Because of the continued success of the Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) projects, Geoinformatics is expanding its project team to include a Geospatial Research Coordinator. This position is posted at as Opening 292114, Geospatial Research Coordinator, and will remain open until filled. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed the CTP program for state, local, regional, or tribal organizations and universities with the interest, capability, and resources to be active partners in FEMA’s flood hazard mapping program.

The role of the Geospatial Research Coordinator is to oversee, coordinate, and produce project deliverables and requirements within the center’s geospatial emphasis areas in disaster informatics and environmental resiliency.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • GIS analysis and reporting: Conduct complex analysis using ArcGIS and other software tools for a variety of research projects. Create charts, graphs, maps, and/or reports of the analytical results. Implement quality control procedures for all interim and deliverable products.
  • Data development, updates, and  maintenance: Develop and transform data to better support project objectives. Assist in updating and maintaining complex GIS datasets. Communicate regularly with internal and external project partners to exchange data, resolve questions and share information.
  • Project Management and administration: Work with project stakeholders and partners to define research scope, goals, and deliverables of projects in line with program objectives. Assist the Geoinformatics Director to manage project dependencies and risks through project life cycles to meet project deadlines. This will include development and management of project plans, budgets and schedules, and providing status reports to project staff and partners. Conduct project team meetings and facilitate effective collaboration and brainstorming of cross-functional groups. Represent the Polis Center to stakeholders, clients, and  colleagues through conferences, meetings, and presentations.
  • Miscellaneous Activities: Assist with software and project training. Document project processes and results. Occasional travel to in-state meetings may be  required. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in science or a related field and three years of experience in a related GIS/GIScience position.

Combinations of education and related experience may be considered.

Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with attention to detail in a fastpaced team setting. Advanced proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS and Microsoft Office products. Familiarity with specialized analytical and modeling software that expand understanding about natural disasters, flooding, and resiliency, such as Atkins Global FloodMap Desktop (FMD), FEMA Hazus-MH, HECRAS, CDMS, etc. Knowledge of best practices and developments within the broader field of GIScience and disaster and resiliency informatics. Experience working with Federal or State Government, or other partners that work to reduce the threat and impact of natural disasters and improve environmental resiliency, such as FEMA, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in geography, disaster planning, or GIS/GIScience and five years of experience in a related GIS/GIScience position.