Job Detail

Organization: Lehigh University
Title: Geospatial Data and Visualization Specialist
Location: Bethlehem, PA

Posted: 2019-03-14
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Located in Pennsylvania's beautiful Lehigh Valley, in the heart of the beautiful Bethlehem: a vibrant city rich in history, culture and known for its small-town friendliness and feel. Lehigh is one of the nation's most distinguished private research universities. Through academic rigor, an entrepreneurial mindset and collaborative opportunities we challenge our students to become the leaders of the future.

The Geospatial Data and Visualization Specialist, provides expertise in spatial analysis, database management and Geographic Information Systems application development to faculty, students and staff. This expertise includes consultation, training and support of faculty, staff and students. The Geospatial Data and Visualization Specialist facilitates the advancement and adoption of innovative geospatial and data visualization tools and techniques.

Designs, develops, and supports Geographic Information Systems and supporting data and visualization technologies for faculty research, and undergraduate and graduate student course work

Promotes and supports the adoption and implementation of geospatial and emerging visualization technologies among students and faculty

Provides individualized training to faculty, staff and students

Integrates Geographic Information Systems into a variety of web publishing platforms

Collaborates with other Library and Technology Services members to maintain and enhance server side geospatial software and technologies

Conducts outreach to increase awareness of locational data and its ability to achieve teaching and learning goals
Designs assignments to support data visualization across disciplines

Understands web architecture and technologies to include knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON, and Python

Facilitates the advancement and adoption of innovative tools and techniques

Identifies and evaluates new software and hardware
Recommends, implements and promotes the adoption of new technologies

Disseminates information about new technology advances

Monitors current trends and emerging technologies and attends on-site or virtual training sessions to develop and maintain skills

Contributes to the Library and Technology Services organization, Lehigh University, higher education and other communities by participating in service activities and providing education and training on topics related to geospatial data and various forms of visualization

Collaborates with other Library and Technology Services members to problem solve, identify opportunities for improvement and share knowledge and information about spatial data and its visualization

Produces supporting materials for events such as written documentation, online tutorial videos, and podcasts
Participates in professional activities that contribute to the individual and Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning knowledge and skills

Expands and enhances Lehigh University’s footprint and reputation in the arena of geospatial technology and research among higher education, and other communities

Supports faculty and staff with review and preparation of grant proposals including the feasibility of geospatial technologies and budget requirements

Implements innovative geospatial technologies to support research grants

Writes and presents papers, presentations and workshops/seminars at professional conferences and to the University community

Supports collaboration with other universities on projects related to geospatial technology

Pursues continuing education opportunities and maintains professional certifications

Consults and collaborates with administrative offices in their use of Geographic Information Systems technologies

Inform ESRI users regarding system upgrades and implications for users

Provide documentation and support for Geographic Information Systems server and end users
Facilitate user group meetings and discussions

Provide training and appropriate support for departments and staff to ensure staff are able to be independent of GDVS support.

As necessary, recruit students to help with support functions and documentation

Recommend engagement with external GIS consultants when university projects extend beyond the scope or scale of GDVS support

Documents technical specifications and programs
Document code and software applications to provide clarity

Creates/updates documentation as needed
Manages ArcGIS online and publishing roles
Manages ArcGIS web services


Special Considerations:
This position works with minors
Occasional evening, holiday or weekend hours for system- or service-related needs

Bachelor's Degree in Computing, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Science, Computer Science or a related field
Master's degree, GISP certification and 1-2 years of higher education work experience preferred
Three to five years related work experience in ArcGIS environment
Experience with relational databases such as Microsoft Access, MySQL, Oracle
Knowledge of standard office software
Solid communication and interpersonal skills
Solid writing ability and organizational skills
Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance. Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification

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