Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Coordinator II to work under the guidance and direction of the Assistant Director of University Planning and Development. This position is responsible for a variety of tasks including the improvement, update, development and implementation of the Geographic Information System (GIS) servicing the Division of Institutional Planning and Operations. The Research Coordinator II assists in the maintenance and update of the GIS database, including, updating existing data-sets, creating new data and providing the initial QA/QC of the data.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Builds and collects Geographical Information System (GIS) data for incorporation into the enterprise GIS system.
Enters data into GIS databases using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors or conversion of other sources of digital data.
Reviews existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation as well as building geospatial data, modeling and analysis using advanced spatial analysis and/or data manipulation.
Interprets aerial or ortho photographs, transfer or rescale information from its original documentation onto maps or data and compare field and office mapping to resolve incongruous information issues as well as other duties as assigned.
Provides technical and support and analysis to the Assistant Director of University Planning and Development on projects supporting the Division of Institutional Planning and Operations strategic initiatives ranging in scope, focus, and duration as per the needs of the Division.
Supports the organization by conducting research and preparing effective graphics, maps and presentations requested by the University and its assigns, assisting in providing technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development or operation of GIS databases, equipment or applications and recommending procedures or equipment or software upgrades to increase data accessibility or ease of use.
Assists in data collection and utilizes global positioning system (GPS) to collect or verify the accuracy of the GIS and consultant produced survey data to update multiple data sets using planimetric and thematic mapping techniques, aerial and satellite data and ground truthing.
Performs other duties as required by departmental and division needs, as assigned by the Assistant Director of University Planning and Development.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a Bachelor's degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Also requires two years of relevant experience that can be substituted with a Master's degree.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
This position requires strong communication skills.
Must have cartographic skills as illustrated through the work samples.
A degree in Urban Planning or City and Regional Planning or Geography, Geographic Information systems, cartography or remote sensing.
Must be proficient in using the ESRI suite of products, the Microsoft suite of products, Trimble GPS, TerraSync and GPS pathfinder software as well as AutoCAD.
Knowledge and experience in using Adobe Creative Suite for the purposes of graphic communications for the purposes of data display is strongly preferred.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The position is expected to function in a professional office work environment as well as serve as a representative of the University at various meetings and activities that may be indoors or outdoors.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was ...at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.