Department: Academic Computing Duration of Position: Full year / Full time Work Schedule: Employee Type: Administrator Posting Date: 02/07/2023 Union Representation: Not Applicable Posting Number: AS335P Pay Rate:
About Vassar College Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented groups.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.Note: Vassar College has a universal vaccination policy requiring a COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster, for all employees except for those exempt for medical or religious reasons.
Position Summary and Responsibilities The Academic Computing Consultant for Geographical Information Systems' (GIS) primary responsibility is to support the academic use of GIS and related software and hardware on campus. This position will be part of the college's Academic Computing Services team, with additional supervision from the department of Earth Science and Geography.
The Consultant will support faculty and students using GIS resources and promote and share expertise in the use of GIS and related technology among all relevant academic departments of the college, through demonstrations, training, individual assistance, and assistance with developing related teaching materials. Student and faculty support could be for activities such as courses and labs, individual research projects, community engaged learning, and GIS related studies on the Vassar Preserve. Outreach connecting Vassar students with community GIS projects or opportunities is valued. The Consultant is expected to maintain professional contacts and keep up to date through professional development activities such as attending conferences, participating in online communities, and producing reports and papers. Additional responsibilities include:
Ensure the functionality of hardware and software in the GIS lab and in related facilities, including research labs and offices.
Maintain additional hardware related to spatial analysis (such as mobile GPS units and drones) which includes providing system administration; maintaining hardware; installing, updating, and maintaining software; and troubleshooting hardware and software problems in those facilities.
Conduct research on and assist in acquiring or developing geographical information databases for teaching and research purposes, and update the faculty on new developments in the field.
Teach an annual average of 1.5 units in GIS, cartography, or related topics. (Actual teaching could be either 1 or 2 units per year, but not more than one course per semester.)
Participation in research activities, course-related projects, community-based projects, and grant writing is encouraged, as time allows beyond the primary duties cited above.
Masters degree or equivalent in a field related to geography or instructional technology;
Minimum three years professional experience using GIS technology, preferably ArcGIS software; professional GIS certification or equivalent preferred;
A broad familiarity with the digital tools and resources required across the academic disciplines;
Excellent technical skills, including: knowledge of specialized hardware and software tools used for GIS and the ability to learn new technologies;
Strong oral and written communication skills;
Experience in teaching, preferably at the college level;
The ability to manage projects and work effectively in time-constrained situations;
Special Instructions to Applicants To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.
For full consideration applicants should apply by:
Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.