GIS Planner

Location: City Hall | Greer, SC | Building and Development Standards
Work Schedule: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.,
Open Until: July 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST
Job Status: Full-Time
Details: Minimum salary: $43,865

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Job Description Summary

Under general supervision this position is responsible for creating and maintaining the geographical information system for the City of Greer as well as regional and transportation planning purposes; works closely with staff and consultants as well as non-GIS professionals to facilitate the development and distribution of geographic information; compile and analyze data for conducting various reports and planning studies.  Reports to the Planning Manager.


Job Responsibilities

Develop, maintain and analyze the City’s Geographic Information Systems.

Maintain ArcSDE and desktop database/data integrity

Assist with preparation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

Develop and apply GIS analysis solutions to meet other discipline needs.

Provide quality control specific to in house data and evaluation of outside data.

Maintain the official City boundary and zoning map by updating maps as new data is received relative to new subdivisions, developments, zoning requirements and other projects.

Prepare workflow solutions for decision-making.

Prepare maps/applications as needed.

Maintain all online GIS applications.

Assist Planning staff with day to day planning needs as well as support entire Building and Development Standards department as needed.

Assist non-GIS coworkers who use desktop GIS.

Assist in preparing/leading planning-related meetings.

Collect field data using GPS unit.

Obtain and implement software upgrades/updates.

Performs other related duties as required.


Performance Measurement

Knowledge of Job:

Has thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures, and policies of the Codes Department as they pertain to the performance of duties of the GIS Planner. Has knowledge of the organization of the Department and of related departments and agencies.  Has knowledge the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. Has knowledge of the process involved in inspection roads, storm drains, water lines, sewer lines, force mains, and lift stations to ensure compliance with applicable standards and regulations.  Has knowledge of the standards and regulations that apply to construction and operations. Is able to review plans, specifications, and ship drawings and ensure compliance is upheld in these documents. Has the knowledge and ability to conduct field surveys and measurements to collect data on existing conditions to facilitate infrastructure design/drafting. Is  capable  of  preparing  required reports  and  documentation using  prescribed  format  and producing error  free work. Is able to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems on a daily basis. Is able to make independent decisions based on knowledge and understanding of the utility industry. Has knowledge of how to maintain an effective and positive relationship with the general public, supervisors, and other City personnel. Has knowledge of how to communicate effectively, tactfully, and persuasively with members of the public in difficult situations which may arise. Is skilled in the compilation of records and information necessary in the preparation of the various reports required by local and State regulations. Is able to apply principles of teaching and has knowledge of training methods and is able to instruct others through explanation,   demonstration, and supervised practice.  Is able to   make effective presentations. Is capable of providing guidance and assistance to members of the general public as needed.  Is able to perform required mathematical calculations with minimal errors.  Has knowledge of modem office practices and procedures, and standard clerical techniques. Is able to use common computer-driven word processing, spreadsheet and file maintenance programs. Is able to interpret cadastral, ortho-photo, topographical, subdivision, land use, road and other related maps. Is able to establish and maintain moderately complex records and files. Is able to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in frequent contact with property owners and the general public. Is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

Quality of Work:


Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interacts within department and division, and with co- workers and the general public.


Quantity of Work:  


Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as described under “Specific Duties and Responsibilities.”




Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, City policy, standards and pre­ scribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.




Attends work regularly and adheres to City policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time- off requests.


Initiative and Enthusiasm:


Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.




Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives.  Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations.  Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum Education and Training -Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Engineering, Computer Science, Forestry/Natural Resources or Geographic Information Systems and 3 years of experience in the field. Must be proficient with GIS software (ArcGIS Advanced, Standard and Basic).  Familiarity with Python and JavaScript/HTML/CSS is preferred.  Must possess a valid state issued drivers’ license.


Physical Requirements

Physical Requirements:

Must be physically able to operate a variety of office machines, tools and equipment, such as a computer, printer, copy machine, fax machine, calculator, or telephone. Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).


Data Conception:

Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.

Interpersonal Communication:

Requires the ability to function in a managerial capacity for a division or organizational unit.  Includes the ability to make decisions on procedural and technical levels.

Language Ability:

Requires the ability to read a variety of financial and informational documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.  Requires the ability to write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.


Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Verbal Aptitude:

Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.

Numerical Aptitude:

Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations involving basic algebraic principles and formulas, and basic geometric principles and calculations.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:

Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with job related equipment.

Motor Coordination:

Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated office equipment.

Manual Dexterity:

Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc.  Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities.  Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination:

May require the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament:

Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under minimal stress when confronted with an emergency.

Physical Communication:

Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing – perceiving nature of sounds by ear).


Additional Information

In addition to a competitive base pay, we currently offer comprehensive benefits package that includes health, prescription, vision, dental insurance (at no cost for employee coverage based on full participation in Wellness Program), life insurance, long-term disability, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, FSA, EAP, Education Incentive Pay, and a defined benefit retirement plan (South Carolina Retirement System).


DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.