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GIS Manager (IS Manager 1)

Metropolitan Council

Job detailsSalary$89,606 – $96,658 a yearJob TypeFull-timeRemoteBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionCommuter assistanceDental insuranceEmployee assistance programHealth insuranceLife insuranceTuition reimbursementFull Job Description


This position will be posted until filled and may be removed at any time.
This position is eligible for a hybrid (both remote and onsite) telework arrangement. Candidate’s permanent residence must be in Minnesota or Wisconsin. We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website. We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
Information Services is the central IT department supporting all divisions of the Metropolitan Council. Our 140 team members provide technology, practices and innovative solutions that enable the core services of the Council.

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:

GIS Manager leads and supports the Information Services GIS team and projects. This people first manager will create clear direction and foster a collaborative work environment with highly engaged employees. Duties will include strategic planning, coaching and performance management, workforce planning and hiring, and establishment of goals and priorities. Oversees software and/or hardware selection and implementation related to the ARCGIS system. Develops and maintains strong working relationships with external stakeholders and oversees MetroGIS collaboration.

Anticipated starting salary range: $43.08 – $46.47 Hourly / $89,606 – $96,658 Annually

Full salary range: $43.08 – $65.02 Hourly / $89,606 – $135,242 Annually

The starting salary will be based on the selected candidate’s experience, skills, education, and internal
salary equity, and includes a generous benefits package.

What you would do in this job

Supervises the Metropolitan Council enterprise GIS team. This includes working collaboratively with team members to develop, review and adjust employee work plans, performance goals and development plans. It also including recruiting and hiring, performance management and evaluation, mentoring, coaching, team building and serving.
Works regularly with external partners in the metro and Minnesota geospatial community to identify and collaboratively solve shared needs.
Participates in department management team activities including budgeting, policy development and implementing department objectives and goals.
Participates in the development of strategies and strategic plans for Council information technology.
Establishes information services procedures and standards and insures the creation and maintenance of appropriate documentation for systems
Provides analytical support and leadership in assessment of overall functionality and effectiveness of Council technology systems, integration with existing or planned systems, and ongoing support.
Makes recommendations to management for improvements to current systems and processes.
Acts as a liaison between information services department and other departments to ensure transparency and strong, positive relationships.
Manages or coordinates projects and guides technical staff to participate in and manage projects efficiently, including project definitions, work plans, documentation, scheduling, control methods and status reporting.
Directs development of contract specifications and monitors the work of contract personnel.

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

High school diploma or GED
AND ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in information technology or a related field (e.g., enterprise network, application development, geographic information systems)
INCLUDING three (3) years of experience leading people and/or projects that demonstrates skill in coordinating and monitoring the work of project teams and /or staff.

Note: Highest completed degree in the following majors: Computer Science/Engineering, Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, Management, or related field will count towards the minimum ten (10) years of required work experience.

Associates degree counts as two years of experience
Bachelor’s degree or higher counts as four years of experience

Experience for all the above equivalencies must include at least three years of experience leading people and/or projects that demonstrates skill in coordinating and monitoring the work of project teams and/or staff.
Metropolitan Council Employees Only: Successful completion of any one of the following four Metropolitan Council Leadership/Supervisory training programs will substitute for lead/supervisory experience. You must attach your certificate(s) as proof of completion of the program to your application. Only completion of one of the four programs listed below will substitute credit (6 months or 1 year) for lead/supervisory experience.

Met Council’s Programs and years of lead/supervisory experience program count for:

Metro Transit Leadership Academy: 1 year of lead/supervisory experience
Project Management Development Program – 12-month session: 1 year of lead/supervisory experience
Project Management Development Program – 6-month session: 6 months of lead/supervisory experience
Four Learning Institute Certificates – You must obtain all four certificates listed below to receive credit: 6 months of lead/supervisory experience

Leading Self-Personal Effectiveness Certificate
Leading Self-Communication Certificate
Leading Self-Business Skills Certificate
Leading Others-Preparing for Supervisor Certificate

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):

Experience promoting an equitable, positive, and respectful work environment that values culture and diversity among all employees

What knowledge, skills, and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:

Skilled in principles and practices of supervision, staff development and performance management.
Skills in developing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with business partners and stakeholders.
Skills in influence management and negotiation techniques.
Ability to collaboratively define and articulate clear priorities.
Ability to provide leadership for and manage designated program area.
Ability to listen effectively and demonstrate that others are being heard.
Ability to express ideas and concerns clearly and concisely, verbally, in various presentation formats, and in writing.
Ability to work flexible hours and provide on-call support.
Ability to value differences, treat others with respect, promote cooperation and maintain positive relationships even in the face of conflict.
Ability to promote and model the IS Norms of Behavior.
Ability to write reports and business correspondence and clearly define and document procedures for technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to focus on different tasks and challenges, while maximizing time, resources and energy to achieve desired outcomes, goals or expectations.
Administrative skills such as planning, scheduling, and creating effective processes.
Knowledge of project management and coordination practices, resource allocation and budgeting.
Knowledge of technology change management practices.
Knowledge of geographic information systems, geographic and cartographic principles, geospatial data management techniques, planning practices, research methodologies and computer technology.
Knowledge of and general understanding of policies, procedures and strategies related to the integration and implementation of geospatial technology and data within the organization.

What you can expect from us:

We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a good work/life balance.

More about why you should join us!

Additional information

Union: MANA Grade: J FLSA Status: Exempt Safety Sensitive: No What your work environment would be: You would perform your work in a standard office setting. Work may sometimes require travel between your primary work site and other sites. What steps the recruitment process involves: 1. We review your minimum qualifications. 2. We rate your education and experience. 3. We conduct a structured panel interview. 4. We conduct a selection interview. Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then: If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only), and a background check which verifies education, employment, and criminal history. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the job. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation. If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you’re applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services, Audit, or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the position. IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and veteran-friendly employer. The Council is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region and strongly encourages persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please email

We believe our employees are a key to our agency’s success! In order to attract and retain high quality employees, the Council provides a highly competitive benefits package both in choice and coverage levels. Some highlights about our benefits are listed below:

Guaranteed monthly retirement income through Minnesota State Retirement System pension fund
Opportunity to save additional funds for retirement on a tax-deferred basis through a voluntary deferred compensation (457) plan
Two or more medical plans from which to choose, with employer contribution towards premiums over 80%
Dental insurance, life insurance and vision insurance
The following benefits are provided to all employees as part of working for the Council. You will have access to free:

Well@Work clinic
bus/rail pass valued at over $1200 per year
parking at many job locations
fitness centers at many job locations
Employee Assistance Program
extensive health and wellness programs and resources

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