UO Spaces Specialist

Contact Information
Ken Kato
GIS & Mapping
1260 Univeristy of Oregon
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 5:02pm
Open Until Filled: 
Open until filled, review begins on: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:02pm
Safety & Risk Services - GIS Program
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
Academic Year: 

The UO Spaces Specialist GE of the Campus GIS and Mapping Program (CGIS) of Safety and Risk Services reports to and is supervised by the CGIS Director.  The CGIS Program manages, develops, and delivers geospatial (and other) data via a suite/system of back-end data repositories, hosted web/map services and client software applications. The purpose of this position is to provide assistance with the overall project management and coordination activities of the UO Spaces System. They will work as a team member of the Campus GIS and Mapping Program - an innovation center and nationally recognized, award-winning team of location-based software developers and systems designers.

Students employees and student learning have been a central part of the Campus GIS and Mapping Program’s mission for over a decade. Students working in our program have found employment in a wide variety of industries and startup companies. Beyond the exposure and mentoring in technical aspects of our work they benefit from participating in our Design Thinking methodologies and Strategic Doing approach.

The GE will have exposure to all aspects of how an information technology project is managed. Specifically, they will learn aspects of data management, data quality/validation, user experience and interface design, spatial data management/analysis/visualization, mobile data collection, project communications and coordination. The student will be exposed to a variety of software applications (project management, data visualization, design/mockup, workflow, mapping, etc)


The UO Spaces project addresses pressing issues of space availability and allocation and has significantly impacted efficiency, decision-making, transparency, and cost avoidance associated with space management.  The Software and Data Platform successfully integrated the UO’s room-level GIS platform with the web interface and data hosting system to reshape the way space planning and reporting is conducted at the UO. It directly connects each department’s business manager to central space planning, enabling “live” space data curation.  UO Spaces is expanding to meet new business needs – such as, asset management, inventory/inspections, F&A rate calculation, and communications.


Analyzing and Reporting [25%].  Assists the CGIS Director, the broader UO Spaces Project Team, and User Groups by analyzing, reporting, and visualizing data within the UO Spaces Data System.

Systems Design Documentation [20%] .  Assists the CGIS Director, the broader UO Spaces Project Team and User Groups by documenting current and proposed system design concepts by creating graphical and textual documentation.  

Project Coordination [20%]. Assists the CGIS Director, the broader UO Spaces Project Team and User Groups with project coordination tasks and activities. Uses CGIS Team’s “Teamwork” project management software platform for project tracking and coordination. Assists with project communications and scheduling.

Testing [10%].   Assists the Project Team by testing new prototype and beta applications built on the UO Spaces platform and documenting findings.

Field data collection / verification [10%].   Assists the UO Spaces Project Team by participating in field data collection and verification activities. Using mobile applications to visually verify crowd-sourced data.

Meeting attendance [15%].  As class schedule permits, GTF will attend project meetings and be responsible for documenting actions and outcomes relevant to their work. 

Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 


The successful candidate need not have any prior experience or training in software/systems development or GIS or formal project management experience.A well organized, creative thinker with a passion for learning and creating new technologies will flourish in this position.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to take direction and work independently
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management skills
  • Familiarity with large datasets / databases
  • Familiarity with GIS or mapping applications
  • Familiarity with IT projects
  • Familiarity with software design

This position is subject to a criminal background check.


Application Procedure: 

Applicants please submit the following, in PDF format, by email to Ken Kato at kkato@uoregon.edu(link sends e-mail)

  1. Cover letter outlining interest and skills related to this position
  2. A resume or CV
  3. Names and contact information for three references (letters of recommendation are not required)

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