Job Listing Overview


The GIS Manager will provide technical expertise and operational leadership in conceiving and implementing NRWA’s centralized GIS. Working with an outsourced GIS firm, create and implement a geographic information system (GIS). The GIS Manager will manage, analyze and map data associated with the implementation of NRWA programs and services. [FF1] Under the GIS Manager’s guidance, the GIS will enable NRWA to better understand the patterns and relationships of its work in a geographic context and provide for improved communication, efficiency, management, and decision-making. Interested applicants please submit resume and cover letter to Steve Harper at 



  1. Working with a GIS consulting firm, develop NRWA’s enterprise database.
  2. Synthesize and manage data from a variety of sources including from NRWA’s state associations. Examples of geospatial data include, information about public drinking water and wastewater utilities, type and location of technical assistance provided, and socio-economic data.
  3. Use the data to create informative reporting to federal agencies, state primacy, and state and federal legislators.
  4. Manage the NRWA Emergency Response Network data information including the development of emergency response mapping, data collection, and data presentation.
  5. Provide instruction and assistance to NRWA and State Affiliate staff in the performance of data collection and data presentation.
  6. Coordinate closely with NRWA Program Support and Program Managers.
  7. Manage NRWA ESRI enterprise licensing and ArcGIS Online User Accounts.
  8. Work with NRWA staff to provide compelling and illustrative data for grants proposals.


  • Oversee the management and day-to-day operations of GIS services, including development and implementation of GIS goals, objectives, policies, procedures and long-range strategies.
  • Stay current with GIS technologies and how they can be applied in the water and wastewater industry. Participate regularly in GIS Community conferences and educational events.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with NRWA’s Information Technology staff to acquire, implement and maintain hardware, software programming and database services. Determine necessary preventive and corrective equipment maintenance.
  • Direct the design and maintenance of various GIS databases. Develop standards and methods for the creation and quality control of new data and applications.
  • Plan, coordinate and document special projects and ongoing program workflows to ensure efficiency and best practices are incorporated into the final product.
  • Develop budgets for the forecast of necessary funds for staffing, materials, and supplies. Submits budget recommendations and justifications. Monitors expenditures against approved budget.
  • Attend and/or conduct a variety of meetings including meetings with NRWA staff and representatives of partner agencies.
  • Track the response of Rural Water field staff during emergency events. 
  • Create digital maps of infrastructure including pipes, sewers, power lines, neighborhoods, and other aspects of an area so that maps can be refenced in preparedness, emergency, and recovery efforts.
  • Assist with ongoing updates on damage assessment and needs following an emergency event or situation.
  • Develop maps and reports of technical assistance activities for funding agencies and advocacy purposes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Education/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems or related field from an accredited college or university; six to ten years of GIS experience within government with specific working knowledge of the water and wastewater sector. A Master’s degree in Geography, GIS, Urban Planning, or related fields is strongly preferred. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
  • Licensing/Certification:
    • Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification through GIS Certification Institute preferred.
  • Knowledge of the theory, principles, practices and methods of computer mapping programs, including ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Hub, Portal for ArcGIS. Must know how to create WebMaps, WebApps, Field Map Apps and other Geo Apps.
  • Experience:
    • Experience using PC-based programs in creating and manipulating databases and producing reports including Access, Excel, Word, the Hansen Information Technologies data system and equivalent programs. Demonstrated experience with ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, MS SQL, web-based mapping applications and web service. Knowledge of RDBMS technology,  Python and JAVA script.
    • A proven record in coordinating and managing the organizational, operational activities, and services of a GIS section. A history of using computer mapping programs at an advanced level with the ability to produce and maintain complex spatial data and map compositions.
    • Proven experience in the application of water utility mapping requirements in terms of the types of data collected, managed and displayed, and the policy issues related to the distribution and release of such data.
    • Experience with emergency response and trained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) a plus.
    • Skills, Traits and Characteristics Necessary for Success: Requires exceptional interpersonal and collaborative skills including attention to detail, superior problem-solving skills, and a high degree of organization. Excellent verbal and written skills. Must have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and a professional and courteous manner.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, talk, hear, and see. The employee is also required to perform light lifting. The majority of work tasks are performed in an office environment. Work tasks performed under field conditions may involve walking over rough terrain, and visually checking land uses and property characteristics. Travel to various locations in a timely manner as the job requires. A valid driver’s license is required. Excellent nonsmoking environment.


Examinations may include but are not limited to application screening beyond minimum qualifications; written, oral, practical exercise or any combination thereof or other job related assessment deemed appropriate by Human Resources.

Your application will be used as a screening tool. Completeness and accuracy are important. Any false or untrue statements or material omissions in the application and related paperwork or during the selection process could disqualify you from consideration.

As a condition of employment, the National Rural Water Association conducts background investigations and drug screens.


NRWA offers employees an outstanding benefits package. Benefit eligibility is based on the status of the position applied for. Benefits offered may include the following depending on the job type/status of the position:

  • Health Insurance
    Dental Insurance
    Vision Insurance
    Life, Dependent Life & Supplemental Life Insurance Options
    Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Policy
    Flexible Spending Plan
    401k retirement plan
    Short & Long-term Disability Plans
    Paid Holidays
    Vacation & Sick Leave

About National Rural Water Association

The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that provides training and technical assistance to small Public Water Systems (PWSs) and Wastewater Systems across the United States and U.S. territories via its 50 state offices. Rural Water has more than 500 Field Staff, comprising the largest and most experienced cadre of water technical assistance professionals in the United States. NRWA is located in Duncan, Oklahoma.