RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CAREER LADDER PROGRAM WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (G.I.S.) DEPARTMENT

WHEREAS, the G.I.S. Department is comprised of three full-time permanent positions; and

WHEREAS, one of these three positions is an entry level G.I.S. Technician; and  

WHEREAS, the G.I.S. Technician position is normally filled by student interns from the G.I.S. Department or candidates who are recent college graduates with no G.I.S. work experience; and

WHEREAS, once G.I.S. Technicians receive on-the-job training and increase their skill levels they become attractive recruits for other localities and private sector firms; and

WHEREAS, the current structure of the G.I.S. Department provides no opportunity for career advancement; and

WHEREAS, the G.I.S. Department requests implementation of a career ladder program that includes continuing authorization to promote employees to G.I.S. Specialist, G.I.S. Specialist Senior, and/or G.I.S. Analyst as they meet the following criteria:

G.I.S. Specialist

1.      Three years of experience in Geographic Information Systems or geographic related disciplines, one year of which was within the G.I.S. Department;

2.      continuing professional education in Geographic Information Systems or geographic related disciplines such as enrollment in the Professional G.I.S. Certification program through George Mason University or similar courses offered through an accredited college or university; 

3.      one year of experience or equivalent education in basic relational database management and development using a G.I.S. application, MS Access, MS Excel or related database management software or system;

4.      a rating of “Exceeds Standards” or higher on the most recent annual performance evaluation; and

5.      recommendation of the G.I.S. Manager and the approval of the Deputy County Administrator/County Administrator.

G.I.S. Specialist, Sr.

1.      Five years of experience in Geographic Information Systems or geographic related disciplines, two years of which are within the G.I.S. Department;

2.      continuing professional education in Geographic Information Systems or geographic related disciplines such as enrollment in the Professional G.I.S. Certification program through George Mason University or similar courses offered through an accredited college or university;

3.      three years of experience in relational database management and development using a G.I.S. application, MS Access, MS Excel or related database management software or system, or completion of intermediate level coursework through an accredited college or university in MS Access or MS Excel;

4.      a rating of “Exceeds Standards” or higher on the most recent annual performance evaluation; and

5.      recommendation of the G.I.S. Manager and the approval of the Deputy County Administrator/ County Administrator.

G.I.S. Analyst

1.      Eight years of experience working with Geographic Information Systems or in related field, two years of which are within this department, or a degree in Geography or related discipline where courses were taught using a G.I.S. application and two consecutive years of working in the G.I.S. Department;

2.      successful completion of the Professional G.I.S. Certification program through George Mason University;

3.      continuing professional education in Geographic Information Systems or geographic related disciplines through courses offered at an accredited college or university;

4.      completion of a basic project planning or project management class or course;

5.      four years of experience in relational database management and development using a G.I.S. application, MS Access, MS Excel or related database management system, or completion of advanced level coursework through an accredited college or university in MS Access or MS Excel;

6.      a rating of “Exceeds Standards” or higher on the most recent annual performance evaluation; and

7.      recommendation of the G.I.S. Manager and approval of the Deputy County Administrator/ County Administrator; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 16th day of September 2002, That a career ladder program be established within the G.I.S. Department.