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Organization: Loudoun County, VA
Title: Director, Office of Mapping & Geographic Information
Location: Leesburg, VA USA
Application Deadline:
Posted: 2017-09-19

Position Description:

Loudoun County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the nation since the late 1990s. This unparalleled growth resulted in the county being one of the earlier adopters of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for a local government. Loudoun County uses state of the art ESRI GIS, geospatial application, and WebGIS software and holds one of ESRI’s earliest organizational licenses for a locality—Number 34. The County is also known as the “home to the internet” due to the presence of large data centers and multiple technology firms.

This is an exciting opportunity for a professional senior executive to lead the County’s Office of Mapping and Geographic Information (OMAGI) in the position of director. This ideal candidate will be strategic, energetic, and an excellent communicator with an ability to manage a highly skilled and technical workforce of GIS professionals. The County has been nationally recognized with three Special Achievement awards from ESRI since 2010, was featured at the ESRI 2017 Federal Users’ Conference, and has earned statewide GIS awards as well.

The director reports to the Assistant County Administrator for Internal Operations and leads a highly educated and trained workforce that includes many certified GIS professionals. They maintain the core components of the county's enterprise GIS, including its annually maintained base map, street addressing program, and other geospatial information, which is integrated into multiple County enterprise information systems (computer aided dispatch, assessments, permits, etc.). The office provides internal data, mapping, and analytical services to county agencies and provides services to the public through WebGIS including a newly implemented GeoHub. In addition, the Director, who serves on the County Administrator’s Leadership Team, offers professional advice and alternatives regarding the department and all mapping and GIS functions through the County Administrator.

This position is vacant due to the retirement of the current director who initiated the County’s robust GIS program and this department and has held the position for more than two decades.

The County’s FY2018 adopted operating budget is $1.7 billion, including $1.1 billion for Loudoun County Public Schools, $504.2 million for general (County) government operations, and $9 million for the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families (CSA). Loudoun County employs approximately 4,000 personnel and maintains a AAA credit rating by all three major credit rating agencies.

The County’s OMAGI has an operating budget of $2.5 million and includes 23 personnel within four divisions.

• The Systems Development and Support Division provides critical products and services that support the function of the GIS, which includes database management, application development and support services that permit the system’s other functions to be performed including the update and maintenance of the County’s entire geospatial database and ESRI software, system directory, and security protocols.

• The Land Records Maintenance Division maintains hourly parcels, addresses, street information, and other data that are integrated into other County enterprise systems such as the County’s computer aided dispatching system, land management information system, computer aided mass appraisal system, the county’s WebGIS including GeoHub, and other essential county information systems. This Division also administers the street naming and addressing ordinances.

• Land Development and Analysis Division develops data or geographic information that is mapped for other county agencies and routinely maintains those data sets and produces maps, models, queries, and analyses to assist with programs and services or to respond to the direction from the Board of Supervisors. This division also manages the base map that is used in the computer aided dispatch system, the computer aided mass appraisal system, and a variety of web mapping tools including the GeoHub. The maintenance of aerial photography contracted by the County allows for annual updates to portions of the County’s base map.

• The Public Information Division provides land data and assistance to the private and public sectors and other county agencies including, but not limited to, maintenance of maps and data review and enabling compliance with zoning ordinances including floodplain, mountainside, and other land use regulations and requirements.

Minimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree and twelve years’ experience in GIS, including supervisory or operations/administrative oversight experience. Preferred qualifications are a master’s degree; department head, division head, or other operational experience; demonstrated expertise in mentoring managers and key staff; providing data-driven solutions; and management experience in a complex, diverse organization. Experience working within or for local government to utilize GIS as a tool for decision-making is also preferred.

The expected hiring range is $130,000 – $150,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply at http://thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs and submit just one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter, resume with salary history, and list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications November 3, 2017.