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GIS Project Manager at Virginia American Water in Alexandria, Virginia

Posted in Engineering 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit



Primary Role

Responsible for the development, delivery, and operation and maintenance of GIS around the state. GIS will establish a new system for maintaining distribution network mapping data and will provide the foundation for all future geo-spatial asset management information and functionality.

Key Accountabilities

  • Implementation of GIS initiatives, including data conversion, software implementation and training, applications, workflow integration, and GIS maintenance. (30%)

  • Development and execution of scope of work, budget and schedule for GIS initiatives. Maintenance of cost controls. Driving efficiency into project delivery through the monitoring of metrics (unit costs, target costs vs. actual, etc.) and pursuit of more effective delivery and procurement approaches. (35%)

  • Participate in and work with other American Water committees and initiatives aimed at the ultimate integration with GIS, such as computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), customer informationsystems, ERP/project management programs, and various databases, with  the goal of efficient and effective integration with these systems. (25%)

  • Develop and provide reports and presentations to management and initiate other communications, as required. (10%)

  • Contribute to effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business. (10%)


  • Knowledge of how GIS integrates with other utility-based software systems such as computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), customer service systems, financial systems and project management systems.

  • Ability to develop and deliver appropriately focused information in a format that can be easily understood and readily used.

  • Ability to structure and conduct fact-finding interviews at various levels within the organization.

  • Ability to identify and resolve issues/anomalies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (e.g. fluency, report writing, developing materials and presentations).

  • Strong interpersonal skills (e.g. persuasion, negotiation, listening, cooperation, tact, diplomacy, problem solving, internal consulting, etc.).

  • Excellent quantitative skills (analytical and technical).

  • Strong coaching, mentoring, and developing skills as related to GIS training.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience working in a project-delivery based environment.

  • Experience with CAD and document management systems would be an advantage.

  • Experience in GIS systems configuration and implementation. Ideally, with a utility business background.

  • Candidate must be experienced in the process, data design and layering strategies and the configuration of GIS and relational database systems.

  • Experience with various GIS applications with emphasis on water utilities strongly desired.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business or related technical field.

Travel Requirements

20% Travel to support business requirements as necessary.




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