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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Job Title:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist
County Name:
Northampton County
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist is responsible for maintaining assessment and other records, providing information and assistance regarding assessment matters, and locating properties.

This position reports directly to the Director of Fiscal Affairs.

This position is not responsible for the supervision of other employees.

Provides information and assistance regarding assessment matters, tax bill preparation, and locating properties.

Maintains assessment, occupation, and other files.

Maintains the GIS mapping workstation.

Works closely with school districts, tax collectors, the public, and other individuals/agencies.

Edits and maintains the tax parcel digital boundary lines. Trains and assists Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician 1 and 2 with mapping software, and standard office practices.

Performs tax parcel conversion.

Performs Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis or digitizes data to create maps, reports, and building permit layers to support Property Assessment as requested for field inspection or special projects.

Researches and develops new ways to use technology to advance Property Assessment / Property Mapping relationship.

Maintains web pages for Property Assessment, Tax Claims, and Property Mapping.

Attends continuing education classes and seminars to maintain state CPE certification and stay current with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Completion of a high school, or general equivalency diploma; AND

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in a Geography related field; AND

At least three (3) years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in Assessment/Appraisals and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); AND

Must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a minimum of six (6) months; AND

Employees assigned to this title will be required to possess and maintain a valid and current motor vehicle operator’s license.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and present valid proof of vaccinated status, in order to be eligible for hire with the County of Northampton. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

The County of Northampton will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines with regard to booster(s) and when individuals are considered fully vaccinated.

Ability to function independently, have flexibility, and the ability to work effectively with the public, co-workers, and other related professionals.
Knowledge of GIS software and database management.

Knowledge of practices and laws regarding property assessment, deeds, and survey plans.

Ability to research and approach problems in a logical manner.

Comprehensive knowledge of cartography regarding map creation, analysis, and interpretation.

Strong customer service skills.

Attentive to details.

Ability to coordinate multiple priorities and competing time demands.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.
Posting Date:
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Expiration Date:
Contact Name:
Sherry Christman
Contact Link:
Sherry Christman
669 Washington Street, Easton PA 18042