Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for the Office of Advanced Research Computing. Reporting to the Director of Research Support of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC), with indirect supervision by the the Assistant VP for Information Services & Director of the New Brunswick Libraries (NBL), the GIS Specialist works with faculty, staff, and students on an array of GIS and mapping projects. Recognizing the importance of geospatial data across all disciplines, this position is critical to New Brunswick Libraries' efforts supporting scholarly digital publishing, the creation of new information resources for teaching and research, and campus priorities in informatics and digital scholarship. The GIS Specialist collaborates with many stakeholders to enhance access to and use of geospatial information and applications for visualizing geospatial data for research.
Specific responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:
Assists scholars in the creation, management, analysis and visualization of geospatial data as part of a campus-wide coordinated multidisciplinary approach to informatics support and services.
Provides education, outreach, training, and technical support for users of OARC’s research computing systems (e.g., consulting with researchers, coordinating and leading training workshops).
Functions as a university liaison to the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Task Force, directly supporting the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal by contributing and reviewing geospatial metadata records related to New Jersey and Rutgers University researchers.
Manages OARC's GIS software tools and systems.
Curates, promotes, and enhances geospatial datasets.
Attends regular New Brunswick Library Faculty meetings and OARC staff meetings; reporting on developments; serving on subcommittees relevant to expertise and interest.
Plays a critical role in the ongoing development of the University’s GIS services and broadly promoting the use of geospatial data and methodologies in instruction and research.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a Bachelors degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of GIS as used in research
Requires a minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and computer literacy
Demonstrated knowledge of GIS applications and libraries such as ESRI’s ArcGIS products, QGIS and associated plugins, and general mapping tools such as Google Maps
Demonstrated commitment to diversity in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or the community
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative setting where consultation and flexibility are essential
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment with departmental faculty, staff, students, including IT staff and administration
Ability to work independently while balancing needs of diverse stakeholders
Must be able to handle multiple, shifting priorities and work well with staff in a team oriented, and cooperative environment
Strong motivation to help researchers make progress in their work, learn new things, and share their experiences with a large and very diverse community
Extensive experience with using GIS for research, including experience with teaching researchers how to use those tools and systems, is required because providing GIS support is a major component of the various activities associated with this position. In addition, extensive experience with consulting and teaching researchers at various levels of proficiency is necessary because this position requires a great deal of research computing outreach for diverse audiences.
Master’s degree preferred.
Professional experience in a GIS office environment and/or GIS/ESRI certification
Demonstrated analytical and research skills
Knowledge and understanding of research technologies, data science, research cloud services, etc. would be looked upon favorably
A focused, pragmatic, and result-oriented work ethic with strong organizational and problem-solving skills
An understanding of the mission and function of a large academic library in a public research institution
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
General office environment; Sitting, standing, walking, talking
Ability to travel between Rutgers campuses to attend meetings and to provide consulting or training services to researchers
Posting Number: 20ST0043
Location: College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 108878
About Rutgers University
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.