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Jobs: GIS Specialist (2 Year Pilot Position) at the Northeastern University Library

GIS Specialist (2 Year Pilot Position)

We are: The Northeastern University Library, an evolving research library with an ambitious vision to expand our digital initiatives and redefine library service in the 21stcentury through strong partnerships across campus, expanded collaboration in the classroom, continued growth of special collections tied to our Greater Boston communities, new services for creation across media formats, and the development of next-generation digital infrastructure to support these activities and more. We seek out new tools and methods, test them on real-world projects, and make them available to the Northeastern community and beyond. We work every day to expand our understanding of digital scholarship,and help build it through the tools we provide to help Northeastern’s researchers.

You are: A GIS specialist that will help mobilize and design Library services supporting geospatial activities across the University. You are excited to work with diverse groups within the Library and across campus, and proactive in outreach and communication. You are comfortable with providing many forms of education, from developing curricula and teaching classes to providing high-level research support in one-on-one consultations. You are a collegial team member who will work closely with other departments within the Library, serving as a resource for GIS-related tools, services, and systems. You’re enthusiastic about the role of spatial analysis in scholarship across the disciplines, and will develop both this position and the Library into focal points for GIS-related activities across the University. 

This position is in: the Digital Scholarship Group, an applied research group within the Library where we  work with researchers at all levels on new techniques of representation, analysis, and dissemination that are transforming scholarly research.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in a geospatial environment, preferably in an academic setting.  
  • Experience with training for GIS software, including ESRI products.  
  • Working knowledge of spatial data formats and related metadata issues.  
  • Working knowledge of web mapping applications, such as Google Earth.   
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects from beginning to end.  
  • Aptitude for developing and providing workshops to users.
  • Excellent interpersonal, marketing, and communication skills.  
  • Masters Degree in GIS, digital geography, or related discipline.  

Please note: This is a two-year pilot position with opportunity for extension.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received; first consideration will go to those received by March 23rd, 2015.

To view the official job posting, job grade and salary information, and apply, please visit:
About Northeastern University Libraries  
The Northeastern University Library is at the hub of campus intellectual life. Resources include over 900,000 print volumes, 500,000 e-books, and 60,000 electronic journals. The Snell Library building welcomes 1.9 million visitors a year on the Boston campus and the library’s web site serves users around the world. In addition to a growing focus on networked information and extensive special collections that document social justice efforts in the Greater Boston area, the library has an ambitious vision to expand its digital initiatives by developing its digital repository, digitizing unique collections, constructing integrated collaborative spaces, and fostering the adoption of digital media and the creation of new knowledge. The Northeastern University Library leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century. For more information, please visit

About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs—our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning—build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.  See

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University.  Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities.  Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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