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Smith College Director - Spatial Analysis Laboratory in Northampton, Massachusetts

NORTHAMPTON SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL JOB DESCRIPTION Director of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory Job Summary Lead the spatial analysis program to develop, implement and assess spatial data services and grow the network of faculty, staff, and students aiming for opportunities to innovate spatial thinking, teaching and learning in a liberal arts environment. Provide leadership for a team of GIS professionals in order to provide and develop tools and resources that enable the discovery, access, management, and analysis of spatial data across all disciplines (i.e., arts, humanities, natural and social sciences). Advance and evolve the spatial data framework vision that integrates the mission and strategic priorities of the College, including curriculum. Contribute to the planning process within CEEDS to maintain alignment with the college\'s strategic plan. Collaborate with other academic and administrative units, including the libraries, to seek innovative and sustainable approaches to incorporate spatial data methods and techniques in support of teaching, research, and integrative learning. Minimum Qualifications Master\'s degree in geography, geoscience, GIS, or a related field plus a minimum of 8 - 10 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience. Progressively responsible experience in planning, implementing, and managing research and learning, and educational technology services; supervisory and leadership experience; fluency in spatial sciences, especially within a liberal arts context; demonstrated experience of curricular support, emerging pedagogies and technologies, and experience in best practices in communicating with spatial data. Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Skills Excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills; accuracy and attention to detail; ability to organize and prioritize work effectively; ability to work independently and as part of a team. Proven ability to lead and to work in a collegial and collaborative environment. Ability to apply critical, analytical and innovative thinking to work. Ability to successfully manage projects; and identify and solve problems. Demonstrated continuous learning of new skills, their application and sharing with colleagues. Understanding of best practices in application of spatial science in research and teaching. Ability to stay adept and agile to guide and mentor team members to excel in a rigorous and technically intensive environment. Essential Functions Leadership, Management, and Administration (35%) Develop, coordinate, deliver, promote, and evaluate spatial data management services. Spatial data services include consultation for and with faculty, staff, and students on a broad range of data use and management issues, including data description, discovery, citation and reuse, ownership, sharing, visualization, preservation, and archiving. Lead and manage a growing group of professional GIS specialists. Encourage team members to be active in communities of interest and practice. Provide opportunity for team members to maintain technical and research skills through professional development activities. Collaborate across the College and the Five Colleges with interest groups to identify innovative and best practices to broaden research endeavors and communities of practice. Research and Educational Technologies (35%) Advance knowledge and skills in spatial science within CEEDS to support spatial thinking and spatial literacy across campus. Conceive and develop services to support the application of learning and pedagogical theory. Develop and implement best practices to enhance user experience. Practice and Tradecraft (30%) Recognizing the small team configuration, the Director is expected to maintain fluency in the spatial sciences, remote sensing, cartography, geohumanities, and allied fields of study.