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.
The Polis Center is looking for a GIS Analyst to support our projects related to crisis informatics and environmental resiliency. The analyst will primarily work on our FEMA Risk MAP efforts. The analyst will mainly focus on data development, incorporating flood and related data into FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) spatial database. This requires a keen eye for detail and a solid understanding of GIS, especially using Esri's ArcGIS Desktop products. The analyst may assist in the Risk MAP Discovery process, which requires pulling together various datasets for a community and participating in meetings with community stakeholders. At times, the analyst may be involved in other projects in support of the Polis Center's Geoinformatics team
This position is on-site at IUPUI. However, exceptional applicants may be considered for remote work, pending university approval.
Conducts complex GIS data analysis; designs and develops various data modeling (charts, graphs, maps) and/or data analysis reports; implements quality control procedures for all deliverables.
Develops, maintains, updates, and monitors complex GIS datasets and databases; ensures data integrity and data quality control.
Performs complex data review, conversion, and transformation to support GIS research and projects.
Responds to requests for GIS information; designs and creates complex custom reports, maps and other electronic information using CAD and GIS systems; communicates regularly with internal and external stakeholders to exchange data, resolve questions, and share information as needed.
Ensures proper documentation related to GIS data as applicable.
May provide GIS software and other related training as requested/applicable.
Department Specific Responsibilities:
Documents project processes and results.
Occasional travel to in-state meetings.
Presents both internally to the team and externally to stakeholders.
Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Bachelor's degree in geographic information systems, geology, information/data science, or a related scientific field
Master's degree in geographic information science,geography, urban planning, environmental studies or a related field
2 years of research data management and analysis or related experience using GIS applications and software
3 years of experience
2 years of experience with the Esri suite of software.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES
Valid driver's license and ability to be insured by Indiana University Upon Hire
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
Strong familiarity and knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server or other relational databases
Strong familiarity and knowledge of ArcGIS 9.3 or newer
Strong familiarity and knowledge of AutoCAD
Familiarity with specialized analytical and modeling software that expands understanding about natural disasters, flooding, and resiliency, such as production of FEMA digital FIRM products, 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 Dept of Natural Resources, and Indiana Dept of Homeland Security.
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.
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.
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.
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