Spatial Data Architect

Northampton, MA
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Created: February 8, 2018


Position Summary:

Contribute to a growing team of partners including faculty, librarians, and educational technologists focused on building capacity in spatial analysis and spatial data visualization within the library and across campus.   Advance knowledge and skills in spatial science within the Library’s Teaching, Learning, and Research (TLR) team to support spatial thinking and spatial literacy across campus.  Play a central role in developing and providing services to support the identification, creation, curation, visualization, analysis, and dissemination of spatial data used and generated by the Smith College community. Develop curricular materials and tools for classes using spatial data technologies. Work with faculty and students to promote the use of spatial research methods in a wide range of knowledge domains, including developing innovative Digital Humanities projects. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Instructional Technology   Apply current and emerging learning frameworks and knowledge of spatial technologies and methods to design and support the creation of instructional materials, and online/blended learning objects for a diverse set of classes in the Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Collaborate closely with departments and programs that are major users of GIS technology and advise curricular development that reflects current and developing research needs. Provide in-person technical support to students and faculty working on independent research using spatial technologies. Identify needs and opportunities for workshop development; design engaging instructional materials and teach workshops on a regular schedule. Instruct non-credit one-week interterm GIS class and other related (possibly credit bearing) classes depending on need.


Application and Map Development  Develop map-centric applications enabling new research and teaching methods utilizing digitized collections.  Assist in the conception and implementation of an evolving strategy designed to expand the Library’s spatial data presence and to make extraordinary collections available/visible in digital form. Coordinate and participate in initiatives and activities to build digital applications that facilitate discovery and access to the library’s spatial data holdings.    


Data Management, Equipment Maintenance, and System Administration Provide administrative and program support in maintaining the Library’s spatial data collection, and acquire or generate new digital materials to support classroom and research activities. Generate metadata as required to meet internal and external standards and requirements. Develop and administer enterprise / organizational maps services both hosted and cloud based systems.  Configure and maintain field data collection equipment.


Administration and outreach  Identify opportunities to apply spatial tools and methods to internal and external funding possibilities that advance spatial literacy at the college. Assist in proposal writing, budget development, and administration of grant awards. Participate in grant-funded research and collaborate on digital scholarship projects with the Teaching, Learning, & Research group and faculty. Assist in all forms of outreach, drawing upon the full range of library services, including blog posts, social media and conference presentations. Conduct targeted outreach to nontraditional GIS users and student organizations.



Education/Experience:  Advanced degree in discipline such as Geography, Geoscience, Environmental Science with emphasis in quantitative spatial data analysis plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience with research or direct project experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a higher education setting, or an equivalent combination of education/experience.  Teaching experience, especially at the undergraduate level.  Experience supervising students in a work-study environment

Skills: Knowledge of current issues and trends in pedagogy; understanding of current data analysis and data visualization methods.  Excellent critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). Ability to communicate well with faculty, staff and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds. Proficient with GIS software with a focus on ESRI ArcGIS and skills in interacting with GIS software programmatically.  Fluent in ArcGIS API for Javascript and ArcPy.  Fluent in open-source and web-based GIS and data analysis tools such as Leaflet, jQuery, OpenStreetMap, QGIS, PostGreSQL/PostGIS, SQL, and GeoServer.  Demonstrated experience working with data management and visualization tools such as D3.js, R, Javascript, and Python.  Knowledge of data management and curation.  Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage collaborative projects. 


Published: Sunday, February 11, 2018 15:46 UTC

Last updated: Sunday, February 11, 2018 15:46 UTC