Instructional Technologist for Geospatial and Data Services – St. Olaf College

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume
Position Title: Instructional Technologist for Geospatial and Data Services
Department: IT

Position Summary:
To provide campus-wide leadership in integrating the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and data services into teaching, learning, and research. In collaboration with IT and Library staff from St. Olaf and Carleton, this position provides digital scholarship training and support to faculty, staff, and students in a variety of settings.

Position Description:


1. Instructional Technology Services and Geospatial Technologies – 50% of time
• Coordinate the integration of geospatial technologies and other types of data visualization into teaching, learning, and research across the disciplines
• Develop workshops designed to assist students, faculty and staff in creating projects using geospatial technologies
• Consult with faculty, staff, and students to refine ideas for innovative projects, select digital tools, and assist with project development and management
• Collaborate with the Data Services Librarian in developing and supporting faculty research/curricular projects involving geospatial and data visualization tools
• Create documentation for geospatial and data visualization projects, including information about equipment, software, and project design
• Evaluate and document applications and digital tools related to geospatial, 3D and data visualization projects
• Manage and evaluate data related to instructional technology tools and processes
• Manage the GIS Lab in Environmental Studies, including project supervision, hardware maintenance, and software installation and troubleshooting
• Collaborate with the rest of the Instructional Technology team to support campus instructional technologies such as learning platforms, classroom recording systems, webpages, etc.
• Collaborate with the rest of the Instructional Technology team and the library to manage the Digital Scholarship Center at St. Olaf (DiSCO), including library patron and student support during regular service hours and development of relevant programming

2. Education and Consulting Services – 30% of time
• Work with department faculty on the development of their computing skills, providing training and tutorials as necessary
• Install department and lab software
• Arrange special workshops and sessions of interest to the faculty, staff, and students in the academic departments
• Research, review, and test new applications and technology ideas applicable to the academic departments
• Participate in technology meetings, workshops, etc. held by and for the departments
• Respond to user inquiries via the phone, e-mail, or the Helpdesk in a timely fashion

3. Supervisory Responsibilities – 10% of time
• Hire, train, and supervise student interns, in collaboration with the other Instructional Technologists
• Approve timecards

4. General Office Responsibilities – 10% of time
• Participate in staff meetings
• Participate in IT Team assignments
• Participate in Carleton collaboration teams and task forces
• Evaluate new technologies and software appropriate to St. Olaf
• Prepare monthly activity reports
• Assist in the assessment, implementation, and communication of information security measures
• Perform other duties as assigned

• Skill in industry-standard geospatial software, such as ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth, and Google Maps Engine
• Knowledge of GPS, interfacing between GPS and GIS, remote sensing, and web mapping software
• Knowledge of R Studio, Tableau and other similar software packages
• Knowledge of drone and remote sensing technologies and their application in an academic setting
• Knowledge of photogrammetry, 3D scanning and augmented and virtual reality technologies
• Ability to support Windows/Mac OS computers and software in an academic setting
• Knowledge of academic software applications, including course management systems, statistics tools, web publishing platforms, multimedia applications, design tools, and other technologies used in higher education learning environments
• Skill in mobile devices and relevant apps for higher education
• Knowledge of curriculum development and the design of instructional materials
• Skill in teaching, both providing training in a workshop setting and giving technical assistance to individual faculty and students
• Ability to explore emerging technologies appropriate for a liberal arts curriculum
• Skill in communication, presentation, project management, and supervision
• Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
• Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
• Ability and willingness to support, respect and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community including faculty, staff, students and constituents

Required Qualifications:

Education: Bachelors degree; maintain a valid driver’s license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record

Experience: 2+ years of experience providing geospatial technical support in an educational setting, teaching in a classroom or a workshop setting, and working with geospatial technologies

Desired Qualifications:

Education: MS in a natural sciences or social sciences field, MA in a humanities field, or MLS/MLIS

Type of Position: Staff – Full-time Regular
FTE: 1.0
Months per Year Position Will Work: 12
Open Until Filled: Open Until Filled
Shift (Days/Hours): Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with occasional evening and weekend hours; travel up to <5% of work schedule, which includes local (Twin Cities metro area) and national travel; overnight trips average 1-2 trips per year
Classification: Salaried

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