GIS Analyst

Lawrence, KS
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Salary: Minimum $61,578
Created: April 25, 2022


The GIS Analyst works with KU Libraries colleagues to support research, teaching, and learning involving Geographic Information Systems, geospatial data, and mapping applications for the spectrum of disciplines within the University of Kansas community. The Analyst participates in KU Libraries’ digital scholarship programs and services related to data and computational research and facilitates access to and use of GIS technologies and data collections. In this position, the Analyst:

  • Consults with researchers, instructors, and students to support the use of geospatial data and technologies in teaching and research.
  • Develops and delivers workshops and classroom instruction on geospatial data and technologies.
  • Uses GIS technologies to acquire, create, manipulate, analyze, and present geospatial data.
  • Utilizes fundamental concepts, methods, and standards of GIS, geography, spatial analysis, and cartography.
  • Follows established practices to assess GIS data quality and manage data.
  • Applies principles of map design, production, use, interpretation, and evaluation.

The University of Kansas Libraries support a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse communities at KU. We are committed to building a diverse and pluralistic workforce and strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates. This position will demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity efforts in the Libraries and contributes to an inclusive environment.

Job Description

40% Consultation and Outreach/Project Support

  • Advise on methods, workflows, and issues related to GIS visualizations, research, and projects.
  • Facilitate uses of GIS data, including licensed and open datasets.
  • Contribute to efforts to deposit and preserve eligible GIS data into appropriate data repositories.
  • Seek opportunities to integrate Library and campus geospatial data into KU research and teaching programs.
  • Participate in KU Libraries’ services and program development such as data and project management, data visualization, Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Research Sprints.
  • Contribute to management of KU Libraries’ GIS & Data Lab, including GIS data, software, hardware, and policies.
  • Contribute to campus efforts and policies related to Esri site license resources.

40% Instruction

  • Develop, carry out, or assist with GIS training and integrate geospatial literacy skills into course learning outcomes.
  • Contribute to teaching Software and Data Carpentry workshops offered by KU Libraries and partners.
  • Create and/or make accessible software, tools, or data to support teaching and learning.

10% Data and Project Management

  • Identify and manage projects to capture and present the spatial contexts of KU Libraries’ data and map collections for public, teaching, and research access.

5% Professional Development

  • Participate in professional development and training activities to maintain and extend expertise with evolving technologies and geospatial data.
  • Share projects and research with other GIS professionals.

5% Other Duties as assigned related to advancing KU Libraries and the organizational units in which position is situated

  • Advances the libraries’ priorities and strategic directions through active participation in pursuits such as project teams, working groups, and committees.

Position Requirements

This position is considered hybrid, a combination of remote and on-site work as deemed by supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree.
  2. Three (3) years experience using commercial and/or open source GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, QGIS) to acquire, create, manipulate, analyze, interpret, and/or present vector and raster geospatial data to answer questions and solve problems.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in a STEM, social sciences, or geography field.
  2. Familiarity with GIS metadata standards.
  3. Familiarity with one or more software languages, packages, or libraries relevant to geospatial data, such as R, Python, JavaScript, SQL, PostGIS, Leaflet, GDAL.
  4. Familiarity with tools to tell stories with geographic information such as ArcGIS Story Maps, StoryMap JS, or Omeka Neatline.
  5. Experience developing and delivering instruction content about GIS software and geographic concepts, standards, and methods.
  6. Experience locating, converting, and transforming GIS data sources for use in research and teaching.
  7. Certified Software, Data, or Library Carpentry instructor and experience delivering Carpentries workshops.
  8. Experience organizing, managing, and/or visualizing complex data and projects in research and/or academic settings.

How to apply


Published: Monday, April 25, 2022 14:40 UTC

Last updated: Monday, April 25, 2022 14:40 UTC