Job Detail

Organization: Wellesley College
Title: GIS and Data Instructional Technologist
Location: Wellesley, MA USA

Posted: 2022-08-12
Application Deadline:

Position Description:


The GIS and Data Instructional Technologist provides high-level support for data-focused research and instruction across the curriculum. This position assists faculty and students using spatial and numeric data to develop and execute classroom assignments and research projects through individual consultations, classroom instruction, and technical workshops. This role supports software such as ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Maps, Stata, and spreadsheets, for mapping, data analysis, and data visualization and presentation.

The GIS and Data Instructional Technologist collaborates closely with faculty, instructional technologists, research and instruction librarians, and other colleagues across campus to develop and lead new programs supporting data-driven research and instruction, and to create an integrated support model for a range of specialized academic software used campus-wide.

As a member of the deeply-merged Research & Instructional Support (RIS) group, this role collaborates regularly with instructional technologists and research and instruction librarians on instructional and research projects, as well as provides support for services, programs and initiatives RIS is responsible for (such as Digital Scholarship). RIS team members leverage diverse specialties to support and develop scholarship and learning throughout the Wellesley community.

Position Responsibility

Prepares and delivers instruction and consultation on identifying and using appropriate information and technology resources in academic work. Supports faculty on the design and execution of course syllabi, course assignments and research projects.

Promotes the use of library and technology resources, and facilitates innovation by building and sustaining relationships with faculty, and providing appropriate programming and support.

Applies expertise to evaluating, selecting, deploying and supporting appropriate information and technology resources in support of the College’s research and instruction needs.

Builds and maintains relationships with on and off-campus colleagues, and with assigned departments/programs/faculty to ensure the College's teaching, learning, and research needs are understood and met. 

Participates in the work of the group. Provides services in LTS service locations, creates and maintains electronic content, and leads/participates in library and technical projects that improve the delivery of service to all constituents of the user community.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree.

Demonstrated experience with ArcGIS Desktop, Pro and Online. Working knowledge of other spatial tools.

3 years of experience providing instructional technology consulting, outreach, teaching, and support.

Basic data analysis skills including facility with spreadsheets such as Excel.

Experience with data visualization methods and tools.

Significant successful teaching experience.

Ability and willingness to assist people with a wide range of skill in quantitative analysis (beginner to advanced) of numeric/spatial data.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree.

Demonstrated experience with numeric and statistical analysis tools (SPSS, Stata, R, etc).

Background in statistical/quantitative data analysis.

Experience performing data analysis on commonly used data sources (e.g., IPUMS, US Census, ICPSR, International Financial Statistics, etc.).

Experience supporting Digital Scholarship or Digital Humanities methods, tools, and projects.

Experience with qualitative or textual data.

Project management skills and experience.

Skills and Abilities

Works effectively in both independent and team environments, and able to move quickly between them.

Able to set priorities and manage multiple tasks.

Seeks to build a collaborative, accessible, and culturally diverse environment. Has an awareness of the implications of technology as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sensitive to the diverse needs of people at all skill levels.

Enthusiastic service orientation.

Broad knowledge of instructional practices and associated supporting technologies including software, hardware, and peripherals and their appropriate use for instruction/research.

Possesses excellent and creative communication and problem-solving skills

Able to independently acquire new skills.

All employees hired after August 2, 2021 are required to upload proof of vaccination and booster against COVID‐19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.

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