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Geographic Information Science (GIS) Specialist – Scholarly Commons ( Academic Professional)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a 100% time, 12 month appointment academic position in the University Library.

Position Function/Summary: The Geographic Information Science (GIS) Specialist plays a critical role in the development, growth, and stability of the University Library’s geospatial program. The GIS Specialist has interests in all facets of a geospatial program–hardware, software, data access, and user services–and the ability to support and move forward the Library’s geospatial endeavors in all of these areas. From a strong technical foundation, the GIS Specialist is adept at and enthusiastic about communicating technical information to non-technical users. GIS consultation and assistance is provided primarily in the Scholarly Commons but may also occur in the Map Library, other University Library spaces, and in academic department settings.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  The Library’s GIS Specialist, in coordination with the Data Discovery and Access Librarian and the Map Librarian, will promote the use of geospatial data and methodologies in instruction and research, consulting with and assisting a campus-wide spectrum of users with a broad variety of needs, interests, and abilities.

Qualifications: Required: Masters with a concentration in GIS; or a graduate-level or post-baccalaureate GIS certificate with two years GIS-related work experience including diverse GIS projects; Ability to explain technical topics to a non-technical audience; Customer service or teaching experience; Demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse clientele; Ability to work independently while balancing needs of diverse stakeholders; Demonstrated research and discursive writing skills; Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in writing and in person; Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills; Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment. See for Preferred.

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by February 22, 2019. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.


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