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Spatial Specialist

Job Information
Author ahnationtalk
Date January 21, 2017
Type Full Time
Company City of Toronto
Salary $44.13 - $48.36 - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Information Technology
Client City of Toronto
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Spatial Specialist

Job Classification Title SPATIAL SPECIALIST
Job ID # 2261784 X
Division Information & Technology
Section Enterprise Solutions Delivery
Work Location 18 DYAS ROAD
Job Stream Information & Technology
Job Type Permanent, Full-Time
Salary/Rate $44.13 – $48.36 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly) 70.00
Shift Information Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Affiliation L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open 1
Posting Date 20-Jan-2017
Closing Date 03-Feb-2017

Job Description

As a member of the Geospatial Competency Centre, you will participate in the design, development, implementation and ongoing support of geospatial information and technology solutions in accordance with the City’s methodology and standards for information technology.


Your primary responsibilities as a Spatial Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and evaluate information and technology proposals, requirements, and analysis and design documents including detailed specifications of data, information and software architectures.
  • Participate in design and evaluation sessions of spatial data structures and spatially enabled applications, with the objectives of promoting integration with existing geospatial information assets and tools, and ensuring adherence to standards.
  • Participate in design and evaluation sessions of spatial data structures and spatially enabled applications with objectives to conduct testing, devise audits and support implementations.
  • Work on geospatial information systems with relational database management components using strongly developed analytical skills to research problems, conduct audits and deal with highly complex issues.
  • Prepare detailed test plans for geospatial applications and conduct unit testing as required.
  • Support the management of corporate geographic data assets by developing knowledge of core data holdings.
  • Provide understanding and guidance by relating spatial data management best practices to corporate data standards, related policies and regulations.
  • Document geospatial data and data management processes.
  • Provide day-to-day support of geospatial information initiatives, including unit and integration testing, documentation, installation, support and archival of project environments.
  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of City IT platforms and apply this understanding to enhance geospatial information and technology usage for various business units.
  • Develop, implement, configure, sustain, document and review geospatial solutions, components and services, where such solutions facilitate maintenance and access to geospatial repositories and involve Web applications, mobile applications and data feeds from external organizations.
  • Meet with clients to discuss needs, use in-depth knowledge of a specific business area or process to develop recommendations for improvement, identifying business requirements, assessing impact on users and testing new/modified systems while ensuring maximum return from geospatial technology.
  • Analyze business and Information Technology issues pertaining to the use of geospatial information and technology, and provide integration options, as appropriate.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of both the current and the planned GIS platforms and development environments.
  • Review current applications and “off the shelf” software products, and make recommendations for usage.
  • Administer client access to geospatial databases and applications.

Key Qualifications:

Your application for the role of Spatial Specialist should describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Extensive experience in managing geospatial information and associated business information, and the integrity of complex enterprise information.
  2. Extensive experience in ESRI ArcGIS, including Geodatabases, ArcGIS desktop, ArcGIS map services, ArcGIS Online, and Portal for ArcGIS in an enterprise environment.
  3. Considerable experience in data management, data analysis, and associated methodologies and technologies including geospatial data management, Oracle SQL and PL/SQL, plus experience with large databases.
  4. Considerable consulting experience in analyzing user requirements, recommending solutions and clearly communicating the benefits of geospatial technologies in lines of business.
  5. Experience in writing business requirements, design documentation, business cases, proposals or similar documents and statements to various audiences, including stakeholders, clients and the public.
  6. Experience in adherence to system development methodologies, standards and best practices, and in all stages of the system development life-cycle, utilizing an enterprise approach and software development methodologies.
  7. University degree in Computer Science, Geomatics, Geographic Information Systems, Information Technology or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and with experience in large-scale IT solutions.

You must also have:

  • Efficient and effective skills in teamwork, facilitation, communications, conflict resolution, problem solving, and incident management in projects, assignments and service engagements.
  • Interpersonal skills and an aptitude to work independently and collaboratively with others in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Business acumen to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with clients and vendors, representing strong customer service orientation.
  • Time management and estimation capabilities and ability to perform several tasks and projects concurrently.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including days, afternoons, nights and weekends, as required.
  • Ability to travel across various office locations within the City of Toronto, as required.

Contribute to the vision of “Toronto better served through innovative Information Technology”

As North America’s fourth largest city and Canada’s financial and business capital, the City of Toronto is seeking innovative, proven information technology specialists to join our dynamic team, Help build a best practice IT organization that will be responsive in meeting the needs of our 240+ different lines of business involving more than 20,000 staff at 600+ sites.

Join the Toronto Public Service as a Spatial Specialist within our award-winning IT Division, supporting the City programs and services that ultimately serve approximately 2.8 million residents. The diversity of our IT applications, services and infrastructure mirrors the diversity of our citizens. This includes an infrastructure of over 22,300 desktops/notebooks/workstations, 2,100 servers, 1,000 applications and 1 Petabyte of data. We are proud to be recognized worldwide for our successful use of IT to attract leading-edge business, build skills, generate economic growth and improve government service delivery. Our talented teams are behind the creation of the City’s 3-1-1 Report It Online campaign, Toronto Public Library’s express checkout system and Canada Post’s ePost service.

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set-up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment.  In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City’s hiring process.

If you are invited to participate in an assessment process, kindly provide your accommodation needs in advance. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process, please email us at, quoting the job ID # and the job classification title.


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