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GIS Business Architecture Strategic Advisor

Company name
Seattle City Light

Hourly USD 47 to 71

Seattle, WA, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Dec 08, 2023

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Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. 
City Light is hiring a Strategic Advisor for its Enterprise GIS initiative program. The Enterprise GIS initiative program will replace Seattle City Light's incompatible GIS databases, viewers, and software with a comprehensive enterprise level GIS solution. This includes integrating existing and emerging systems such as the Outage Management System, the Work and Asset Management System, Mobile Workforce, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Engineering Design and System Planning, etc. In this position, you will plan, manage, and provide strategic direction for SCL's GIS Business Architecture. You will also supervise four employees and oversee the work of assigned project staff and contractors engaged in the full range of Enterprise GIS project implementation, including consultation, scope management, budget management, schedule management, change management, and other deliverables. This position will report to the GIS and Asset Information Manager.

Job Responsibilities

Here is more about what you’ll be doing:  

  • Plan and manage SCL's Enterprise GIS Business Architecture for all business units that require GIS services. Provide project leadership on development of work processes for acquiring and managing Geospatial information including the consolidation, storage, validation and analysis of the information.
  • Define SCL-required Enterprise GIS program.
  • Manage the development of comprehensive and detailed scope, schedule, and budget for deployment of the Enterprise GIS program.
  • Develop program budget, performance, scope, schedule, issues, risks, quality and business measurements for work group.
  • Identify, organize, and lead teams and manage staff and contractors involved in initiating, planning, controlling, executing and closing tasks to produce required deliverables.
  • Resolve issues of scope, resource availability, resource expertise, budget constraints and deadlines.
  • Develop a basis for GIS information exchange and cooperation with other agencies; explore possibilities of gaining synergies, through implementation of the information sharing activities.
  • Contribute to a more detailed work plan to supplement the Memorandum of Understanding between the SCL Enterprise GIS team and other agencies, especially for information sharing and knowledge transfer activities.
  • Work on selection processes of the appropriate software for the Enterprise GIS.  This is expected to include developing selection criteria, requirements, scripts, potential site visits and demonstrations, all within a proper timeline.
  • Work to support system development and deployment as part of the Program Support Office staff.
  • Work with business units affected by implementation of new Enterprise GIS. Lead teams of IT and business unit representatives.
  • Assist the Program Support Team in identifying GIS Business Architect requirements for projects.
  • Increase the exchange of information management with other agencies, neighboring electric utilities and City agencies, and explore possible areas of cooperation.
  • Develop a plan to encourage SCL and other agencies to take a more active interest in sharing GIS information into the work deliverables of these agencies.
  • Perform all other respective work which becomes relevant to implement Enterprise GIS Strategic Initiative.
  • Ensure compliance and accomplishment of all work tasks.
  • Prepare written, detailed work plans, schedules and budgets for workgroup activity. 
  • Track and evaluate costs to monitor progress and ensure compliance with GIS Business Architect specifications.
  • Prepare or contribute reports and presentations to Utility Executives, the Mayor and the City Council as required.
  • Manage the Enterprise GIS Initiative budget to successfully complete the approved Enterprise GIS Roadmap.



Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has: 
Education: A Bachelor's of Science degree in fields such as Computer Science, Business Administration, GIS, Engineering Technology, or Public Administration is required (or a combination of education, and/or training, and/or experience that provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of this classification).

  • At least three years of experience managing or supervising teams responsible for GIS or database management.
  • Three or more years of experience with GIS products (e.g. ESRI), working as a Project Manager or Business Architect for medium to large GIS projects affecting many end users, multiple organizational units and with high visibility.
  • At least three years of experience implementing in a GIS development environment, knowledge of GIS, cartography, cadastral data, understanding of mapping projections and various commercial mapping products.

Certification/License: State of Washington Driver's License or equivalent mobility
Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:  

  • 7 years' experience in a related field and electrical utility experience preferred. 
  • IT Certifications preferred, such MCP, MCSE, MCSA.
  • Ability to quickly learn and retain significant project technical information and use it in managing the project to a successful conclusion.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience partnering with internal and external customers and stakeholders.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Additional Information

The full salary range for this position is $47.85 to $71.80 per hour.
Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application: 

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement 
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications.  Seattle City Light values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.
Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment OrdinanceSMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 (Download PDF reader). A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.
The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: 

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