GIS and Database Technician

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN, TN

Job Details

Position Overview

Primary Function: The primary function of this position is to develop and maintain GIS spatial data and database systems in order to support various projects and studies utilized by Facilities Management. The same data and systems may be shared by other University departments such as Police, Fire, Telecommunications, Information and Technology, Risk Management, Residential Life, Domain Management, and the Dean’s Office. In further support of FM, this position will maintain and/or update necessary elements of FM databases that have data correlation. This position is critical as the University addresses the continual need for electronic data and integrated systems which rely on consistent, concise, and clear data. This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with the supervisor.

Opportunities for Leadership:

This position may supervise work-study student employees, summer employees, and interns.

Career Band: NE10

Position Description

Typical Duties & Responsibilities: This position needs to utilize specialized skills and knowledge to:

  • Collect, manage, analyze, and interpret geospatially and remotely sensed data.
  • Locate and provide data for the use of various projects such as capital, construction, renovation, and evaluation, as well as perform analysis or refine data.
  • Enter data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources of digital data.
  • Produce materials and visuals as well as manage online resources such as maps created with ArcGIS Online.
  • Verify data or rectify GIS data.
  • Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
  • Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
  • Review existing or incoming data for accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
  • Input relevant data into other database systems.
  • Perform integration or updates for data systems utilizing data collected.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Judgment Required: Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.

    Machines & Equipment Used: Computer, GPS, Total Station, and other standard office equipment.

    Personal Interaction/Communication:

  • Student Contact: Work with or supervise work-study students who work at Facilities Management.
  • Internal: GIS Lab Manager and Domain Manager for data and resource sharing, other departments as needed.
  • External: May have contact with outside vendors for sharing of GIS resources.
  • Attributes of a Successful Candidate

    Education: College degree or equivalent experience.


  • 3+ years of related experience with GIS needed; 5+ years preferred
  • Extensive skill with ArcGIS and other similar data collection software.
  • High-level critical thinking is needed.
  • Must be able to work on various complex tasks which require problem-solving abilities.
  • Job-Related Skills:

    • Job-related software systems.
    • Customer service etiquette.
    • Ability to communicate with customers and constituents.
    Supplemental Information

    Working Environment: Work is primarily in an office environment. Some work may occur in various campus buildings to verify layouts. Additional time may be outside in the field environment on the Domain to verify landscape features.

    Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.Must be able to walk for extended periods of time.Must be able to climb (many stairs, and ladders).Must be able to crawl and or kneel.Must be able to push and/or pull objects.Must be able to navigate steep and rough terrain.Must be able to use feet for repetitive tasks.Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks.Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work).Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work)

    Any additional requirements specific to this position:

    DEI Institutional Statement:

    At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


    Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

    Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

    The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

    Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

    In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

    The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

    As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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