The Polis Center is an applied research unit at IUPUI in Indianapolis committed to linking university and community knowledge. By combining data and information technologies effectively across a variety of domains, we support research and analysis for better decision-making and to help improve policy and practice for the greater good of communities in Indiana. From inception, The Polis Center has been guided by core values that include: making a difference, collaboration, developing creative solutions to real-world problems, accountability, integrity, respect, and stewardship.

What We Offer:

  • A fun team environment. Our team is passionate about the work we do and we love working together.
  • An exceptional benefits package, such as 30 days of vacation a year and 9 paid holidays, tuition assistance, affordable health insurance, and much more.

Please visit here for more information about our benefits package.

Job Summary

The GIS Project Coordinator leads and executes a variety of projects that use geospatial data and technologies. The GIS Project Coordinator fills a senior leadership position within the GeoInformatics Group at the Polis Center. This group focuses on the intersection between crisis informatics, including, but not limited to, natural disasters and environmental change, and geospatial analysis. The analyst performs a variety of functions, from data creation to analysis, mapping, automation, and reporting, as well as collaborating with academic and community experts, governmental officials, and citizens.

Center-specific Responsibilities

  • Identify and assess data sources.
  • Create data, maps, and other visualizations according to project requirements.
  • Promote efficient and effective ways to execute tasks within GIS and other geospatial tools.
  • Automate tasks using Python and at least one of the following: ModelBuilder, FME, T-SQL and/or SSIS.
  • Work with data analysts to perform spatial analysis, database preparation, and map production as necessary to meet project specifications using GIS and other appropriate geospatial tools and methods.
  • Work with internal and external project stakeholders and partners to define and deliver projects in line with the center’s mission and capacity.
  • Review deliverables prior to delivery.
  • Represent the Polis Center to stakeholders, clients, and colleagues through conferences, meetings, and presentations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides advanced analysis of existing data and data structures and satisfies ad-hoc reporting/analysis requests; serves as a first point of escalation for junior analysts.
  • Creates reporting specifications for complex reports/dashboards/analytical tools and leads testing/validation; ensures integrity, accessibility, and accuracy of reports/dashboards and data structures; addresses unique or more involved user requests for access to reporting data and tools.
  • Provides advanced consultation to faculty and/or staff and identifies business reporting needs and opportunities for analysis to drive business decisions; provides advanced guidance and interpretation of complex environments and data.
  • Makes recommendations and provides peer review and coaching; ensures proper documentation of data analysis efforts (data sources, reporting specifications, tools, issue/problem resolutions).
  • Ensures that all processes and analysis approaches are up to date and as efficient as possible; may participate in committees and communities of practice to share and improve data analysis practices across the university.
  • Performs advanced analysis to interpret and determine validity and quality of data.
  • Performs complex migration and conversion of data in support of analysis efforts.
  • Provides advanced research/analysis and stays up-to-date on emerging technologies and tools; makes recommendations for implementation to improve data analysis services and approaches.
  • May serve as project leader; often provides guidance to junior peers.




  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in computer science, information science, or a related field


  • Master’s degree in environmental studies, urban planning, geography, or a related field.



  • 5 years of data analysis, reporting, or related experience

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.



  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
  • Possesses a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to influence internal and/or external constituents


  • A desire to learn new GIS technologies and advanced analytical methods/visualization
  • Advanced working knowledge of Python and at least 2 of the following: ModelBuilder, FME, SSIS, T-SQL
  • Solid understanding of Indiana-specific data sources, including from the Census Bureau
  • Advanced working knowledge of Esri ArcGIS software, database management and queries, and Microsoft Office
  • Advanced working knowledge of Python and at least one of the following: ModelBuilder, FME, SSIS, or T-SQL

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Occasional in-state travel will be required.

Work Location

IUPUI Campus

Indianapolis, Indiana

Advertised Salary

The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $75,000 per year.

Job Classification

Career Level: Advanced

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Information Technology

Job Family: Data Analysis & Engineering

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.).  If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

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