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City of Tacoma WA Power GIS Technical Advisor in Tacoma, Washington

Power GIS Technical Advisor


$86,382.40 - $121,617.60 Annually


Tacoma, WA

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Remote Employment


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Closing Date

5/29/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

At Tacoma Power, we recognize the dynamic evolution underway in the power utility industry. With increasing demands placed on the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) system due to environmental changes and the imperative for future electrification, Tacoma Power is committed to modernizing our operational technologies, notably our Graphical Information System (GIS). To this end, we have adopted an Agile support framework known as DevOps.

As part of this initiative, we are seeking a dedicated Power GIS Technical Advisor to serve as the product owner. In this pivotal role, you will provide strategic direction for the GIS product within the T&D team. Responsibilities include making product decisions, managing the product backlog, crafting user stories, defining success criteria, and ensuring alignment with T&D business objectives.

The Power GIS Technical Advisor fosters relationships with key stakeholders and supervisors through regular meetings to understand team needs, facilitating the development and validation of user stories, business processes, and test plans.

This role plays a crucial part in organizational change management efforts stemming from ongoing GIS evolution, solutions, and integrations. Collaborating with change management, development, and testing professionals, the Power GIS Technical Advisor establishes criteria, thresholds, and program metrics to mitigate implementation risks and impacts, ensuring stakeholder needs are met with new systems and processes.

As the product owner, this position drives Program Increment (PI) Planning and Sprint Planning meetings, leading the team in developing success criteria for adopted user stories. Additionally, they determine the priority of GIS support issues and make recommendations on support requests or system failures, reallocating team resources as necessary.

Within a matrixed organization encompassing cross-functional teams from T&D, Utility Technology Services, ITD, and vendors, the Power GIS Technical Advisor assumes a crucial role in coordinating collaborative endeavors.

Responsibilities include:

  • Orchestrates and manages complex assignments and projects requiring advanced expertise in GIS data mapping at the journey-level.

  • Performs the full range of duties that demonstrates advanced broad practical knowledge in a variety of processes, methods, techniques, and best practices as a GIS mapping professional with an understand of T&D infrastructure attributes, and design.

  • Demonstrates comprehensive practical knowledge across various processes, methods, techniques, and best practices as a GIS mapping professional, including an understanding of T&D infrastructure attributes and design.

  • Drives GIS product decisions by reviewing and prioritizing all items on the Product Backlog. Determines the priority order of User Stories other Product Backlog Items through consultation with SMEs, Scrum Master, and Product Team.

  • Drives organizational change management efforts by leading regular meetings with T&D Section Managers and ASMs. keeping them informed about project progress, key milestones, important items, upcoming resource needs affecting staffing, OCM communication to staff, and other relevant updates.

  • Manages GIS product deployment and support, overseeing continuous improvement initiatives for asset management.


Minimum Education*

Bachelor's degree public or business administration or directly related field.

Minimum Experience*

2 years of analytical and/or program coordination/management work in area related to assignment

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Desired Qualifications:

To ensure the success of this critical and unique role, candidates will benefit from having extensive experience with GIS and a power utility (6-10 years).

Knowledge & Skills


Proficient in leading and directing GIS engineers or engineering technicians, guiding priority setting, workload management, and goal setting within a team. Skilled in leading matrixed work groups effectively, even without formal positional authority.

Business Background

Extensive expertise in high voltage overhead and underground electrical power systems, including a comprehensive understanding of electrical connectivity models and mapping of Transmission and Distribution (T&D) features. Proficient in managing T&D feature attributes, ensuring standardization and accuracy across the board. Demonstrated experience in creating, editing, and constructing T&D electrical infrastructure within GIS environments, alongside expertise in generating construction drawings using AutoCAD. Proven ability to interpret As-Built data related to T&D electrical infrastructure


Proficient in applying Agile principles to software implementation or configuration, with knowledge of various Scaled Agile roles and processes in product development. Familiarity with Agile ceremonies and their significance. Experienced in roles such as Product Owner or Business Analyst, adept at developing requirements, including epics, user stories, use cases, and business process designs for both current and future states. Skilled in performing gap analysis, creating testing scenarios, desktop procedures, and training materials. Additionally, possess an understanding of DevOps principles and support models

Effective Communication

Proficient in clear and concise verbal and written communication, adept at compiling reports, presentations, and records. Skilled in respectful and sensitive interaction with individuals and groups to foster productive relationships and achieve desired outcomes. Prioritizes excellent customer service, adept at responding to evolving customer needs and facilitating the implementation of comprehensive solutions.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information


Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities, and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications received without a cover letter and resume may not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


Responses to supplemental questions must be original content created by the applicant using their own words. The use of online tools or resources to create responses, such as Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT, etc.), Google, Bing, etc., or plagiarism in any form, is considered cheating and falsification of the application. I understand that any form of cheating or falsification will disqualify my application for further consideration.

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have a Bachelor's degree public or business administration or directly related field? (Please note education and experience can be substituted on a year for year basis)

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have 2 years of analytical and/or program coordination/management work in area related to assignment?

  • Yes

  • No


    How may years have you worked for an electric power utility?

  • 0

  • 1-5

  • 5-10

  • 10+


    What is your experience with electrical power system maps?

  • None

  • Familiar with electrical power system maps

  • Utilized electrical power system maps

  • Developed electrical power system maps

  • Used a GIS system to develop electrical power system maps


    What is your experience with Agile project management?

  • None

  • Understand the basic concepts

  • Participated in an Agile project

  • Participated as a Product Owner in an Agile Project


    What is your experience with GIS, select all that apply.

  • No experience

  • Used GIS in the past for non-electrical systems

  • Used Electrical Maps in GIS

  • Designed Electrical System in GIS

  • Provided Electrical Mapping in GIS


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