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Director, Office of Mapping and Geographic
Information – Loudoun County, Virginia

 

The Position

Loudoun County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the nation since the late 1990s. This unparalleled growth resulted in the county being one of the earlier adopters of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for a local government. Loudoun County uses state of the art ESRI GIS, geospatial application, and WebGIS software and holds one of ESRI’s earliest organizational licenses for a locality—Number 34. The County is also known as the “home to the internet” due to the presence of large data centers and multiple technology firms.

This is an exciting opportunity for a professional senior executive to lead the County’s Office of Mapping and Geographic Information (OMAGI) in the position of director. This ideal candidate will be strategic, energetic, and an excellent communicator with an ability to manage a highly skilled and technical workforce of GIS professionals. The County has been nationally recognized with three Special Achievement awards from ESRI since 2010, was featured at the ESRI 2017 Federal Users’ Conference, and has earned statewide GIS awards as well.

The director reports to the Assistant County Administrator for Internal Operations and leads a highly educated and trained workforce that includes many certified GIS professionals. They maintain the core components of the county’s enterprise GIS, including its annually maintained base map, street addressing program, and other geospatial information, which is integrated into multiple County enterprise information systems (computer aided dispatch, assessments, permits, etc.). The office provides internal data, mapping, and analytical services to county agencies and provides services to the public through WebGIS including a newly implemented GeoHub. In addition, the Director, who serves on the County Administrator’s Leadership Team, offers professional advice and alternatives regarding the department and all mapping and GIS functions through the County Administrator.

This position is vacant due to the retirement of the current director who initiated the County’s robust GIS program and this department and has held the position for more than two decades.

The County’s FY2018 adopted operating budget is $1.7 billion, including $1.1 billion for Loudoun County Public Schools, $504.2 million for general (County) government operations, and $9 million for the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families (CSA). Loudoun County employs approximately 4,000 personnel and maintains a AAA credit rating by all three major credit rating agencies.

The County’s OMAGI has an operating budget of $2.5 million and includes 23 personnel within four divisions.

  • The Systems Development and Support Division provides critical products and services that support the function of the GIS, which includes database management, application development and support services that permit the system’s other functions to be performed including the update and maintenance of the County’s entire geospatial database and ESRI software, system directory, and security protocols.
  • The Land Records Maintenance Division maintains hourly parcels, addresses, street information, and other data that are integrated into other County enterprise systems such as the County’s computer aided dispatching system, land management information system, computer aided mass appraisal system, the county’s WebGIS including GeoHub, and other essential county information systems. This Division also administers the street naming and addressing ordinances.
  • Land Development and Analysis Division develops data or geographic information that is mapped for other county agencies and routinely maintains those data sets and produces maps, models, queries, and analyses to assist with programs and services or to respond to the direction from the Board of Supervisors. This division also manages the base map that is used in the computer aided dispatch system, the computer aided mass appraisal system, and a variety of web mapping tools including the GeoHub. The maintenance of aerial photography contracted by the County allows for annual updates to portions of the County’s base map.
  • The Public Information Division provides land data and assistance to the private and public sectors and other county agencies including, but not limited to, maintenance of maps and data review and enabling compliance with zoning ordinances including floodplain, mountainside, and other land use regulations and requirements.

Form of Government

Loudoun County operates under the “Traditional Form” of county government, the most commonly used form in the Commonwealth. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for the legislative and administrative affairs of the County. The Board of Supervisors appoints a County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day administration on behalf of the Board. In addition, elected officials are responsible for the conduct and administration of various aspects of the County’s affairs and include the Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Sheriff.

Requirements

Minimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree and twelve years’ experience in GIS, including supervisory or operations/administrative oversight experience. Preferred qualifications are a master’s degree; department head, division head, or other operational experience; demonstrated expertise in mentoring managers and key staff; providing data-driven solutions; and management experience in a complex, diverse organization. Experience working within or for local government to utilize GIS as a tool for decision-making is also preferred.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an energetic leader who is an excellent communicator, strategic thinker, and consensus builder. This person will serve as a sounding board for the department and county government, and will be able to explain complex issues in an easy to understand way to all levels within the county organization including elected officials and the community at-large (businesses, residents, and others). This next director will be collaborative and will build effective partnerships across departments and organizations that have similar objectives, while seeking to enhance the County’s ability to meet community needs through its robust GIS programs.

The ideal candidate will be able to operate in a fast-paced environment with high expectations for both producing work and managing others. He or she will be an experienced manager with a wide variety of operational knowledge with respect to any well-functioning GIS office, agency, or program that could include some or all the following: planning, organizational development, resource management (budgeting and staffing), multi-departmental coordination and the provision of high quality services to county agencies and the community at large within resource parameters.

This person will oversee teams of highly trained GIS professionals in order to bring creative solutions to complex problems and experience in a diverse and inclusive workforce. The next director will spend time getting to know the department and operational issues, and seek data-driven solutions. This person will bring a strategic perspective, be able to see beyond the immediate pressures, and stay focused on the important long-term objectives. The ideal candidate will be innovative and look to review and improve business processes. The next director will mentor staff, develop leaders, and strengthen the organization’s capacity to serve other County departments in achieving the Board’s top priorities. The ideal candidate will be someone who has successfully led a department, division, or local government organization with strong leadership and fairness as well as with patience, humility, and a sense of humor. This person will also be able to delegate effectively, give guidance, and follow up with staff to ensure the department’s commitment to service delivery.

The Community

Loudoun County, Virginia, “DC’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a growing and thriving community of more than 373,000 residents (2016 est.). Loudoun County is the third largest county in Virginia and one of the fastest growing counties in the US with 19.7% population growth since 2010. At $125,003, the County had the highest median household income in the US (2015). The County has the lowest unemployment rate in the Washington, D.C., MSA, and the Commonwealth of Virginia at 3.2% (2016).

Loudoun County’s economy is diverse and includes representative businesses from telecommunications, aerospace, biomedical research, defense, higher education, and viniculture, in addition to a thriving small business community. The County includes over 11,700 businesses, which have grown by 58% over the past ten years (2006-2016). The County’s eastern area is mainly suburban in character while its western area is more rural, including small towns, horse farms, and more than 160,000 acres of well-preserved open space. Dulles International Airport, a major facility serving nearly 30 million passengers every year, is in the southern part of the County. Additionally, the Washington D.C. Metro subway is currently expanding into Loudoun County with the extension of the Silver Line – scheduled for completion in 2020 – which will allow residents to travel conveniently into and around the Washington, D.C. area.

Compensation

The expected hiring range is $130,000 – $150,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications November 3, 2017.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish or Chelsey Gordon at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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