Job Detail

Organization: METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
Title: GIS Analyst I/II
Location: WAshintgon DC

Posted: 2021-12-02
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG or simply COG) is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (NCRTPB or simply TPB) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The TPB is also one of several policy boards that operate at COG. COG is the administrative agent for the TPB, and the TPB is staffed by COGís Department of Transportation Planning (DTP). COG has a staff of about 120 employees, half of whom work in the DTP. COG was founded in 1957. The TPB was created in 1965 and became associated with COG in 1966.

The Council of Governments' Department of Transportation Planning is seeking a GIS/Data Analyst to join the Planning Data and Research Team. The successful candidate for this position will play a key role in the collection, processing, analysis, management and visualization of geospatial data as well as the development of GIS applications to support travel survey, travel volume trend, demographic, and transportation infrastructure data used in regional policy studies, forecasting, and performance-based planning and programming.

The successful candidate will also facilitate cooperation and collaboration on GIS-related issues among COG member jurisdictions and other public sector agencies and regional partners in the metropolitan Washington area.

Duties will include:

creating geospatial products (online maps, static maps and other related content) for a variety of transportation planning programs

updating standard geospatial datasets part of COGís spatial data library

providing administrative support for COGís ArcGIS Online organizational account

performing GIS software upgrades and other related systems-related tasks

processing and analysis of travel survey, traffic, and transportation infrastructure data (e.g., bridge and pavement conditions);

processing, analyzing, and synthesizing large datasets (Big Data) and creating visualizations and other data summaries;

developing data visualization using Geographic Information System (GIS) software and other data visualization tools;
Serving as staff liaison to COGís GIS Committee

Providing GIS technical support to other COG teams and departments

applying assurance and quality control measures to data; and

writing and/or presenting technical documentation, reports and product-oriented metadata

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills and demonstrated knowledge in the application of geospatial technologies, and specifically Esri ArcGIS Desktop, Online and Enterprise platforms, leveraging these tools in all stages of product development. This candidate will also have a strong academic background in statistical analysis, land use and transportation planning, data science, and research methods. Experience with computer software packages used for database development, statistical analysis, and reporting is also required. Knowledge of the use of survey and other data in regional transportation planning activities is also highly desirable, as is the ability to interpret user requirements and translate them into efficient and effective geospatial products and applications. Background in programming and/or quantitative analysis.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
To be considered for the Analyst I position, candidates must possess a bachelorís degree in geography, urban or regional planning, transportation planning, or an appropriately related field, and 0-1 years of directly applicable work experience.

To be considered for the Analyst II position, candidates must possess a masterís degree in geography, urban or regional planning, transportation planning, or an appropriately related field, and 2-3 years of directly applicable work experience.

Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, analytical and writing skills and abilities will be considered.

COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Required background using ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Server/Enterprise. Experience using scripting languages (e.g. Python, R). Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), statistical software, database software, and data visualization software (e.g. Tableau, Power BI). Familiarity with basic web page design desirable.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from members, regulatory agencies, community leaders and citizens. Ability to articulate intended project workflows to direct supervisor. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute percentages, rates, and ratios and to draw and interpret numeric charts and graphs.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to evaluate technical options and implement solutions based on individual project needs. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization may exist.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
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 the essential functions.

During the COVID pandemic, COG has conducted its work virtually largely through telework. Staff are currently expected to return to the physical office in January 2022, with continued opportunities for part-time telework.

Starting Salary: $57,931 - $81,104 Analyst I DOQ or $61,417 - $89,239 Analyst II DOQ

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirement highlighting the skills and relevant experience you would bring to this position.


MWCOG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices.

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