing System (WAMAS), which are used by state and local agencies.  

  • Conduct and resolve issues related to the cloud based servers used to host foundational GIS data for state and local agencies as well as the public.

  • Apply system analysis skills to maintain, administer, and fix system performance in the cloud, on-prem and hybrid environments, to include appropriate security and authentication protocols.

  • Technical lead to create the infrastructure and installation of GIS software that will allow sharing of data among state agency partners.

  • Analyze and assess industry direction (including hardware and GIS software) and analyze new capabilities that may be applied to the infrastructure and services offered by OCIO/ WaTech to improve performance or take advantage of new capabilities that assist partner agency business needs. 

  • Ensure rigorous application of information security/assurance policies, principles and practices for all customers of the Washington Master Addressing Service (WAMAS), Geospatial Portal services and high-resolution imagery data for state and local agencies. 

  • Resolve application problems, server performance, patching requirements and license usage, along with space requirements based on current and historical use patterns.

Here is What We Are Looking For:

  • Candidates who possess strong communication skills, enjoys working in a team environment and experience using cooperation and consensus decision making.

  • Hard working and ready to learn more.

  • Minimum of Eight (8) years of work experience in information technology with emphasis on system administrator and architect, or providing the equivalent support services

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Geography, Science or related field.

  • Technical understanding of hardware, software and computer programming.

  • Four (4) years of experience with GIS systems.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment promoting communication, consensus decision-making, and team cooperation.

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